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Start of the Event: 8 pm
Venue: Park Stage of the Klaipėda Concert Hall
Minns Jazz Quintet (USA / Lithuania): Simona Minns (vocals), Dorsey Minns (trombone), Arnoldas Gurinavičius (keyboards), Viktoras Labanauskas (double bass), Saulius Astrauskas (percussion)
Programme: Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Dizzy Gillespie, George Gershwin, a. o.
The programme entitled “The Girl from Ipanema” promises yet another July night filled with classical jazz tunes and fervid Latin rhythms to be performed by the American-Lithuanian Minns Jazz Quintet.
Lithuanian-born Simona Minns is the graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where she obtained the diplomas in contemporary composition and music production a couple of years ago. Before leaving for the United States, she studied jazz vocal performance at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius. She says she chose to pursue studies in Boston “because of the opportunity to experience jazz music in the place where it originated.”
Making Boston her new home, Simona is active as a jazz singer, arranger, composer of orchestral and chamber music, producer of pop music albums, and founder of contemporary performance company “Syntheater,” which produces dance theatre performances, artistic workshops, and networking events.
Her husband Dorsey Minns will also appear with the Quintet, playing the trombone. He currently studies the trombone performance and film scoring at Berklee College of Music. He received his previous education at the Juilliard School in New York. Simona and Dorsey Minns have returned several times with concerts to Lithuania. Last year they held a jazz seminar at the Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts in Klaipėda.