The Department of Rhythmic Music at the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies is involved in NordPULS jazz, popular and rock music network activities (NordPULS network for Jazz, Pop and Rock, NPHE-2018 / 10120S). The aim of the project is to promote cooperation between Nordic / Baltic higher education institutions which develop jazz, popular and rock music performers and exchange experience.

On 4-8 March, 2019 the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies was visited by Latvian jazz pianist and composer Madars Kalninš and five students of the Jazz Department of the Latvian Academy of Music – Rihards Hermanis (percussion), Davids Beers (guitar), Emilis Bogdanovičs (bass guitar), Katie Ring (flute), Katrina Kabinecka (vocal). Madars Kalninš shared the experience of harmony, reharmonization and jazz music for piano with the students of the Popular Music Study program.

During the visit students from Latvia together with students and lecturers Pranas Kentra, Skirmantas Sasnauskas, Vita Sasnauskiene, Richardas Banys, Vytis Nivinskis of the Department of Rhythmic Music and a teacher from Roma Saint Louis College of Music Nina Jori Pedersen prepared the musical program, which was presented on March 6th at the jazz club ‘Jazz Cellar 11’. This musical program was a result of all week’s project activities.

Also, all participants of the project planned future performances, discussed other stages of the project and opportunities for lecturers’ and students’ exchange.