A talent in finding the unbeaten path where tradition meets extremely intellectual, free, complicated and interesting musicianship.
Toms Rudzinskis is one of Baltic’s leading saxophone players and composers with an innovative and unique sound in his performance and compositions. Leading his own band or performing as a well-respected soloist and sideman, currently resides in Berlin and travels across Europe to perform, collaborate and educate.
Masters graduate of prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam, numerous jazz and classical music awards winner, Toms has won has the “Keep an Eye” Jazz award with the quartet “North by Northeast”, Best Soloist at the international big band competition “Meer Jazz”, selected as the Jazz ambassador of the internationally recognised venue Bimhuis. Won the prestigious “Burghausen Jazz competition” Grand Prix with “Matiss Cudars quartet” in 2012, which led to an opportunity to share the stage with internationally renowned Cassandra Wilson. Won the “Dutch Jazz Competition” Grand Prix with Loran Witteveen quintet which led to a tour in 2016 covering the biggest venues in The Netherlands.
In 2014 Toms released debut album “ABRA” receiving critical acclaim and double Latvian Grammy nominations as The Best Jazz Album and The Best Debut, gaining wider recognition and following in his homeland and national press naming it the “most impressive discovery in Latvian jazz in the past years!” Another “The Best Jazz album” nomination followed with the next album in 2017 – the first vinyl recording “Locomotion!” in independent Latvia, a fully analogue recording with the award-winning Austrian trumpet player Gerhard Ornig receiving praise as “one of the most powerful contemporary jazz albums the Latvian jazz scene has to offer” and praising the harmonic diversity and compositional mastery.
Called “a talent in finding the unbeaten path where tradition meets extremely intellectual, free, complicated and interesting musicianship” Rudzinskis’ compositions and intense yet warm sound opens a musical conversation of powerful rhythms, expressive melodies, and exciting improvisation, truly highlighting his and his fellow musicians’ musical personalities.
Toms is currently working on a new album with quintet “ABYSS” and a collaborative “Space Big Band” project both to be recorded in 2019-2020, as well as traveling and collaborating with jazz musicians across Europe, developing Jazz Community & Education platform #TRJXP.