Pauls Pokratnieks is a jazz and other improvised music style drummer with MA degree in Jazz drums. He has experience playing internationally with a wide variety of musicians.
He took his first steps in music field at age 6 when enrolled in music school in Riga, Latvia. There he studied classical percussion instruments (marimba and orchestra instruments), as well as piano, theory, solfeggio and music literature. Up until the age of 18 he actively performed in various local and international orchestras and took first prizes in competitions. At the age of 16 Pauls began to play a drum set and first developed an interest in jazz music. At the age of 18 he enrolled in the Riga Dome Choir School (RDCS) in the Jazz department, and there started to deeply study drums, jazz theory, harmony, bass, composition and other subjects. After graduating RDCS in 2009 Pauls decided to continue his music studies in Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2015 he graduated with Master degree in jazz music.
Pauls have performed with various improvised music ensembles all over Europe including festivals such as "Aglanjazz Festival" (Cyprus), "Saulkrasti Jazz", "Rigas Ritmi" (Latvia), "Casa Del Jazz" (Italy), "Warsaw Summer Jazz Days" (Poland), "Reykjavik Jazz Festival" (Iceland).
Pauls was always inspired by so called "nordic/scandinavian sound" and in 2016 he moved to Sweden, Gothenburg where he is more focused on composing music for his own band and working as a freelance musician and teacher.