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33rd Vilnius Jazz Festival. 15-18 October, 2020

DJ Extended feat. Kazimieras Jušinskas

Lithuania

Kazimieras Jušinskas - sax

Kristupas Gikas - fl, DJ, electronika

This improvised music duo is in its third year. Its members are fellow students who have completed their Master studies in contemporary music and improvisation at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT) and belong to the Improdimensija movement, which inspired the rise of improvised music in Lithuania.

The partners play in the Improdimensija orchestra, have appeared in the Improdimensija series at MAMA Studios, to which the brightest Lithuanian and foreign improvised music stars are invited. The duo also performed at the experimental music festival in Trakų Vokė, at the Raseiniai Contemporary Music Festival, gave concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria.

The electroacoustic project of two like-minded colleagues astounds with a wide palette of unconventionally produced sounds and surprising sonorities. K. Gikas, playing the turntable, and K. Jušinskas, manoeuvring his saxophone between acoustic and electronic sounds, fuse soft noise, interactive musical conversations, elegant melodic lines, glitch music, rhythmic loops and extreme extended performance techniques on both instruments.

Each of the duo’s performance is unique. Currently, the performers are trying to capture their spontaneous creations on their first album.

Kazimieras Jušinskas is one of the most creative saxophonists of the younger generation. He became infected with jazz at the Vilnius Conservatoire, and furthered his education at the Jazz Department and Contemporary Music Department in the LAMT.

The saxophonist takes active part in Lithuanian jazz festivals with groups Brave Noises and Džiazlaif (has won Grand Prix at the VJYP with both of them), collaborates with DJ Extended, is a member of Improdimensija Orchestra. He also is a member of The Septet, Castor Stetson and Katarsis4 saxophone quartet, takes part in various interdisciplinary projects, engages in pedagogical work.

Flutist, improviser and experimental music performer Kristupas Gikas is known under the pseudonym DJ Extended.

In 2012, he graduated from the M.K. Čiurlionis National School of Arts and continued his classical music studies at the LAMT, where he later turned to improvised music. The performer also studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, the Netherlands.

K. Gikas is a member of the improvised music ensemble Laivo troupe, takes active part in various projects of this genre, as well as electronic music and interdisciplinary art in Lithuania and abroad.

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