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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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Ukrainian Culture

Sounds of Jazz from the Land of Blue Hills

This year, Jazz Koktabel is going to be bigger and better than ever! Its a claim that has been made each and every year since the festival first kicked off in 2003, but each and every summer, for nine years, its been a claim fulfilled.
The founders of Jazz Koktebel Dmytro Kyselov and Liliya Mlinarich say they started the festival out of a need to quell the low-quality music flooding the media at the time.

With this in mind, they brought top musician from all over the world right from the start, and with that platform built, this fabulous open-air event found both performers of all types of jazz, as well as an audience, without difficulty. 
As this year boasts a fabulous line-up of local and international acts, we got hold of Magnus Lindgren, a young and highly talented Grammy-award winning saxophonist from Sweden, who's coming to Koktebel to play with his band Batucada Jazz. We also managed to track down Russian pianist Odyssey Bohusevich, a virtuoso on the keyboard and superlative composer, who will be accompanied by band Winter Sun. Together, along with the rest of the 50-odd other performers this weekend, they will melt all preconceptions you may have about this restless genre of music.  

Magnus Lindgren 
Tell us a little about your music. Do you try to stick to some sort of theme or do you allow yourself more freedom to improvise? 
Basically, I want to keep the playfulness and that naïve feeling that you get when you first learn to play an instrument that every single note can be so amazing and special like the first time you play it.

Your biography states that you first started playing music in your fathers band in the 80s. Would you consider him your first music teacher? 
Yes, absolutely. As a kid, I would listen to recordings of my fathers dance band while playing along on saucepans in the kitchen. Later on, I would stand in playing different instruments in his band. I learned a lot from that.

Has your attitude to music changed since the recording of your first CD, Way Out, in 2000?
Yes, I would say it has changed a lot. In the beginning, I was more eager to play correctly, to have good technique and to play my instrument well. Only music, and music, and music. There was little more to life. I must have been so unsocial! (laughs). But, at such an early stage, that is good because you want to improve your skills. Now, Im more relaxed and I feel as though I enjoy life more. I have had so many great experiences, with people, other cultures 

Do you consider the Grammy you won for your album Paradise Open in 2001 to be your greatest award?
First, I have to say that it was the Swedish Grammy. Nevertheless, it is one of the awards Im most proud of.

Tell us a little bit about your Batucada Jazz band. 
Batucada is African-influenced Brazilian music, my love for which is just as great as jazz in general. I have done and will do different kinds of projects in music and I will do more with Batucada for sure. Though, my next production will be more back to jazz basics.

As this is not your first time to Ukraine, what feelings/memories do you have of the country? What are your thoughts now?
The people are very nice, very energetic. Of course, I feel the history of hard times Ukraine has gone through, and in some ways those hard times still exist. But every country has its own problems. Since you asked, I believe that people here should maintain their fundamental right to express their political views, without being threatened with a prison sentence. Its something everyone deserves, all over the world. 

Odyssey Bohusevich 
What goals did you first set for yourself and your creative work when you got started?
My goal was to fill the whole world with music! This is impossible, fortunately, so it ensures me of always having a job!

Do you have an ideal in music? And what do you aim for in your own music now?
My ideal is the point at which one starts to move forward. When you listen to other musicians, you can hear yourself in their music. But whats most interesting is when you learn to listen if youre able to do this then all the knowledge in the world is at your fingertips. 

What award do you consider the most important in your life and music?
Applause, warm words of gratitude, interest in the eyes of my audience, the success of my students, money for albums sold, concerts. 

What can we expect from you at this years festival? 
This is going to be our first time at Jazz Koktabel. I have loved Crimea ever since I was a kid and so Im really looking forward to it. Ill be playing with my band Winter Sun, which we like to call a project with an international sound, and in addition to our programme, we will be playing Take The A Train by Duke Ellington, My Little Suede Shoes by Charlie Parker and our most interesting hit, Gusli Blues.

Koktebel Jazz Festival 2012
Koktebel (20km from Feodosia)
29 August 2 September 
Tickets are 69 885hrv
For more information visit www.koktebel.info 

Vadym Mishkoriz

Koktebel Jazz  Festival 2012 
29 August
NU Jazz Stage:
Lyapis Trubetskoi (BY)

Open Stage:  (CZ)  
Kuzmich Orchestra (CZ)
Vojtech Prochazka Trio (CZ)
Points (CZ) 
Muff (CZ)

30 August 
Voloshynska Stage:
Yalunina & Degusarov (RU)
Eduard Dilya Prystupa (UA)
Winter Sun (Odyssey Bohusevich) (RU)
Himmerland (Eskill Romme) (DK)

NU Jazz Stage:
Gorchitza Live Project (UA) 
Oleh Kostrov (RU) 
Pur:Pur (UA)
Denys Adu Big Band (UA) 
The Cinematic Orchestra (UK) 
Mamas Gun (UK) 

Open Stage:
Denys Adu Quartet (U?) 
Sophie Villy (GE)
Laura and Kristina Marti (AR)
Asia Tengri (INT)

31 August 
Voloshynska Stage:
Laura Marti Quartet (AR)
Panic Fusion Trio (UA) 
Mike Del Ferro (NL)
Daniela Valtova (CH)
Jim Ridl TRIO (US)

NU Jazz Stage:
Jazz Dance Orchestra (RU) 
Chaek (FR) 
Sasha Almazova and Non Cadenza (RU) 
Batucada Jazz (SE) 
Nino Katamadze (GE) 
Goran Bregovic and Wedding and Funeral Band (INT)

Open Stage: 
Nina Karlsson (RU)
Nothing Personal Project (UA) 
Tinavie (RU) 
Morfe (BY) 

1 September 
Voloshynska Stage
Sebastian Pecznik (AR) 
Arman Jazz Trio (RU) 
Yuliya Roma: Tribute to A.C. Jobim (UA) 
Veronica Kozhykharova (RU) 
Arne Jansen Trio (DE) 

NU Jazz Stage:
Katya Chilly (UA) 
The Tiger Lillies (UK)  
Bjorn Berge (NO) 
Serebryana Svadba (BY) 
Zorge (RU)
Acid Cool (RU)

Open Stage: 
Treeorange (RU)
Odessa Jazz Fest Quartet (UA) 
Jacuzzi project (UA)
Astarta (UA) 

2 September 
Voloshynska Stage 
Susanna Berivan (DE) 
Revenko Band (UA) 
Yuriy Kuznetsov (UA) 
Pulcinella (FR)

NU Jazz Stage:
Obe Dve (RU)
Oleg Kostrow (RU)

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


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