Leonid Shinkarenko may well deserve the honour of being called the jazz legend in Lithuania. According to musicologist Jūratė Kučinskaitė, “active as bassist, composer and group leader, he is one of the key figures in Lithuanian jazz. His virtuoso bass playing is distinguished for exceptional sensuousness and melodic richness. The bass in his hands can act as a sensitive rhythmic background and a responsive companion to other instruments, as an authoritative leader, a narrator or lyric character. As for his original compositions, he is best known for gripping romantic ballads. He made his debut in 1981 with the Vladimir Chekasin Quartet (Chekasin was his teacher). Since then he has performed with many musicians coming from different musical backgrounds.”
In this concert he will team up with his long-standing sidemen, including Linas Būda (drums), Jan Maksimovič (soprano and tenor saxophones) and Vytautas Labutis (saxophone, keyboards), as well as with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. The programme will feature his original compositions arranged for string orchestra especially for this occasion by Rimantas Giedraitis.