REMI J.EDSON is a stage name of
Lithuanian born, jazz and classical flutist, composer, arranger Remigijus Kažukauskas
Currently living and working as freelance musician in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Remi J. Edson is considered one of the most versatile Lithuanian musicians of his generation, working in both the classical scene as the jazz world.
In 2011 Remi moved to The Netherlands and he has been performing in the Dutch jazz music scene ever since. Highlights include tours, performances and recordings with well known artists such as Ronald Snijders, Jeroen Pek, Gerardo Rosales, André Groen, Juan Martinez, Oene van Geel, Itai Weissman, Sebastian van Bavel, Alistair Payne, Young Metropole Orchestra, Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble, Netherlands Flute Academy’s orchestra, Marit van der Lei Trio, latin jazz ensemble Cafe Molido and many others.
At this moment, besides leading and composing music for his own chamber jazz ensemble EDSON ENSEMBLE, he also is a regular member of Amsterdam based jazz fusion group Tyranni Flock and since 2019 he is a part of The Netherlands Flute Octet “BlowUp! Most recent projects among others were with Marmoucha Orchestra, Team Orkesterra, Lucy Woodward and Jota Papadopoulou Latin Jazz Quartet.
His talent has been recognised by NFA (The National Flute Association) and in 2013 he was selected to be one of three winners to play at the Jazz Master Class in the New Orleans, USA. Had been selected to play in Jong Metropole Orchestra projects and had a wonderful chance to represent Utrecht Conservatory in a Conservatorium Talent Award competition during the Jazz in Duketown festival 2013.
Remi grew up in a musical family and got associated with music from early age. From age of 8 he started to attend accordion classes at the local music school and was learning to play trumpet at the high school brass orchestra. Due to his brothers persuasion to study music professionally, who was doing it already, at age of 14 he followed his brothers advice and went to a big city to study professional music at the Stasys Simkus Conservatory (Klaipeda, Lithuania). New school was a big change for him and Remi was transferred to a woodwind department, where he picked up the flute. This particular surrounding was full of various music, especially jazz, which became a new direction for his future developments in music.
Since then Remi continued his studies both in jazz and classical fields, at the Academy of Music and Theatre (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Utrecht Conservatory (Utrecht, The Netherlands). During his studies abroad, Remi had privilege to be coached by MARK ALBAN LOTZ, ALDO BAERTEN and CAROLINE ANSINK, and other great masters such as Michael Heupel, Peter-Lukas Graf, Kersten McCall, Malik Mezzadri “Magic Malik”, Lew Tabackin, Orlando “Maraca” Valles, Sarpay Ozcagatay, Simon Rigter, Don Byron,
Ari Hoenig, John Riley, Anton Goudsmit, Miho Hazama.
Remi is playing V.Q.Powell and Eva Kingma flutes. Instrument purchases are sponsored by Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument and Dutch National Music Instruments Funds.