PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS

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Petras Vyšniauskas, one of the most versatile representatives of Lithuanian jazz, is a saxophonist, composer and pedagogue. He enjoys collaboration with a wide variety of musicians such as performers of jazz, folk and academic music – Veronika Povilionienė, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.

His repertoire spans from baroque compositions originally written for trumpet and oboe to works dedicated to him by contemporary composers. Vyšniauskas’ ‘voice’ can be heard in more than 50 theatre productions as well as Lithuanian and European movies.

Vyšniauskas has partnered Steve Lacy, Bob Stenson, Han Bennink, Tomasz Stanko, Jon Christensen, Kent Carter, Theo Jörgensmann, Jimmy Owens, Elliot Sharp, Paul Jeffrey, Charly Mariano, Karl Berger, Anatoly Vapirov, Reiner Winterschladen, John Law, Steve Swell, Hilliard Greene, Vijay Iyer, John Lindberg, Antoni Donchev, Mark Tokar, Rova Saxophone Quartet and many other jazz masters. He has taken part in major
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PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Discography

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PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Searchings And Discoveries album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Searchings And Discoveries
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Džiazo Kompozicijos album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Džiazo Kompozicijos
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Lithuania (with Arkadi Gotesman) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lithuania (with Arkadi Gotesman)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Veronika Povilionienė, Petras Vyšniauskas (aka Išlėk, Sakale) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Veronika Povilionienė, Petras Vyšniauskas (aka Išlėk, Sakale)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1993
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Symphonic Miniatures album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Symphonic Miniatures
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Faustas Latėnas / Petras Vyšniauskas ‎: Albinoso Judėjimai / Motions Of Albino album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Faustas Latėnas / Petras Vyšniauskas ‎: Albinoso Judėjimai / Motions Of Albino
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Nuit Balte (with Baumann /  Siron) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nuit Balte (with Baumann / Siron)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Keturi Ratai album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keturi Ratai
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 1997
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Juozas Erlickas, Petras Vyšniauskas ‎: Juodas Vienas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Juozas Erlickas, Petras Vyšniauskas ‎: Juodas Vienas
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1997
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Nuevo Tango album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nuevo Tango
Latin Jazz 2001

PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS EPs & splits

PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Осенние Ритмы-88: Free Jazz album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Осенние Ритмы-88: Free Jazz
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989

PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS live albums

PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Viennese Concert album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Viennese Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Petras Vyšniauskas & Chris Wiesendanger ‎: Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Petras Vyšniauskas & Chris Wiesendanger ‎: Live
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Light In The Dark album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Light In The Dark
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Tylos Labanoro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tylos Labanoro
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2006
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Poltva : Five Spot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Poltva : Five Spot
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Live At Jazz Weltern Dresden 2005 (with Volkov /  Kugel) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Jazz Weltern Dresden 2005 (with Volkov / Kugel)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Mažiems Ir Dideliems (with Veronika Povilionienė, Petras Vyšniauskas) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mažiems Ir Dideliems (with Veronika Povilionienė, Petras Vyšniauskas)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2008

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PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS Viennese Concert

Live album · 1991 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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It's a great fortune that still in 60s Lithuania has become one of the main center of experimental jazz in big territories east from Berlin - Vienna axe. Being occupied by Soviet Russians,it was one of rare places in all former Soviet Union where jazz wasn't under formal or informal ban. As a result,Moscow-born Lithuanian Conservatory graduate Slava Ganelin founded here one of the most radically experimental jazz band of the time,coming from that part of the wold - Ganelin Trio. Trio's activities as well as all members teaching in different Lithuanian music schools initiated serious growth of interest to that music in a country as well as established very influential domestic jazz tradition.

Reeds player Petras Vyšniauskas,who born in small Lithuanian provincial town and played on weddings from his early teens, became a leading sax player of mid generation jazz musicians, formed under Ganelin trio influence. During late 80s and 90s he became a main figure on domestic stage with very realistic ambitions to become a new Vladimir Chekasin (Ganelin Trio's sax player). Unfortunately, Petras didn't. Already in 90 he almost abandoned avant-garde jazz scene concentrating on teaching work in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and growing interest in collaboration with academic and neo-folk artists(he still plays rare jazz concerts till now though)

Still his works from late 80s - early 90s contain some excellent examples of quite original advanced jazz. "VIennese Concert" is Petras first ever live album and as well his debut on Western label. Recorded during concert in Vienna, this album contains in fact two different collectives music,recorded same day. First part is played by regular Vysniauskas trio (with Lithuanians pianist Kęstutis Lušas and drummer Gediminas Laurinavičius).It opens with Petras sax soloing - very Steve Lacy-like,but more lyrical,a bit dreamy and philosophical. Vyšniauskas has been always strongly related with his roots,provincial small town atmosphere and his music,being very modern by form just radiate that natural way of life. It's fantastic how being free-form dissonant trio leader, using synthesizers and unorthodox rhythm constructions,in depth Petras stays same small boy playing on the village weddings.

On the second part of concert,trio is joined by pianist Slava Ganelin himself and second drummer Mika Markovich (unknown name for me). Improved band left relaxed and almost dreamy atmosphere in past and jumps ahead with quirkiness and high energy of modern nervous urban world.

Vyšniauskas playing is excellent here, on the level of Steve Lacy but more personally colored and unique.It's pity there stayed only a few recorded evidences from that time, and all them are generally obscure.

P.S. Album opener's "Plunge" doesn't mean what you most probably expect - it's just a name of Petras hometown. Third and fifth compositions' titles come from Lithuanian small places names as well.

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