“I normally bring Big Band here but this time we decided to bring the Electro Machine project. I am very happy we did that. The band is about seven years old but now it has new musicians and we are eager to show what we got because the musicians of the band are simply behemoths of the Russian stage,” Sergei Golovnya stated during a news conference at the festival.
The project’s name fully reflects the essence of what is going on stage, singer Leyla Tuleusheva added.
“It is indeed electric might, and it is a machine of perpetual motion and cannot be stopped,” she said.
“Our music combines a number of styles, and it is topped with Asset’s vocal,” Golovnya stressed.
The vocalist explained that she loves this collaboration. “Sergei’s music is very beautiful. I hope you will be enjoying it tonight,” singer Asset concluded.
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.