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It has been going very intense lately. Couple of weeks ago we had a concert in London’s Cafe Oto with Dirt Nonet. You could feel that the place had a very special atmosphere, and the audience was very warm too. This was our second to last concert in this tour. The last one is coming up on November 9th in Kaunas, Lithuania. london Right after London I jumped into the activities of Riga Saxophone Days – 5 days of intense masterclasses and concerts for the students of J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and their colleagues from Aarghus and Sibelius Music Academies. We were extremely happy to have such saxophone virtuosos as Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Jörgen Petterson and Johannes Thorell as our guest teachers. I also conducted 5 new pieces for 12 saxophone ensemble. Hard work, three concerts and nice talks  after a long day over the dinner and a glass of beer with colleagues from abroad – very inspiring! DSC_1812  DSC_1818 DSC_0426 1798356_774530912605030_1646938216903272238_n DSC_1834 Right after Riga Saxophone Days I played solo (Claude T. Smith’s “Fantasia”) with Lithuanian Military Band. Couple of days later we performed it in Vilnius, my beloved home city. The concert was a part of a saxophone seminar, where I also gave a lecture about performing different styles and problems when it comes to doing it on saxophone. 10731206_10201827289924275_1562089159366972754_n IMG_6567 Now on to preparing for Adolphe Sax’s birthday concert in J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music next week, two gigs in Lithuania (with Urban Trio in Klaipeda and with Dirt Nonet in Kaunas), premiere performance of Ilona Breģe’s new piece for two saxophones and symphonic band in mid-november, as well as my and my students’ trip to Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in early december, where we will work for a couple of days with our finnish colleagues. Looking forward!