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Portraits Shakuhachi & Piano Duets

by Geni Skendo & Dominik Wania

This album combines several genres, including Japanese folk songs & originals, all incorporating jazz improvisation. The album features the japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi, and the piano.
Genre: World: Japanese contemporary
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1. Yamanaka Bushi Geni Skendo & Dominik
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2. Kaigara Bushi Geni Skendo & Dominik
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3. Oedo Nihon Bashi Geni Skendo & Dominik
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4. Otemoyan Geni Skendo & Dominik
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5. Akita Obako Geni Skendo & Dominik
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6. Lullaby For Taimu Geni Skendo & Dominik
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7. Portait Virginia Geni Skendo & Dominik
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8. Lullaby For Ran Blake Geni Skendo & Dominik
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9. R L (Improve) Geni Skendo & Dominik
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10. Dream Albania Geni Skendo & Dominik
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11. Portrait Of Alison Geni Skendo & Dominik
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Geni is a Shakuhachi & jazz flute player based in Boston. He was classically trained in Albania (Academy of Arts). Before moving to the US, Geni performed all around Europe, playing in orchestras and bands in Albania, Greece, Italy, Hungary, and Slovenia. He has also performed in jazz clubs, concert halls, and on national television.

In August of 2003 Geni was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory where he has received a merit scholarship. After moving to Boston, Geni found himself immersed in the local music scene, he has since been playing around the city. This has led to interesting collaborations both Live and in the Studio with talented musicians such as Dave Fiuczynski, Bob Moses, The Violent Femmes with Brian Tiraku Ritchie, Matt Marvuglio, Mark Walker, Bruce Nieske, Sal deFusco, Dave Harris, and Björn Wennås to name just a few.

Geni has played at Mathews Arena, Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall (at New England Conservatory), RegattaBar Jazz Club, Ryles Jazz club, The Middle East Club, Bob the Chef’s, Phoenix Landing, Tir Na Nog, Cantab Lounge, Zeitgeist Galleria, The Four Seasons Hotel, John Hancock Building, and a plethora of local churches.
He has given Workshops at Berklee College of Music & UMass Boston

While classically trained, Geni’s great love is for Jazz and World Music. With his bands he performs Contemporary Jazz, using ethnic instruments.

Dominik Wania was born in Sanok, Poland and began the study of piano at the age three. He attended elementary and secondary music schools in Sanok, and graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland in 2005 where he was an honors music student studying classical piano performance. In 2006-2008 he was the recipient of Helena Foundation Presidential Scholarship at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he pursued Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance. While at NEC Dominik studied with Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Frank Carlberg.

In 2001, Dominik received first prize in the Tadeusz Zmudzinski Scholarship in Krakow. In 1997 he met the President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, as a representative the many gifted youth of Poland. In 1998, he was named Art and Culture Laureate of Nagroda Miasta Sanoka (the town of Sanok Prize), in 1999 he received a scholarship from the Polish Prime Minister and in 2007 became an Honorable Member of Sanok Musical Society. Dominik is the recipient of numerous awards, including first prize in the 7th Annual International Contest of Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow; first place and honorable mention in the 7th Polish Contest of Jazz Standards, Siedlce, 2003; first place in the 6th Polish Festival of Young Jazz and Blues Bands, Gdynia, 2003; and first place in the International Contest Jazz Juniors, Krakow, 2004, honorable mention at Jazz nad Odra, Wroclaw, 2005, first place in the 2nd Jazz Pianist Competition, Warsaw, 2005. He has performed with many prominent musicians: Jacek Kochan, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Janusz Muniak, Jan Pilch, Franz Hautzinger, Andy Manndorff, Dante Luciani, Gary Thomas, George Garzone to name just a few.


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Kay-ko!

Really COOL!
I'm japanese, I know about these Japanese traditional songs and Shakuhachi that Geni & Dominik plays very well.
When I listend to this album, I was so exited!! Because they arranged really really cool way! I didn't expect like that. I recomend if you're looking for cool music! Thank you Geni & Dominik :)

Bruce Hunter

Portraits Shakuhachi and Piano Duets
Portraits
Shakuhachi and Piano Duets
Geni Skendo – Shakuhachi, Domink Wania – Piano
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Warning! Collision of two temperments! Piano, with its fixed pitches and shakuhachi would seem an unlikely combination but this pair makes it work. Dominik Wania is exactly the right person for this collaboration. He has entered into the spirit of the enterprise, and allowed the music to come first, rather than his undoubtedly formidable prowess on the ivories. Good accompanists/partners are hard to find, I hope this one sticks around for more collaborations. Geni Skendo has found some interesting voices for this project, which I hope bodes well for future projects. There are some sonic episodes which I found a little off-putting at first, due to pitch requirements of piano, and shakuhachi notes needing to be where Geni put them, but second and subsequent listenings revealed instead, some very interesting acoustic events occurring. Altogether, a thoroughly enjoyable and keepable CD

Oh, almost forgot, Geni has created an Öhrwurm in one of the pieces, and no, I’m not going to tell which one. 8^)

Jeff Cairns

Compelling and heartfelt
After giving time to this new production of shakuhachi player Geni Skendo and pianist Dominik Wania, I found a moving and flowing story of heartfelt narrative winding in and out of traditional as well as modern compositions, often circling back for re-statement, but usually with a slight variation picked up along the way. The accompaniment of Wania is top rate and sensitive to the realm of the shakuhachi, often pushing the flute's melodic lines into unexpected spaces. Skendo's shakuhachi speaks from the heart. Obviously many of the portraits have deep and personal meaning: something that the shakuhachi is very adept at interpreting.
My hat is off to Skendo and Wania for their contribution to the world and I look forward to their next adventure.