Jazz Poetry: Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär QuartetFriday, September 30, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of international jazz with the Jack Sooäär Quartet. Between jazz sets, the Quartet will collaborate with writers Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez and Rita Malikonyte Mockus for a jazz and poetry interlude.
The Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär Quartet was established in April 2010. The final concert of their first tour in Estonia was recorded and became an album “Karate” released by renowned British label Leo Records. Since then the quartet has performed numerously in the Russia, Estonia and Finland (also at Jazzkaar Festival, IDee Jazz Festival, Arkhangelsk Jazz Festival, Yaroslavl Jazz Festival, Soru Jazz etc.). The last album of the quartet consists of masterpieces by legendary 19th century Russian composers Mussorgsky (three parts from “Pictures At An Exhibition”, Rimsky-Korsakov (“Scheherazade” and “Flight of The Bumblebee”, Borodin (two numbers from opera “Prince Igor”) and Balakirev (“Nocturne In F-sharp Minor”). The original harmonies and forms of this well-known music are very inspiring material for contemporary jazz improvisation and the strong melodies sound very good in modern sound context. The album was elected to European Jazz Chart in December 2014.
Alexey Kruglov is one of the most well-known jazz musicians on Moscow scene and so are Jaak Sooäär, Mihkel Mälgand and Tanel Ruben on Estonian scene. They are all very active on the international scene too. Kruglov and Sooäär have besides the albums with the quartet released three other discs with different musicians.
“Karate” – 2011, Leo Records
“Sea Colours” – 2012, SoLyd Records
“The Mighty Five” – 2014, ArtBeat Records
Jaak Sooäär and Alexey Kruglov also collaborate on albums:
Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär “Stereo Autumn” – 2012, ArtBeat Records
Kruglov/Sooäär/Ragazanov “Search of United Sounds” – 2012, Bomba Records
Kruglov/Lapin/Sooäär/Yudanov “Military Space” – 2013, Leo Records
Alexey Kruglov/Jaak Sooäär Quartet performs on their new album “The Mighty Five” masterpieces by legendary 19th century Russian composers Mussorgsky (three parts from “Pictures At An Exhibition”, Rimsky-Korsakov (“Scheherazade” and “Flight of The Bumblebee”, Borodin (two numbers from opera “Prince Igor”) and Balakirev (“Nocturne In F-sharp Minor”). The original harmonies and forms of this well-known music are very inspiring material for contemporary jazz improvisation and the strong melodies sound very good in modern sound context. The album was elected to European Jazz Chart in December 2014.
Quotes about “The Mighty Five” album:
“Capturing well something of the high spirits and passion inherent in the original works, it’s a recording what really hits the spot.” (Selwyn Harris, JazzWise Magazine, May 2015, rated four stars)
“This quartet release of sparky arrangements and improvisations by Alexey Kruglov (saxophones) and Jaak Sooäär (electric guitar), based on celebrated Russian classical masterpieces, instantly grabbed the attention.” (Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews, August 30, 2015)
The album was also selected as the second best album of the year 2015 by AP Reviews.
“Alexey Kruglov – Jaak Sooäär Quartet har gjort en fin samling personlige og egne versjoner av de gamle klassikerne på denne plata. Versjoner som kan få nye generasjoner til å oppdage denne vanvittig flotte musikkskatten, og som de som er lommekjent i denne musikken vil kunne ha glede av å høre på.” (in Norwegian by Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts, December 15, 2014)
Born in Morelos, Mexico, in 1987, Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez is the author of Soy (I Am), Palabras Inagotables (Never-ending Words), Weaver, and Love on Wheels. Ekiwah is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Hampshire College, where he studied poetry, theater, and world religions. His life story and poetry have been featured on NBC Dateline, he was awarded an Honorable Mention for the contest Premio Nacional de la Juventud, (National Prize for the Youth), and he was twice granted a six-month scholarship by the FONCA (the National Institute for Support of the Arts). Ekiwah has given numerous talks, readings, and workshops at colleges, high-schools, and festivals in both Mexico and the United States.
Rita Malikonyte Mockus, born in Lithuania, is a classically trained pianist, poet and translator who has studied philosophy and creative writing and has a degree in art history. Her poetry has appeared in Salos (Sviesa Press, Lithuania). Mockus was a featured vocal performer and wrote a cycle of poems set to Jasenka’s electro-acoustic recording “An Artist and a Plane” for the Electroshock label in 2004. She also wrote the lyrics to the work “Yoin,” which was performed at the National Philharmonic of Lithuania in Vilnius. In 2007 she read her poetry at the City of Asylum annual Jazz Poetry Concert alongside saxophonist James Carter from World Saxophone Quartet and drummer Roger Humphries. In 2013, she read at the Bonfire Reading Series together with Moe Seager, an American-French jazz poet. Mockus writes cultural criticism for the Autumn House Press. She also collaborates with local video artists, is a member of Zero Prestige, a Pittsburgh poetry collective, and contributes her poems to its monthly journal. In 2015, Rita’s poetry was published by an international literary magazine World Literature Today. She is currently working on her book of poems with a tentative title She-Riffs or What Else is Beautiful.
Open captioning, ASL interpretation, wheelchair seating, and audio description will be provided at this event.