DENNISS PASHKEVICH - Funk Therapy


Testimonial

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Biography

The roots:
Musical education: Jāzepa Medina muzic college, flute class Georg Gots music college in Estonia (Tallin), jazz dep.,saxophone Jāzepa Vitola Music Academy of Latvia Flute class (prof. Strautins) Enschede Music Academy jazz dep. Deniss studied in meny workshops with Hall of Fame artists like : Joe Lovano workshops in Estonia, Jerry Bergonzi workshops in Spain, Workshops in Berklee College of Music in Freiburg (Germany) privat tranings with Boris Gammer ( jerusalem music academy ) and Umbria jazz festival (Italy) - ( gradued with scholarchip)

His teaching activities :
Teacher – 18th Annual IASJ Jazz Meeting . Deniss Pashkevich is leading workshops for young musicians in jazz. Also leading his family business , privat music school ,, Performing Art School,, He is teaching improvisation ,saxophone, flutes , practical jazz harmony and ensemble lessons . Deniss is IES London sertificied teacher in jazz music.

Traditions:
Steeped in the tradition of John Coltrane ,Deniss Pashkevich is a Latvian flautist & saxophonist, producer, ad-libber and educator with a profound calling. Activities/Europian Tour Balticness: Deniss’s own country has highly evaluated his investment in music in general, not only in Jazz, choosing him and his band Riga Groove Electro to represent Latvia in 11 Baltic Sea countries in the frame of the project Balticness (2007-2008), during which he performed in the best concert halls of those countries. The culmination of this project was its Gala Concert, where Deniss and participants from other countries performed in front of 11 prime ministers and President of Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers. The State has expressed its gratitude to Deniss, by issuing him a certificate of honor for “Strengthening the Republic of Latvia”.

Places:
His sound has penetrated all the major festivals in the Baltics and Scandanavia such as Pori Jazz, Klaipeda Jazz, Rigas Ritmi, Birstonas Jazz, Jazz Kaar, Jazz Globus in Israel, Quasimodo Jazz Club in Berlin, Fasching Jazz club in Stockholm and Akwarium Jazzarium in Warsaw, Jazz House in Copenhagen and Music Village in Brussels In 2008 he performed as soloist with Latvian National Chamber Orchestra. Besides concerts: He and his wife Jolanta Gulbe -Pashkevich are owners and educators of private jazz school – ,,Performing art school ,, in Latvia. He performs in and is a musical producer of TV shows. For ten years Deniss has been conducting different jazz workshops in Latvia, former Soviet Union and Europa . He is the founder of concert agency and jazz music records company ZePirats ,Pashkevich management group in Latvia.

Endorsements:
In 2009 MARCA REEDS (France), manufacturing world’s finest musical instrument reeds since 1957, chose Deniss Pashkevich their official artist endorser.Also in 2013 Deniss signed oficial endorser artist contract with world known based in USA- THEO WANNE saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces manufacture.Endorsement artist of PMauriat (France) saxophones.

Who’s who list…
In demand, Deniss has performed with a top musicians such as Gene Perla (Elvin Jones’ Bassist) Brian Melvin (USA), Ryo Kawasaki (USA), Joe lee Wilson (USA) ,Bob Ferrel (US), Vincent Cutro (US) Ben Dowling (Al McKay Allstars),Stanley Jordan (USA) , Nick ‘Brownman’ Ali (CAN), Ted Curson (USA), Karl Martin Almqvist (SWE), Ulf Adaker (SWE), Sebastian Studnitzky (Mezzoforte, GE), Villu Veski (EST), Toonu Naissoo (EST), Toomas Rull (EST), Aivar Vasiljev (EST), Toivo Unt (EST), Neff Irizarry (POR), Jukka Eskola (Five corners, FIN), Ricardo Padilla (CHI), Simone Moreno(BRA ),Christian Frank (DM) (BRA), Erling Wiklund (NO), David Goloschokin (RU), Slava Ganelin (ISR), Victor Fonarev (USA), Klaus Kugel (GE), Tim Miller (USA), David Kikoski (USA)Vinnie Cutro ( USA ) Bob Ferrel ( USA ) Phil Kester (USA ) Joe Kaplovitz ( USA/ Kroatia ) Peter Eldridge (USA/NYvoices), Mark Ducret ... and many more great artists

Reviews:
1. "Love the music and spirit." /Jerry Bergonzi/
2. "Great trio energy – full and colourful. I dig your tenor sound." Greg Osby
3. "This is how they play jazz in Europe today." Russian TV
4. "This is called fusion. I would say, it’s a bold experiment that requires great responsibility. Because mixing it all together demands great talent, thoughtfulness and serious approach. And I believe this band succeeds in it." David Goloschokin, Art Director of St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall
5. "After the concert, we all took part in a jam session that gave us an opportunity to hear some more fine Latvian jazz players, this time in an unfettered blowing context. A standout for me was saxophonist Deniss Pashkevich, a completely accomplished and world class player who impressed me on soprano sax playing in a fluent, harmonically sophisticated idiom reminiscent of, but not beholden to, David Liebman" Brian Lynch
6. “Steeped in the tradition of John Coltrane, Deniss Pashkevich is a Latvian flautist & saxophonist, producer, ad-libber and educator with a profound calling. His sound is unique and powerful with the ability to penetrate your soul. This sonic clarity and ability has made him one of the most in demand musicians from the Baltics."/Neff Irizarry ll /
7. “If you are interested in jazz (from the Baltics) and you don’t know who’s Deniss Pashkevich, then it’s the same as if you were interested in cars but didn’t know what a Mercedes Benz was…” www.randoms.lv/

CD’s/recordings :
TAT-,,Time after Time,, 1999 PR - Release date: 1999.05.01
Short summary:
In the end of the 90’s “Time After Time” (Deniss Paškēvičs, Gints Pabērzs, Kārlis Lācis, Kaspars Zemīts, Ingars Viļums, Mārtiņš Linde) was the only active acid-jazz band in the Baltic states.

In 2000 “Time After Time” with the album “Time After Time” was nominated and won the annual “Latvian Music Records Award 1999” in the category ‘Best Debut / Newcomer’.
Guest artists: Arnis Mednis, Horens, Gunārs Rozenbergs, Intars Busulis, DJ Monsterz and others.

TAT-,,Time after Time,, 1999 PR ,,Time after Time Live,, 2000 PR ,,Lugsana,, 2001 PR ,,Discconnecting,, 2003 PR Riga groove ,,The musical ideas of DP,, 2004 Denissjazz Skygrove ,,4:30 PM,, 2004 Denissjazz NIck Ali Brownman ,,dis is da Baltics,, 2004 Denissjazz Inars Busulis ,,Shades of Kiss,, Mara Briezkalna jazz 4tets Hedvig Hanson ,,What Color is Love,, 2003 Verve Oleg Pisarenko 4te 2003 ,2004 Tomass Rull ,,Esti Hallet,, 2005 Hedvig Hanson Andre Maaker 2006 Inga Berzina ,,Ballades,, 2007 Ze Pirats Madars Kalnins Deniss Pashkevich ,,ziemassvetki,, 2007 ,,Dava Sapni,, Mepfa Tamro Ze Pirats 2007 ,,Nordic Spring,, Nordic Council of Ministers’ of Latvia Ze Pirats 2007 ,,Global Warming,, Dortmunde,Club Domicil live 2006 ,,I Live by Villu Vesky,, 2007 Riga groove elecrto ,,Golden Sun,,2008 ,,Balticness,,11 eiropas valstu live koncertu retrospekcija. Ze Pirats 2008 Baltic nova collective-Chove chuva 2009 Deniss Pashkevich Trio/DPTRIO/THE BOOK OF REVELATION Ze Pirats 2008 Baraka music 2008 Baraka music 2009 Baraka music 2010 Baraka music 2010 Hans Antehed Quartet/Latvian sentiments /c Antehedmusic 2011 Outlook: Frank/Pashkevich quartet / Gateway music (Denmark) 2012 Aivar Vassiljev trio featuring NYhorns 2012 AVrecords, Inga Berzina quintet 2013, Baraka Nargis 2013 /russia Sketlis music /

Activities/Europian Tour Balticness: Deniss’s own country has highly evaluated his investment in music in general, not only in Jazz, choosing him and his band Riga Groove Electro to represent Latvia in 11 Baltic Sea countries in the frame of the project Balticness (2007-2008), during which he performed in the best concert halls of those countries. The culmination of this project was its Gala Concert, where Deniss and participants from other countries performed in front of 11 prime ministers and President of Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers. The State has expressed its gratitude to Deniss, by issuing him a certificate of honor for “Strengthening the Republic of Latvia”.
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Inspiration

What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
I believe that music is an infinite language of intercultural fellowship, it gives people freedom to think and to express their true personality." - Deniss Pashkevich

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