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Vik & Gene Quartet
November 20 @ 9:00 pm – November 21 @ 12:00 am
Vik (Viktorija Gečytė) is a Lithuanian singer based in Paris, admired by fans and critics alike for her refined phrasing, conversational delivery and contagious swing.
Groomed by the New York area’s jazz scene during her college years in the US, Vik is a worthy heir to the American jazz tradition with a profound respect for the rhythm. Her scatting is effortless, her poise enchanting. She also has a flair for folk instruments, such as clay whistles, kalimba or the kazoo.
One of her key musical partners over the years has been Gene Perla, veteran American bassist, formerly with Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Together, they have been touring and recording since 2008. Their latest record “In The Moment” (P.M. Records, 2020) is a tribute to their enthusiastic pre-pandemic collabroation with fellow musicians between New York and Paris.
In France, Vik leads several jazz and blues projects and performs regularly with big bands. The Frankfurt Radio Big Band had invited her to represent Lithuanian jazz for two consecutive years in Germany.
Vik is among the laureates of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition 2019.