Modal Jazz Ensemble

The collective of highly professional musicians who share love and passion for a Main Stream Jazz music, particularly the Hard Bob.

Rhythm Section:

Artjom Sarvi – Keyboards

A graduate of Latvian Music Academy (Master’s degree) multitalented and versatile musician.

Artjom also composes and arranges his own pieces, which, as he himself admits, is a very important process that allows an artist to grow and develop new ideas.

Boris Bannih – Double bass

A seasoned jazz veteran actively performing on scene for over 40 years. Participated in many Jazz festivals: Jazz in Marciac France – 1991, Pori Jazz-Finland – 1989, Tbilisi Jazz – 1978, Rostov Jazz-1976. Over the years has performed with such “monsters” as V. Viadro Quartet/Trio, worked with various groups, “New Moscow Jazz Band”, Latvian Radio Big band.

Vlad Zelkin – Drums / Percussion

A seasoned jazz veteran, residing in US since 1978, where he has regularly performed with various world class jazz and R&B musicians. Vlad has performed at the first Detroit – Montreaus Jazz Festival.

Woodwind & Brasswind:

Indrikis Veitners – Tenor Sax / Clarinet

Virtuoso saxophonist and clarinetist, jazz educator, jazz historian and head of the jazz department of the Latvian Music Academy. He has been regularly recording and performing with the well-known Latvian musicians such as Raimonds Raubishko, Uldis Marhilevichs, Raimonds Macatsm, Deniss Pashksvich and many others.

Lauris Amantovs – Trombone

Extremely talented, creative and one of the most prominent musician of the new generation. His musical backgrounds are Jazz Department of Klaipeda University (Lithuania), master classes with the greats – Peter Herbolzheimer and Jiggs Wigham. He is also a laureate of various performing arts contests. Moreover, he is an initiator and founder of different jazz bands – West Coast Band, Riga Cool Quintet, Mirage Jazz Orchestra, Mirage Octet and his Quartet.

Normunds Piesis  –  Trumpet / Flugelhorn

Normunds is our latest addition. Graduate of Latvian Music Academy (Jazz Faculty) Normunds has been a versatile trumpet player, recording artist, session musician, educator, arranger and the list goes on…

Special guests – internationally recognized, always charming jazz singers:

Evelina Protektor

Composer and singer Evilena Protektor has worked with jazz musicians  from all over the world. Her silky voice has conquered hearts of listeners from all over the Europe.

Olga Pirags

Olga Pirags powerful and flexible voice, temperament, virtuosity and rhythm, and also her charming personality creates incredible image, that makes music lovers eagerly wait for her next performances.