On Monday 4 June, 8 pm Kaunas Artists’ House will host the launching concert of the first abum by Yumiko Yoshimoto, Arnas Mikalkėnas and Gailė Griciūtė “Yoshimoto/Griciute/Mikalkenas”. 

The trio of free improvisation:
Yumiko Yoshimoto — electric guitar
Arnas Mikalkėnas — drums
Gailė Griciūtė — prepared piano

The album can be streamed via this link

About the artists

Yumiko Yoshimoto was born and is currently living in Tokyo. After playing in some rock bands, she started free improvisation with participating in the performance of the visual artist Higuma Haruo in Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale in 2006. Since then she has collaborated with many musicians and trans-genre artists like Masuda Naoyuki, Manjome Jun, Karimata Michio, Hata Makiko, Ueno Yuji, Shono Takeshi, Kazamaki Takashi, Hirose Junji, Chino Shuichi. She also plays in bands “Aun no Kakokyu”, “lammtarra” and “Tochukaso” while also putting an emphasis on solo improvisation.

Gailė Griciūtė is a pianist, composer and sound artist, based in Lithuania. Graduate of Sibelius Music Academy in Finland and composition studies at The Lithuanian Music of Theatre and Academy. Gailė Griciūtė has been a member of various sound projects, she has participated in number of improvised music festivals and events in Finland, Germany, Holand, Japan, Kingdom of Bhutan and Lithuania. As a pianist and composer she is elaborating the notion of indeterminacy in music using improvisation as a composition technique, questioning, layering and inter – weaving sounds, thoughts and perceptions. Currently Gailė is working extensively with a German based Artist Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi. As a member of contemporary art music ensemble “Varjo” Gailė has performed in Tokyo, Berlin, London and Helsinki. While living in the Kingdom of Bhutan Gailė has formed free improvisation group called “Driklam Namza”.

Arnas Mikalkėnas started from a degree in classical accordion, conducting, and jazz piano, and now teaches in Kaunas Conservatory and VMU music academy. Arnas is one of the most active free music players in Lithuania. He acts as band leader, composer, and has recently started working with theatre music and performance art.

 

Attending the event is free of charge.