Day When World Is Possessed by Jazz
02 May, 2013
Day When World Is  Possessed by Jazz
In 2011, by the decision of UNESCO, April 30, was proclaimed to be an International Day of Jazz. Its goal was to highlight the global importance of jazz and realize how it has penetrated into numerous cultures. UNESCO has ratified the mandate of celebrating the event that would boost the communication and understanding among nations. This year, Georgia too has joined the 70 countries celebrating this day, marking the date by the concert of Tbilisi Municipality Big Band and its
friends at the Tbilisi Event Hall. Gaioz Kandelaki, a pioneer of jazz promotion in Georgia could not imagine some 40 years ago that Georgia would join the civilized world of jazz. Jass is characterized as the music of freedom, therefore everyone who loves jazz loves freedom.
‘Jazz Unlimited’ – quartet consisting of veteran Georgian jazzmen, opened the event. Later on, they invited the rookies - 15-year-old Papuna Sharikadze and 12 year-old Giorgi Kapanadze to the stage.
The second part of the concert was dedicated to the vocalists. The famous female jazzwoman Maia Baratashvili, young generation of jazz like Vazha Mania fresh from Berkley College, Mariko Ebralidze, Mariam Pavliashvili and others performed the well-known jazz and not only jazz standarads. Aleko Berdzenishvili’s “Englishman in New York”, originally performed by Sting and his version of Lennon’s “Imagine” were particularly lyrical.
The culmination of the event was the moment when Mr. Carlos Alberto Lopes Asfora, Ambassador of Brazil stepped to the stage. Reportedly, apart from being a successful diplomat, he is a good singer with several albums released. He sang in duet with Maia Baratashvili ; they performed a composition in the style of ‘Bossa Nova’ that was called ‘Wave’ and Mr. Lopes Asfora sang a solo “I’ve got you under my skin”, which was performed in a traditional Brazilian carefree manner. “I am fond of jazz and your big band. Congratulations,” His Excellency said.
Together with the Ministry of Culture and Tbilisi Mayor’s Office, American Embassy was one of the supporters of the event. “UNESCO is celebrating a Day of Jazz and Georgia should celebrate too. We are happy to support it. We have invited students and young musicians who are particularly interested in jazz,” Lola Petrova, Cultural Attache of the US Embassy commented.
The final part of the concert was a live broadcast from Istanbul displayed on the special monitor, where jazz stars from all parts of the world gathered in Istanbul this year to celebrate the International Jazz Day. “90% of the stars who sing in Istanbul today, have been to Georgia and we are extremely proud of it,” Kakha Kandelaki, Eastern Promotion founder said. The company is in the vanguard of promoting the jazz as a phenomenon and bringing the stars to Georgia during the last 17 years. “I think Georgia has acquired a full-time membership of global musical family. The world has arrived at the conclusion that jazz is not merely a musical genre but a cultural, social and even political phenomenon. I think, it will serve to the good of the country as a whole. I hope that from here on, this day will be celebrated annually in Georgia,” Misha Giorgadze, Director of Eastern Promotion Company said.
Great maestro Lee Ritenour will arrive in Tbilisi on May 5. Therefore, one very impressive and long-awaited concert that will cap jazz series of 2013 is still ahead for jazzmen and jazz fans.

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