Vilnius-Jazz Quartet has been developing the principles
of Vilnius Jazz School founded by Ganelin-Tarasov-Chekasin. The
Quartet was founded in 1989 when the pianist Oleg Molokoyedov joined
Vytautas Labutis Trio. Even the very beginning was very successful
for Vilnius-Jazz Quartet: they were well recognised at various international
festivals during the first year of the Quartet and since then they
are known both in Lithuania and abroad.
The VJQ do a lot of travelling: for eight years they have
participated at a mini VJQ festival in Born-Darße, the German health-resort,
they also give annual concerts in Yorkschlösshen, one of the oldest
jazz clubs in Berlin. The Quartet have performed in Latvia, Russia,
Germany and Bulgaria. Five years ago Neda Malunavičiūtė joined the
Quartet with her input of vocal and flute. This year Leonid Shinkarenko,
the permanent bassist of the Quartet was shifted by Eugenijus Kanevičius.
Last year VJQ performed on the World Stage, the World's biggest
stage in the Millennium Dome in London, they took part at Europe
Monmartre Festival in Paris, played at Expo 2000 exhibition in Hanover.
All the members are very skilled, full of happiness and humour and
are well known in Lithuania.
The saxophonist Vytautas Labutis and the new bassist Eugenijus
Kanevicius during the festival shall also play in duos, Vytautas
Labutis shall also play with Dainius Pulauskas Sextet.
Oleg Molokoyedov, the pianist of Vilnius-Jazz Quartet is
also known as a publicist and jazz-critic and a teacher who, together
with Vladimir Chekasin have developed a special jazz improvisation
teaching methodology at Balys Dvarionas Music School. Oleg Molokoyedov
began to pay jazz in sixties. His first jazz festival was Tallinn
Jazz'66 where he performed together with his Quintet. Oleg Molokoyedov
is famous as a member of Vladimir Chekasin's Quartet, he also collaborates
together with Vladimir Chekasin, Vytautas Labutis, Gediminas Laurinavicius,
Leonid Shinkarenko, Danielius Praspaliauskis, A.Vapirov, K.Mutspielis,
he has also participated at various international projects. Oleg
Molokoyedov has frequently performed with such young musicians as
Danielius Praspaliauskis, Jan Maksimovich, etc. Oleg Molokoyedov
has recorded about thirty albums, some of them personal.
The drummer Gediminas Laurinavicius is a permanent member
of Vilnius-Jazz Quartet. He plays jazz since 1979 together with
Vladimir Chekasin's ensembles, Petras Vysniauskas Quartet, Vytautas
Labutis Trio, Vilnius-Jazz Quartet, the Quintet "Dziazo Nubloksti",
Vladimir Tarasov's Lithuanian Art Orchestra. He is a leader of Gedo
Syndicatas ensemble, collaborates with a great many Lithuanian and
foreign musicians, such as composers and performers of pop, classic
and contemporary music, he creates solo projects, music for performances
Despite his music career, Gediminas Laurinavicius teaches at Vilnius
Balys Dvarionas ten-year music school.
The singer Neda Malunaviciute has worked with Vilnius-Jazz
Quartet since 1996. As a member of Vladimir Chekasin's Balys Dvarionas
Music School children jazz ensemble she first appeared on Lithuanian
jazz stage in 1988. Since then she used to sing at the NNB group,
Artūras Anusauskas Quintet, Džiazo Nublokšti ensemble. She played
with Dainius Pulauskas Sextet, Vytautas Labutis Octet and Leonid
Shinkarenko Jazz 4 and with various other Lithuanian jazz musicians
and with M. Finberg (Belarus) and Kaunas Big Bands. Neda took part
in a concert tour with the musicians from the United States; currently
she collaborates with Estonian jazz musicians. Neda has played with
various bands and ensembles in the USA, Finland, Sweden, Poland,
Romania, Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
Laikas Pripažinti, her album of pop-music earned her the Bravo Award
and in 1999, at the International Yesterday - Pärnu contest in Estonia
together with Dainius Pulauskas Sextet she was awarded the Grand
Vytautas Labutis - saxes, ky
Oleg Molokoyedov - p, ky,
Eugenijus Kanevicius - b,
Gediminas Laurinavicius - dr, perc
Neda Malunaviciute - voc, fl