18:24 April 25, 2022
The Jazz in Chocolate Festival opened on April 24 on the stage of the Sakhalin Puppet Theater in a warm and friendly atmosphere. It will take place throughout the week at various venues in the island’s capital: in concert halls, on the radio and, for the first time this year, in schools.
On the first day, music lovers got acquainted with the work of two island jazz groups – Island Brass Band and Absolute Jazz Quintet. The concert also featured invited artists, including violinist and composer Alexander Lopatin.
In the first section, the musicians of the Island Brass Band took the stage. This group was created in 2013 at the Sakhalin College of Arts by Alexei Kononenko with the support of director Andrei Kostin. Initially, the band was a student. But over time, its composition and repertoire expanded. The ensemble went beyond the college: the artists began to perform at various venues and events.
– In our group the instruments of the copper group complement the tenor saxophone and drums, in contrast to the classical brass quintet, which consists only of brass wind instruments, – said the head of the ensemble Alexei Kononenko. – It expands our capabilities. We play classical, jazz, retro music and much more. Our repertoire is wide and designed for completely different listeners.
The Island Brass Band featured many jazz classics, mostly known to a wide range of music lovers, as well as jazz arrangements of modern popular compositions. Vocal works accompanied by the ensemble were performed by singer Victoria Malyutenko, who is also known for her performances in the group “Jazz Time”.
– It is nice that for the first time we managed to take part in the jazz festival, – said Alexei Kononenko. – It was very interesting, we got vivid impressions.
The Absolute Jazz Quintet led by Dmitry Kapustyuk performed in the second part of the concert. A year ago, this group participated in the festival “Jazz Week on Sakhalin” and the musical evening “Jazz in Chocolate”. Compared to the previous year, there have been some changes in the composition of the band – some artists have been replaced by others. Nevertheless, the backbone of the ensemble is preserved. As, however, and commitment to style: the quintet still plays modern jazz music.
The program featured jazz standards, bosanova, bebop, hardbop, compositions from musicals and much more.
Viewers were able to appreciate the jazz debut of the new vocalist of the ensemble Marie Kapus. The singer successfully coped with her task, despite the excitement.
It is worth noting the creative collaborations, of which there were many this evening. In a number of numbers, invited instrumentalists performed together with the musicians of the Absolute Jazz Quintet. One of such guests was Alexander Lopatin (electric violin), who once again showed the public his skills and ability to play jazz music. In addition to him, keyboardist Alexander Raevsky, bassist Konstantin Logunov and drummer Sergei Polyakov took the stage.
– I played with these musicians 20 years ago, – said Dmitry Kapustyuk. – These are good experienced professionals. They returned to Sakhalin after a long absence. On a good creative wave, they added additional colors to our concert. Many thanks to all of them.
The concert ended with a big joint performance of two bands Absolute Jazz Quintet, Island Brass Band and invited musicians: 17 artists performed on the stage at the same time, IA Sah.com reports with reference to the press service of the Philharmonic.
– This year marks a significant date – the 100th anniversary of domestic jazz, – said the director of the Sakhalin Philharmonic Ilya Alexandrov, who led the concert. – As before, we continue to promote jazz. Our viewers love and appreciate this direction of music. This year we decided to expand the boundaries of the festival and set a goal to cover the school with concerts to introduce young Sakhalin people to jazz culture. The flagship of island jazz – the group “Jazz Time” – will give three concerts in schools of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk during the week. And the festival will end on April 29 with a big concert at KKZ “October”. We invite everyone to visit this bright event.