Festival / Dainius Pulauskas
DAINIUS PULAUSKAS GROUP 20:00
ROTUNDA JAZZ CLUB
Date of Representation
29 October 20:00
Categorie A VIP
Jam Session 23:00
Dainius Pulauskas keyboards
Valerijus Ramoska trumpet, flugelhorn
Liutauras Janusaitis tenor sax
Kestutis Vaiginis alto & soprano saxes
Domas Aleksa bass
Linas Buda drums
Dainius Pulauskas Group was formed in 1996 and instantly became one of the leading Lithuanian jazz units and an internationally renowned ambassador of Lithuanian jazz. During its first decade the group has performed all over Europe, as well as at jazz festivals in China and India, recorded 8 CDs and a 2 DVDs, and recently produced a program with the symphony orchestra. For several years the group has appeared as a sextet and in the past few years has performed in different combinations. The group's key to success is the artistic excellence of its individual members, their unparalleled ensemble, and, of course, their music – a most idiosyncratic and vivid version of fusion once described as "a forceful pulse of modern jazz" by Risto Haapsamo. The group's repertoire consists largely of compositions by its leader, Dainius Pulauskas.
Either marked with Nordic austerity, or seething with energy and peppiness, his music invariably displays solid structuring of musical textures and colourful combinations of acoustic and electronic instruments.
Dainius Pulauskas Group is one of the most influential and active Lithuanian jazz units, and may rightly be called ambassadors of Lithuanian jazz. The Finnish jazz critic Risto Haapsamo has referred to their highly idiomatic version of fusion as "a forceful pulse of modern jazz".
The group started in 1996. After its debut as a quintet at the Birštonas Jazz Festival, the group was joined by the saxophonist Rimantas Brazaitis and evolved into a sextet; in 1997 they released a debut album Penetration. Dainius Pulauskas Sextet has beaten all local records by rising to the hall of fame of Lithuanian jazz in an amazingly short time.
In 1998 it was joined by the saxophonist Vytautas Labutis. In recent years the group's lineup is more varying, as musicians such as Leonid Shinkarenko, Eugenijus Jonavičius, Kestutis Vaiginis, Skirmantas Sasnauskas join it for different projects.