On May 24, 7 p.m., a performance of the project “Haruspicija” by painter Artūras Šlipavičius and saxophonist Vytautas Labutis will take place in Kaunas Artists’ House. 

“Haruspicija” is a performance of painting, music, and video art, based on the themes explored in A. Šlipavičius’s paintings and revealing their inner melodies. The duet has been surprising listeners of the whole world with their avant-garde performances for an immensive 30 years without repeating itself. According to the artists, “Haruspicija is a living organism, which exists not yesterday or tomorrow but now and here. The music’s genre is undefinable, and the performance better fits the vision of new avant-garde theatre.”

According to A. Šlipavičius, “The Etruscan augur Haruspex, using the stars in the sky and the entrails of wild beasts, used to divine his tribe’s future – whether the year will be plentiful, whether the harvest will be good, and whether there will be any wars. All the musical instruments, which were used during the rites, were called haruspices. I really liked this idea and started to work on it. We play not only the usual instruments but also everything that is around us – everything rings and participates in the ritual, and that is why the title ‘Haruspicija’ fits so well here.”

The project returns to Kaunas after a long break and promises musical and artistic sorcerous rites.

Tickets cost 6 € (schoolchildren, students, seniors 4 €). Tickets can be purchased on the doors and at TIKETA ticket sales points.

About the artists
The biography of the painter Artūras Šlipavičius-“Šlipas” is full of painting exhibitions abroad and in Lithuania, and various music projects. The painter was born in 1962, in Vilnius. Songs and the smell of oil paint surrounded the artist since his early childhood. A. Šlipavičius painted with watercolor, oil color, played guitar, and composed ballads. For a long time, the painter dreamed about creating music for his paintings, collected musical instruments from over the world, and created instruments himself. In 1987, his first painting-music exhibition took place in Vilnius, where music created together with the jazz musician Vytautas Labutis was playing. Half a year later, the avant-garde music band “AND ALL THAT IS BEAUTIFUL IS BEAUTIFUL” (“IR VISA TAI KAS YRA GRAŽU YRA GRAŽU”) was found. In 1988, there was another music-painting project, and then another, and another. The artist states that he desires to create a new World of Art, where all the arts would be equal and equally important.

Vytautas Labutis, like many other Lithuanian jazz stars, started his musician’s journey in Vilnius Balys Dvarionas music school’s accordion class, and later learned playing saxophone and jazz improvisation under V. Čekasinas. After a successful 1982 debut with the legendary P. Vyšniauskas quartet in Birštonas jazz festival, V. Labutis went on to have concerts in most European countries, as well as in the United States (“Ford Mentreux Jazz Festival” in Detroit), Australia, and Asia (in jazz festivals in China and India). He is a versatile musician: an original improviser, pedagogue, multi-instrumentalist performer, also a constant leader of bands and a singular axis of Lithuanian jazz events. V. Labutis performs academic music, participates in performances, plays in an Indian music ensemble, in a symphonic orchestra, with contemporary chamber music collectives, and writes music for cinema and theatre. As if protesting musical routine, he often escapes customary jazz frames and surprises with unexpected musical expressions.