Jazz Junior Department Guitar

Hlib Baisha (Junior Jazz)

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Hlib Baisha is a musician from Ukraine holding a double-major Bachelor degree in Jazz Guitar & Jazz Composition / Arranging from Conservatorium Maastricht. Currently, he is studying Jazz Guitar at a Conservatorium Amsterdam’s Master’s program.

Hlib is an innovative musician bringing to jazz new sounds, techniques, and unconventional arrangements: He merges jazz improvisation concepts with a variety of different forms of classical and contemporary music. A possession of a unique archtop nylon-string guitar allows Hlib to enrich his jazz performance with classical, flamenco, and Brazilian techniques.  

Hlib has written music for Amsterdam Concertgebouw jazz orchestra, underscored the movie “In de mond van waanzin,” performed together with Mike Roelofs and Ron van Straatum. He has produced two albums: “Lost Under the Guidance” prt.1 is recorded by Hlib Baisha's Trio, while “Lost Under the Guidance” part.2 in a duo with Mike Roelofs, a virtuoso pianist.​

Hlib Baisha is a winner of “Louis van Dijk Jazz Award” and “Mechelen Jazz Contest” of 2019.


Jazz Sonata #1 from an album “Lost Under the Guidance” prt.1 - Three movements written by the leader which is brilliantly mixed with classical music (influenced by Bach and Russian composers) and trendy atmospheric Bill Frisell. But many other scents are mixed with these compositions which is an absolute relief to hear. It’s rich. The balance between introspection and swinging shards is ingeniously brought, the sound is woody, sometimes muffled, and the cohesion between the three musicians is perfect.  It's clever, catchy and beautifully executed and the trio already have a very strong personality. 

Luminous Dash Muziekzine, written by Mark Van Mullem
The trio did that with a particularly modest and atmospheric set, in which the nylon archtop guitar of Hlib Baisha was central.    The three compositions from “Lost Under the Guidance” prt.1 that the trio played were very cinematic and had a very strong structure.  It is not surprising that the pieces of music adorned classical music because Baisha himself indicated that it was his "first great love".  But in the crystal-clear guitar playing of the young musician you could also hear the hand of his jazz heroes Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell.  ​

Written in Music, Written by Wouter Schenk
We hear Hlib's preference for classical music in his composition from the second album “Lost Under the Guidance” prt.2 - Jazz Sonata #2 (Second Movement), beautifully elaborated with beautiful harmonies. This great talent recently received the Louis van Dijk Award. Keep an eye on him!

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