This summer started with a tour in Ukraine in June. July was empty with events, so that gave me extra time for planning autumn tour and working on new recordings. By the way two new tracks are already on soundcloud.
August has quite many activities. Firstly the special solo event was planned Vilnius, which will consist of exhibition, performance and dance at the space Sodų 4. This is announced already and currently all my thoughts are abour this.
Also suddenly I've got two invitations two perform in open air festivals in Lithuania. This is quite a surprise!
So, 6th of August - Ont Grindų - the festival of extreme guitar and drums based music, gonna do some fun there and 13th of August - ASAP - the event organized by STRCamp crew, so I expect some interesting music there and good crowd.
More.. in the second part of August I will take part in the artist residency (first one ever!) in the center of Lithuania, Raseiniai district. Together with some other artists we will be producing an absurd operetta, which we gonna show in Raseiniai contemporary art festival in the end of the summer.
So, by looking above, seems like the new working season is starting, so I wish for myself big enthusiasm and good mood ;)
Oak Birches even from the title cause lot of questions about the content. Being self ironic and equipped with wide range of knowledge of both academic and jazz music, Trio developes it’s own sound. The conception swings between minimalism to stormy breakouts of open improvisation and precisely composed passages, creating multi-laered and spell bingind music. Each member of trio contributes his ideas equally, with strong sense of intellectual background and personal creativity. Oak Birches usually tours as trio, but the very premier concert in Kaunas was presented in format of Tentet, including such instruments as French horn, sousaphone, double drum section to name a few and dressed up in performative almost theatrical form.
Founding himself equally well in playing as in teaching, he has a role of lecturer in Kaunas Music Academy. His classical education opens in new way in improvised music.
He starts from degree in classical accordion, conducting, and jazz piano, now teaches in Kaunas Conservatory. Arnas is on of the most active free music players in Lithuania. He acts as band leader, composer, recently he is working with theatre music and performance art.
One of the most innovative musicians of his generation, who took part in numerous projects in free avant-garde, improvised music projects as well as in mainstream, big band jazz ensembles including Bob Mintzer, Lasse Lindgren, Jukka Linkola, Liudas Mockunas, Vladimir Chekasin, Kenny Wolesen, Francesco Angiuli to name a few.
Next thursday Agharta presents the showcase at "Construction" festival in Dnipro city, Ukraine. It's Arturas Bumšteinas and Weld Mignon and me.
After Dnipro we go to Odessa where we gonna perform in Lithuanian market fair "Kaziukas" as "Tandadrika orchestra" - all 4 together. This should be fun ;) And later we have a show in a club named "Downtown".
On 8th of June guys leave home to Vilnius and I continue now tour with the great band from Austria - Ni. Together we have 5 shows, although some changes may happen. The whole tour is named "Armattraktion Tur Ua". Looking forward to visit my beloved country again!
Thanks for Lithuanian culture attache in Ukraine and Lithuanian culture institute for supporting this travel. So here's the schedule:
Yes, the time came to say the word "last". And it's not only the season ending, but in general I'm finishing organizing DIY gigs in Lithuania (Vilnius and Kaunas).
I see the time has come to some changes. It was 2006 that I did first show. Back then there was not so many experimental music events happening. Obviously, when it's a vacuum - something gonna appear (or not). So in all those 10 years I have done maybe more than a hundred events (have to count though!) with a few hundred artists from all over the world. I heard lots... lots! of great music and met nice people, some of them became my close friends.
But times changed. More and more artists coming to Lithuania, also more and more I'm concentrating on my artist "career", so naturally I just have to choose what direction should I continue my activities. And I choose the latter - artistic activity, not curator.
Of course I will be involved in some events, but those gonna be less DIY, cause I wanna pay good money for everyone, not just be dependent on the number of people in the audience, which is becoming less and less for various reasons, but that's another interesting topic.
I'm still motivated to promote improvised / experimental music, but mostly in some special funded events or if DIY, then just for the close friends.
Though what I see now that more places are open to this kind of music and they do events themselves, so sometimes the role of the promoter seems to be not so needful. Actually I'm just so tired of promoting. I don't know about you, but I simply know what I want or I know who does who, so I know where to go and what to support.
Anyway I hope that in all those years people had some really good time and great sonic discoveries. I'm very thankful for all the people who helped me organizing, for the venues and those who just supported by good word.
Still if someone wants to come to perform here, you're welcome to contact me, though here is the list of places and promoters in Lithuania, that should be helpful and I'm constantly updating it.