A passion for improvisation

2018 January 12 Past event
1 h 30 min
10.00 - 14.00 €

Closing concert of the master classes for orchestra
Start of the event: 6.30 PM

Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus

Soloists: Vladimir Čekasin (saxophone, keyboards, electronics), Anna Čekasina (jazz violin)

Programme: soloists’ improvisations accompanied by the orchestra

A week of master classes for the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra is taking place in the beginning of January and will traditionally close with a concert. The Orchestra’s artistic director Mindaugas Bačkus this time resolved to step over the border of classical music and seek out new experiences by acquiring more first-hand competence with improvisation and jazz music. To achieve this and prepare a new programme the Orchestra invited Vladimir Chekasin – a colourful and unique personality, earning worldwide renown for his pioneering work as a jazz saxophonist, composer, teacher and inexhaustible fountainhead of energy and innovative ideas in improvised music. According to Bačkus, “he is a living legend who has already secured a place in the world’s music history by creating his self-made philosophy of music performance and communication through music. We wished he could share his philosophy and experience with us and put his unique concept of music making into words.”

Chekasin is a guru of Lithuanian avant-garde jazz, an exceptionally seminal teacher who has had immediate or mediated influence on many Lithuanian jazz musicians. These also include his own daughter, Anna Chekasina, who now lives in Moscow and is active as jazz violinist. She will also appear in concert expressly entitled “A passion for improvisation.”