35th Vilnius Jazz Festival. 13-16 October, 2022
V.Labutis - E.Kanevicius   Lietuviškai

The Jazz audience had a chance to hear this duet during Birstonas Jazz festival in 1994. After seven years they decided to prepare a new program and perform it at Vilnius Jazz 2001 festival. It is a very contrastive suite, based on free jazz traditions and performed mainly with acoustic instruments that sometimes are "coloured" by electronic means.

Vytautas Labutis and Eugenijus Kanevicius play in duet only for the second time, but each of them personally perform with various famous Lithuanian Jazz bands and Eugenijus Kanevicius palys in Vilnius Jazz Quartet.

Saxophonist Vytautas Labutis was studying saxophone and jazz improvisations at Vladimir Chekasin's. After his debute at Birstonas Jazz Festival in 1982, where he played together with Petras Vysniauskas Quartet, Vytautas Labutis participated at various festivals all over the former USSR and in Europe. He played in such countries as Finland, Slovak Republic, Russia, Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Nrway, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Aystralia, Poland, England and the United States. Vytautas Labutis has performed almost with all Lithuanian Jazz musicians, he is a member of Vladimir Tarasov Lithuanian Art Orchestra and of the Lithuanian Young Composers Orchestra, he has participated at the International projects, such as Jazz Baltica Ensemble, Octet Ost III, East - West Vapirov Project bei New European Saxophone Quartet. Despite his own ensemble, the saxophonist performs with Dainius Pulauskas Sextet, Vilnius Jazz Quartet. In 1996 Vytautas Labutis was awarded the Birstonas Jazz Festival Grand Prix.

Pokalbių Ratas, the Vytautas Labutis, Eugenijus Kanevicius and V. Mikeliunas joint composition was presented this year at St. Christopher Festival and performed together with St. Christopher chamber orchestra.

Eugenijus Kanevicius, the bassist and co-author of the composition, has performed with Skirmantas Sasnauskas, Petras Vysniauskas, Vytautas Labutis, Tomas Kutavicius bands, with Vladimir Tarasov's LAO, Kaunas big band and with Vilnius Jazz Quartet. Eugenijus Kanevicius also plays solo and with his own ensembles where he is a leader and composer at the same time. Eugenijus Kanevicius together with various Jazz musicians has participated at such Festivals as Jazz Baltica and Vilnius Jazz, has performed at Varna, Tallin, Piarnu, Ryga, Moscow, Archangelsk, Novosibirsk, St.Petersburg festivals as well as in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, in 1992 participated at European Jazz Night, the TV project.

Vytautas Labutis - saxes, bcl, ky,
Eugenijus Kanevicius - db, voc
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