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Series of fresco music concerts | KAROLIS SHARKUS INTERNATIONAL QUINTET


Karolis Šarkus is a saxophonist, composer and arranger of the young Lithuanian jazz generation. Having lived and studied in the Netherlands and the USA, the artist currently resides in Lithuania. Karolis, described as a versatile and technical saxophonist, actively performs in Lithuania and Europe with the groups Brave Noises, Collaborative Jazz Septet, which he leads, BIX and others. Karolis can boast of winnings in competitions, the last ones in 2021. won perhaps the most important competition for jazz soloists in Italy, Premio Internazionale Massimo Urbani, and just won the first place in the 3rd Baltic Young Composers Competition.

Karol's discography includes 11 albums, one of which is his debut as a leader, "Palette of Feelings" was recorded in 2021 with an international group. Music from this album, released during the quarantine, will be presented live for the first time at the concert. The program will also feature new compositions by Karollis. The group with which the saxophonist recorded "Palette of Feelings" is coming from Amsterdam especially for this occasion.

"With excellent knowledge of the language of traditional jazz, and among his inspirations Robert Glasper, Christian Scott, Theo Croker, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, Chris Dave, etc., K. Šarkus does not try to ride the wave of retro music, repeating the forgotten past canons of sound, or dive headfirst into the whirlwinds of free jazz common in Lithuania. On the contrary, he is looking for ways to make the heritage of the flagships of traditional and fusion jazz sound new, to enrich it with non-traditional instruments and to add a bit of Lithuanianness to the global jazz treasury." (Vitalijs Gailius, mic.lt )

More information about "Palette of Feelings" — https://sarkus.lt/albumas

The concert is partially sponsored by Association LATGA.