Latest Quarantine Collabs in French Press

Never thought I’d appear in French press so soon since the tour at the beginning of 2020! 🎉

Happy to see the saxophone sextet by Jérôme Masco and project Exchange of Happiness, led by friend Félix Robin music, where I had the pleasure to record a tune of mine “Whiskey Wine”🥃🍷, to be featured in Le Républicain – Rédaction de Langon newspaper. It was a lot of fun to record the compositions and connect with great musicians. Love the French spirit! They will always find a way to connect and celebrate that.

“Whiskey Wine” by Toms Rudzinskis (read more here)
Félix Robin music on the vibraphone, Louis Laville on upright bass and Simon Lacouture on the drums.

Lockdown/Quarantine Collaborations: Jérôme Masco "Villa Llanquín”

A snippet from my solo from one of the many Lockdown/Quarantine Collaborations! It was fun to join Jérôme's international woodwind sextet to play his latest composition "Villa Llanquín”. As always, nice to ‘meet’ and connect with new musicians and play something different!🎷 Olga Amelchenko from Russia on alto sax🎷 Toms Rudzinskis from Latvia on alto sax🎷 Patricia López saxofonista y flautista from Uruguay on tenor sax🎷 Jérôme Masco Music from France on tenor sax & composition, producing🎷 Dawid Toklowicz Music from Poland on bass clarinet🎷 Kira Linn from Germany on baritone saxAfter this live-from-home recording session I’m looking forward to see you all and play with you in person! Thanks to Jérôme for inviting!Go and check out the full HD version on Jérôme’s YouTube https://youtu.be/YPEOFMS2LOU and Facebook!🎷 Henri SELMER Paris Saxophones Gottsu Co.,Ltd. Gottsu Latinoamerica RIGOTTI Gold Reeds ASTON Microphones

Posted by Toms Rudzinskis Music on Trešdiena, 2020. gada 13. May

Jérôme Masco Saxophone Sextet, composition “Villa Llanquín” full video on YouTube

🎷 Olga Amelchenko from Russia on alto sax
🎷 Toms Rudzinskis from Latvia on alto sax
🎷 Patricia López saxofonista y flautista from Uruguay on tenor sax
🎷 Jérôme Masco Music from France on tenor sax & composition, producing
🎷 Dawid Toklowicz Music from Poland on bass clarinet
🎷 Kira Linn from Germany on baritone sax

Can’t wait for things to settle down and us going back on road! France!

Here’s an excerpt from the article as posted by Jérôme:

“During the confinement, La Réole native musicians showed creativity”

“Musicians from La Réole region have published several must-hear projects. One of the bands, Exchange of Happiness, has published several videos inviting musicians playing from their homes. The result: thausends+ of views during the confinement.
Jérôme Mascotto – also a member of the collective – did his best with the spare time. He’s published three compositions with one particularity: nothing but woodwind. No drum, guitar, nor the bass. A real challenge for composing, without rehearsal. Each musician received her/his part, combining solos and accompaniment.
In the last video, musicians came from all over the world (Russia, Uruguay, Germany, Latvia and Poland). A fantastic outcome!”

JazzAhead! 23.04.2020 – Expectations vs Reality

This year I had A LOT planned for jazzahead!

Two new albums and live shows. With my main project ABYSS with Igor Osypov, Povel Widestrand, Tom Berkmann and Fabian Rösch and the Space Big Band with Kenneth Dahl Knudsen and a heap of amazing musicians! Add a few collabs and an electronic solo project – no doubt, I was looking forward to hanging, networking and just catching up with friends and musicians!

In reality, things don’t always go our way.

What hasn’t changed is me having hands full of music to play and write + still keeping up with a positive attitude. And my “Perfect timing” shirt now fits both my musical as well as the mental state I aim for… a good attitude these days 👕 If you want one, see my merch shop.

Now I’m looking forward to next year! Thanks to #jazzahead! organisers for offering artists a full refund. Looking forward to 2021 being a blast!

See you soon next year, JAZZin, Jersika Records, JAZZ9TUS and all my jazz friends!

New Tune “Whiskey Wine” with “Exchange of Happiness” (France)

Exchange of happiness – Toms Rudzinskis / Whiskey – Wine

Here the third video of the 1st with the amazing Toms Rudzinskis Music on his composition whiskey – Wine ! Hope you'll enjoy ! Please share our happiness ! Sorry for the quality of the sound, quarantine mean recording with iPhone… Take care

Posted by Exchange of Happiness on Piektdiena, 2020. gada 10. aprīlis

A new quarantine collaboration and some ewi action! Here it is! My tune “Whiskey-Wine” 🥃🍷with my Bordeaux friends!

It’s crazy to think that less than 2 months ago I was touring and travelling across the South of France and now – exclusively from my shed. Super happy I met Félix Robin music and other musicians on this trip. Great to keep in touch with friends even when miles away. Especially now.

Felix on the vibraphone, Louis Laville on upright bass and Simon Lacouture on drums. The project is called Exchange of Happiness, check them out!