Russian Jazz in Serbia
CULTURAL SERBIA-RUSSIAN PROJECT "RUSSIAN JAZZ IN SERBIA"
|The Associations "Cultural Initiative" and "Cultures of the World under the auspices of the Russian Federation Embassy in the Republic of Serbia present the Serbian - Russian Cultural Jazz Project "Russian jazz in Serbia".|
During February and March 2018., the tour will include the biggest concert halls in Serbia.
Performers: Oleg Kireyev (RU, saxophone), Vasil Hadžimanov (RS, piano), Max Kochetov (RS, Saxophone), Evgenij Grecišev (RU, piano), Jelena Jovović (RS, vocal), Svetlana Spajić (RS, vocal) Aca Pejčić (RS, piano), Vladimir Krnetić (RS, trumpet), Milan Pavković (RS, double bass) and Dušan Ivanišević (RS, drums).
|the tour will include Novi Sad, Kragujevac and Kruševac, while the final gala concert will be held in Belgrade.|
The guiding idea is to bring jazz and improvised music closer to the public, to create a comfortable environment that promotes creative communication, exchange of the cultural experiences and knowledge in the field of music and art in general.
Jazz crushes the barriers among people and creates an atmosphere of understanding and tolerance, reduces tensions between people and social groups in society, promotes freedom of expression, represents a symbol of unity and peace, advocates gender equality and attracts young people to active participation in social processes.
The concerts will feature classical jazz compositions in the original improvisation of jazz musicians, numerous pieces of Russian composer's school, improvisation in the style of Russian ethno jazz as well as jazz pieces of popular Russian and Serbian performers. All visitors can expect a few surprises...
We invite you to the first Russian-Serbian jazz tour in Serbia!
OLEG KIREYEV, composer, saxophonist (RUSIJA)
Oleg Kireyev is a well-known jazz player since 1984 and has been performing at many international festivals since the 1990s. For Kireyev, who has made a lot of innovative and provocative jazz projects in a three-decade-long performing career, the magazine "The Express and Star" says he is "the Russian saxophonist with the reputation of virtuoso gifted for heavy swing and great excitement."
"Amazingly good", "light and enthusiastic" and "with style and first class" are the phrases written from music critics about the sound of his saxophone. We will only mention some of the festivals where he performed: "London Jazz Festival", New York "Jazz Improv Festival" and "Montreux Jazz Festival".
Legendary musician Bad Sank says: "Oleg's play is a wonderful combination of genres involving a multitude of players.
EVGENIJ GREČIŠEV,pianist, composer (RUSSIA)
Evgenij Grecišev - a top jazz master with a straightforward musical style.
His pure style of play, first-rate improvisation and unexpected music material interpretation became his trademark.
Thanks to his tremendous experience and incredible hearing, he has been performing all over the country with foreign colleagues and Russian jazz ensembles, selling new albums, lecturing at several high musical institutions in Moscow.
Evgenij Grecišev - author of a large number of jazz fortepiano textbooks in Russia, can often be seen at the jury of various competitions for young jazz performers.
VASIL HADŽIMANOV,composer, pianist (SERBIA)
The star of the Balkan jazz scene - an internationally acclaimed jazz composer and pianist Vasil Hadžimanov - partner and associate of Oleg Kirejev on the project "Russian Jazz".
Like Oleg, he unites Russian music with jazz. Vasil's idea of combining Balkan traditional folk rhythms and western, modern styles (jazz, funk, rock, world music). This connection in his music is completely authentic and represents a new approach to jazz as such. Vasil Hadžiman's band in 2016 celebrated 20 years of existence and work on the music scene.
MAX KOCHETOV,pianist (UKRAINE, SERBIA)
Max Kochetov (alt and soprano saxophone), was born in 1978 in Kiev. He studied at the Kiev State Music College. Since 1995 he has been a member of Evgenia Dergun's quintet and since 1997 has been studying with one of the most famous European saxophonists, Zbignewa Namislowsko (Poland). He attend the lessons of the ensemble in the class of British John Taylor.
Parallel to playing jazz in clubs in Germany and France. He collaborated with many musicians including: Vladimir Molotkov, Sergei Ribalkin, Natalija Gura, Aleksandar Saratski, Igor Zakus, Randy Brecker, Dean Brown ....
Since 2006, Max lives in Serbia and plays in the Big Band of RTS.
JELENA JOVOVIĆ, jazz vocals (SERBIA)
Jelena Jovović is an excellent Serbian vocalist and jazz guru. She holds solo concerts, leads workshops and lectures, records musicals, collaborates with prominent musicians from Europe, USA and Serbia, including: Fritz Pauer, Oliver Kent, Bob Mover, Mark Murphy, Johannes Enders, Steve Williams, Sheila Jordan, Andy Bey, Big Bend RTS, Stjepko Gut, Duško Gojković, Bojan Zulfikarpašić, Vasil Hadžimanov…
"Jelena is for me one of the born singers with this rare gift of transmitting the emotions from the song to the audience " - Mark Murphy
"Jelena is a highly experienced performer, possessing the qualities of a true jazz singer" - Sheila Jordan
MILAN PAVKOVIĆ, double bass (SERBIA)
Milan was born in 1977 in Belgrade. He graduated at the Academy in Graz. He participates in all the plays of jazz, tango, classical and Balkan music.
He played at all Serbian festivals with most of the local musicians, including: Stjepko Gut, Duško Gojković, Jovan Miković, Bora Roković, Vladimir Vitas. Renato Kiko, Mat Shiff, Dave Gibson, Phil Markovic, W. Darling, Shila Jordan, Fritz Pauer.
He works in the Big Band of RTS.
DUŠAN IVANIŠEVIĆ, drum (SERBIA)
Dušan was born in 1969 in Pančevo. He finished high Music School "Stanković" in the class of prof. Miroslav Karlović. At that time he was active in various local jazz and rock groups and as a perkusionist in the Belgrade Philharmonic.
He studied Jazz in Graz from 1989 to 1997 where he also mastered. He has performed at home and abroad with renowned world jazz musicians. Some of them are: Harry Pepl, Mark Murphy, David Liebman, Winton Marsalis, Peter Erskine, Andy Bey, Dusko Gojkovic ...