Dainius Pulauskas Group was formed in 1994 and debuted as a quintet but, by 1996, had evolved into a sextet and before long became one of the most significant Lithuanian jazz groups and winning international acknowledgement. Over the years, DPG has performed in a number of European countries as well as in jazz festivals in China, India, Indonesia and USA.
Currently, Dainius Pulauskas Group is well known not only to Lithuanian but also for foreign audiences and performs more abroad than in Lithuania. Its performances are usually well received by audience and critics. The Finnish jazz critic R.Haapsamo called their music "a powerful pulse of the modern jazz". The Swedish critic Bo Levender states that "Pulauskas, together with his colleagues creates the best fusion as it can be. The variety of their musical expression is 'giddy'. These are the somersaults of tearaway swinging and rhythms, and… the most genuine, pure and unembellished jazz."
Dainius Pulauskas Group is characterized by their use electronic and acoustic instruments to create a very eloquent music space; a very peculiar version of fusion. The Group is unique because of its extreme ensemble plus the collective mastery of all the players; all professional musicians who very frequently appear on Lithuanian jazz stages and who are excellent when performing together or with different groups.
David Beukers: tenor sax, vocals 次中音萨克斯,和音
Job Chajes: baritone sax 上低音萨克斯
Frank Gones: guitar 吉他
Michael Bel: guitar 吉他
Merjin van de Wijdeven: bass, ska specialist 低音吉他,Ska
Ebou Gaya Mada: sabar, vocals 主音歌手,Sabar
Benoit Martiny: drums 鼓
Ruben Montes: percussions 敲击乐
Thijs van Milligen: Alto sax 中音萨克斯
Mdungu is a nine piece band based in Amsterdam. The musicians, from Holland, Luxembourg, Spain and Gambia, perform their music with skill, flair and energy that is irresistible to any audience. African music by Mdungu is a strong musical experience: it funks, it grooves, it moves your feet and feeds your soul. The percussion is dazzling, the melodies enchanting and the vocals, captivating, creating a chemical reaction that makes people start dancing and romancing. The moment Mdungu kicks off and the music takes over; there is no future, no past, no borders, no passport. The groove is king, and that’s the way it should be.
Mdungu was founded in 2003 by alto saxophonist Thijs van Milligen. From the start Mdungu was a most welcome guest on international stages and festivals of world music, pop and jazz scenes. After the release of their debut album in 2009, they toured intensively in Holland and abroad. A few of the venues they played in are: the dlr Festival of World Cultures, Ireland; Frequenzen Festival, Germany; Openluchttheater Rivierenhof, Antwerp; the Music Meeting, Nijmegen; Amsterdam Roots; Dunya Festival, Rotterdam ; Eurosonic/Noorderslag and Paradiso, Amsterdam. Mdungu receives financial support from the Music Xport programme for 2010/2011: an initiative of Buma Cultuur and Music Center the Netherlands (MCN) that aims to enhance the profile of Dutch artists abroad, andhence to extend their possibilities.
Mdungu由中音萨克斯手Thji van Milligen在2003年成立.在国际舞台上无论是爵士乐,流行乐或世界音乐的各种节日上都广受欢迎,在2009年发表首张专辑后,便忙于到世界各地巡回演出,给各地观众留下难忘的印象.