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Ethno-jazz group TRIGON
FENG SHUI TRIO
Oleg Kireev - saxophone, vocal, percussion
Valeri Panfilov - guitar
Viktor Matiuhin - bass guitar
Oleg Kireev, the leader of the project, is one of the most remarkable personalities of the Russian jazz, qualified as a “sax player with a reputation for hard swing and high excitement”. Oleg Kireev’s ethno-jazz project absorbs folklore from all over the world and is bringing us the ancient and everlasting message of eternal harmony. In his „ jazz theatre” the traditional swing, Bashkir guttural singing, African rhythms and French poetry are interlacing. In the world of jazz, open to all influences, it is hard to astonish anyone, but Oleg was the one to realize such a performance, the western press appreciating him as the “Revolutionary Russian musician Oleg Kireev, a surprise hit of the recent Birmingham Jazz Festival. He shows irreproachable professionalism and improvisation technique; he enriches jazz with his personal, emotional and very sincere perception.” (The Evening Mail, UK). Kireev studied piano at the music school and the saxophone at the Arts College. Being by origin a Tatar from Bashkiria and well acquainted with the techniques of guttural singing uzlau, Oleg is masterly combining jazz standards with folklore. He started his career in 1985, in Ufa, by founding the group Orlan, promoting ethno approach to jazz. Bashkir Legends, the first album of the group, recorded by Melodia, brought an instant success to the group, followed by extensive tours in the country and abroad. Oleg continued his career in Poland, playing at international festivals with the stars of world jazz. Bud Shank, the famous American saxophonist, after hearing Oleg’s solo album Romantic (1984), offered him a scholarship in the US, at his Bud Shank School. Soon Oleg became the soloist of All Stars Students band, formed by the best students of Shank’s school. With this group Oleg had some solo concerts in the state of Washington, playing alongside Hal Galper and Steve Ellington. He had extensive tours in England, took part in jazz festivals in London Earling Jazz Festival and in Birmingham; he received the diploma for outstanding performance at the jazz festival in Montreux in 1996, the diploma of Jazz Jamboree festival in Warsaw. In 2000, 70 000 copies of his CD Love Letters have been sold in no time. This album brought him the title of „Russian Kenny G.” The appreciation of “independent experts” was even more enthusiastic: the American portal Jazzreview.com rated his album Song For Sonny with five stars from five. Compositions from this album are included in various collections of jazz music, alongside works of Fausto Papetti and Grover Washington.
Beltaine, the quintet of Celtic music, is inspired by the music of Ireland and Bretagne. Their compositions are a combination of traditional melodies with modern trends, of professionalism with the force of youth. For them the traditional Celtic music is the departing point towards a different musical world, sometimes full with jazz harmonies, sometimes with blues improvisations, and sometimes even with punk expression. The band quickly gained the hearts of the audiences all over the country: in less than two years Beltaine gave almost 200 concerts and took part at the festivals in Katowice, Gdynia, Wroclaw, Przemysl, Lodz. The group also performed at festivals like Nowa Tradycja in Warsaw, Magiczne Wyspy Zielone in Krakow, Folkovy Kvitek in Praga, Beltaine in Slovakia, Shants Festival and Zeza in Hungary, at the festival of Celtic music Zamek 2004 in Bedzin. The group is the organizer of two festivals - the festival of Celtic music Irlandzka Majowka in Katowice and the festival Zamek in Bedzin. Their music does not leave one indifferent, the musicians succeeding to create an atmosphere of mystery, sinking the audience in dreams and charming it with an original interpretation of old folk melodies. Their own compositions, inspired by traditional Irish melodies, impress by a modern sound and an original arrangement.
Soloist, composer, arranger and jazz-eccentric Anjei Kovalev made his studies at the music college S. Balakirev in Nijnii-Novgorod and at the University of Culture and Arts in Petersburg. He worked at the Jazz Orchestra of Estonia (Tallinn), at the Narva Dixieland, at the Lenconcert, and sung in the legendary group Jazz-comfort in Petersburg. He performed at international jazz festivals, sung in music clubs in Germany, France, Estonia, and Russia, and had work contracts with the German company Hapag Lloiyd and the Swiss company International cruise management. Presently he is soloist at the orchestra of composer Vladimir Poliakov, councilor of the Administration of the President of Russia. In his solo program Anjei creates musical compositions, imitating with his voice various musical instruments. Anjei uses the vargan, the Indian flute and the methods of skat singing, performing concomitantly multiple musical partitions – of solo and accompanying instruments. A man-orchestra and musical “provocateur”, Anjei is able to create a fairy atmosphere, full of surprises.
VIT SVEC TRIO
in classical jazz and the classic format of the group clearly influenced the repertoire
of the trio. In compositions signed by Vit Svec and Matej Benko one can easily
sense the influence of classical music, as well as Czech and Latin folk motives.
The trio has been created in 2000 and its first album Trio 02 released by the
ARTA publishing house, was appreciated by Harmonie magazine as „The best Czech
jazz CD of the year 2002”. The next album Keporkak was released in 2004. The trio
performs regularly in Prague’s jazz clubs, as well as throughout the Czech Republic
(Karlovy Vary, Liberec, Pisek, Jesenik, Brno) and at jazz festivals abroad (Poland,
Germany, Hungary, Slovakia). Vit Svec, graduate of the State Conservatory in Prague,
after graduation participated at the jazz workshop in Hungary (under Aladar Pege
and Balazs Berkes). He was the founder member of jazz orchestra Transjazz (CD
Jazzmagma) and Jazz Unity (CD Soul Eyes and My Foolish Heart). He was a member
of the National Theatre Big Band and for many years has worked with trumpeter
Michal Gera (CD Fata Morgana and Magomania), also with vibes player Radek Krampl
in Vibe Fantasy and with singer Jana Koubkova. Vit is also active in the sphere
of classical music, performing with the Orchestra of the National Theatre and
with the Film Symphony Orchestra.
Trio SOMMER / KASSAP / LEVALLET
is difficult to imagine any other musician who would be able to master free improvisation
with such a sense of humour, audaciousness and great virtuosity as Gunter Sommer.
He was born in Dresden, studied the piano, percussions and drums and started his
career in 1970, becoming an essential actor of the European improvised music in
the former East Germany. International Jazz Forum and DownBeat Magazine are depicting
him unanimously as “an artist who imposed himself in improvised music and created
his own style in the European jazz”. Partner or leader of projects or albums recorded
with Louis Sclavis, Sylvain Kassap, Franñois Mechali, Cecil Taylor, Didier Levallet,
Crams Percussion Staff and Zentralquartett, with Leo Smith and Peter Kowald, Sommer
had extensive tours throughout Europe and Japan. Surrounded by the most surprising
percussion accessories and by the most accomplished musicians, Gunter Sommer is
always full of invention, adding humour and fantasies to his compositions, transforming
every concert in a show.
The TEVET SELA QUARTET
the quartet repertoire, including Tevet Sela’s compositions, elements of African
and Middle Eastern music are interwoven with soulful jazz-funk.
crossover of North Indian Classical Music and Jazz
Raj Mohan – vocal
different worlds inspire Raj Mohan to compose his special music for Vistar quartet:
Indian and Arabic music from the East is mixed with the western jazz. Raj Mohan
is a Hindustani singer, musician, composer and poet, born in Surinam and living
in the Netherlands since 1974. Raj learned the ins and outs of classical Hindustani
music (Khayal style) from his guru Ustad Jamaluddin Bhartiya, an adept of the
illustrious Pundit Ravi Shankar; he studied classical North Indian vocal styles
like Ghazals, Geets and Nazms in which he is performing since 1985; studied different
forms of Urdu poetry and Bhajans (devotional songs) or Bollywood songs. Although
Raj has been educated in the tradition of classical Indian music, he also likes
to experiment with more contemporary genres, such as jazz, Hindi pop, hard rock,
Asian underground and New Age. However, in all these experiments his firm roots
in Indian music remain clearly discernible. Some of the world renowned artists
with whom he performed are the jazz star Denise Jannah, the well-known British
Asian Underground group Najma Akhtar and the Dutch heavy metal/punk-rock group
Van Katoen. Founder and leader of groups like Raj Mohan, Vistar and Shai’raina,
Raj worked as an associate music director in the heart of the Bombay film industry,
wrote music for theatre performances, lyrics and poems in Sarnaami/Bhojpuri, Hindi,
Sranan tongo and Dutch languages. Raj sings compositions of Rabindranath Tagore
in the original Bengali language. Raj also writes lyrics in Sarnaami and sets
them to beautiful and original compositions. During 2003-2004, every week one
of his poems in the Sarnaami/Bhojpuri language was broadcasted by the Dutch national
radio. Non-Indian poetry is translated to and sung by Raj Mohan in Hindi. These
songs are all based on poems of great poets like Alexandr Pushkin, Edgar Cairo,
Nazim Hikmet, Rutger Kopland.
25 th FRAME
The group was formed in April, 2004. The jazz musicians Dorel Burlacu and Alexandru Murzac decided to compose and to play their own music ndd invited the drummer Igor Carpenco to join them. The result was an interesting modern music with elements of jazz, funk, avant-garde and ethno music. The successful debut of group took place at the Ethno-jazz festival 2004. Their debut album will be released in 2005.
The leader of the group, Alexander Zavalii, teacher at the Academy of Arts, founded the group in 2004, gathering together musicians with different professional experience (students and teachers of the Academy). LIFE MODEL is currently playing only its own music. Their style can be defined as modern jazz with electronic synthesized sound and drum grooves. The music of the group is also strongly influenced by the interest of Alexandr Zavalii for ethno music from Western Africa and the Orient and the interest of the group for world music. Emotional and expressive compositions of the group are proof of musicians’ professionalism and serious attitude towards music. Compositions excel by variety – they are sometimes exciting and full of vigorous Caribbean rhythms, sometimes you find yourself in the arid deserts of the Orient, or, trying to break the limits of composition, the group charm the audience with a piece of music of unusual measure – 7/4, or impress you by a lyrical and expressive ballad. In 2005 the group intends to release its first album – Dream Makers. Compositions from this album are included in the program of the festival.
Laureate of the contest DODJ 2004 (Donetsk), UniVox jazz vocal group has been created in 1999 by a group of students and teachers of the „Gavriil Muzicescu” Conservatory. The repertoire of the group includes compositions of most various styles and genres, performed a cappella. But the preferred style of UniVox group is the jazz. Alongside well-known compositions of jazz mainstream, the group is performing music of Moldovan composers – Igor Iachimciuc, Marian Starcea, Dmitri Belinschi. These compositions in the interpretation of young singers is the most attractive part of their programs at the national and international festivals: Martisor, Jazz in week-end and Etno-jazz festivals in Chisinau, Intact festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, FIMU in Belfort, France, New Impro Music Festival in Regensburg, Germany. The vocalists of the group took part in the workshops of such jazz celebrities as Anca Pargel, Mihail Alperin, Ivan Paduard.