— What are your impressions of the festival so far? Has everything been to your liking?
— Everything has been great. The sound coming from the stage is really good, which is the most important thing for the musicians. The crowds have been wonderful. The food's good and the sea's warm — it's all been amazing!
— Your band opened the festival. Are you planning on attending any shows by your fellow musicians?
— I'll spend the rest of the festival in the audience. Today I am going to see Yakov Okun's International Jazz Quintet featuring the fabulous Deborah Brown. She's one of the best jazz singers in the world. I could listen to her sing all day. I'm also excited to see my friend Vahagn Hayrapetyan's show with a quartet of his New York friends, who he likes playing with best. As a trumpet player, I'm naturally looking forward to Tom Harrell's show.
— How do you feel your own show went?
— Ninety percent of what we play is written down, so it's no problem to play in unison. We don't improvise — everyone does what they are supposed to. So it's hard for us to judge whether we are playing well. Anyway, we had a lot of fun.
— What can you say about the audience?
— I think the audience liked our music, so I guess it was worth the trip.