Vytautas Labutis - s
Active a decade ago, the trio decided to get together again and to share improvisations with Vilnius Jazz audience.
Today the threesome sounds differently: Eugenijus often switches double bass to guitar, Vytautas explores the orbits of a keyboardist and DJ, Arkady knits his idiosyncratic net of acoustic drums and percussion.
V. Labutis was instrumental in a number of leading Lithuanian jazz ensembles including quintet Džiazo nublokšti, L.Shinkarenko’s Jazz 4, Dainius Pulauskas Group, Vilnius Jazz Quartet, Lithuanian Jazz Trio among other.
Flexible musician, he is at home in both small-scale and monumental jazz forms. In 1997, he formed an Octet featured on his first personal album Terra Vandetuja. Concurrently, he started collaborating with double-bassist Eugenijus Kanevičius. Combining diverse music styles and expression means in its cyclic contrasting compositions the duo has harvested a conceptual, heated and playful whole.
Besides jazz the saxophonist performs contemporary academic music, takes part in artistic performances, writes music for film and theatre.
Eugenijus Kanevičius is one of the most versatile Lithuanian bassists and composers. He made his debut on jazz scene in 1986.
He has collaborated with all leading Lithuanian jazz musicians, was part of Petras Vyšniauskas’, Juozas Milašius’, Liudas Mockūnas’, Vytautas Labutis’, Vladimir Tarasov’s, Tomas Kutavičius’ significant projects, for many years has been sharing stage with Skirmantas Sasnauskas, Artūras Anusauskas, Egidijus Buožis, Arkady Gotesman, Arvydas Jofė and Neda Malūnavičiūtė among other musicians.
He has also worked with Estonian saxophonist Raivo Tafenau Quartet, Dream Big Band, has contributed to the success of Kaunas Big Band, Vilnius Jazz Quartet and Traffic.
E. Kanevičius’ music is featured on albums of Raivo Tafenau Quartet, L.V.K.A. and other groups. He has composed music for children plays, recorded over 10 CDs.
The bassist regularly appears in jazz festivals in Lithuania, has represented Lithuania in Bulgaria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, etc.
In 2004, for his contributions the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union presented E. Kanevičius with Golden Disc.
Arkady Gotesman is one of the most resourceful Lithuanian drummers. In addition to playing jazz, the percussionist performs contemporary academic music, writes scenarios for performances and installations, composes, records and performs music for theatre, performs as a silent film taper, collaborates with dancers.
A. Gotesman’s percussion can be heard in Oskaras Koršunovas’ theatre productions, and Anatolijus Šenderovas’ ballet Desdemona. Inspired by J. Brodsky’s poetry the percussionist recorded solo album J. Brodsky in memoriam; his music is also featured on a CD of Rolandas Rastauskas’ poems.
A. Gotesman made his jazz debut in the 80s with Gintautas Abarius’ Quartet, later collaborated with exponents of various trends including Roland Dahinden, Vladimir Volkov, Vyacheslav Gaivoronsky, Arkady Shikloper, Julian Joseph, John Zorn, David Geringas, Jack Siron, Frank London, Anthony Coleman and Charles Gayle.
For many years the percussionist has been working with Petras Vyšniauskas, Vyacheslav Ganelin, Dainius Pulauskas, Liudas Mockūnas, Dainius Pulauskas Group, Baltic Trio, Traffic Quartet and Vilnius Klezmer Orchestra.