Vladimir Shabaltas

Vladimir Shabaltas: guitarist, composer, arranger, teacher, music producer. 1999 - graduated from Kharkiv Conservatory (as a jazz guitarist, and orchestra director). 1995 - co-founder of the SkhidSide band - arguably the most legendary jazz band in Ukraine. 1998 - Vladimir was pronounced the hottest guitarist in Ukraine by many jazz critics. In a couple of years there were numerous articles about him in newspapers and magazines. 2003 - a teacher in Glier institute of music. 2005 - a gig with Randy Brecker and SkchidSide - one of the most resonant concerts of the year in Kyiv thet year. This time they first performed with mr. Brecker and TNMKongo (the best hip-hop band in Ukraine, later the same hit song was released by TNMK on their album). 2006 - starts to perform with Z-band of Igor Zakus's, and beign recruited to VIA gra (New Virgos) as a guitarist. The New Virgos appeared to be one of the best and successful projects in Ukraine and Russia.
information from: http://www.myspace.com/vladimirshabaltas
photo from: http://uajazz.com/2011/01/shabaltas/


Vladimir Shabaltas, VSH-Ensemble. Acid Menu live. /digi-pack/

VSH-Ensemble can be considered a temporary concert project, a sort of a gamble. However, in view of the quality of the music material represented here, one would like to believe that activity of the project will not be ended thereon – in the end, as they say, it is temporary things that last the longest... At all events, it seems that "Acid Menu" has succeeded for one hundred percent.
Domestic price: 348.60UAH, International price: $24.90USD

VSH-Ensemble, Vladimir Shabaltas. Acid Menu live. (DVD).

"Acid Menu" has succeeded for one hundred percent. Very dense, saturated – but at the same time also transparent, elevated music sounds here. Speaking about the performance technique – it ranges from good to just virtuoso, and that can be said about virtually each of participants of this concert.
Domestic price: 250.60UAH, International price: $17.90USD