Neda Malūnavičiūtė

The most prominent Lithuanian jazz singer and a master of flute. On stage she spreads emotions and sincerity, and her voice, mostly used as an equal instrument in the ensemble and often leading up to emotional culminations, is both full of vitality and intimately mild. Since 1986, when Neda first appeared on the jazz stage with the student ensemble, led by her teacher Vladimir Chekasin, her flute and colourful voice was heard in projects with almost all of the Lithuanian jazz masters, as well as with her international partners. Neda has mastered diverse jazz styles; besides, she is closely related to classical music (she graduated from the classical flute studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre). Developing the mainstream tradition in jazz, the singer also successfully appears as a pop singer, and has won multiple awards in this field.

Jūratė Kučinskaitė

 

Vilnius Jazz Quartet feat. Neda - Prologue

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Vilnius Jazz Quartet feat. Neda - Prologue

Raivo Tafenau Band feat. Neda - Dandelion

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Raivo Tafenau Band feat. Neda - Dandelion

Bronius Kutavičius - Erotics

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Bronius Kutavičius - Erotics

Biography

Neda Malūnavičiūtė (b. 1971) has a uniquely emotional performing style, which is provocative, spontaneous and full of vitality and on the other hand, intimately mild. She develops the mainstream tradition and employs her voice as an equal element of an ensemble.

 

From her childhood she took improvisation lessons from Vladimir Chekasin, later she studied flute at the Lithuanian Academy of Music. She made her debut on jazz stage in 1988 with the Youth Jazz Ensemble led by Vladimir Chekasin. Since then she has performed with nearly all Lithuanian jazz musicians, making the most important appearances with such groups as NNB, Artūras Anusauskas Quintet, Gone With Jazz, Vilnius Jazz Quartet, Vytautas Labutis Octet, Dainius Pulauskas Sextet, Leonid Shinkarenko Jazz 4. She has been featured by the international projects with Michail Finberg Big Band (Byelorussia), Daniil Kramer Trio (Russia), Bernd Homann Quartet (Germany), Kestutis Stančiauskas and his group Streetdancer (USA), Raivo Tafenau Group (Estonia-Finland-Lithuania) and others. She has performed in the USA with different groups and has been featured by the famous European jazz festivals, the Imatra (1994), Tampere (1995), Pori (2000).


In 1994 Neda won the Grand Prix of the International Vocalists Competition in Białystok (Poland). In 1999, together with Dainius Pulauskas Sextet, she won the Grand Prix of the Yesterday Pärnu International Competition in Estonia. In 1997 she received the Bravo Award for her achievements as a pop singer.

 

© Jūratė Kučinskaitė

Love, Where the Heaven Begins
Pūkas, 1997 (MC, CD)


Time to Confess
Bomba Records, 1997 (MC, CD)


Neda & Audrius: All Duets
Neda Malūnavičiūtė & Audrius Balsevičius
Azbi L-036 (MC)


Picture Postcard
Patriotai Productions, 2001 (MC, CD)


Another Day in Paradise
Patriotai Productions, 2002 (MC, CD)


Moments
Patriotai Productions, 2003 (MC, CD)

Same Old Story

Patriotai Productions, 2006 (CD)

The Best Of

Patriotai Productions, 2007 (CD)


As a group member and guest musician


Making Blues
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Liudas Mockūnas - ss, Saulius Valikonis - ts + group "Blues Makers"
1994 (MC)


Gone With Jazz
Quintet "Gone With Jazz": Vytautas Labutis - sax, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl, Artūras Anusauskas - p, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
Partitūra P7006, 1995 (MC)


Apple
Oktava Sound Band: Valerijus Ramoška - tp, flhn, Skirmantas Sasnauskas - tb, Rimantas Brazaitis - ts, Vilius Pocius - ob, Dainius Pulauskas - ky, Eugenijus Jonavičius - g, Alvydas Lukoševičius - b, voc, Linas Būda - dr, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Judita Leitaite - voc
Vilnius Recording Studio VSCD-010, 1995 (CD)


The Gospel According to Romas
Vytautas Labutis - sax, Petras Vyšniauskas - sax, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, and others
Nona Music, 1995 (MC)
Bonifa Records 0010, 1996 (CD)


Sing, Sing, Sing
Vytautas Pilibavičius - tb, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Daniil Kramer - p
JAM Records, 1995 (MC)
Russian Records 027, 1996 (CD)


Insomnia
Quintet "Gone With Jazz": Vytautas Labutis - sax, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl, Artūras Anusauskas - p, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
Bonifa Records 009, 1996 (CD)


Ocean of Dreams
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc + group "Last Walk"
Azbi L-028, 1996 (MC)


Requiem
Kipras Mašanauskas - voc, p, programming, perc, Romas Lileikis - voc, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - fl, voc, Petras Vyšniauskas - as, Vytautas Labutis - ss, Skirmantas Sasnauskas - bagpipe, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr, perc, choir "Brevis"
Bomba Records BBCD 073, 1996 (CD)


Vilnius Jazz Quartet & Neda
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc + Vilnius Jazz Quartet: Vytautas Labutis - sax, Oleg Molokoyedov - ky, tp, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
BMK Records 5705-4, 1997 (MC)
Oleg Molokoyedov & Vytautas Labutis LMR-001, 2000 (CD)


Terra Vandetuja
Vytautas Labutis Octet: Vytautas Labutis - reeds, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - fl, voc, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, voc, Skirmantas Sasnauskas - tb, voc, Dainius Pulauskas - ky, Vytautas Mikeliūnas - v, Eugenijus Kanevičius - db, voc, Arkady Gotesman - dr, perc
Eugenijus Šaltis, 1998 (CD)


Christmas Flowers
Choir "Brevis", Vytautas Labutis - sax, Artūras Anusauskas - p, synth, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Linas Būda - dr, Vadim Volkov - g, Gintautas Venislovas - synth, acc, Darius Bažanovas - tu, Chordos String Quartet, Vilnius Percussionists + soloists: Neda Malūnavičiūtė, Česlovas Gabalis, Stasys Povilaitis, Algirdas Janutas
Lithuanian National Radio and Television LRCD0022, 1999 (CD)


Sunny Gets Blue
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl + Vytautas Labutis Quartet: Vytautas Labutis - as, Adomas Rekašius - p, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
Saxabassa Records SR 007, 2000 (CD)


In a Vicious Circle
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Arina - voc, Vytautas Labutis - sax + group "Blues Makers"
Bomba Records, 2001 (MC, CD)


Le Bolero
Leonid Shinkarenko Jazz 7: Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl, Vytautas Labutis - as, bs, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, Dainius Pulauskas - ky, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Darius Rudis - dr, Pavel Giunter - perc, vib
Leo Music 001, 2001 (CD)


Vilnius Jazz Quartet feat. Neda
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl + Vilnius Jazz Quartet: Vytautas Labutis - saxes, synth, Oleg Molokoyedov - ky, tp, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr, perc
Dialog Music DM-80023, 2001 (CD)


Bio Jazz
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl + Vilnius Jazz Quartet: Vytautas Labutis - saxes, synth, Oleg Molokoyedov - p, synth, tp, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
Pūkas CD-148, 2002 (CD)


Orkestretto. Live in Kaunas Jazz 2002
Vytautas Labutis - as, ss, p, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl, Dmitry Golovanov - p, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Darius Rudis - dr, Gediminas Laurinavičius - perc, Kęstutis Vaiginis - ss, Justė Sakalytė - as, Eugeny Snytkin - ts, Robertynas Vainoras - bs
Saxabassa Records SR 006, 2002 (CD)


Circle of Conversations / Night in Tunisia
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl, Vytautas Labutis - reeds, Vytautas Mikeliūnas - v, Eugenijus Kanevičius - db, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, cond. Donatas Katkus
Saxabassa Records SR 009, 2002 (CD)


I Give My Love for You
LRT Orchestra and soloists
Lithuanian National Radio and Television LRCD 035-1, 2003 (CD)


Vitas Gerulaitis. Remembrance in Jazz
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Vytautas Labutis - as, ss, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, flhn, Skirmantas Sasnauskas - tb, Dainius Pulauskas - ky, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Linas Būda - dr, Darius Rudis - dr, Pavel Giunter - perc, Arkady Gotesman - perc
Leo Music 002, 2004 (CD)

New Mood Jazz, 2006 (CD)


The Snow Queen
Raivo Tafenau Band feat. Neda: Raivo Tafenau - sax, Ain Agan - g, Eugenijus Kanevičius - b, Petteri Hasa - dr, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl
Vytas Matrosovas & Raivo Tafenau VMCD-001, 2004 (CD)


Marijonas Mikutavičius: Welcome Each Other
Intervid, 2004 (CD)


In compilations


Jazz Carnival Odessa
"Bossa Bi Nova" / "Tuxedo Junction" / "Don't Be That Way"
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl + Vilnius Jazz Quartet: Vytautas Labutis - reeds, Oleg Molokoyedov - p, synth, Eugenijus Kanevičius - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
Landy Star LS-036-01, 2001 (CD)


The Most Beautiful Duets
"Dance in the Rain"
Neda Malūnavičiūtė & Marijonas Mikutavičius
Bomba Records, 2003 (CD)


Jazzy Lithuania
"Nadoeda"
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc + Vilnius Jazz Quartet: Vytautas Labutis - saxes, synth, Oleg Molokoyedov - p, synth, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
"Pa"
Vytautas Labutis Octet: Vytautas Labutis - bcl, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, Skirmantas Sasnauskas - tb, Dainius Pulauskas - ky, Vytautas Mikeliūnas - v, Eugenijus Kanevičius - db, Arkady Gotesman - perc
"Le Bolero"
Leonid Shinkarenko Jazz 7: Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Vytautas Labutis - saxes, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, Dainius Pulauskas - ky, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Darius Rudis - dr, Pavel Giunter - perc
Judita Bartoševičienė VMJ 001, 2004 (CD)


Free Spirits: Jazz from Lithuania 2005
"Prologue"
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - fl, voc + Vilnius Jazz Quartet: Vytautas Labutis - saxes, synth, Oleg Molokoyedov - p, synth, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr
"Christmas' 99"
Linas Rimša - ky, programming, jaw harp, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, Danielius Praspaliauskis - as, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - fl, Victor "Vee" Diawara - rap, DJ Mamania - turntables
Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD 026, 2005 (CD)


Laureates of the "Birštonas" Jazz Festivals
"Self-portrait" / "Ebony Chant"
Quintet "Gone With Jazz": Vytautas Labutis - as, blc, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, fl, Artūras Anusauskas - p, synth, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Gediminas Laurinavičius - dr, perc
Birštonas' Cultural Centre, 2005 (CD)

Jazzy Vilnius
"Why"?
Vytautas Labutis - p, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, cond. Donatas Katkus
Judita Bartoševičienė VMJ 002, 2007 (CD)

Note Lithuania: Jazz

"1-2-3"

Valerijus Ramoška - tp, Danielius Praspaliauskis - as, Neda Malūnavičiūtė - fl, Linas Rimša - ky, programming

"Le Bolero"
Leonid Shinkarenko Jazz 7: Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Vytautas Labutis - saxes, Valerijus Ramoška - tp, Dainius Pulauskas - ky, Leonid Shinkarenko - b, Darius Rudis - dr, Pavel Giunter - perc

Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD+DVD 002, 2007 (CD)


As a performer of academic music


Lithuanian New Music Year 1998
Bronius Kutavičius. "Erotics"
Neda Malūnavičiūtė - voc, Ieva Baublytė - rec, Paulius Lukauskas - hn
Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD 008, 1999 (CD)

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