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Marijus Aleksa is a Lithuanian cross-genre drummer and producer fusing his jazz background with world and electronic music to shape his own hybrid sound.

In 2018 Marijus released his debut solo album Maps on YAM Records showcasing a wonderful fusion of subtle jazz complexity and playfulness of dance music. The record’s groovy nature merges with hypnotic primal drumming creating a perfect synergy. The album has received airplay and support from the likes of Bradley Zero (BBC1), Marshmello (NTS), Aaron L to name a few. 

As a bandleader Marijus appeared at London’s famous live venues and events such as Rhythm Section Presents at Jazz Cafe or Jazz Refreshed at MauMauBar. He also played in the Eklektik Session festival in Wroclaw, Poland, Tel Aviv’s Teder.fm club in Israel and Tamsta Jazz Weekend festival in Lithuania.

Apart from his solo work, Marijus has also enriched his experience by collaborating with other artists as a touring and recording drummer during a decade spent in London. Each artist he played with left an imprint on his own sonic explorations. 

While living in London Marijus became a significant part of the vibrant British jazz scene. In 2019 Aleksa was selected to represent the young jazz generation of British musicians as part of the NBLQ (New Band Leaders Quartet) at Blue Note At Sea, together with Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry and David Mrakpor. He also drummed for Gilles Peterson’s All Star band for Gilles Peterson Presents: MV4 (Live from Maida Vale) recording in 2018.

Marijus touring schedule has also been busy and culturally diverse as he played in more than 40 countries along with internationally acclaimed jazz names such as Keyon Harold, Grammy award winner Bill Laurance, Joe Armon Jones, Ashley Henry, Dennis Rollins, China Moses, Anthony Joseph, Femi Temowo, Oscar Jerome, Native Dancer and many more.