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Jazzystan festival will be held in Almaty to support Japanese people

04 may 2011, 19:09
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The main cultural event of the year, an international charity musical festival Jazzystan. Pray For Japan. We Are ONE will start on May 6 at 8:30 p.m. in Almaty Towers at the crossing of Baizakov and Satpayev streets (behind Hyatt Regency Almaty hotel), Tengrinews.kz reports citing the festival's press-service.

“This time the most famous jazz-festival of our country will join together Kazakhstan fans and best Japanese musicians to help Japanese people cope with the consequences of the terrible earthquake and tsunami. All the funds and donations received during the festival will be sent to the victims,” said the festival's director Rustam Ospanov.

Legendary Japanese musicians such as Quasimode, Soil & Pimp Sessions and Root Soul will perform on Kazakhstan stage on May 6. As per Ospanov, the idea to invite Japanese musicians appeared way before the tragedy in Japan.

Rustam Ospanov was planning to perform in Japan, but his trip was canceled after the quake.

"I am frequently asked why I am holding a charity festival to support Japanese people,” said Ospanov. “Everyone is equal in grief. If tomorrow something similar happens in Almaty, Japanese won't be asking such questions.”

International Jazzystan Festival is held in Almaty since 2009. 40 musicians and DJs from Kazakhstan, Great Britain, Germany, France, Croatia, USA and Japan have taken part in the festival in the last two years.

“Jazzystan embodies the energy of live virtuous performance, atmosphere of kind relationship between outstanding musicians and the audience, as well as people's diplomacy, support and compassion to those who need help,” Ospanov said.

Jazzystan. Pray For Japan. We Are ONE will open Jazzystan 2011 season, which will include several more concerts in autumn.

Director of the main jazz-event hasn't yet disclosed the plans for May 7.

The second day will include master-classes, where participants will be able to learn from Kazakhstan and Japanese colleagues and attend an improvised concert.


By Zhuldyz Seisenbekova

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