Mixing the unmixable: the unique project, Ladies And Gentlemen, to be performed at KJP

Mixing the unmixable: the unique project, Ladies And Gentlemen, to be performed at KJP

The audience today will see an unusual trio – three totally different female voices will coalesce into jazz tunes. Irina Rodiles, Valeria Shurgalina and Viktoria Kaunova will walk onto the Koktebel Jazz Party stage as part of the Jazz Ladies And Gentlemen project.

“It was pretty hard to select three different singers to sing jazz but we pulled it off,” Irina Rodiles said. 

It is their first appearance at the festival but they are ready to shock the audience with the beauty of their female vocals.

“We have a very difficult and versatile repertoire that nobody in our country performs. It is unique because we have three totally different voices that seem to be incompatible in terms of their timbre coloring, which accounts for the originality of everything we perform,” Viktoria Kaunova stressed.

The Koktebel Jazz Party international festival is taking place in the artistic village of Koktebel on August 20-22. According to the organizing committee, in order to access the venue guests are required to provide a negative PCR test dated no earlier than August 18, 2021, test of antibodies to COVID-19 S-protein dated no earlier than May 25, 2021, or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Performers, VIP guests, the festival’s personnel and journalists are also required to provide one of the three documents: a vaccination certificate, test of antibodies or a negative PCR test.

This year, Koktebel Jazz Party performances will be held in a new format: the shows will be filmed. The festival streams can be found on its website and social media accounts. The number of spectators will be limited.

Koktebel Jazz Party was established in 2003 and it was the idea of journalist Dmitry Kiselev. In different years, the festival was attended by jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb (US), winner of a Grammy Award for the best Latin Jazz album Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Cuba), many-time Grammy winner trumpeter Randy Brecker (US), best baritone saxophonist of the last decade Gary Smulyan (US), nu-jazz stars Club Des Belugas (Germany), and one of the most talented representatives of the modern world blues scene, guitarist Selwyn Birchwood (US).

Vladimir Putin was a guest of KJP-2017. The festival is organized by the Krasny Kvadrat (Red Square) media group.


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
  • A certificate showing the presence of antibodies to the S-protein of COVID-19, issued not earlier than May 25, 2021
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate

All guests, members of the audience and media representatives must wear masks and gloves at the festival venues.