On 30th of April, in many countries of the world, including in Turkmenistan, celebrate International Jazz Day. On the occasion of the musical holiday in the Palace of Mukams of the State’s Cultural Center, a concert was held with the participation of well-known creative teams and performers of our country.
Jazz originated in the southern United States in the 1910s. Since then, vocal-instrumental music has found many admirers and followers around the world. Believing in jazz music as a symbol of international dialogue and mutual understanding, in 2011 the General Conference of UNESCO declared 30th of April as International Jazz Day.
Turkmen musicians play not only classical jazz, but also experiment with adding national melodies. Turkmen jazzmen demonstrated the entire palette of rich and inventive music at the concert.
The composer, Honored Art Worker of Turkmenistan Rovshen Nepesov presented original jazz arrangements to the attention of the audience, who performed the author's work "Avaza" in a trio with Ashyr Veliyev (double bass) and Arslan Ashyrov (drum set). The maestro himself played music at the white piano, involving the entire audience in the rhythmic sounds of jazz. The maestro himself played music at the white piano, involving the entire audience in the rhythmic sounds of jazz. Dancing and clapping to the rhythm of the exciting music, the audience supported the performers with joyful emotions. No wonder jazz is called the music of good mood.
The performance of the revived group "Gunesh" was bright and incendiary. Continuing the best traditions of their predecessors, modern musicians create compositions in the style of ethno-jazz. Turkmen folk melodies are taken as the basis, which are subsequently saturated with jazz chords and rhythms. According to the musicians, the Turkmen national music has quite complex rhythms. But the Guneshites manage to improvise and find an interesting modern sound.
The concert program also absorbed well-known compositions of traditional jazz. The State’s Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan under the direction of conductor Resul Gylyjov performed the compositions “Sing, Sing”, “Misty” and others.
In tandem with the pianist, Honored Artist of Turkmenistan Vladimir Mkrtumov, vocalist Bahar Durdyyeva performed.
The final number of the concert program was the song "Ashgabat" performed by the People's Artist of Turkmenistan Atajan Berdiyev, accompanied by the State’s Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan under the direction of Resul Gylyjov.