Vytautas Labutis

saxophonist




 

Vytautas Labutis graduated in 1986 from the Vilnius Academy of Music completing a course in saxophone
playing. 

He constantly takes part in various international  -  “Jazz Baltica Ensemble” ( leaders D.Murray, N.O.Pedersen,
M.Schneider, D.Bates, etc. ),  ”Octet Ost” ( lead. Ch.Muthspiel ), “Moscow Composers Orchestra”, ”New European
Saxophone Quartet”, ”A.Vapirov Big Band”  and  Lithuanian projects  - “Vilnius Jazz Quartet featuring Neda”, ”D.Pulauskas Sextet”, ”L.Šinkarenko Quartet”, ”Kaunas BigBand”, ”Lithuanian Art Orchestra” ( lead.V.Tarasov ),
”Duo  E.Kanevičius & V.Labutis”, composes and presents his originalprojects as a leader ( V.Labutis quartet, octet CD “Terra Vandetuja”, project “Orkestretto”, etc.) Also plays and composes for the movies, theatres and teaches saxophone and improvisation in Vilnius B.Dvarionas music school.

In his music he originally merges experience of jazz music, classical, experimental and alternative music.
As a final result he produces the synthesis of unpredictable music product. It is one of undoubtful features
of his individuality. Multiinstrumentalist and improviser by his nature V.Labutis is creating music while being
on the scene, at the same time, liberating himself from usual jazz frames. It looks like he is protesting
against routine in music every time proving the statement “let’s perform life on the scene and it will be
much easiear to die”. This viewpoint finds the way to the listeners heart and his music creates magnificent
atmosphere, invites to meet the musician every time you can...
what else......... as always........
...music Here
and now!

Full discography consists of about 38 names.




Viena ryškiausių ir veikliausių Lietuvos džiazo asmenybių. Grupių lyderis, įvairiapusis kūrėjas, pedagogas, multiinstrumentininkas improvizatorius, grojantis įvairiais pučiamaisiais, klavišiniais (neretai daugiau nei vienu instrumentu tuo pat metu), dainuojantis. Labutis puikus ir laisvose improvizacijose, ir fiksuotose struktūrose, ir kamerinėse sudėtyse, ir dideliuose ansambliuose. Kelią į tarptautines scenas pradėjęs 1982 metais, nuo to laiko jis grojo kone su visais Lietuvos džiazmenais, dalyvauja ne viename tarptautiniame projekte, kuria autorinius projektus, vadovauja įvairiems ansambliams. Plačių kūrybinių interesų kūrėjas bendradarbiauja ir su akademinės muzikos kūrėjais, rengia performansus su dailininkais, komponuoja teatrui ir kinui.                                                                                                            

                                                                                         Jūratė Kučinskaitė 

 

 






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