Petras Vyšniauskas is a Lithuanian multi-instrumentalist specialising in modern creative jazz, a professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and one of the best soprano saxophonists of modern times. He is famous for being a highly creative and versatile musician with extraordinary virtuosity, who is able to incorporate different styles of jazz as well as contemporary concert music into his playing without losing his links with his personal roots, the spirit and profundity of Lithuanian folk music. In the words of Bert Noglik (1990):
“Something of the rugged beauty of the Lithuanian countryside and the passion of many of his fellow countrymen has been breathed into his music”.
Vyšniauskas has received major Lithuanian and international music prizes. Inspired by his playing, several composers of symphonic and chamber music have composed pieces for him. He has performed at nearly every major festival worldwide, including the Jazzfest Berlin, and has played with innumerable other jazz legends such as Steve Lacy, Han Bennink, Jon Christensen and Tomasz Stanko, to name just a few.
“Soprano saxophonist Petras Vyšniauskas is one of the most profoundly original musicians concentrating on that instrument – his jagged phrases expanded on determinedly original intervals and his sound is powerful – stronger and more pointed than Sam River’s has become, for instance, more densely concentrated than the late Steve Lacy’s, if not polyphonic in the manner of Evan Parker.” (Howard Mandel, 2007)
Together with Klaus Kugel, Petras Vyšniauskas has been part of Vyacheslav Ganelin’s legendary Ganelin Trio Priority since 1999. He also performs in a duo with the distinguished Lithuanian folksinger Veronika Povilioniene.
Together with his son Dominykas (trumpet), he performs as Cherry Duo, which sometimes becomes Cherry Trio when his daughter Marija (vocals) joins in.
Lithuanian trumpeter and improviser Dominykas Vyšniauskas is known for being a skilled and versatile musician who grew up surrounded by a wide variety of music. In the process of exploring the fundamentals of different musical styles, he continuously strives to find possible spaces where improvisation could appear.
Dominykas Vyšniauskas studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, Leipzig Music College, SUNY Purchase College New York and the Amsterdam Conservatoire. Currently he is teaching at the Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas and at the Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Conservatory in Vilnius.
He has participated in major Lithuanian and international jazz festivals and toured throughout Europe, Canada and the US as a participant in various international projects.