Then and now or a glance at the young (non)jazz generation
Probably everyone who is interested in Lithuanian jazz has ever witnessed discussions about Vilnius jazz school, Ganelin Trio and their tremendous influence on entire generations of musicians. Some people even tries to draw a straight line between the tendencies of that time and the currently creating artists. However, if we look back into history, we will see many examples of the rebellious youth that led by an idealistic spirit, poses a serious challenge to the relics of the past and creates something fundamentally new.
Have Lithuanian youngsters already challenged the tradition of the legendary Ganelin trio? How does their music sound like? Do they have any distinctive sound comparing with the counterparts around the world? These questions and many more will be touched at the upcoming 34th Vilnius Jazz Festival together with independent music journalist Vitalijus Gailius. However, it takes two to tango and therefore it is expected that Saturday afternoon will turn into an active and fruitful discussion with the audience.
A passionate music fan and independent music journalist, Vitalijus Gailius regularly writes for the Lithuanian Music Information Center and other Lithuanian outlets, publishing album reviews on webzine All About Jazz. Since 2018, he has been participating to the El Intruso’s Annual International Critics Poll. In 2020, he was member of the commission for the selection of works for the "Note Jazz from Lithuania 2020" compilation. Vitalijus has a broad interest in music and avoids being positioned with only one genre or style. He writes about not only jazz or improvisational music scene, but also explores metal, rock, underground electronics and many other musical areas.