As They Are - New LP by Marijus Aleksa
Marijus Aleksa is a genuine shaman of rhythm who has pursued a remarkable international career. After making his debut at the Vilnius Jazz Festival at the tender age of thirteen, he has grown into a stage partner of some of the world’s most celebrated stars and has played at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Blue Note at Sea jazz forum to mention just a few. An ambitious drummer and percussionist, he relies on his technical prowess and visionary endeavours. His music is not unlike the works by the abstract expressionist painters: rich in colour, vivid, intuitive and hypnotising. His musical maps have been marked with the lines and crossings of jazz, rock, world and electronic club music. Instead of joining the trend of avant-garde dominating the Lithuanian jazz stage, he has chosen the distinctive path of looking for new methods of interaction with drums and percussion in addition to his particular interest in the musical genres seemingly unrelated to jazz and improvisation, thus weaving – strand by strand – his own exquisitely decorated musical tapestry.
(By Vitalijus Gailius)
With the concept of collage forming a central theme of the record, 23 people from different parts of the world (Lithuania / USA / UK / Cuba) each contributed to the creative flow of the musical creation, forming a rich sonic tapestry – formed of 3 years of recording and re-editing jam sessions, creating a spellbind final piece constructed from smaller pieces that in the first instance may have seemed incompatible. This sensibility was also applied to the track titles, which were created by segmenting common phrases and reforming them. The artwork was also created by Japanese collage artist Mt. Chills.