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November 9 2006

This event was a continuation of Russian-Norwegian Jazz Festival, annually held in Moscow on the initiative of composer, musician and broadcaster Alexis Kolosov. Norwegian jazz music world by surprise with their originality and originality has for the past 30 years. It is not surprising that the Russian-Norwegian festivals were among the most "star" of jazz concerts, and became an important event in the cultural life of the two countries.

Already at the first festival, held in 2003, before the Moscow audience made such Norwegian jazz stars as guitarist Ripdal T., K. Bornstad pianist, the group - The Real Thing, Rob Waring trio and other wonderful artists. Subsequently, two more held the festival, which could attend sessions " Three O'Trang , O. Jacobsen and many other interesting jazz musicians. In those years the festival has attracted the attention of many jazz connoisseurs. In the wake of this interest, it was decided to create a more wide-ranging festival "Baltic Jazz" with the participation of not only the famous Norwegian artists, but also jazz stars from the other Baltic countries.

Program each day is interesting enough, at least, visiting the festival, you can discover some new artists. If you believe the announcements, some of the alleged musicians - world stars, whose performances will please true connoisseurs of jazz. Like it or not, you will find the 9 November, at a concert with jazz pianist Uli Lenz (Germany), Group Dynamite Vikings "(Estonia) and Peer Dorham, as well as bassist Jacek Nedzhelya (Poland).

Uli Lenz is now considered one of the most interesting European jazz pianists. The musician was born in 1955 in Frankfurt am Main and has 18 years' became a professional pianist. At the same time he became interested in jazz music, but only in the late 80th to the fore as a "rising star" of the European Jazz. Lenz actively cooperating with various musicians, including saxophonist Steve Grossman to that played by the legendary Miles Davis. Albums musician admired both critics and audiences. Finally, it is interesting because it shows great interest in African and Asian music, and also holds in many countries master-classes.

Group Dynamite Vikings »(Dynamite Vikings) - is an international trio consisting of guitarist Yaka Sooara Estonian, Swedish bassist Tommy Anderson and Danish drummer Carsten Matiesena. The style in which they work represents a synthesis of jazz, ethno, free, blues and rock. In Moscow, they will perform together with the well-known Danish guitarist Prieur Dorham, using in his work contrasts the simplicity and complexity, lyricism and tension. Pear Dorham plays jazz-rock with splashes of European, African, Asian and Afro-American elements.

Jacek Nedzhelya - bass virtuoso, professor of jazz department of the Academy of Music in Katowice. In Poland, he is considered the best jazz bass player for the past few years. Jacek has recorded 30 discs, including 5 copyright. Of particular interest is his album of 2004, which Nedzhelya plays bass without any accompaniment rather unexpected repertoire - from Chopin to Paul McCartney. During the Russian touring bassist will acquaint the public with this program.

On November 10 concert will feature: The Russian duo of Alexey Kolosov, Vladimir Ivanov (piano, guitar), head-liner of the festival - jazz singer Cile Nergoo (Norway) and guitarist Tobias Sjögren (Sweden).

Silje Nergoo became famous at age 16 when she performed at the Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway.On her immediately noticed, and she began to the studio. Her single «Tell Me Where You're Going» (1990) reached 40 th place in the UK charts and stayed 15 weeks in the top hundred, and became one of the best albums in Scandinavia. Working on the disc, singer experimenting: to synthesize jazz with country and pop music, has collaborated with Morten Harket (A-HA), has sung in Norwegian language, written in verse by the most famous poets of Norway. Disc Hjemmefra (1996) was recorded with a male vocal octet, and the disk At First Light Silje Nergoo sang his own song, because 9 of the 12 songs on the album wrote itself.

Guitarist Alex Kolosov and pianist Vladimir Ivanov - domestic performers and composers who specialize in different areas of jazz. Alexey Kolosov, in particular, and composes music for film and is known as a leading jazz radio program "When you do not have enough jazz" to "Radio Russia".

Finally, Tobias Sjögren - guitarist and songwriter from Gothenburg, who recorded 9 albums and composed music for the ballet, staged in 1996 in Copenhagen. Since 1997, Tobias began cooperation with famous Norwegian trumpeter and singer Per Jorgensen, with whom they recorded the album «The Thule Spirit», which became the basis of the material elements of folk music in Greenland.

Natalia Filippovich


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