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«ОКеshkin Jazz»: improvisation for the benefits of children

Over 500 parents and kids joined UNICEF Ukraine to celebrate Children`s day and enjoy jazz.
On the International Day of Children Jazz in Kiev, UNICEF and Dom MK organized children’s jazz festival

1-2 June 2013, Кyiv – On the occasion of International Children’s Day celebration Jazz producer center Jazz in Kiev, Dom Master Klass Education and Culture supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) organized 4th International children’s jazz festival “Okeshkin Jazz”.

Festival “Okeshkin Jazz” gave a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time together, listen to good music and gather with interesting people. Throughout two festival days young musicians aged 6-14 years old, jazz-bands and a little bluesman performed at the open public theatre. Young performers were supported by famous Ukrainian bands: Olexander Murenko`s trio “Fusion Band” opened the festival and band “Alibi” performed during the 2nd day of the festival . The host of “Okeshkin Jazz” was Oleksiy Kogan, a well-known journalist and art director of Jazz in Kiev.

Oleksiy Kogan: “4th festival “Okeshkin Jazz” gives us an incredible opportunity to discover the future of the Ukrainian music, and not only Ukrainian. Every time I come to this festival I realize the meaning of somebody`s phrase: “Children are not like adults, but they are like we, adults, should be.”

Soloist of the band “Alibi” Anna Zavalska: “The taste for good music should be shaped from childhood! Considering my own experience, we can confirm that there is no bigger incentive for self-development and education than admiring somebody’s talent, your peer in particular! Thus, existence of children’s jazz festivals is the greatest contribution to the future of the young musicians’, whom we always support with pleasure.”

Music unites everybody: children from many different background including, vulnerable children – orphans, refugees and children with disabilities. All these children have equal rights to develop their personalities and talents and to be educated. Jazz festival “Okeshkin Jazz” has introduced the beauty of music to children who probably have heard jazz for the first time in their life.

Yukie Mokuo, Representative of UNICEF in Ukraine: “Jazz is a great example for children, as in jazz each musician improvises in his/her own way and at the same time everybody is playing in one band creating an amazing musical dialogue. It is similar to children as every child has a right to express herself / himself individually while being in harmony with society and other children.”

In jazz each musician improvises in his/her own way while playing in one band creating an amazing musical dialogue.
In jazz in particular there are a plenty of musicians with disabilities. One of them was Michel Petrucciani, world known jazz performer, who was literally carried on arms. Not just because he was a genius pianist, but also because he almost couldn’t walk due to an appalling illness. Michel found his strength for life in jazz, granting joy to others. Now music therapy for children with disabilities is widely known.

Within the festival’s program little guests together with their parents participated in handcraft master classes, which were prepared and held by the organizer of the festival Dom Master Klass Education and Culture. In particular, they created handmade musical instruments using different materials. The youngest guests form age of 2 years enjoyed interesting interactive games and pottery workshops.

Tetyana Zhmendyak and Illya Boondarenko, young violinists, participants of the festival: “Okeshkin Jazz” is the chance for us to meet new musicians, to play on one stage once again with Nataliya Lebedeva’s trio, whom we admire very much and, besides that, to listen to the funny jokes of Oleksiy Kogan, the host of the festival. And, for sure, it is an ocean of emotions and excellent mood!”

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) cooperates on a global level with the most famous musicians of various music styles. They are UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors: Lenny Kravitz, Shakira, winner of Grammy Award, violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov, African jazz singer Angelique Kidjo, Chinese pianist Lang Lang, Finnish jazzman Iiro Rantala and many others.

Festival “Okeshkin Jazz” is another step towards strengthening the Ukrainian jazz community. It is an opportunity to popularize and develop jazz culture in our country.

About Jazz in Kiev: Producer’s centre Jazz in Kiev is the biggest jazz agency in the Ukrainian capital that has been working since 2007. Oleksiy Kogan, a well-known radio broadcasting journalist and producer, is the art director of the centre. During its existence the company has organized a series of jazz concerts with participation of celebrated jazzmen Eric Marienthal, Bill Evans, Bobby McFerrin, Vijay Ayer, Steven Bernstein and may others. Also it has held 5 International festivals “Jazz in Kiev” where such stars, as, in particular, Dave Holland, Avishai Cohen, Al Gerro, Mike Stern, Herbie Hancock, Steve Gadd, Kenny Werner, Lars Danielsson, Hiromi, bands Spyro Gyra, Yellowjackets and Oregon performed.

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world leader in protection of children’s rights and interests. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries for protection and support of children from early childhood through adolescence. Programs of UNICEF are entirely financed by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information visit Join us on Twitter, Facebook and ВКонтакте.

About Dom Master Klass Education and Culture: Dom MK is open and friendly space for art and studying. Located in the heart of the capital, it is designed to connect all the most interesting and actual activities for heart and brain of a modern metropolis citizen. Numerous cultural projects of Dom MK are made for people of different age and interests. Dom MK regularly hosts concerts of jazz and academic music, theatrical performances, exhibitions, movie screenings and meetings with prominent art personalities. Various educational projects of Dom MK help to study foreign languages (“Oxford Class” school), to express oneself in an art manner ( numerous art workshops of Dom MK), to bring up and teach children of pre-school age (centre of education and entertainment for kids “Okeshkin Club”) and to see into modern technologies ( studios “I-kids Klass” and “I-Klass”).

About partners of the festival:

Іntertelecom- first national CDMA operator in Ukraine. Operator gives mobile service and mobile 3G Internet access with technologies of CDMA 1x EVDO Rev.A і CDMA EVDO Rev. in all Ukrainian regions. More than 1.3 million consumers use operator’s services. Operator has the widest coverage zone of 3G in Ukraine and offers the fastest 3G Internet with speed of 14,7 Мbit/s in all regions of Ukraine. From 2012 operator Intertelecom offers service of Safe Internet for providing safety of children in the Internet.

Koktebel Jazz Festival – one of the most well-known music brands in Ukraine in Eastern Europe. The Festival was set up in 2003 and during the 10 years of its existence it has gained status of the biggest and the most inspiring open-air in Ukraine. Ideologist and the founder of the festival is Dmytro Kiselyov. More than 30 thousand people visit festival annually. “Jazz Koktebel” consists of 3 stages with different formats and over 70 concerts during 5 days.

Іnformation support of the festival:

Radio «Nostalgie», TV channel «Pershyi Natsionalnyi», magazine «Syto», magazine «Ukrainskyi tyzhden’», magazine «Stereo», newspaper Aviso, портал «», portal «Syto», portal, magazine «Ukrainska cultura», newspaper «The Kiev Times».



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