Liudas Mockūnas - reeds
Renowned Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas put in 2013 together a new trio that connects the Norwegian/Danish and Lithuanian modern jazz scene. Mockūnas has for many years been one of the most important avant-garde musicians from the Baltic region, with a wide range of collaborations across Europe. On piano and accordion, we have Arnas Mikalkėnas who is one of the most promising improvisers from the younger generations of musicians from Lithuania. The last member of the trio is Norwegian drummer Håkon Berre, who has been residing in Denmark during the last 15 years and has worked with Mockūnas in several contexts such as the noise trio Angel, and with the free jazz trio Peter Friis Nielsen Kalas.
The trio focuses on original material written by Mockūnas and Mikalkėnas, and can be characterized as modern chamber jazz with inspiration from contemporary classical music and free jazz. The compositions have a transparent structure where the rhythmic and melodic templates provide a starting point for a very open kind of improvisation.
Liudas Mockunas has been active on European Jazz scene as a leader and co-leader of bands Mockuno Nuclear, Pasborg - Mockunas Toxikum, Saga Quartet, Red Planet, Kablys, duos with Marc Ducret, Barry Guy, Ryoji Hojito, William Hooker and Petras Geniusas. He is a member of Pasborg’s Odessa 5 and Stefan Pasborg‘s „Free Moby Dick“, Mikko Innanen’s Inkvisitio, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Konvoj Ensemble feat. Evan Parker and Sten Sandell, Lithuanian New Music ensemble Gaida and Lithuanian Music Network Ensemble. The creative interests of Mockūnas are focused on improvised music and experimental jazz stage. In 2004 Liudas received the "Danish Music Award for there album "Toxikum", Mockunas also has received "Vilnius Jazz Prize" 2006, Birstonas Jazz 2008, Lithuanian Musicians Union prize "Golden Disc" 2008 and the “Golden Cross” for the best Lithuanian drama theatre composer 2011. As a soloist of new academic music he played with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kralovy Hradec Symphony Orchestra, St. Christofer Chamber Orchestra, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra and string quartet Chordos. As a composer he has been comissioned to write music for Copenhagen Art Ensemble in 2006, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in 2008 and 2013 and string quartet „Chordos”.
Arnas Mikalkėnas composer, piano and acordion player declares that his goal is to foster the non-commercial art of improvised music, animate the audiences with the intensity of music. Moreover, he is well known in the academic music world – has garnered prizes in a number of competitions, performed in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ireland, etc. Arnas co-leads a fluxus inspired trio „Oak Birches“, duo with trumpetist Dominykas Vyshniauskas, takes part in performances, composes music for Kaunas Drama Theater, etc. Played with : Lasse Lindgren, Kenny Wollesen, Jerohme Fourier, Ken McCann, Vytautas Labutis, Dominykas Vyšniauskas, Francesco Angiuli, Arvydas Joffe, Tomas Razmus.
Håkon Berre is Norwegian drummer and composer, currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he works as a freelance musician and educator. Being an active member of the record label & musicians collective Barefoot Records, Håkon has contributed on 19 recordings, as well as being one of the co-founders. Håkons playing is characterized by an inventive and energetic drumming, using a rich palette of sounds from a wide diversity of trash and objects, and sometimes also incorporating real-time electronics. This can be heard on a discography spanning 28 CD’s and LP’s, and has also brought him to numerous clubs and venues all around the world with musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, John Tchicai, Petter Wettre, Peter Friis-Nielsen, Hilmar Jensson, Mikko Innanen, Tobias Delius, Roland Ramanan and Fred Lonberg-Holm. Håkon has composed and arranged music for theater performances and art exhibitions, and has exhibited several interactive sound installations at art museums in both Denmark and Germany, and is active as a co-leader in numerous bands, like "Angel", "haUtUllin", "The Mighty Mouse”, “Härja” and "Peter Friis Nielsen Kalas”.