Vilnius Mama Jazz | FESTIVAL PASS

Vilnius Mama Jazz | FESTIVAL PASS


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Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival PASS is valid for all festival concerts in Umiastovskiai Palace, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (LNDT) and Music Club Tamsta from 17th to 20rd of November.


17 November, Thursday

Umiastovskiai Palace (Trakų st. 2)

19.00 Opening Concert JACQUES KUBA SEGUIN (CA) (Entrance with festival pass only)


Jonathan Cayer – p

Jacques Kuba Seguin – tr

FrédéricAlarie – b

Jim Doxas – dr

Vilnius Mama Jazz will be opened this year by the ambitious trumpeter and composer Jacques Kuba Séguin. Two countries – Canada and Poland – feature as equally important in his creative path.

This 39-year-old musician was born and lives in Canada, where in 2013 he won Jazz Radio-Canada Revelations award. Jacques has appeared at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival many times (first time back in 2006) and toured almost 150 countries with the Canadian sensation, the famous show troupe Cirque du Soleil.

His roots on his mother’s side are in Poland, from where she emigrated some time ago. Therefore, it is not surprising that over the past few years he has been appearing at festivals and clubs in Poland and frequently collaborates with Polish musicians.

In 2005, he completed his studies in Montreal and soon started mixing with local musicians, took part in recording sessions, and started appearing and travelling with Cirque du Soleil because, as he admits he wanted to earn some money.

‘This, by the way, was a great experience. Each night 6 000 to 12 000 spectators in the arena. And the music was really superb.

But in my heart there was always the desire to create something of my own’, Jacques said. And that indeed is what he did.

Jacques has appeared on five albums as a composer and a band leader. The most memorable projects include the band Odd Lot, which released its debut album in 2005, and the Litania Projekt which started several years ago and will be introduced to the Lithuanian audience for the first time.

The bands are very different. If the Odd Lot blends Eastern European music, jazz and electronics, then Litania Projekt marries neoclassical music and melancholic sounds that are evocative of Scandinavian jazz.

Critics describe Séguin as a bold and innovative musician, who manages to reflect many different moods and musical approaches. He not only gives concerts with his groups, but also mentors other performers under his own label, writes music for films, and arranges and produces music for various academic and pop music projects – from the sound track for Cirque du Soleil shows to the famous world music group Les Gitans de Sarajevo and the Montreal-based funk group Papagroove.

Until recently Séguin was best known to Canadian audiences, but lately he has been making his way to the international scene. In 2015, he appeared at a gig in the Berlin club B-Flat and in the same year performed in China, including playing at the prestigious National Arts Centre in Beijing.

In spring 2016, Litania Projekt released an album in collaboration with the experimental music string quartet Quatour Bozzini from Montreal. This prompted the group to present their music in several countries in Europe this autumn.

Séguin is coming to Lithuania with other famous Canadian musicians who are members of the band. Bassist Frederic Alarie was the co-initiator of Litania Projekt. Alarie has travelled the world sharing the stage with legendary performers such as Charles Aznavour, Michel Legrand, Sheila Jordan and others. With six albums of his own music, he was awarded the Canada Jazz Revelations prize in 1998. A year earlier, he received the ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ award in Canada.

Percussionist Jim Dox is one of the most sought after jazz drummer in Canada. His stage collaborations include Steve Swallow, Dave Douglas and other jazz greats. He has recorded on more than 150 albums and film soundtracks.

Pianist Jonathan Cayer has played with Séguin for 11 years. His stage collaborations include Erik Truffaz, band The Herbaliser, and other famous musicians.

From Canada via Poland to Lithuania. What Séguin is bringing to Vilnius Mama Jazz is a letter of musical love, ingenuity and stage mastery, which is worth reading for every real jazz fan.

Music Club Tamsta (Strazdelio st. 1)

21.30 Showcase Stage program

Songs I Like (Switzerland)

IORI (Germany)

Naima (Spain)


18 November, Friday

Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Gediminas av. 4)

19.00 Richardas Banys - p (Lithuania)

China Moses (Lithuania, USA, UK)

Music Club Tamsta (Strazdelio st. 1)

22.00 Showcase Stage program

iTrio (Switzerland)

Safran (Germany)

Niogi (Israel)

Mirko Pedrotti Quintet (Italy)


19 November, Saturday

Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Gediminas av. 4)

19.00 PHRONESIS (Denmark, UK, Norway)


22.00 jam session


20 November, Sunday

Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Gediminas av. 4)

19.00 CHASSOL (France)

The Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet (USA)


The colourful Vilnius Mama Jazz festival, which offers a variety of jazz styles, has been held in the capital since 2002. The musical line-ups have encompassed everything from all star projects to contemporary post-bop, live sound for silent cinema, and arrangements of Led Zeppelin music. Quality, originality, and relevance are the unifying factors defining the diversity of festival programmes.

The goal of the international jazz festival each year is to introduce interesting international jazz phenomena to Lithuanian audiences and to provide an environment for young artists to participate in national and international projects.

Over the fourteen years of the festival, musicians such as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Medeski Martin & Wood, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Chris Potter, Bill Evans, The Bad Plus, Victor Bailey, Joe McPhee, Chris Minh Doky, John Scofield, Bobby Previte, Dave Samuels, Billy Cobham, Gerald Clayton, Robert Glasper, Miguel Zenon, Snarky Puppy, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ernie Watts (USA), Peter Brotzmann (Germany), Miroslav Vitous (Czech Republic) Jean Luc Ponty, Louis Sclavis, Erik Truffaz (France), Vienna Art Orchestra (Austria), Satoko Fujii (Japan), Copenhagen Art Ensemble (Denmark), Dennis Rollins, Gilad Atzmon, Jay Phelps (Great Britain), Rosario Giuliani, Flavio Boltro (Italy), Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen (Norway), and many other famous musicians have taken part.

While much of the festival programme is host to internationally renowned artists, the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene is also open to music that has not won prestigious Grammy trophies or received favourable Downbeat reviews.

Every year, Lithuanian musicians present new programmes specially devised for the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene. Both mature masters and young musicians have the opportunity to play at the international festival. Indeed many of them start their festival career as participants in night jam sessions.

The Vilnius Mama Jazz festival tries not to set limits on the festival programme and so jazz giants, unexpected discoveries, nurtured national jazz and refreshing new names and new trends are all part of a single festival.


Festival Vilnius Mama Jazz 2016 will take place 17-20 of November in Umiastovskiai Palace, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre and Music Club Tamsta. Concerts will take place not only in the Main Stage, but also in a specially built Lobby Stage in the theatre. There will be performances, Vilnius Mama Jazz Margins (discussion panels), night Jam Session and photos retrospective of Dainius Labutis in the theatre. Not only music will inhabit all corners of the theatre. CD and LP sales, gatherings of music lovers and collectors, music shops (Tamsta, Thelonious, Rūdninkai), reading room by Verslo žinios, meetings with jazz masters will find their place in the lobby of the theatre.

Vilnius Mama Jazz Margins is a "stage" of discussions which unites musicians, musicologists, critics, academicians, producers, journalists and intellectuals. Stage of discussions is in margins of performer's stage.

All festival events taking place 18-20 of November in the lobby of Lithuanian National Drama Theatre are free of charge.

Duration: 99 hours

Door opens before: 1 hours

Free entrance for children: NO.

Permission to take photos, record: NO.

Organizer: Vilniaus džiazo klubas, VšĮ.

More information: +370 612 29 419.

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