Saturday, December 08, 2007

Dainius Pulauskas Performance

I got another name from the last JakJazz Festival that need to be memorized in my shallow memory. It's Dainius Pulauskas, a jazz pianist from Lithuania with his Dainius Pulauskas Sextet group that he established back in 1996. The sextet is considered as one of the most creative, most experimental, and one of the most popular jazz bands in Lithuania, a country with only 3.5 million population in the Eastern Europe.


Unfortunately there were not so many people watching Dainius Pulauskas performance when we arrived at the Big Stage-1 on the left wing of Istora Senayan. Whilst most of the available seats were occupied, the space in front of the stage were still spacious. Maybe his name hasn't yet been that popular among Indonesians.

The group line up was Dainius PULAUSKAS on piano and sythesizers, Valerijus Ramoska on trumpet and flugelhorn, Vytautas Labutis on saxes and bass clarinet, Vladislav Borkovski on bass, and Linas Buda on drums. The group made their debut in 1977 by launching Penetration, their first album.

They played around ten of their compositions quite impressively, and received applause every time they finished with one song. Up until now, unfortunately, I haven't got a chance to looked around to find their album in Jakarta, including their latest album titled "Autumn Suite", dubbed as highly experimental.