32nd Vilnius Jazz Festival. 16-20 October, 2019



Vyacheslav Ganelin - keyb
Petras Vyšniauskas - saxes
Deniss Pashkevich - saxes
Arkady Gotesman - dr, perc

Vyacheslav Ganelin claims that he is able to make a composition of everything – even from inadvertent intonation or from mistakes. Not without reason the American magazine "Ear Magazine" once wrote: "Freud in psychology is the same as Ganelin in Soviet jazz." His name is known to jazz lovers for more than 45 years, since Ganelin created his legendary trio Ganelin-Tarasov-Chekasin, and during the post-Soviet period, where his trio was the symbol of breakthrough and pride, both in Israel, where Vyacheslav lived for thirty years, and around the world.

In general, Ganelin composed music for 60 movies, more than 40 theater plays, 6 musicals, 3 operas and a ballet. And of course, he has given many concerts and still is active all over the world.

Saxophonist, the Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Petras Vyšniauskas is one of the most important creative partners of the other members of the Ganelin Trio Priority, one of his most widely touring groups.

Vyšniauskas is one of the founders of the professional saxophone school in Lithuania. His victorious music career has lasted for more than three decades. He is the most titled jazz musician in Lithuania.

Vyšniauskas is a musician of exceptional versatility. He is at home not only in various styles of jazz, but also academic music – from baroque compositions to contemporary opuses dedicated to him; he also has composed music for many theatre productions and feature films. His discography includes over 60 albums.

The saxophonist has collaborated with a great number of celebrated jazz, classical and folk musicians including Prague Philharmonic and New York St Luke Symphony orchestras, Paris Radio and New York Metropolitan Opera choirs, folk singer Veronika Povilionienė and birbynė player Antanas Smolskus, jazz guitarist Fred Frith, pianists Bob Stenson and Karl Berger, saxophonists Steve Lacy and Charlie Mariano, double bassists Kent Carter and Vladimir Volkov, trumpeters Tomasz Stańko and Herb Robertson, drummers Han Bennink and Klaus Kugel.

Deniss Pashkevich is one of the most famous jazz musicians in Latvia - saxophonist, flutist, composer, producer, ad-libber, educator and a prominent figure in the Baltics jazz with his name included in the European Jazz Tree. He gained his education both in classical and modern rhythmic directions. Deniss is inspired by the music of John Coltrane. He is an official artist-endorser of eight companies, as well as Art Director for “Riga Winds” saxophones (UK/Latvia). In 2017 his album “Yours Faithfully” won a Latvian Grammy as the best Blues & Jazz album.

Arkady Gotesman - one of the most famous jazz musicians in Lithuania. Being a drummer and composer, poet and director, educator and producer, creator of Vilnius Klezmer’s orchestra and artistic director of two musical festivals, and also a taper who adores silent cinema, he is fascinated by both fresh ideas and craftsmanship to embody these ideas. 

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