Saulius Petreikis

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    artist and member of lithuanian jazz federation
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  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2014

Saulius Petreikis – one of the few people in Europe who has a unique collection of musical instruments from all over the world and is using them to create and perform his own music. Although Saulius studied classical trumpet in Klaipėda’s Stasys Šimkus Conservatory (2001-2004) and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (2004 – 2010) also played in brass band „Trimitas“ (2006 – 2008), but for the last ten years he is genuinely exploring the World Music.
While playing music he connects light-playfulness and deep sincerity, spontaneous expression, and inclination to a synthesis of different styles. Saulius professionally plays various wind instruments from all over the world; he can skilfully handle classical and Indian bansuri, Chinese hulusi and dizi, Greek floghera, North and South American, Nepalese flutes, Irish and Scottish flutes, Persian ney, Armenian duduk and zurna, Slovakian fujara, Italian, South American and Hungarian ocarina, Australian didgeridoo, Caribbean shells, Slovakian whistle (svilpa), harmonicas. He can also play Hawaiian ukulele, African kalimba, shekere, djembe, and is practicing Tuvan guttural singing or Tibetan overtone chanting. Raised in a family of folk musicians, of course Saulius pays a lot of attention to Lithuanian folk music – he plays various horns, whistles (švilpynė), reed-pipes (birbynė), panpipes (skudučiai), lumzdeliai, Pentecost horns and kanklės. Saulius Petreikis is always looking for new sounds, is daring to experiment and improvise, that‘s why many masters from diverse countries are constantly giving him compliments for a rapid improvement in playing. He was learning the secrets of Eastern wind instruments from Armenian, Persian and Indian players: Djivan Gasparian, Muhammad Rasouli, Nadaprem (Ernest Japifanov).
In Lithuania Saulius Petreikis mostly plays with the bands: “Saulės broliai”, Chris Ruebens Ensemble, Rasa Serra&World Duo, also with symphonic orchestras of Lithuania and Poland. In 2014 Saulius Petreikis created a band in Scotland called “Saulius Petreikis and The Unit 7 Allstars” and recorded a brand new CD “lowlands”.

Saulius Petreikis

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