34th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 14-17 October, 2021

Improdimensija orchestra

Lithuania

Arnas Mikalkėnas – conduction,
Kristupas Gikas – fl
Mėta Gabrielė Pelegrimaitė – fl
Kazimieras Jušinskas – saxes
Arminas Bižys – saxes
Matas Samulionis – saxes
Liudas Mockūnas – saxes, bcl
Mindaugas Vadoklis – tp
Povilas Jurkša – eufonia, tb
Simonas Kaupinis – tb. tba
Mikas Kurtinaitis – tba
Klaudija Indriliūnaitė – elg
Dominykas Norkūnas – bag
Gediminas Stepanavičius – db
Domantas Razmus – dr

The orchestra made its debut exactly a year ago at the last Vilnius Jazz festival, impressing the audience with passion, ingenuity, and unusual sounds. It was soon heard by the audience of the London Jazz Festival, as Vilnius Jazz initiated a virtual presentation of three Lithuanian projects, including the Improdimensija Orchestra, in the program of the venerable festival. This time, Lithuanians were listened to by over four thousand fans of improvised music from all over the world, who did not spare the spontaneous compliments to the performers.

Improdimensija Orchestra, formed on the initiative of improvised music masters Liudas Mockūnas and Arnas Mikalkėnas, involves alumni and current students of the Contemporary Music/Improvised Music Master Program at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT) as well as their associates.

The aforementioned program was developed several years ago by Mockūnas and composer Vykintas Baltakas. Not only the new program injected fresh air in the LAMT, but it also became a vibrant part of Improdimensija platform. The fruits of the program are obvious – the members of the orchestra have joined the projects of Lithuania’s recognized jazz masters and have become an integral part of the underground life of Vilnius.

According to initiators of Improdimensija Orchestra, the two years in Contemporary Music/Improvised Music Master program fly by quickly, and it is always difficult to say goodbye to students. Thus, the desire has sparked off to bring together those who do not imagine their musical path without improvised music, profess the same musical aesthetics and speak one language. 

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