Vahagn Hayrapetyan Quartet: Jazz is international language

Vahagn Hayrapetyan Quartet: Jazz is international language

— What do you think about the festival? Do you like everything?

Vahagn Hayrapetyan: This is one of the best festivals in the world. The organization is excellent — there are plenty of good music and musicians. The sound is charming, which is far from always the case at open-air festivals.

And look at the venue where it is being held! For us it's an honor to be here and I'd like to thank the organizers for inviting us and all of those who worked at this festival.

Zaid Nasser: For me this is the event of the year. I am in such a wonderful place with a rich history and culture and I'm playing my favorite music. This means a lot to me!

Ari Roland: It's an honor to be here. I know that this place was visited by many great Russian writers, composers, generally outstanding people. They spent so much time in this place that seems to be a paradise for creative people. This is why it is a great pleasure and honor to be here.

Keith Balla: Yes, I'll agree with my colleagues — it's a great honor to be here. Nature itself inclines one to music and it is very good for a musician to change the scenery. I'm also pleased to see people who came here to listen to jazz. This is simply wonderful. This is making me really happy!

— What do you think about the festival's program?

Vahagn Hayrapetyan: This is one of the few festivals where jazz prevails. The spectacular Valery Ponomaryov and other cool musicians are attending. Even rock musicians are here. That said there is not a single rock festival in the world that would also have jazz! Maybe this is so because the art director is a musician himself, a great musician. For me it's an honor to be a part of it.

Zaid Nasser: The program is cool. Yesterday I went to the jam session and had a great time — as if I was at home with my family.

Ari Roland: The festival proves once again that jazz is an international language. Musicians from all over the world have gathered here. I'd like to draw your attention to the great sax player Lou Donaldson. He is almost 85 and he'll only play where he wants. But if he sees all of this beauty — and I'll tell him myself about the festival, he'll be happy to come.

Keith Balla: I'll agree with my colleagues. I only regret that I came so late and didn't have a chance to listen to the musicians who performed recently. I hope that next year I'll be able to attend the entire festival.


The KoktebelJazzParty festival is a COVID-free zone. Given the difficult epidemiological situation, the terms of access to the festival may be changed, depending on the epidemiological situation in the region and the recommendations issued by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).
All festival participants, guests and spectators must present at least one of the three documents listed below:

  • A negative PCR test performed not earlier than August 18, 2021
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  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate

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