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New York City based internationaly renowned Latvian jazz bassist Maksim Perepelica is one of the brightest musical talents in his country as well as far away from its borders. He is the true artist with unique vision and understanding of music, deep knowledge of jazz idiom, big sound and strong rhythmic feel. He is one of the finest bassist on the scene whose passion and dedication to music has brought him over three continents including Europe, Australia and the United States, where he has performed at some of the biggest festivals, venues and concert halls, appeared on various TV and Radio programs, won several jazz competitions and recorded with some of the greatest musicians in the jazz world: Steve Wilson, Manuel Valera, Shai Maestro, Troy Roberts, Jason Rigby, Willerm Delisfort, Berta Moreno, Jordan Pettay, Edmar Castañeda, Gabriel Grossi, Park Stickney, Deborah Henson-Conant, Maeve Gilchrist, Rossitza Milevska, Raphael Pannier, Kelly Green, Yaacov Mayman, Flavio Silva, MTV EMA-winning band "Happyendless", Benjamin Herman, Ilja Reijngoud, Peter Beets, Simon Rigter, Johan Clement, Jun Hyung An, Melissa Oliveira, Juanma Barroso, Ruven Ruppik, Abel Marcel, Alex Correa, David Sancho among many others.
Maksim was born in a small Latvian town Ventspils. After finishing secondary school he moved to Lithuania to study and play music professionally. During five years spent in the neighbor country Maksim had become one of the busiest bassists in the Baltic area performing with MTV EMA-winning band "Happyendless", Evelina Sasenko's "Rendez-vouz", "Colder", Kestutis Vaiginis, Liudas Mockunas, Arturas Anusauskas, Vytautas Labutis, Paulius Zdanavicius, Darius Rudis, Egle Sirvydyte, Domantas Razauskas, and many others around the Baltics at various venues and international jazz and world music festivals, such as: Kaunas Jazz (Lithuania), Vilnius Jazz (Lithuania), Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival (Lithuania), Birstonas Jazz (Lithuania), Be2Gether (Lithuania), Tallinn Music Week (Estonia), Baltic Beach Party (Latvia), Martisor (Moldova), Regeneratorius (Lithuania), Ventspils Groove Festival and Ventspils City Festival (Latvia) among others.
He also participated in National TV and Radio programs including LRT-2 music program "Improvizaciju Aleja" with Egle Sirvydyte and band; recorded and released popular singles with "Happyendless", "Colder" and Egle Sirvydyte; was a member of Lithuanian Jazz Federation.
After moving to the Netherlands in 2009 and having a big privilege and honor to study at Codarts Rotterdam with Hein van de Geyn, one of the best jazz doublebassists and educators in the world, as well as Marius Beets, Frans van Geest and Stefan Lievestro, leading double bass players of today worldwide, Maksim quickly got involved into the Dutch and Western European music scenes. He also had the honor to play with some of the greatest Dutch jazz musicians, like Simon Righter, Bob Righter, Kris Goessens, Peter Beets, Benjamin Herman, Ilja Reijngoud, Bart van Lier and Johan Clement among others.
Maksim has been a member of "IJHF" (International Jazz Harp Foundation), working and performing together with the world class jazz harpists-virtuosos: Edmar Castañeda, Park Stickney, Deborah Henson-Conant, Maeve Gilchrist, Rossitza Milevska, Sabine Meijers, Brenda Dor-Groot and many others.
He has also performend and toured around Europe and worldwide with Melissa Oliveira Band, Kind of Brown Quartet, Los Paja Brava, Flavio Silva, Gabriel Grossi, Jun Hyung An Quintet, The Hat Bangers, Abel Marcel, Alex Correa, David Sancho Trio, The New Quartet, Thomas Maasz and others.
Apart from that, Maksim participated in Dutch TV and Radio music programs: RTV Rijnmond, "Virus", Omroep Zuidplas, as well as performed at international jazz festivals: Devonport Jazz Festival (Devonport, Australia), Babel Med Music Fest (Marseille, France), North Sea Round Town (the Netherlands), Leiden (the Netherlands), Dordrecht (the Netherlands), Zoetemeer (the Netherlands), Jazz an de gracht (the Netherlands), Zommerterras (the Netherlands), Haarlem (the Netherlands) and more.
Maksim is a winner of three international jazz competitions in the Netherlands: "Leidse Jazzaward 2011" with David Sancho Trio, "Dordtse Sena Jazz Prijs 2013" with The Hat Bangers and "Zoetermeer Jazz Concours 2013" with Kind of Brown Quartet.