From melodic to frenzied and back again, Krists Saržants’ jazz quintet composition artfully combines the varied but complementary tones of piano, bass, drums, saxophone and vocals and exploration of sound is a true work of art. While the soothing melody of the saxophone reminds you of his jazz roots, Saržants’ piano strokes remind you also of his roots in classical music. Taken all together, it’s a truly contemporary sound.

Krists Saržants is a Latvian composer who takes his inspiration from classical, jazz, and film music. He studied jazz piano and composition with Raimonds Petrauskis, Andris Dzenītis, Madars Kalniņš, Tuomo Uusitalo and Søren Møller at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and The Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg, Denmark. In 2018 Krists was nominated for the Nic Gotham Award for the contribution to jazz music and jazz culture in Latvia, as well as represented the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music at the International Association of Schools of Jazz in Viljandi, Estonia. In collaboration with Orchestra “Rīga”, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen (double bass), Rob Duguay (double bass), Yacine Boularès (saxophone), and others, Krists has performed in Latvia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, USA, the Netherlands, and more. His recordings were distributed worldwide at the largest European jazz gathering “Jazzahead! 2017” and included in the official “Jazz in Latvia 2018” CD compilation.

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