5th Jerusalems 2008

5th Jerusalems…

Less than seven years as Slava Ganelin filed Jerusalem cultural center idea of the jazz festival and it was exactly 4 years since the festival first opened, or the “Jazz Globe – 2004”. The name also came up with Ganelin, meaning not the geography of settlement participants (one did not suspect then that the festival will be international), but a variety of styles – the musical globe.

Festival of jazz and alternative music

Alternative – not jazz, classical and clean with one hand and open pop the other. All other genres of Jazz-Globe took to the stage from the beginning. In four of the festival preceding the first anniversary, the scene of the Jerusalem Cultural Center were presented different perspectives on the classics, urban rock, cantorial singing, improvisation on percussion instruments of the world’s peoples, folk (Jewish, Romanian, Latin American, Russian), Klezmer, Tango, Ballet and scenic improvisation (simultaneously!) … Of course, sounded all kinds of jazz – Dixieland, swing, bebop, molecules, modal jazz, jazz-rock, fusion, free jazz, and whatever it is that today’s avant-garde, and that has not yet received title. On the scene soloists and big band, big and small compounds, the stability of existing groups and combos, which are created during the festival. All this music was like a carnival and an endless rotation of the globe. The fifth cycle of this rotation took place in Jerusalem from 26 to 3 December. About him and the story.

Some statistics: 8 days of concerts took place on 7 and two clubs in the evening, which made 21 of which played about 100 musicians. Ten represented Russia, USA, Latvia and Germany, the other musicians – Israelis. Despite the lack of commercials on radio and TV (news about the festival reach music fans exclusively through articles in newspapers and on Internet sites and transmission of radio and television stations), almost all the concerts were sold-out, indicating that reared authority “Jazz Globe and the perception of it on par with other Israeli jazz festivals and concert series.

Now for the main and detail. Jazz-Globe is traditionally called an ensemble of Fame Ganelina entitled “Ex libris”, and this year’s festival was no exception. Usually Ganelin plays in a duo or trio, seldom – solo, in large convoys, I personally heard the fame only once, 13 years ago. And here was planned trio, but the glory went to meet the wishes of one of the guests of the festival and included it in the ensemble. As part of the trio was a long term partner Ganelina bassist Victor Fonarev, who came to the festival from the United States (Rigan to return for many years lived in Israel in recent years, he worked in Washington) and drummer Klaus Kugel (permanent party trio «Priority» with Ganelin and Vyšniauskas , a resident of Cologne, his first visit to Israel), and a quartet of its complement trumpeter Sergei Pron – and debutant Israel, a leading trumpeter and, in my opinion, the main character of the festival. In Russia, Sergey is not playing free music, although very wants – to go on stage with Ganelin was one of the main objectives Pronya on “Jazz globe. (I think music, like the one that is born in ganelinskih ensembles in Russia today, play almost no one.) Sergei was accepted into the ensemble, which won the very first notes of the lead. Ganelin hospitably not prevent this and to the middle of songs, in my opinion, now is the absolute unity of all members of the quartet, to play, not as a collection of virtuosos, but as an ensemble of virtuoso. Music will inspire all who were sitting in the room, regardless of the extent of their preparations for this genre, drive was incredible, and the temperature is highest. November 26, 2008 opening of the festival took place.

After the peak is recession, after the mountains – the abyss into which flew off the festival at the concert ensemble “Salsomaniya. Promised been refracted classical, jazz and Jewish music through the Latin American rhythms and intonation in a nontraditional performance: strong pianist (classical education), flutist, percussionist and drummer. Basa was not (I assume because a good command of piano left hand), for congas sat this Peruvian named Alvarez, flutist and drummer are authoritative and promised not to spoil the weather. Dima Shechter – pianist, composer and author of “Salsomanii” – turned out to be absolutely netemperamentnym musician (who undertake to salsa?), A mysterious Alvarez for 55 minutes, almost inaudibly stroked congas, drummer Paul Shalis made futile attempts to revive the situation, and flutist Rostik Lerner monstrous sound with the same temperament played a theme by Tchaikovsky and Bizet. Refraction of the classics was a performance so hackneyed to the limit of barely noticeable Latin rhythms. Crowded on “Exlibris” Hall began to empty in his eyes. Saved from disaster Third Division, which came on the scene “second approximation”.

Moscow Trio came to Jerusalem for the second time in a row since their last year’s performance was associated with a number of technical difficulties and it came out clearly inferior. But this time the brilliant Tatiana Komova, Andrei Razin and Igor Ivanushkin played one of the best concerts in its ten-year history. (Anniversary of “VP” noted just before leaving for Jerusalem.) Jazz temperatures that fell to the “Salsa” almost to absolute zero started to rise, moreover, that the first play called “37 1”. Razin was due to the temperature of the excited people, in fact, the temperature was much higher, and not only artists but also throughout the hall – she began to rise sharply and by mid-speech “EP” has reached a minimum level of the first division. Once again, I became convinced of the absolute identity of the ensemble, the incredible charisma trio as a whole and all its components in particular, in the superior singing talent Tatiana lump. Reproach one: some of the play could be shorter, especially those in which the musicians allow themselves and the audience to relax. Brilliant and witty “Ragtime”, unfortunately, full of repetitions, but most Ragtime is not enough. In two plays, along with “VP” organically made by Klaus Kugel. Generally, the idea of inviting “a visit” just one or two pieces of different musicians, but not to expand the permanent membership group, is magnificent. I think that after the festival in Jerusalem at the “VP” there is another alliance – with Sergei Prony.

The third day was devoted to the Big Bend. Children of Jerusalem “Klyaiman – Band” almost a year going through a generational change. Some children grow up, they come to replace other, which Eugene Klyaiman again infects jazz. Play with the famous guests of the festival for kids – a holiday on which they try to play even better. (Second consecutive year, all the guests “Jazz-globe” noted the high level of the orchestra.) How much excitement on their faces! And then – picture on the memory and … until the next festival. A scene is an adult orchestra – Ashkelon big band under the baton of Vladimir Ostrovsky. Professional musicians, they most of the time today, jazz is not paid, earning money or other music or no music at all. Therefore, for them to get together to play jazz, and even at the festival, and even when with them solo guests – a holiday, no less than for children. Level of Ashkelon Benda quite high and comparable with all the band, sounding at various Israeli festivals. Soloists with orchestras Pron, Pashkevich and Razin, soloed bright and witty, conductors and guests perfectly understood each other.

On the same day evening guest of the festival team traveled to Tel Aviv, where the first part of the concert, club visitors Bella Jenkins “with an appetite for supper, Latvian bossa nova, and then set aside units as” second approximation “, as it turned out, gaining full without balance, account not only the sophisticated audience, but fans of rest in the club-restaurant at the end of the week. At the end of his speech to the trio joined Pron, then Pashkevich and Irrizari. All ended blues. Equator festival was crossed.

Concert on Nov. 29 to open a project of Michael Agre «Jazztronics». Michael – is not only an experienced pianist and talented composer, but also a tireless experimenter and enthusiast of new forms. In addition, Agre always ready to sacrifice themselves on the art scene and, irrespective of his next experiment was a success or not, he is always honest and to ourselves and to the public. «Jazztronics» – electronic project, in which he played keyboard, Vadim Zitser carries komptyuternoe management score, and Oleg Neumann plays elektrosaksofone. There were a four energetic compositions with the general title “I believe, with the change of pace, rhythms and moods, sometimes aggressive, sometimes liberating. The audience was fascinated (even her most of the elderly, traditionally does not take that kind of music), the form was built correctly, the statute did not have time nor the audience nor the performers. I do not really taste had to play Neumann. One of our best saxophonists played on power tools, as a substitute for an acoustic, though the whole project was designed to create not psevdoakusticheskuyu music, but it is electronic.
The second part of the evening – a return to old jazz forms when meeting with the new singer. Michal Cohen – continuer glorious vocal traditions of communities from Yemen, to which belong to the legendary Shoshana Desmarais and wonderful Ahinoam Nini. Michal graduated from the “Rimon”, then, in Boston, “Berkeley” in Kevin Mahogany, and then began to work actively at the turn of the Jewish and jazz music. Returning to Israel, Michal came out on stage “Jazz-Globe along with a quartet of Shimon Lipkovich” Rondo “. There is not a strong singer, but a cultural and a soft voice and good taste. Michal feels great music that you could hear not only the standards, but also in its improvisation in unison with the soprano saxophone to play Lipkovich “Tel Aviv”. Sam Lipkovich, excellent listening partners, showed itself, not vypiraya of the ensemble, but stressing it. Not very in tune to the “Rondo” tenor saxophone Dmitriy Shurin, usually (and brilliantly!) Playing the viola. If Dima wanted to perform an experiment, then to him should have been long and carefully prepared.

The third branch called “Saturday night in Jerusalem,” and reminiscent of famous guitar trio in San Francisco. It initially had two guitarists: Eugene Pisac and Roman Alexeev opened the evening, elegant composition on the second part of the 21-second piano concerto by Mozart, and continued the theme of Paco de Lucia, during which the duo grew to a trio – on a strong percentage of guitarists added Gershon Vayserfirer with udon. The ensemble was bright, original and brilliant of all the musical parts. A good episode, was a vocal addition – Ella Alekseeva, debuted at last year’s festival, intelligent sang two songs (including “devil IU Mucho” to the universal joy of the audience) than that found that is able to make the next festival with his father and a regular partner (Roman Alexeev), a coherent program. It seemed, with the following command will increase even more interesting, but Irrizari Neff, a graduate of Berkeley and Professor of Jazz in Helsinki, not only did not improve the ensemble, but spoiled it all, what could and could not spoil. Surprising that with a record of U.S. guitarist is a partnership with Randy breakers. I wonder what Irrizari and Breaker doing together (obviously not music!) And what the professor teaches Finnish students? In my opinion, a professional guitarist who specializes in Latin music, has to know the theme Chica Korii (in which he walked with great difficulty) and be able to play the blues in a given key (in which Neff did not get into any one note!). It’s a shame that this accident (in other words can not be named) left a mark on the entire “Saturday night in Jerusalem, although all but the above-described incident was a good festival level.

The fourth day of the festival was more traditional jazz than the rest. It began saxophone quartet “Saksreyndzh under the direction of Dmitry Shurina. The first experience of creating such an ensemble was Dima five years ago. Since then, the quartet left one musician, the current composition – is Oleg Raskin (viola), Konstantin Gortikov (tenor), Alan Basin (baritone), and Shurin, playing the soprano and alto. The musicians feel each other perfectly, each of them – first-class soloists and an excellent ensemble. Shurin makes interesting arrangements, creating a repertoire of standards (excellent version «Round Midnight»), pieces from the repertoire Saxophone Quartet, Klezmer tunes and own compositions. Unfortunately, Dmitry often overloads the musical fabric. Sometimes it’s interesting, but when every play saxophone not designed to sing and imitate the sound of bass, the interest is replaced by fatigue.

Quintet “Blue Bird” – the ensemble under the elders “Jazz Globe pianist Mikhail Kullu. With him playing Dmitriy Shurin, trumpeter Gennady Litvak (formerly Shurin and Litvack played together in the orchestra Finberg in Minsk) and one of the best Israeli drum duets: Valery Lipiec and drummer Eugene Maistrovsky. Kull, opened in Moscow later Aksenov renowned jazz cafe “Blue Bird” in 1964 (!), A program of the American view, especially popular among jazz musicians of the sixties, but “SP-Quintet” (as Michael prefers to be called an ensemble) gracefully interpret these theme. Particularly elegant and graceful was Kull himself – as a pianist and as a leader.

“Kelmer trio” – the ensemble of students of the Jerusalem Academy. Violinist Avner Kelmer – an interesting composer, educated musician, but (I hope, yet!) Is not very strong violinist – the sound of his violin lacks the range and colors. Pianist Shai Maoz is excellent (I think in the near future it will be a bright star of jazz), bassist Daniel Sapir is very good, and all the trio played free and easy.

Completed the evening “Jazz Bridge. The international sextet showed a modern view of traditional jazz themes. We gathered there musicians of different “religions”: avant-garde, Klaus Kugel (who played the last time the mainstream in his youth), jazzman generalist Igor Ivanushkin, avant-garde musician rather than a traditional Andrei Razin, pure traditionalist Robert Anchipolovsky (the only one on that bridge Israeli, alto saxophonist, author of the idea of “Bridge”), a staunch fan of Coltrane Denis Pashkevich and Sergey Pron, whose breadth of vision we have already described. It was on the hot-jazz, virtuosity and captivating. Unfortunately, few musicians have played six of them – one rehearsal was not enough. As a result, each of the five tracks (all – on the evergreen topic, hardly sounded in its original form) at least 80 percent consisted of various solos. Some people, and it was not enough – Kugel, even during the accompaniment played loud and seemingly soliruya not allow himself modestly and quietly play rhythm along with Ivanushkin and Razin – the only members of the “Bridge”, have proved capable not participate in the competition “Who will play more?” but won the competition “Who better to listen to?”. But criticism is not at the level of “bad-good”, but as hindrances to the excellent musicians – the next time they better listen to each other.

The sixth day of the festival was marked by the event. I do not like superlatives, but I’m sure – experiment, which decided Slava Ganelin and one of the most prominent modern academic pianists Irina Berkovich, was first raised in January 2008 for a separate concert and was continued at the festival “Jazz Globe – 2008”. No one festival in the history of jazz was nothing like this. Irina Berkovich – one of the orthodox supporters of academic preparedness and limiting performing musician at the rehearsal. She does not accept improvisation at a concert almost did not play music that can be called jazz, 19 century – folk fantasies and paraphrases on opera themes, allowing himself only a variation cycle, where improvisation set in rigid frames. Ganelin, on the contrary, almost half a century of jazz career almost did not play pre-written music. But his style of improvisation (Slava is more spontaneous composition) Ganelin Berkovich persuaded to believe him and go on a risky experience. Irina played write music without changing a single note, not a single league, no shade. Ganelin, sitting at a nearby piano (with him standing on a synthesizer) created a frame-sounding classics. However, in the early Berkovich alone played the first part of the Italian Concerto by Bach. Then Ganelin played his own reflection of the music and moved to a different piano. Then it was all together: the seven parts of “Noble and Sentimental Waltzes” by Ravel, Scriabin’s Sonata № 9 (it was not only the culmination of a statement but one of the highest peaks of the festival) and the encore, Mozart’s variations on French songs. The audience, who came to jazz, and is not expected to hear Scriabin and Ravel, was delighted: more proof that the main thing – is not easy material, and professionalism, coupled with honesty and candor. In this case, you can most unprepared to offer the audience the material of any complexity, and it will be for her is clear.

Following the “Duet D” (so-called Irina and Slava himself) came quartet “Klezmer – Jazz Boris Gummer. The task seemed simple, but in fact, was extremely difficult because of the danger of slipping into the abyss of banality. Boris Gammer and his crew (guitarist Ilya Selco and well-known and Lipiec Maistrovsky) have found the right mix of humor and sadness, combining in one program, executed in Berlin Klezmer standard «Softly» (with an explanation of the origin of the author), jazz played by Jewish themes and a few serious long solos, as if praying, played by each of the ensemble members separately. The disadvantage of “Klezmer-jazz” was excessive enthusiasm drum solo. Maistrovsky – a brilliant drummer, in my opinion, the best in Israel, but this does not mean that he should solo in every play. Drums are designed to accompany, any solo – an exception to the rule and must be justified by the musical dramaturgy. Craftsmanship drummer can be seen in the accompaniment, which has dozens of examples of jazz classics.

Completed the evening, “Riga Balsam” – so the meeting was called to the scene of guests from Riga with Riga’s jazz veterans living in Israel, which (for lack of Riga’s drummer) was added from Haifa, Muscovite Yevgeny Maistrovsky (now rarely soloed, but brilliantly carrying out their Main duties). The meeting was warm, the music – good. Participants: “old” people of Riga – Nahum Pereferkovich (piano), Lanterns, Gummer, Lipkovich (Riga – Leningrad), “new” people of Riga – Gulbe, Pashkevich, Kalnins, Irrizari. Presented all and said a few words about the history of the veteran jazz journalism Valery Kopman.

The last day of the festival “Jazz Globe – 2008” opened the quartet, Julia Feldman. A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy does not sing great and powerful voice, but very musical and possesses a rich imagination. Fulfilling standards, it shifts the emphasis and makes the other (as compared with the traditional acceptance of performance) intonational accents. Part of the program is devoted to songs of Sasha Argov, the composer is very talented and does not fit into a professional singing framework – which complicates the task for jazz, but also causes a grateful response in case of success. Success was, and with Julia Feldman on his right divided pianist Oleg rich, bass player and drummer Daniel Sapir, Haim Pasco. Haim with his father, guitarist Steve Paskova, opened in 2004, the first “Jazz-Globe”. In the final day of the Fifth Festival we have seen not shy schoolboy, but the bright adult musician.

“Bob – Sextet” – the author’s project, Vladimir “Bob” Yurochkina. Almost all the instruments of the ensemble, Bob could play himself, but the task was part of the demonstration is not the author’s own capabilities, but their music, which sound, style and spirit reminiscent of the legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra. The hall was a real dzhazrokovaya energy. Brilliant solos on Bob elektroskripke, Yasha Muravina the piano and keyboards, selfless and virtuoso playing on an acoustic guitar Dmitry Gorelik, inspired percussion Arcadia Zapesotsky addition to the elegant sounds of tabla John Kotowicz, energetic saxophone Anatolia Shpiglusa. Lack of speech – Bob’s passion for traditional general musical idea, and poor attention to detail. Cool bass player Alon Hillel somehow played the double bass – an instrument is less suitable for this music. The first composition lasted more than an hour, resulting in a limit is exceeded, but all the same, musicians could not show everything planned – the eternal problem of the festival, especially in the ensembles, are collected only at the festivals. Overall performance was good and wrecked tumultuous applause. Much more interesting to watch specially prepared for the “Jazz-Globe talented program (albeit draped), than to attend the presentation of the standard, for which the festival – the next platform for the concert.

Festival finale – the traditional “Alliance”, that is, free improvisation musicians led by Ganelin. If the permanent ganelinskie ensembles – community of like-minded people who know each other, resulting in the “Jazz-Globus” Alliance “- free improvisation in its purest form. First Alliance was meeting Ganelina and Gotesman (old partners) and Arkady Kirichenko – Free-Menom. In the second to that trio added Alexei Zubov – another generation musician and a worldview. United the four, only honest attitude to the music and the desire to create something new on the scene. In the past year have older partners were Ganelin and teeth, it added regular partner of Fame in other projects Gershon Vayserfirer and Tanya Komova of the “Second Approach”. This result exceeded all expectations and became a real musical event. In the “Alliance – 2008” next to Slava Ganelin on stage were Victor Fonarev, Boris Gammer and Denis Pashkevich. Lanterns – an experienced bass player, feel free music, like a fish in water, but he usually does not germinal. Gummer and Pashevich – saxophonists who can on their instruments to do absolutely everything (Pashkevich besides more and brilliant flutist), but not accustomed to playing freely, when less is more important to play and listen more, does not offer a partner, you “talk”. The result is remarkable music, but it was not equal “Alliance”, but an ongoing dialogue Gummer and Pashkevich in an elegant frame Ganelina and Fonareva. The triumph of art took place, did not take place of the Alliance, whose members not only equal, but equal area.

Fifth Festival “Jazz-Globe is over. First impressions set forth in this article, a serious analysis will be carried out later, but the main result can be brought immediately – the festival was an important first step, said five years and has become traditional. In November 2009 in Jerusalem will be the sixth festival “Jazz-Globe”.

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