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Let the Jazz be!

VIII International Festival “Jazz_Bishkek_Spring” – 2013 started on April, 19 in the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The organizer of the Festival, The Public Fund “Central Asia – Art Management” (PF CAAM), gave the fans of jazz music three days of the unique atmosphere of a live performance.¬†April, 19, 20 and 21, 2013 at the Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theater in Bishkek were performances of 13 jazz bands from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Switzerland, Austria and the United States.

“Our mission is to popularize the music of Central Asia, and to expand the horizons of talented musicians,” – said the director of the festival “Jazz_Bishkek_Spring” – 2013 Kanykei Mukhtarova – “Every year during the festival, we hold not only live performances of groups, but also educational workshops, where international jazz professionals share their experience with younger musicians.”

The traditional “Festival Debut”, which present new names among young jazz musicians of Kyrgyzstan, this year introduced the band called “Horner Brass Quintet” consisting of six members.

Live sound, beautiful melodies and unique taste of jazz music have left no spectator indifferent. At some moments I just forgot about everything, reveling in the sensual playing of the saxophone, piano and guitar. Everything was very bright, strong, and in high quality! Foreign musicians have received the support of the hall, playing on the new stage for an unknown audience, and the local jazz masters felt the support of the native audience.  Everyone gave all the best during the Festival.

“We come to Kyrgyzstan not the first time, an every time we are pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome of the Kyrgyz people,” – says the bass guitarist of the band “Avesto” from Tajikistan Jafar Khalilov , – “There are very appreciative audience that loves and understands jazz. We feel the energy of the audience and lay ourselves out to the fullest.”

Participants have showed all their skills, gathering the truly fans of jazz music in one place for three days. Hopefully, such cultural activities contribute not only to the promotion of the unique genre of music as jazz, but also to the development of friendship between countries and nations.

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