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April 10, 2017



The 3rd International Jazz Festival kicked off on March 30 in Uzbekistan. It is organized on the occasion of the celebration of the International Jazz Day and will last through to April 30.

Its goal is to provide an opportunity for musicians of Uzbekistan and those fr om abroad to show the diversity of jazz, to demonstrate intercultural dialogue through various events in Tashkent and other cities of the country.

At the press conference dedicated to the festival, rector of the State Conservatory Bakhtiyor Yakubov said that this year it would surpass all others in its scale.

The opening of the festival takes place on March 30 in the grand hall of the State Conservatory, where the combined ensembles of the National Symphonic, Chamber and Folk Instrumental Orchestras of Uzbekistan perform.

NORD FX German jazz band will give concert in the same hall on April 1. In addition, Tashkent residents have the opportunity to attend a master class of this band, which will be held at the Ilhom Theater on April 2. And the next day the band will give concert in the Bukhara Regional Theater of Musical Drama.

Latvian singer Aija Vitolina in a duet with a musical jazz trio will perform April 4 at the Turkiston Concert Hall in Tashkent, and the next day Samarkand residents will have the opportunity to enjoy their concert at the Arts College in Samarkand.

The Jazz Festival will also take place in the historical city of Kokand, wh ere the Indian Dhruv Ghanekar’s band will perform at the Khamza Theater on April 9. The band will perform April 13 in Tashkent as well.

Estonia will be represented in the Festival by performers Kadri Voorand and Marek Talst, who together with the Bоtir Zokirov Variety-Symphonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan will perform in the grand hall of the Conservatory on April 11 and 12.

The residents of Tashkent will also enjoy the performances of musicians from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Turkey and Indonesia.

In between the concerts of jazz bands the fans of this genre of music will have the opportunity to attend master classes, jam sessions, and creative meetings.

“The International Day of Jazz promotes the aspiration for peace, development of a broad outlook, as well as respect for human rights and human dignity. Thanks to it, the residents of the republic will have the opportunity to enjoy this unique genre of music for the third time already,” Daiga Bondare, the head assistant of the culture department, UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan, said. “They also learn more about jazz, its roots and subculture.”