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Mockunas, Liudas / Jacek Mazurkiewicz / Hakon Berre: Live In Warsaw [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Lithunian reedist Liudas Mockunas, Polish bassist and electronicist Jacek Mazurkiewicz (3Fonia, Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra, Modular String Trio) and Norwegian drummer Hakon Berre (Aram Shelton, Susana Santos Silva) are captured live in Warsaw at Mozg in 2015 for three exploratory improvisations with Mockunas on clarinet, soprano & tenor saxes.

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Dark gold cassette, Includes download code.

Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS050
Squidco Product Code: 26096

Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at Mozg, in Warsaw, Poland, on October 18th, 2015, by Jacek Mazurikiewicz.


Liudas Mockunas-clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Jacek Mazurkiewicz-contrabass, electronics

Hakon Berre-drums

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"Liudas Mockūnas (b. 1976) is a representative of modern creative and free avant-garde jazz, his music obliterates the boundaries between jazz and academic music. Exploring the nature of sound and the potential of overtones, he has developed his own playing style saturated with multiphonic techniques. According to the critics, "this reed player works with highly unorthodox mixtures, with sounds ranging from expressive instrumental burnouts over filmic horror to apocalypse-hymns and transcendent bells. His music may be unpredictable with an energizing mixture of free jazz, lyricism and mid-European expressionism."

The musician's education is both in jazz and classical fields. A graduate of M.K.Čiurlionis School of Arts, he received his master's degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 2002 (under Vladimir Chekasin). In 2005 he received Jazz Performance Masters from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He has further perfected his skills and knowledge through a number of courses and private lessons.The saxophonist has accumulated a solid stage experience. He started playing jazz as a child of eight and made his stage debut in 1988 with the Youth Jazz Ensemble led by Vladimir Chekasin. From the age of 15 he has constantly been part of jazz festivals and emerged as a leader in 1996; he has performed with numerous Lithuanian jazz musicians.

Liudas Mockūnas truly merits the name of Lithuanian jazz ambassador. He is constantly involved in international projects both as initiator and member of different groups. His international collaborations were given a new impetus when in 1999 he started his studies in Copenhagen. In 2000 he and the Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg founded a highly acclaimed group Toxikum, their self-titled album in Denmark was hailed Jazz Discovery of the Year 2004.

A co-leader of the groups Red Planet, Baltic Trio, Artomic, and Revolver, he also collaborates with the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Pierre Dørge and his New Jungle Orchestra. He has played with the Swinging Europe Big Band and has participated in the La Villet Jazz Festival's international big band project with the World Saxophone Quartet. Mockūnas has also collaborated with Marc Ducret, David Murray, Oliver Lake, Mats Eilertsen, Jaak Sooäär, Mikko Innanen, Jeff Arnal, Dietrich Eichmann, Scott Colley, Ryoji Hojito, Nasheet Waits, Mats Gustafsson, Chris Speed, Mike Svoboda and Andrew Hill. With different groups Mockūnas has performed across Europe, in the USA and China. In 2004 he initiated Traffic Quartet, a group of Lithuanian musicians (Valerijus Ramoška, Liudas Mockūnas, Eugenijus Kanevičius and Arkady Gotesman).

Liudas Mockūnas is a winner of a number of competitions. In 1993 and 1995 he became laureate of Juozas Pakalnis Wind Players Competition; in 1993 and 1995 he participated in the "Berklee in Germany" workshops (led by Gary Burton) and was granted a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music (USA). In 2000 he received the second prizes from Brilliant Note, an international saxophonists' competition in Latvia, and the international jazz soloists' competition in Klaipeda. In 2001 the MAP trio (Liudas Mockūnas, Jacob Anderskov and Stefan Pasborg) won the European improvisational music competition in France. His achievement in music was recognized by the Mūzų Malūnas Prize in 2004, and by the Vilnius Jazz Festival Prize "For Contribution into Lithuanian Jazz Culture" in 2006.

Liudas Mockūnas also performs contemporary classical repertoire (pieces by Bronius Kutavičius, Algirdas Martinaitis, Remigijus Merkelys and others). He has performed with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra and the Gaida Ensemble. He also composes music for theatre and cinema. Since 2004 he teaches at the Jazz Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre."

-Music Information Centre Lithuania (

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"Jacek Mazurkiewicz - double bass player, composer. For the past 2 years resides in Gdynia. He is interested in improvised, electronic, jazz, folk music. His music is based on emotion and pulse and not on virtuosity typical for jazz double bass players. He likes to mix electronics with acoustic playing. He is still searching for a new sound. Creating music by himself and cooperating with Andrzej Przybielski, Jerzy Mazzoll, Joanna Duda, Dj Ros, Dj Wojak, Jorgos Skolias, Robert Knuth, Am - Sveerg, Jacek 'Budyn' Szymkiewicz, Jerzy Stachura, 'Szulerzy', 'Tangueros Balticos', Musical Theatre/gdynia, ..."

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"Håkon Berre (b. 1980) - Norwegian drummer and composer, currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he works as a freelance musician and educator. Håkon is also an active member of the record label & musicians collective Barefoot Records, where Håkon is one of the co-founders, and has contributed on over 20 recordings. Håkon has degree in music science & music technology from Oslo University, and a rhythmical diploma exam from the Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Håkons playing is characterized by an inventive and energetic drumming, using a rich palette of sounds from a wide diversity of trash and objects, and sometimes also incorporating real-time electronics into his playing. This has brought him to numerous clubs and venues in countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, USA, Holland, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, Madagascar, Switzerland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia with musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, John Tchicai, Petter Wettre, Peter Friis-Nielsen, Kasper Tranberg, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Liudas Mockunas, Stephan Meinberg, Thommy Andersson, Sture Ericson, Hilmar Jensson, Michael Jefrey Stevens, Mikko Innanen, Tobias Delius, Roland Ramanan, Susana Santos Silva, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Dikeman, Walter Wierbos and Daysuke Takaoka.

Festival gigs include festivals such as Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Århus Jazzfestival, JazzKaar (Tallinn), JazzQ (St. Petersburg), Pori Jazz (Finland), Vilnius Jazzfestival, Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Sarajevo Winter Festival, Odense Summerjazz, Ribe Jazzfestival, VMU Jazz Connections (Kaunas), Sõru Jazz Festival (Hiumaa), BlowOut Festival (Oslo), Jazz im Lohmühle (Berlin), Creative Sources Festival (Lisbon), Nordischer Klang (Greifswald), Jazz and More Festival (Sibiu), Alandia Jazz Festival (Mariehamn), Nordklang Festival (St. Gallen), Festival d'Emergències Musicals (Banyoles), NovaraJazz Festival (Italy), Midtsommer Jazz (Flensburg), Peronas Jazz Festival & Mama Jazz Festival (Vilnius), Skandaløs Festival (Neukirchen), MadaJazzcar (Antananarivo) and Jazz by Volga (Yaroslavl). Håkon was invited as an "artist in residence" at the international MadaJazzcar festival in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 2009 and at the NovaraJazz Festival in Italy in 2018. He is also an active part of the Danish Arts Council's "house artist" system, with numerous concerts and workshops in Danish schools and educational institutes.

Håkon has composed and arranged music for theater performances and art exhibitions, and has exhibited several interactive sound installations at art museums in both Denmark and Germany. Håkon received the annual Art Scholarship from Nord-Trøndelag County in 2014."

-Hakon Berre Website (

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1. Elven 14:06

2. Upe 6:10


1. Rzeka 19:04
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Happy to present the first release from this trio of European stalwarts: saxophonist Liudas Mockunas (who's amazing playing has been documented quite well over the last few years on No Busniess Records), bassist Jacek Mazurkiewicz (3Fonia, Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra, Modular String Trio) and drummer Hakon Berre (duo with Aram Shelton, Susana Santos Silva and more). This is top notch unadulterated free jazz, the trio plays as though they have been working together for years...there is a level of communication and interplay demonstrated throughout. Nothing too flashy, but an incredibly singular sound."-Astral Spirits

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