> Pranas Kentra
Pranas Kentra graduated from the Prins Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands, Vilnius College and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The guitarist has collaborated with a number of jazz musicians from various countries, as well as St. Christopher and Klaipėda Chamber Orchestras, Vilnius Choir, Kaunas and Vilnius Big Bands, and composers of contemporary academic music.
In 2014 his group released its debut album Vague Memoirs in the Netherlands. In collaboration with a Bulgarian drummer Stefan Goranov his second CD Centrifuge came out in 2016, featuring a Grammy award winning Dutch bass player Mark Haanstra and other talented musicians of the younger generation.
Since 2014, Pranas has been a member of contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis. As a bandleader and composer he has his own quartet and is a sideman of various Lithuanian jazz oriented projects, such as Reinless, Lithuanian Jjazz Ensemble and Rokas Jaunius Septet.
In addition to performing activities Pranas Kentra had been a long time teacher at the Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy and the Juozas Gruodis Conservatoire. Since 2016 he has been working as a guitar, rhythm class and ensemble