MOSCOW, October 1 – Novosti. On October 1, 1922, the first jazz concert of the Valentin Parnakh orchestra was held at GITIS. Since that date, the history of Russian jazz has been going on. Today he turns one hundred years old.
The Igor Butman Foundation, with the support of the Foundation for Cultural Initiatives and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, together with partners, is holding a large-scale celebration of the anniversary.
There will be two concerts today. The first one is on the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. Stars of Russian jazz will take part in it. The second – on the stage of GITIS. This will be a reconstruction of the first performance of the Parnakh Orchestra. Musicians of the Big Jazz Orchestra conducted by Petr Vostokov will play ancient instruments according to original scores.
In October and November, a series of gala concerts “From Kaliningrad to Sakhalin” will be held in 18 regions. Performances will be held in St. Petersburg, Samara, Petrozavodsk, Yaroslavl, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk, Perm, Moscow, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Kaliningrad, Khabarovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
The first full-length documentary film about the history of jazz art in the country, “Jazz 100”, will be released on screens. Musicians, teachers, statesmen and fans of style will tell about it. The film will show historical photos, archival records of the 1920s and 30s, newsreels of the festivals of the 1960s and 70s. The tape will also feature unique audio materials.
During the celebration of the anniversary, the release of the first musical edition with Russian jazz compositions is also planned. The collection is presented in printed and electronic formats and arranged in Braille.
The book “Jazz 100” will also be released. The reference-historical source speaks about jazz in our country.
All events of the celebration of the Centenary of Russian Jazz are presented on the jazz100.ru portal.