Dzyga Jazz Quintet -‘patriarchs and forefathers’ of Ukrainian jazz scene, who began playing jazz back in the now remote 1960s (despite Soviet hard ideological control).

29.04.2016 / friday / 20:00

30.04.2016 / saturday / 21:00

LVIV CLUB UNDER KLEPSYDRA / Klub Proza, Przejście Garncarskie 2, Wrocław

Admission is free

Volodymyr Kit - trumpet, flugelhorn

Valentin Uchanin - tenor and soprano saxophones

Arkady Orekhov - keyboards

Roman Ivanchyshyn – bass guitar

Oleg Pidkivka – drums

 Dzyga Jazz Quintet -‘patriarchs and forefathers’ of Ukrainian jazz scene, who began playing jazz back in the now remote 1960s (despite Soviet hard ideological control). It should be noted that Dzyga Jazz Quintet members are not just the renowned representatives of Eastern European jazz, but they are no less successful, ambitious and highly qualified specialists in medicine, physics, mathematics and art. Just due to this combination, their music is intellectual with a boundless field for interpretations and dissonances, spiced up with ethnic melodies and elegant male charisma. The musicians are in the permanent experimental process and thus, every year they manage to impress the audience with a new sound. Dzyga Jazz Quintet artists are involved in fusion style mixed with elements of swing and avant-garde; sometimes they change slightly the vector to the ethno direction, creating unusual exotic melodies.  The best examples are the compositions: Tango on Trostyan Mountain Slopes, the Sindbad or the Fontana di Trevi, a masterful  interweaving of jazz, Ukrainian and Middle Eastern folk music. The Dzyga Jazz Quintet project with its current cast was established in 2001, during the first Polish-Ukrainian festival Jazz Bez, and it was initiated by Markiyan Ivaschyshyn, Director Dzyga Art Association (Lviv).

Volodymyr Kit, a well-known Ukrainian trumpeter who has devoted to jazz music over half a century. And at the same time, he is a doctor, deals with non-traditional medicine, using a hypo-magnetic chamber (a chamber without Earth's magnetic field). In 1960s he founded the famous  Medicus  jazz band,  the winner of numerous  awards at jazz festivals in Europe, they played concerts in Austria, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and others. The Jazz nad Odra festival was participated by the band for the first time in remote 1973, where it has won the next award.

Valentin Uchanin is not only a virtuoso jazz saxophonist, but also PhD and the author of the five monographs on technical physics, more than 200 scientific publications and more than 100 inventions in the field of physics. He has performed at the numerous European jazz festivals, including the festivals Solo Duo Trio(Krakow) and Mikolajki Jazzowe (Przemysl) in collaboration with Yuriy Bon, a virtuoso pianist, Professor at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Lublin).

Arkady Orekhov is a known Lviv jazz pianist, talented architect and artist, involved in watercolours and urban landscapes. His attention to the history of Lviv, its streets and especially trains, railway stations has become legendary. Orekhov's detailed focus on railroad cars and engines, as well as trolley buses is based on  thorough study of their structure and mechanics history. Numerous solo exhibitions in the galleries and salons of Eastern Europe, including Russia, Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine. Arkady Orekhov is a permanent participant of international jazz festivals, including Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany and Poland.

Roman Ivanchyshyn, a known Lviv jazz bass player and traveling musician. Performed in dozens of countries, but his most visited are Mexico, the US and France.

Oleg Pidkivka, an experienced jazz drummer.  Member of the Lviv Circus Orchestra. Constantly on concert tours not only in Ukraine but also abroad, including Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Hamburg and Paris.

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