11th International Usadba Jazz Festival
The festival will be held on June 14-15 2014 at the Arkhangelskoe historical estate. Opening the second decade of its creative life, the festival reaches a new level of its development.
President of the festival Maria Semushkina says: "The tenth anniversary has given us a new height and the realization that all we have worked for 10 years for good reason. So at the beginning of our second decade, we certainly have to do something completely new, something that’ll meet the expectations of our audience and at the same time preserve the idea and the spirit of the festival, which it was endowed from the outset".
The main innovation of the 11th festival will be holding of the “New Orleans/Moscow Festival 2014” within the framework of “Usadba”. The festival will take place on the most prestigious stage “Aristocrat”. The entire two-day schedule of the “Aristocrat” will be given to musicians from Louisiana. This ambitious project became possible thanks to support of the U.S. Embassy. At the New Orleans/Moscow Festival 2014 you can listen the best musicians in jazz, blues, gospel and Cajun, learn national dances and even try the New Orleans cuisine. Virtuoso saxophonist Donald Harrison, vocalist Tara Alexander, clarinetist Evan Christopher, Les Getrex 'n' Creole Cookin’, KIPP McDonogh and other brilliant representatives of the American musical culture will perform on the stage.
The program of the biggest stage "Parter" will traditionally present the guests with a vibrant cocktail of pop-jazz and world music stars. For the first time in “Usadba Jazz” history the maestro of Russian show-business Leonid Agutin will come on a stage with a special program. Constant residents of the festival Nino Katamadze & Insight will show themselves in a new way in a special project with the Norwegian composer and pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. The star of the sensational show "The Voice" Anton Belyayev and “Therr Maitz” will perform at “Parter”. Also there will be several music discoveries. Balkan Beat Box - Israeli band, whose music can be described as a mix of hip-hop and the Mediterranean and Balkan tunes. The Norwegian producer, composer and pianist Bugge Wesseltoft will come to “Usadba” with his septet Bugge'n'Friends and the future jazz program.
At the “Jazz Club” stage "MusEnergo" Festival will be held on Saturday, and on Sunday for the first time will be the real milonga. The “Kapriz” stage will present projects of popular Russian jazz musicians on Saturday and swing and blues program with Ian Siegal (UK) as a headliner on Sunday.
This year the Bereg stage will change its concept. Now it will be an area of relaxation, good rest and meditation. A light breeze, flowing of the river and tree crowns - what could be better for a complete relaxation? At the beginning of the day, before the start of the main program everyone can have some rest and practice yoga with the chanting of mantras or playing on the crystal bowls. In the area there will be a cozy tent, where you can find a coolness, pouffes and hammocks around the tent, tea ceremonies and hookah smoking with a water view, tasting of organic food from a vegetarian cafe and of course a warm atmosphere, tuning to a positive mood. Those who will be tired of the music, but full of energy, can have variety of active entertainment: jumping on the trampoline, playing volleyball, Segway riding, badminton, Frisbee and more. Also there will be a children's area on the lawn with games, workshops, and other adventures.
Of Course, “Usadba Jazz” has long gone beyond only a good music and has become a favorite pastime for the whole family, where everyone will find something to their liking. Visitors will see the kite festival, shows of brass-ensembles in lanes of park, children playgrounds with trampolines and animators, fairs of gifts and designer goods, and try quality gastronomy from the best restaurants. The whole festival will be crowned by a grandiose firework. According to organizer’s promises it will be unique in its beauty and scope!
Musicians who performed at Usadba Jazz Festival in previous years:
Marcus Miller (USA), Avishai Cohen Trio (Israel), Branford Marsalis Quartet (USA), Charlie Hunter Trio (USA), The Brand New Heavies (United Kingdom), Yusef Lateef & Belmondo Quintet (USA-France), Nils Landgren (Sweden), Aaron Parks (USA), Jazzanova Live! (Germany), Trilok Gurtu (India), Zap Mama (Belgium), Jimi Tenor (Finland), Lucky Peterson (USA), John Scofield (USA), Puppini Sisters (United Kingdom), Earth, Wind & Fire Experience feat AL McKAY (USA), Uri Cain (USA), The Herbaliser (United Kingdom), Pink Martini (USA), Katzenjammer (NO), Angélique Kidjo (France), Kraak&Smaak (Netherlands), Matthew Herbert (United Kingdom), Nicola Conte (Italy), Karl Denson (USA), Aaron Parks (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), Richard Bona Group (USA), Kenny Garrett (USA), Yaron Herman Trio (Fr).