ФЕСТИВАЛЬ  Boheme-Jazz Festival Opens in Moscow

The Second Annual "Boheme-Music" jazz festival will start off in Moscow tomorrow, May 16, and will continue on through May 20. The opening ceremony, which will feature performances by Arkadyi...

The Second Annual "Boheme-Music" jazz festival will start off in Moscow tomorrow, May 16, and will continue on through May 20. The opening ceremony, which will feature performances by Arkadyi Shilkloper and the Vermicelli Orchestra, will also give away the "Boheme-Jazz" prize. The press conference that was held today to open the event took place, strangely enough, in the Moscow City Duma, a sponsor of the festival. Why this festival might merit such serious involvement was put simply by one of the organizers: "Jazz is free music for free people." This is also why, according the festival's general producer, Andrei Feofanov, such a strong emphasis is made on stage performances rather than the jams and improvisations on jazz standards typically held in clubs as a background for weekenders coming in for a glass of beer. Daniil Kramer, a pianist who will be participating throughout the festival, explained that this kind of club performance compromises the originality of the artist and results in musicians losing the ability to hold a large audience. Despite the fact, however, that much of the festival's performances will take place on one of Moscow's leading concert stages in the Central Artist's Hall, many concerts will also be given in clubs including the Chinese Pilot Club, the Bunker Club, and other night spots throughout Moscow. Perhaps it's just that so much of jazz's atmosphere is associated with nightclubs that it has grown too difficult to appreciate it entirely out of context, and that "nightlife" element has to be thrown in.

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19.05.2000, Анна АРУТЮНЯН (ЗВУКИ РУ)