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…