Saulius Petreikis and The Unit 7 Allstars
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Saulius Petreikis and The Unit 7 Allstars

Vilnius, Vilniaus Apskritis, Lithuania | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Vilnius, Vilniaus Apskritis, Lithuania | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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The new solo album of Saulius Petreikis made in Scotland together with The Unit 7 Allstars pulses in rhythms of Irish jig, blows a gust of unconstrained playfulness, which is later replaced by a lament of duduk or tragic story of werewolf and its love. Lowlands debut album of Saulius Petreikis, which distinctively combines elements of pop, classical, folklore, jazz and world music. Album consists of 10 compositions: 8 instrumental pieces and 2 songs sung in English and Samogitian languages. Saulius music creates a warm and cozy atmosphere and will fit for the wide variety of listeners. Many songs in the album has a characteristic Celtic sound, going beautifully together with Lithuanian traditional sounds and enriched in timbres of exotic instruments. Symbolic title of the album could suggest many meanings to the listener. One of them Samogitia ethnographic region in Western Lithuania, where Saulius himself comes from. In a broader sense lowlands, plains and vales where the roots of each one of us comes from. Thats the sacred place where the mythical stem of World Tree rises from. Like the singing of birds on its branches, voices of various instruments from different countries are heard mingling gracefully together. They create an original harmony of timbres and styles, revealing lucid and bright entirety of the sound to the listener. Album starts with panpipes playing Lithuanian traditional sutartine, which later mingles with trumpet and trombone syncopes and evolves to a dreamy melody of reed-pipe (1); piece is titled as the whole album Lowlands. Second composition Breaking the Ice pulses in the rhythm of Irish jig and blows a gust of unconstrained playfulness. Lyric contrast is created by the wistful duduk melody in the background of the strings; this piece is dedicated to Caucasus. One of the brightest song in the album instrumental piece Silver Flowe, revealing timbral expression possibilities of bansuri, Indian bamboo flute. Anxious, starting with an impetuous unison, the fifth piece The Grey Man O' The Merrick later emerges to a polyphony of trumpet, duduk and guitar, succeeded by a wide and bright  melody of the piece called Glenamour. Lyric centre of the album ballad Werewolf is a story of the tragic love between a werewolf and a girl. Duende vivid and rhythmical composition played with a Persian long flute ney, has characteristic Iranian color and leads us to a kingdom of tales from Arabian Nights. Irish flute, guitar and piano sounds blend together in the ninth piece Land O' The Leal and create a warm and cozy impression. Ei Vaka is sung by Saulius and his brother Donatas in their home dialect Samogitian.


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Saulius Petreikis is one of a few people in Europe with a unique collection of musical instruments from all over the world, using them to create and perform his own music. Saulius studied classical trumpet in Klaipedas Stasys Simkus Conservatory (2001-2004) and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (2004-2010), played in the brass band Trimitas (2006-2008). He has been exploring World Music since 2004. 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, Hawaiian ukulele, African kalimba, shekere, djembe, and is practicing Tuvan guttural /Tibetan overtone chanting. Raised in a family of folk musicians, Saulius pays a lot of attention to it and  plays many traditional instruments including horns, whistles(svilpynes), reed-pipes (birbyne), panpipes (skuduciai), lumzdeliai, Pentecost horns and kankles. 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: Saules broliai, Chris Ruebens Ensemble, Rasa Serra&World Duo, symphonic orchestras. In 2014 in Scotland Saulius has recorded a brand new CD "Lowlands" with "The Unit 7 Allstars":

Al Price. Born in 1965, Al first started playing 'moothie' (harmonica) at an early age, playing for various well known blues bands. He is a member of The Wayward Boys Ensemble. Plays self tuned harmonicas, allowing modes unavailable to 'factory tuned' instruments.

Derek Urquhart. Born in 1971, began playing drums and guitar aged 12. By the age of 20 he was touring in Europe and the USA  with  internationally recognised Scottish bands.

Graham Rodger. Born in 1961. First concerts  with an accordian band at the age of 14 on acoustic guitar. At 15 he joined a professional touring band on electric guitar and vocals. He also plays banjo, mandolin and pedal steel player and was a member of 'The Shed'.

Huey Dowling. Born in 1956, 1973 he left for London where he began playing concerts. Went to Washington DC 1975, touring and studying, returning to Norfolk - England, from where he toured in Europe and ran a studio from 1984 to 2004. He worked in London studios producing from 1992-2005. Now working as a freelance producer, engineer, writer and player, also a member of The Wayward Boys Ensemble.

Kevin Jess. He plays double bass, dobro resonator and banjo and is the Giant o' the band.

Rick Taylor. Studied at Leeds College of Music, moved to London where played trombone for many years, travelling all over the world with internationally recognised artistes, groups and ensembles. He is a guest conducter for various symphony orchestras and continues to play, arrange, produce and compose in a breadth of genres from jazz through to classical and all points between.

Also - Tadas Desukas - acoustic/electric violin and Nerijus Bakula - Accordion.

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