Master-Jazz Fest

Jun 05 - Jun 08, 2013

MJF is the first in the practice of the world jazz community annual year-round Festivalcontest
which uses global communication capabilities of the Internet.
MJF is the International Festival-contest. The first season was attended by 270 talented
improvisers from 41 countries of the world!
MJF is the conceptually new project. It is based on the principle of jam session. This is
both a serious professional skills competition and festival.
Qualifying round is completely interactive and takes place in the Internet space. Members
of the jury and the audience get acquainted with the participants on the project website.
The final part goes live in “jazz” cities of the world.
The first final of MJF will be held in Odessa from 5 to 8 June
in Odessa Academic Russian Theatre
This project is a new gift to all who love Jazz from the author and producer
of the legendary “Odessa Jazz-Carnival” Mikhail Freidlin and the team of MJF creators.
MJF is based on jam session. Only individual musicians–improvisers are invited
to participate in it. Each competitive day unfamiliar musicians able to create spontaneously
will be brought together in ensembles by drawing lots.
During competitive days of the final round, improvisers will be displaying their
improvisational and ensemble abilities in different jazz styles — swing, bebop, Latin
American jazz, jazz ballad, fusion, jazz rock, funk, and others. A single day will be dedicated
to evaluation of the ability of competitors to create musical compositions in ensemble.
The Festival will be completed by a Gala-concert of the Festival-contest winners.
Eminent guests of the Festival will take part in the concert program. This day, Grand Prix
Awards will be presented to musicians.
The jury of the Festival will include leading jazz experts and educators, well-known
jazz musicians, famous lovers of jazz. Chairman of the jury is People’s Artist of Russia
Anatoly Kroll.
The international Organizing Committee and jury are composed of eminent
jazz musicians, journalists, lovers of jazz — figures of politics and cinema. Chairman
of the Organizing Committee is a famous TV host Yelena Khanga.
MJF will be accompanied by TV and Internet broadcasts.
Mission of MJF is identifying the best improvising jazz artists and giving broad
public recognition of their talent, increasing the commercial value of the jazz “product” and
spreading the idea of improvisation as an essential quality of contemporary thinking.
The goal of the project is attracting the interest of the international community
through the Internet and other mass-media to the Festival and professional jazz musicians
participating in it.
Due to its specific cultural and creative mission, the project is actively being discussed
in social networks and on the pages of popular jazz Internet portals. The promise of a bright
fest attracts attention of professionals and lovers of jazz from more than 100 countries
of the world to the development of the project. After only 7 months since the start
of the project the Internet round of MJF was attended by 270 musicians from 41 countries
around the world. In one day the MJF website is visited by an average of 2000 persons.
The project is also popular in social networks — the page of “Master-Jam” on Facebook
is daily visited by more than 3000 people, and the “Master-Jam” group includes about
3000 participants.
The Festival is supported by major jazz world portals, as well as international cultural
centers and art associations.
For jazz improvisers MJF means:
—— international creative exchange and impetus for artistic career;
—— opportunity to get a monetary prize and be recorded in one of the world’s best
recording studios;
—— concert tour in Europe for the winners;
—— master classes by famous jazz performers, educators and experts in jazz;
—— chance to get on TV, radio, advertising in mass-media and on major Internet
portals of the world – permanent partners of the Festival;
—— new acquaintances, creative atmosphere;
—— incomparable color of a city by the sea — Odessa.
On UNESCO International Day of Jazz, April 28, 2013 the Organizing Committee
of “Master-Jam-Fest” together with Odessa College of Arts and Culture named after
K.F. Dankevych
will be organizing a celebratory concert of the Odessa Big-band
conducted by Nikolay Goloshchapov. Among the honored guests of the fest there are
Vladimir Tarasov, Andrey Razin, Tatiana Komova and other stars of jazz.
Official website of the International Festival-contest “Master-Jam-Fest”:

Odessa (Ukraine)

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