Jazz fest for Bishkek citizens
The 9th annual international festival “Jazz_Bishkek_Spring” was held in Bishkek during three days. 10 music groups from 7 countries participated in the event.
Musicians from Kyrgyzstan, USA, Germany, Japan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Austria took part in the jazz feast. Motto of the festival is “Music without boundaries”, and its mission is to build bridges with the help of cultural cooperation for the sake of friendship and understanding between nations.
Organizer of the festival is a public fund “Central Asia – Arts Management” with the support of the Christensen Fund (USA), Embassies of USA, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, and the “Goethe-Institute”.
This year the schtick of the festival was the arrival of famous piano virtuoso, the Grammy Award nominee, a native of Kyrgyzstan – Eldar Dzhangirov. Eldar was born in Kyrgyzstan and moved to the U.S. in the age of ten, where he became a world famous jazz pianist. Together with his band “Eldar Trio” the pianist performed at the jazz festival with a solo program on April 18, and participated in a jam session in one of the city cafes.
On the last day of the festival on April 19 Bishkek residents and guests were happy to see the performances of Avesto group from Tajikistan, Keiko Borjeson Jazz Trio from Japan, and Meatology from Uzbekistan.
In conclusion of the music festival musicians of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the United States involving manaschi Samat Kochorbaev presented to the listeners an unusual ethno-jazz project called “Central Asian ethno-jazz laboratory” by Kanykei Mukhtarova.