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In 2007 Petras Vysniauskas performed with the GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY at the VISION FESTIVAL XII, NYC, USA.

"Soprano saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas, a Lithuanian, is I believe one of the most profoundly original musicians concentrating on that instrument -- his jagged phrases expanded on determinedly original intervals and his sound is powerful -- stronger and more pointed than Sam River's has become, for instance, more densely concentrated than the late Steve Lacy's, if not polyphonic in the manner of Evan Parker." - Howard Mandel, NYC, USA, 2007

"... Petras Vysniauskas is one of the best soprano saxists we've heard in many years ... " - Bruce Gallanter, USA, 2006

"Something of the rugged beauty of the Lithuanian countryside and the passion of many of his fellow countrymen has been breathed into his music. For me Petras Vysniauskas' music remains unforgettable because of his clear, individual concept. The use of themes from traditional folk music is one facet of this saxophonist, who reflects both the modern development in jazz and the sound idioms of the new and latest improvised and composed music. However, as he himself says, his feeling for folk music is part of his musical identity. And he adds: "In Lithuanian folk songs I hear echoes of John Coltrane; I try to combine this with the free form of expression offered by modern jazz". - Bert Noglik, Germany, 1990

Petras Vysniauskas played with Steve Lacy, Han Bennink, Jon Christensen, Tomasz Stanko, Vladimir Chekasin BigBand, Vyacheslav Ganelin, Kent Carter, Theo Jörgensmann, Jimmy Owens, Elliot Sharp, Paul Jeffrey, the "Rova Saxophone Quartet", Charly Mariano, Karl Berger, Anatoly Vapirov, Klaus Kugel, Bobo Stenson, Reiner Winterschladen, John Law, Steve Swell, Hilliard Greene, Vijay Iyer, Robert Dick, John Lindberg, Eric Vloeimans, Antoni Donchev, Mark Tokar and many others.

Together with
Klaus Kugel, he is part of Vyacheslav Ganelin's GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY since 1999.

In addition he performs in a duo with the distinguished Lithuanian folksinger
Veronika Povilioniene.

Inspired by his playing, several composers of symphonic or chamber music composed pieces for him. He is creative, versatile and has an extraordinary virtuosity, and is able to incorporate differing styles of jazz as well as contemporary concert music in his playing without losing his links with his personal roots - the spirit and profundity of Lithuanian folk-music.

Petras Vysniauskas performed at nearly every major festival worldwide including the JAZZ FEST BERLIN 1999 with the project PETRAS VYSNIAUSKAS QUARTET & SANKT CHRISTOPHOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA VILNIUS.