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Jazz Bez 2014

The 14th International Jazz Bez Festival  took place, as usual, in Ukraine and Poland on 5-14 December 2014.

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JazzBez 2014 /Kramatorsk /A Artym

JazzBez 2014 /Lviv /A Artym

JazzBez 2014 / Sadovska /Lviv / R Pavlyk

JazzBez 2014 / Lviv / R Pavlyk

JazzBez 2014 / Lviv / R Pavlyk

JazzBez 2014 / Lviv / R Pavlyk

This year the jazz marathon has brought together 17 Ukrainian and Polish cities, including the liberated cities of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Druzhkivka (Eastern Ukraine,war zone). According to good tradition, the Jazz Bez 2014 became a platform giving birth to new jazz bands,  and the event to present many world premieres of new projects. Besides,  this year the JazzBez festival and Ukrainian jazzmen, like all the world jazz community, celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, the legendary inventor of the saxophone and the renowned Belgian musician and instrument designer.

JazzBez-14 Daily Video Reporting
Operator Oleksander Fraze-Frazenko

The festival was launched in Lviv with the international quintet created by a young talented trumpeter Dmitriy Bondaryev from Donetsk (Eastern Ukraine, war zone). Dmitriy was joined by German pianist Ludwig Hornung, Danish bassist Martin Buhl Staunstrup, American drummer Jesus D. Vega and Donetsk guitarist Igor Osypov. Contrary to war and violence, the musicians performed unshedowed and balanced music

One of the biggest events of the 14th Jazz Bez festival became the new project of Mariana Sadovska (the world famous Ukrainian singer and actress) & Mark Tokar (one of the best jazz contrabassists ). Elegant and dramatic compositions  based on the texts by Serhiy Zhadan and Lubov Yakymchuk were performed by the octet of four bassists and four female vocals. The world premiere of the Octet "2014" was presented in Lviv, Kyiv, Ternopil and in the border town of Mostyska, where the octet played a free concert for soldiers and volunteers, participants of the War in Eastern Ukraine.

The Kyiv and Lviv audiences were impressed by the performance of Steve Houben Quartet (Belgium – United States) under the leadership of Steve Houben, the legendary jazz saxophonist and flutist, who has collaborated  with  Joe Newman, Bill Frisell, Toots Thielemans, Chet Baker, Mike Stern, George Coleman and Gerry Mulligan....

One of the most interesting projects from the Polish side was recognised to be the Kasia Mirowska Quartet & Piotr Baron. The known singer and the outstanding  saxophonist presented programme devoted to George Gershwin. Our Polish partners were also represented by the Shofar Trio, consisting of three leading Polish musicians. And Mikołaj Trzaska (saxophone, bass clarinet) is one of the most devoted to the JazzBez friends.  Shofar's repertoire presents traditional Jewish sacred music and free jazz. No one could remain indifferent to the Polish project SEFARDIX / Oleś Duo (Marcin Oleś i Bartłomiej Brat Oleś) & Jorgos Skolias.  Two famous Polish jazzmen Brothers Oleś and  Jorgos Skolias, a charismatic Greek-born singer will present project inspired by Sephardic songs that are deeply rooted in Mediterranean cultural patchwork. Its compositions are on the verge of ethno, jazz, world and improvised music.

This year the festival was honoured to present the KibrickMarc Bernstein project (US), led by the famous American saxophonist, leader of the Rhythmic Music Dept. at the Southern Danish Conservatory of Music. Mark invited for collaboration the known Polish and Ukrainian musicians (drummer Igor Hnydyn,  guitarist Marek Kadziela, bassist Michal Jaros). 

The 14th JazzBez organisers paid close attention to the Crimean ‘component’ of the jazz marathon. The Usein Bekirov Trio (Crimea, Ukraine) where, despite the occupation and geopolitical intrigues, Ukrainian jazzmen are playing with the renowned Crimean Tatar pianist Usein Bekirov,  held concerts in almost all furthest geographical locations of the festival: in Polish  cities of  Lublin,  Przemysl and the village of Nowica,  in Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Druzhkivka (city in Donetsk region, war zone). The Trio also participated in the Jazz Bez pre-party in Lviv. 

The Jazz Kolo project by Igor Zakus was acclaimed by mass media to be "the concert of Ukrainian jazz elite”. The octet, represented by the best jazzmen of  Ukraine, held their concert in Lviv at the end of the festival. 

Some special attention should be paid to the PEACE CONCERTS vs WAR /Jazz Bez free concerts  in the liberated cities of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Druzkivka. The Polish Dominika Rusiniwska Quartet (after concerts in Lviv and Kharkiv) went to East Ukraine, and in collaboration with the ‘restored’ Ground Beat band from Kramatorsk played four concets in the liberated cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Then the Ground Beat and the Crimean Usein Bekirov Trio  held concerts in the city of Druzhkivka.

Besides,  in 2014 the JazzBez festival, like the all world jazz community, celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, the legendary inventor of the saxophone and the renowned Belgian musician and instrument designer.

12 concerts  held  in the cities of  Lviv, Kyiv, Lutsk, Ternopil and the final JazzBez concert in the Lviv Opera House were devoted to the renowned inventor of the saxophone. The festival organisers are concerned to contribute to the global cultural process even in current turbulent war time in our country.
The organisers also arranged several "saxophone" flash mobs. In particular, simultaneous, synchronous performance of almost a hundred saxophonists in the city centre;  hairdressing & musical performances, during which all bearded had the opportunity to be trimmed ‘Sax style’ and others.

Dzyga Art Association  and the  team of the International Jazz Bez Festival express their sincere gratitude to all personalities and communities, without which the cross-border jazz marathon would not be possible.

Our message of heartfelt thanks to the Consulate General of Poland in Lviv, the Polish Institute in Kyiv, the Department of Culture and Promotion Department of the Lviv City Council, the Embassy of Belgium in Ukraine and other institutions, whose efforts contributed to the organisation of the festival.

Many thanks to the Jazz Bez information partners, helping to promote the Music of Freedom: TV channels Espreso.tv, ZIK TV, hromadske.tv, Channel 5, 1 + 1; Internet companies UkrStream.tv and UA-Online; Regional TRC Lviv, Lviv-TV and Channel 12; Hromadske Radio, Radio Lvivska Hvylya, Radio Era, Radio Arysokraty; Afishalviv.netzbruch.eu, 032.ua, MyRelax.com.ua, infolviv.net, Jazz in Kiev and others; to magazines: Egoist, LvivToday and Ot-Ot.

Special thanks to our General Information Sponsor LUX TRC and to the Radio “24”, TV Channel News "24",  internet information channel ZAXID.NET.

Many thanks for their hospitality to the Lviv hotels: George, Irena  and RIUS. And for comfort and coziness of the audience to: the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet Maria Zankovetska Drama Theater, the Lviv Philharmonic, Picasso Club and event-hall KINO.

Our gratefulness  to the brands JIVA and Technology for Business and to the King Cross Leopolis shopping mall. Special thanks to our law partner  the Juscutum Law Firm

And our cordial gratefulness for the long-term support and friendship to the General Sponsor of the 14th Jazz Bez the BUCHACH brand, the real lovers of high-grade music.



JazzBez-14 Daily Video Reporting /operator Oleksander Fraze-Frazenko

Steve Houben Quartet at Jazz Bez '2014

Saxophone flash mob: simultaneous performance o f almost a hundred saxophonists in the city centre

«2014» Mariana Sadovska & Mark Tokar  project (the octet of 4 bassists and 4 female vocals)