Pacific’s Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in Washington, D.C., Salute to Jazz Diplomacy

Russian Jazz Great Igor Butman and the first-ever U.S.-Russian Rising Stars Jazz Band to Perform

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Keith Michaud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 30, 2013

University of the Pacific, in partnership with American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture and the Open World Leadership Center, will host an evening that spotlights jazz diplomacy, especially the special cultural relationship that exists through jazz between Russia and the United States.

Five Pacific students, all University of the Pacific Brubeck Fellows who make up the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, will join Open World alumni musicians to form the first–ever U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band. The band will reprise works that the late Dave Brubeck performed at the 1988 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit during an Oct. 8 performance at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our fellows, because this is the sort of jazz diplomacy Dave Brubeck believed in so much,” said Simon Rowe, Brubeck Institute executive director. “Playing with the Russian musicians will be something that they will never forget.”

The 2013-14 Brubeck Fellows include bassist Sarah Kuo of Los Angeles, the first-ever female Brubeck Fellow; drummer Jalon D’Mere Archie of Houston; trumpeter Max Boiko of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; guitarist Sean Britt of Hingham, Mass.; and vibraphonist Joel M. Ross of Chicago.

The evening, which represents the third annual event that the Initiative for Russian Culture has hosted at the Library of Congress, will also feature a discussion with Russian jazz great Igor Butman, saxophone virtuoso, bandleader, club owner and television host.

What: A Salute to Jazz Diplomacy
Igor Butman and the U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band
Where: The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20540
When: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
5:00 p.m.: Doors Open – Refreshments served
5:30 p.m.: MEDIA AVAILABILITY – Room LBJ 119
6:00 p.m.: Reception
7:15 p.m.: Program Begins
Details: Reporters who are interested in attending and covering the event must RSVP to shelley@angelenterprisesdc.com or 202-364-3438
*Media Credentials Required
*Please use the Carriage House Entrance
Attire: Business Attire
*Valet Parking available

About American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture:
American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture (AU IRC) promotes greater understanding of Russian culture's versatility and richness among all Consortium students in the Washington, DC area. It builds lasting connections between Russians and Americans by reaching out to their hearts and minds. The AU IRC offers screenings of classic Soviet and Russian films with discussions led by visiting experts. Academic conferences, art exhibits, musical performances, and other events are held at American University, the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the Library of Congress, and other locations around the Washington Metropolitan area. The AU IRC organizes an annual summer trip to Russia for ten consortium students, and has awarded a total of fourteen merit and need-based grants to date for study in Russia. Expanding these offerings, the AU IRC will award five new study abroad grants this academic year. Courses on Russian arts and culture at American University offer students new perspectives on Russia.

About the Open World Leadership Center:
The Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, supports Congressional outreach to Eurasia and other countries. It conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. Open World has introduced more than 19,000 current and future decision makers from Russia, other countries of Eurasia, Egypt, and now Turkey to American political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999.

About University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute:
Established by the University of the Pacific in 2000, The Brubeck Institute impacts society through the arts, continuing the life’s work of Dave and Iola Brubeck in education, community engagement and as a catalyst for social change. Institute programs include The Brubeck Collection, The Brubeck Festival, The Outreach Program, The Summer Jazz Colony and The Brubeck Fellowship Program. Brubeck Fellows, comprising the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, are winners of seven DownBeat awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country. For more information, visit BrubeckInstitute.org. University of the Pacific, with campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, was established in 1851 as the first university in California.

Editor’s note: Professor Rowe and his Pacific students will be available for interviews before their trip to Washington, D.C., as well as during the trip. Contact Keith Michaud, (209) 946-3275. Reporters who are interested in attending and covering the event must RSVP to shelley@angelenterprisesdc.com or (202) 364-3438.

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Media Contacts:
Keith Michaud
Office of Communications
University of the Pacific
(209) 946-3275
kmichaud@pacific.edu

Shelley Hymes (202) 364-3438
Initiative for Russian Culture
shelley@angelenterprisesdc.com

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