Jazz Poetry: Alexey Kruglov-Jaak Sooäär QuartetSaturday, October 1, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of international jazz with the Jack Sooäär Quartet. Between jazz sets, these musicians will collaborate with writer Yona Harvey 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)
Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University and finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. Her work has been anthologized in many publications including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry and The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. She has received an Individual Artist grant in nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation and participated in workshops and residencies at the inaugural Cave Canem retreat and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She has also served as the Cave Canem Writer in Residence at Washington College’s Rose O’Neill Literary House. She teaches in the University of Pittsburgh Writing Program.