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Autumn Marathon 2016

Posted by Edouard Nesvijski on November 6, 2016 at 12:50 AM

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Reply Edouard Nesvijski
9:56 AM on March 22, 2017 
Autumn Jazz Marathon 2016 in Kiev, Ukraine took place on November 19. This international event came back in 2015 after long interruption. At that time economical and political situation in Ukraine came down due to intervention of Russia, annexation of Crimea and war in the Eastern Ukraine. In spite of this, I met my friends, musicians of jazz band Musical Laboratory, in good spirit. I?ve noticed great changes in mood and energy of practically all of them, old and young, since my last visit to Ukraine five years ago.
I would like to express here my gratitude to the Organizing Committee of the International Jazz Festival Autumn Marathon for their official invitation, which gave me an opportunity to participate in the event. I would like to share with my readers more information about the main host of the festival - Vadim Kosak?s Musical Laboratory Jazz Band.
Vadim Korsak and his Musical Laboratory have participated in many national and international jazz festivals, TV shows and radio programs. ?Music is an international phenomena, there are no borders for it?, Vadim says. Vadim Kosak?s Musical Laboratory Jazz Band is the full name of this group born in Kiev, Ukraine more than 25 years ago. Vadim and his band brought up a number of excellent musicians during the last 25 years. The group successfully combines jazz traditions with innovative approaches and their own compositions.
Vadim Korsak (trumpet, flute, keyboard and vocal), Edouard Nesvijski (saxophone, flute and clarinet), and Alex Bondarev (trombone, guitar and vocal) got together to discuss an idea of experimental jazz group in early 80's. This group of jazz enthusiasts was based in Kiev Automobile Club. The first name of the group was ?Band of Experimental Jazz Music". Though the name of the band and musicians changed over the years Vadim has remained faithful to the original idea and kept the band-set (Sweden Swing with several vocalists support) unchanged. The recent name of the group ?Musical Laboratory? reflects innovative approaches to jazz music and experiments with complex meters like 7/8, 11/8, 5/4 etc.
The band has hosted the yearly International Jazz Festival Autumn Marathon and participated in the International Jazz Day Festivals. Autumn Marathon ? 2016 took place in a beautiful historical building of October Palace in the center of the city. It is officially known as the International Center of Culture and Arts of Ukraine. The building was constructed between 1838 and 1842 upon the design of Italian architect Vikentiy Beretti for the Russian "Institute for Noble Maidens". The building was renovated during Soviet time and got its name of October Palace. During the last Ukrainian revolution (?Maydan-2?) the building was used as a shelter for uprising people and as a local hospital.