One of the most prominent and active jazz figures in Lithuania. Frontman of bands, multitalented creator, pedagogue, multiinstrumental improviser, playing all types of reeds, keyboards (often more than one instrument at a time), singing. Labutis is great both at free improvisations and composed structures, in chamber groups and large ensembles. Having started moving to international stages back in 1982, he has since played with pretty much every jazz musician in Lithuania, is busy in multiple international collaborations, produces his own projects, leads various ensembles. The artist has a wide spectrum of creative interests, including collaborations with contemporary composers, participating in experimental performances with visual artists, writing music for theatre and film.