About

The team was founded as an accordion duo in 2005, and expanded to the quartet by 2008. It preserves this composition until nowadays – Povilas Velikis (accordion), Dmitrijs Mihailovs (accordion), Laurynas Vaitkus (birbynė) and Vytautas Švažas (drums, percussion). During this period, the band succeeded in creating their own unique sound that cannot be confused with anything. The music style is reminiscent of world/fusion, jazz, rock, modern folk, and crossover.
Subtilu-Z performs extensively abroad, presenting their authored and Lithuanian composer's music to the world. The concerts also feature Lithuanian folk themes and well-known popular works performed in their inherent style. The Lithuanian authenticity in the band is contributed by a national wind instrument, birbynė, having a unique timbre where you can hear the shades of the duduk, saxophone, clarinet … Meanwhile, the band is one of those rare cases in the world where the listener can hear his timbre and capabilities.

After the concerts, listeners almost unanimously tell that the band's impeccable performance of the music leaves no room for indifference. The energy simply explodes throughout the concerts and every member of the band is an integral part of it. No matter, whether they play their own created music, jazz standard, rock – pop, or modern folk, – everything sounds unheard of in their concerts.

Subtilu-Z has performed in various countries around the world (USA, Russia, China, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Estonia). 
The main events of the recent year: prestigious Lithuanian Musicians' Union Award – Golden Disc (2019); concert tour in Russia (Philharmonic and other prestigious halls) (2019); musical project of Rossija Kultura TV channel “Quartet Fights” (Russia) (2018); tour to commemorate Lithuania's 100th anniversary: Brussels (BE), Warsaw (PL), Grodno (BY), Prague (CZ), Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore (USA) (2018); EXPO world exhibition in Shanghai (2019), Astana (2017), Milan (2015); concert tour in Norway (2014). 
The band has released five albums – PLAY LIFE (CD)(2019), GRAMMY WINNERS (CD) (2017), MĖLYNOM GATVELĖM (CD+VINYL) (2013), STRONG INSERTION (CD) (2012), THE BEGINING (CD) (2009).

Subtilu-Z

Laurynas Vaitkus

Tenor birbyne, pipe

I am Laurynas, I play reed and I really hate when people imagine it one-sidedly. Clarinetist Giora Feidman once has told me that the instrument is the microphone of the soul, to express what you have inside yourself. You do not have to play a lot and complex tunes for that. A work of the three notes can be mindlessly complicated, because you need inner faith, power to convey it. The repertoire can be varied. My whole life is now related to Subtilu-Z: I go to bed, I sleep and wake up with new and old ideas. I see the entire work process not only as a performer. Good performance is important but it must also be conveyed: record quality, concert vocalization, lighting and other preparatory work in the backstage may be critical to how the audience will hear us, and we started dedicating much more attention to them.

Povilas Velikis

Accordion

I am Povilas, I am an accordionist and as far as I remember myself, I always preferred playing in an ensemble rather than solo. I am an ensemble man, unafraid to crawl out of it, I indeed feel at home there.
With Subtilu-Z we never have dilemmas, what to play. Most importantly, we must like the piece, and the audience mostly responds not to what we play, but how we do it. When a musician steps on the stage without a clear vision of what he wants to say – the listener feels it. Therefore, every piece is rehearsed for quite a while until we perform it on stage: we have to search, to mature every note of it, because we do not adjust want to play what is written on paper, but to understand, to comprehend the material and make its our own. Particularly big challenge is posed by vocal music as the singer also has a word that is automatically effective, while the musician has to convey everything using just his instrument and his inner energy. 
And certainly, the biggest joy is playing your own works. It is very interesting for me to write something of my own, and I like when it is performed. I like applauds, but am not doing it out of vanity. Creativity stems from somewhere outside me and I am only a conductor, merely writing down the notes.

Povilas Velikis

Accordion

I am Povilas, I am an accordionist and as far as I remember myself, I always preferred playing in an ensemble rather than solo. I am an ensemble man, unafraid to crawl out of it, I indeed feel at home there.
With Subtilu-Z we never have dilemmas, what to play. Most importantly, we must like the piece, and the audience mostly responds not to what we play, but how we do it. When a musician steps on the stage without a clear vision of what he wants to say – the listener feels it. Therefore, every piece is rehearsed for quite a while until we perform it on stage: we have to search, to mature every note of it, because we do not adjust want to play what is written on paper, but to understand, to comprehend the material and make its our own. Particularly big challenge is posed by vocal music as the singer also has a word that is automatically effective, while the musician has to convey everything using just his instrument and his inner energy. 
And certainly, the biggest joy is playing your own works. It is very interesting for me to write something of my own, and I like when it is performed. I like applauds, but am not doing it out of vanity. Creativity stems from somewhere outside me and I am only a conductor, merely writing down the notes.

Dmitrijs Mihailovs

Accordion, piano

There is a psychological exercise. You imagine the goal and in your mind, you reject all obstacles that might arise in reality – there are no obstacles, everything is possible, and only your fantasy is the limit to how the achievement of your dreams will look like. The same applies for creativity: first, you reject all obstacles, you allow everything to yourself, and then you can evaluate whether you have gone too far; and if yes, you go back. But in the beginning you must dare, and move forward. I am Dmitrijs, my contribution to Subtilu-Z is the sound of accordion and my own creations. 
To me, music is the language with infinity of words. You can select the most appropriate from them, in order to tell about your ideas or feelings, and even talk different things using the same notes. Then you have a very good feeling that the language does not limit you. 
Creativity is the driver of the existence of our group. We improvise, looking, we search, dry, make mistakes, but find and discover, record and deliver. The process is very interesting and keeps us going. Who knows what awaits us behind the turn?..

Vytautas Švažas

Percussion instruments

I am Vytautas, the pulse of Subtilu-Z. Rhythm is a vast field for creativity. The simplest standard template can be performed using a great variety of different instruments and strokes... Combinations are endless. I have a certain obsession of collecting instruments, but I not only play on my collection – sometimes I play an ax.
I still do not have the full stock of all rhythms of the world in the library of my brain, but I keep supplementing it, even subconsciously – whenever I hear music. With Subtilu-Z I learned that when you are in an ensemble, you do not always have to demonstrate everything what you know and are capable of. Most important not to excel individually, but to make the best quality of the joint music.

Vytautas Švažas

Percussion instruments

I am Vytautas, the pulse of Subtilu-Z. Rhythm is a vast field for creativity. The simplest standard template can be performed using a great variety of different instruments and strokes... Combinations are endless. I have a certain obsession of collecting instruments, but I not only play on my collection – sometimes I play an ax.
I still do not have the full stock of all rhythms of the world in the library of my brain, but I keep supplementing it, even subconsciously – whenever I hear music. With Subtilu-Z I learned that when you are in an ensemble, you do not always have to demonstrate everything what you know and are capable of. Most important not to excel individually, but to make the best quality of the joint music.

Press about us

2018-02-13

“It is necessary to celebrate birthdays, especially if it is the 100th birthday. We will not live to see such birthday once more“, the members of instrumental group “Subtilu-Z” say. During celebration of the 100th anniversary of Independence of Lithuania, “Subtilu-Z” offers the exclusive program: musicians, dressed in costumes, designed for the 100th anniversary, will organise the concert tour for Lithuanians, scattered around the world.   During the concerts, “Subtilu-Z” will fill the festive yearbook and invite fans to share their thoughts – what this important anniversary of Lithuania means to them.

2018-02-12

Minint Lietuvos Nepriklausomybės 100-metį „Subtilu-Z“ siūlo išskirtinę programą: specialiai 100-mečiui sukurtais kostiumais pasipuošę muzikantai surengs koncertų turą po pasaulį išsibarsčiusiems lietuviams. Per koncertus „Subtilu-Z“ pildys šventinį metraštį ir kvies gerbėjus dalintis mintimis – ką jiems reiškia ši svarbi Lietuvos sukaktis.

2017-12-18

Subtili, nepriekaištingai paruošta ir svarbiausia, geriausias emocijas suteikianti dovana – kas tai galėtų būti? Regis, išrinkti Kalėdines dovanas nėra toks jau lengvas uždavinys. Tačiau geras žmogaus pažinimas, kuriam planuojate įteikti ypatingą dovaną tikrai jums labai padės.

2017-12-11

Artėjant šventėms instrumentalistai „Subtilu-Z“ įgyvendino seną svajonę – grupės nariai užsidėjo pačiūžas, pasikvietė ištikimą grupės gerbėją šunelį Pupą ir akordeonu, birbyne bei perkusija grojo čiuoždami ant ledo. 

 

Biography

The group, as the accordion duo, was founded in 2005 and expanded to the quartet by 2008. Such composition lasts to this day. During this time, the group exceeded to create inherent unique sound that cannot be confused with anything else. The musical style cannot be described in few words, it can only be discovered by sensations.

Composition of the group:
Laurynas Vaitkus (tenor birbyne, lumzdelis)
Dmitrijs Mihailovs (accordion)
Povilas Velikis (accordion)
Vytautas Švažas (percussion)

2019 
Concert Tour to honour the Lithuanian Independence – Kyiv (Ukraine)
Premiere of the new program and presentation of the album Play Life and concert tour in Lithuania.

2018
Concert Tour to honour the Lithuanian Independence – Brussels (Belgium), Warsaw (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Grodno (Belarus), Washington, DC Philadelphia, Baltimore (USA);
St Magnus International Festival – Senduik (Maine, Scotland);
Hohenloher Kultursommer 2018 International Festival – Geddelsbach (Germany);

3rd place in the First International Competition – National Collection – St. Petersburg (Russia);
Group Concert at Kaunas State Philharmonic Concert Hall (Lithuania);
Group Concert in Belarusian National Philharmonic Concert Hall – Minsk (Belarus).

2017
Concert tour to honour the independence of Lithuania – Vienna (Austria);
Hague (Netherlands) Berlin (Germany) Copenhagen (Denmark);
Limabazi 2017 international accordion music festival – Riga (Latvia);
Group concert at the international music union of musicians at the Concert Hall – Moscow (Russia);
EXPO 2017 – Astana (Kazakhstan).

2016
Premiere of the new programme and the presentation of the Grammy Winners album and a concert tour in Lithuania;
Kaunas Jazz International Festival.

2015
Kino Pavasaris International Film Festival Vilnius (Lithuania);
International Festival (Probaltika 2015, Torun (Poland);
EXPO 2015 – Milan (Italy);
Anniversary concert of the group in Vilnius and concert tour in Lithuania;
Joint concert-project with a duet from Germany Jerusalem Duo.

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