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KRISTS SARŽANTS QUINTET was created in the beginning of 2017 originally to record a promo CD  consisting of four Krists' original compositions and one Latvian folk song arrangement. The CD was unofficially self-released and self-made for "Jazzahead 2017" trade fair in the end of April 2017, having only 30 copies. In two more sessions (in October 18th, 2017 and February 18, 2018) quintet managed to record three more compositions and re-record two, which release in an album format is scheduled for end of April. 

Currently Krists Saržants Quintet is performing in various venues in Latvia playing Saržants' original music and arrangements of jazz standards and Latvian folk songs.


  Krists Saržants /piano   A Latvian pianist and composer. In 2015 he graduated from Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School and now continues his studies at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy. So far he has collaborated with such notable musicians and bands as Orchestra “Rīga”, “Pieneņu Vīns”, Konstantins Jemeljanovs (trumpet, LV/USA), Peter Hertmans (guitar, BEL), Oskars Petrauskis (saxophone), Toms Rudzinskis (saxophone), Dāvis Jurka (saxophone), Kaspars Kurdeko (drums), Artis Orubs (drums), Toms Poišs (bass), Evilena Protektore (vocals) and others.  Krists has also participated in masterclasses with various jazz musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell (saxophone, USA), Jan Gunnar Hoff (piano, NO), Lorenz Kellhuber (piano, GER), Walt Weiskopf (saxophone, USA), Michael Arbenz (piano, SUI) and many others.  In his music Krists uses modern classical music techniques, improvisation based on jazz music, polyphonic melodies and film music inspired harmonies. His biggest influences have been Nils Frahm, Martin Kuuskmann, Tigran Hamasyan, Avishai Cohen, Taylor Eigsti, Max Richter, Philip Glass and others.  In April 2017 Krists recorded his first promotional CD for “Jazzahead!” trade fair. Four original compositions were recorded, accompanied by his Latvian folk song arrangement “Jūriņ’ Šņāca, Jūriņ’ Krāca”  (The Sea Hissed, The Sea Roared) . Compositions were recorded together with Artis Orubs (drums), Davis Jurka (saxophone), Toms Poišs (double bass) and vocalist Evilena Protektore (in “Jūriņ’ Šņāca, Jūriņ' Krāca”) and in February 2018 he finished recording his debut album "XXII" with his quintet. Release is currently scheduled for April.   photo: Anna Tarabrina

Krists Saržants /piano

A Latvian pianist and composer. In 2015 he graduated from Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Secondary Music School and now continues his studies at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy. So far he has collaborated with such notable musicians and bands as Orchestra “Rīga”, “Pieneņu Vīns”, Konstantins Jemeljanovs (trumpet, LV/USA), Peter Hertmans (guitar, BEL), Oskars Petrauskis (saxophone), Toms Rudzinskis (saxophone), Dāvis Jurka (saxophone), Kaspars Kurdeko (drums), Artis Orubs (drums), Toms Poišs (bass), Evilena Protektore (vocals) and others.

Krists has also participated in masterclasses with various jazz musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell (saxophone, USA), Jan Gunnar Hoff (piano, NO), Lorenz Kellhuber (piano, GER), Walt Weiskopf (saxophone, USA), Michael Arbenz (piano, SUI) and many others.

In his music Krists uses modern classical music techniques, improvisation based on jazz music, polyphonic melodies and film music inspired harmonies. His biggest influences have been Nils Frahm, Martin Kuuskmann, Tigran Hamasyan, Avishai Cohen, Taylor Eigsti, Max Richter, Philip Glass and others.

In April 2017 Krists recorded his first promotional CD for “Jazzahead!” trade fair. Four original compositions were recorded, accompanied by his Latvian folk song arrangement “Jūriņ’ Šņāca, Jūriņ’ Krāca” (The Sea Hissed, The Sea Roared). Compositions were recorded together with Artis Orubs (drums), Davis Jurka (saxophone), Toms Poišs (double bass) and vocalist Evilena Protektore (in “Jūriņ’ Šņāca, Jūriņ' Krāca”) and in February 2018 he finished recording his debut album "XXII" with his quintet. Release is currently scheduled for April.

photo: Anna Tarabrina

  Evilena Protektore /vocal   A jazz singer from Latvia, graduated from Jazz Department of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with a Masters degree and has stayed there as a jazz vocal teacher. Has spent a year studying in Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Italy) with prof. Maria Pia de Vito and taking part in a vast amount of projects with local musicians, and half a year in Hannover (Germany) with prof. Romy Camerun. In 2016 received a Nic Gotham prize for the contribution to jazz music and jazz life in Latvia.   Participated in various festivals and projects: “Jazz in Latvia” compilation album, “Pori Jazz” (Finland), “Limassol Jazz” (Cyprus), “Live in Blue Bay” (Ukraine); and contests: Riga Jazz Stage (Latvia), “Nomme Jazz” (Estonia) and got a Grand Prix award at “JazzVoices 2014” (Lithuania).   Evilena has collaborated with Lynn Seaton (USA), Rob Duguay (CA), Inga Berzina (Latvia), Serge Junior Robinson (United Kingdom), Tommaso Troncon (Italy), Fil Straughan (UK), Andreas Stefanou (Cyprus), Andreas Rodostenos (Cyprus), Nicolas Tryphonos (Cyprus), Leonid Nesterov (Cyprus), Tie Pereira (Brazil), Aviv Kohen (Israel), Gilad Abro (Israel), Anne Geertsen (DK), Onur Mulayim (TR), Gianmarco Tommai (IT), Federico Santoni (IT), K.Trio (NL).   Since 2005 Evilena is a vocalist, composer and leader in Latvian funk band "Pieneņu Vīns", together with this ensemble has participated in a vast amount of festivals and events, gaining a solid place on Latvian music scene. Since 2015 Evilena is also a composer and vocalist in “JAZZATOMY” project. Evilena actively collaborates with Latvia’s leading jazz musicians, participates in projects with several big bands and other collectives.   /  www.evilena.lv     photo: Dmitry Bulkin

Evilena Protektore /vocal

A jazz singer from Latvia, graduated from Jazz Department of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with a Masters degree and has stayed there as a jazz vocal teacher. Has spent a year studying in Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Italy) with prof. Maria Pia de Vito and taking part in a vast amount of projects with local musicians, and half a year in Hannover (Germany) with prof. Romy Camerun. In 2016 received a Nic Gotham prize for the contribution to jazz music and jazz life in Latvia. 

Participated in various festivals and projects: “Jazz in Latvia” compilation album, “Pori Jazz” (Finland), “Limassol Jazz” (Cyprus), “Live in Blue Bay” (Ukraine); and contests: Riga Jazz Stage (Latvia), “Nomme Jazz” (Estonia) and got a Grand Prix award at “JazzVoices 2014” (Lithuania). 

Evilena has collaborated with Lynn Seaton (USA), Rob Duguay (CA), Inga Berzina (Latvia), Serge Junior Robinson (United Kingdom), Tommaso Troncon (Italy), Fil Straughan (UK), Andreas Stefanou (Cyprus), Andreas Rodostenos (Cyprus), Nicolas Tryphonos (Cyprus), Leonid Nesterov (Cyprus), Tie Pereira (Brazil), Aviv Kohen (Israel), Gilad Abro (Israel), Anne Geertsen (DK), Onur Mulayim (TR), Gianmarco Tommai (IT), Federico Santoni (IT), K.Trio (NL). 

Since 2005 Evilena is a vocalist, composer and leader in Latvian funk band "Pieneņu Vīns", together with this ensemble has participated in a vast amount of festivals and events, gaining a solid place on Latvian music scene. Since 2015 Evilena is also a composer and vocalist in “JAZZATOMY” project. Evilena actively collaborates with Latvia’s leading jazz musicians, participates in projects with several big bands and other collectives.

www.evilena.lv

photo: Dmitry Bulkin

  Artis Orubs /drums   Artis Orubs, inspired by his father, started playing drums at an early age. He has practiced playing drums, classical marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, timpani and other instruments, studied at Emils Darzins Music school and graduated from jazz department at Conservatory of Amsterdam. Currently Artis is actively performing, composing, arranging, producing and organizing concerts, participating in many studio recordings and also teaching at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He is often seen performing in the Baltics, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Holand and in many other countries.   photo: andronkuls.lv

Artis Orubs /drums

Artis Orubs, inspired by his father, started playing drums at an early age. He has practiced playing drums, classical marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, timpani and other instruments, studied at Emils Darzins Music school and graduated from jazz department at Conservatory of Amsterdam. Currently Artis is actively performing, composing, arranging, producing and organizing concerts, participating in many studio recordings and also teaching at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He is often seen performing in the Baltics, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Holand and in many other countries.

photo: andronkuls.lv

 
  Dāvis Jurka /saxophone   Dāvis graduated from Jazz Department of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a Masters degree and he also studied a year in Hamburg, Germany.  Has performed in various festivals, including "Elbjazz" in Germany, "Rīgas Ritmi" and "Saulkrasti Jazz" in Latvia, as well as has collaborated with Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Diana Torto ("HfMT Big band", Hamburg, Germany), Jojo Mayer, "New York Voices", Kurt Elling, Roberta Gambarini. Since 2012, Davis plays alto saxophone in the Latvian Radio Big Band.   photo: Jānis Porietis

Dāvis Jurka /saxophone

Dāvis graduated from Jazz Department of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a Masters degree and he also studied a year in Hamburg, Germany. 
Has performed in various festivals, including "Elbjazz" in Germany, "Rīgas Ritmi" and "Saulkrasti Jazz" in Latvia, as well as has collaborated with Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Diana Torto ("HfMT Big band", Hamburg, Germany), Jojo Mayer, "New York Voices", Kurt Elling, Roberta Gambarini. Since 2012, Davis plays alto saxophone in the Latvian Radio Big Band.

photo: Jānis Porietis

  Toms Poišs /double bass   A Latvian bass / double bass player. Studied at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Collaborated with such notable musicians as Elza Rozentāle, Mārcis Auziņš, Daumants Kalniņš, band Astro’n’out, Dons and others. Also participated as a musician in a cabaret project “JAZZOTERIA”   photo: Maksis Kotovičs

Toms Poišs /double bass

A Latvian bass / double bass player. Studied at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Collaborated with such notable musicians as Elza Rozentāle, Mārcis Auziņš, Daumants Kalniņš, band Astro’n’out, Dons and others. Also participated as a musician in a cabaret project “JAZZOTERIA”

photo: Maksis Kotovičs

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