One of the places I had visited in Rome was the National Gallery of Modern Arts. Not that I’m an arts person – on the contrary - I know very little about the subject and I most certainly don’t get modern art, whatever that is. In truth, I think that most of the things that are now called “masterpiece of art”, “new generation”, “innovative thoughts”,“bright individuality” etc., are nothing compared to past works. I think, that the “artists” are depressed that they can’t create something new and try to hide their lack of creativity behind a “concept” – that is, selling air (putting feces in a can and selling it for millions for example)! Selling air, that is. Even so, sometimes it can be amusing and even interesting. During my stay in Rome, I had visited three galleries of modern arts, and this one is the best (in my opinion). In fact I had visited it twice: first when my friend Sasha came to visit, but we didn’t get a chance to fully enjoy everything they had, (because we were a bit late and had only 30 minutes). In that short visit I realised, that it was even more amazing, than I originally thought. It not only had pieces that made me doubt my brain and my sanity, it also had works that brought pleasure to my eye. Of course, the company of a friend made this experience totally worth it, so thank you Yoav for going there with me and enlightening me in the sphere of arts!
Well, it has been a while since I last wrote something here, but it doesn’t mean that I had nothing interesting going on with my life, on the contrary – a lot of stuff has gone down lately. The brightest thing that happened to me is the Jazz Day. Once again, I ended up in between of organizing an event and performing in one. I guess I will start with the hardest one :)
One of the most amazing things that happened to me in December 2014 was a recording session with Lynn Seaton. Lynn has visited Riga to teach jazz bass in JVLMA (where I’m currently studying jazz vocals). Thanks to Fulbright scholarship of the embassy of the USA he stayed with us for the whole semester, it was a big luck for us, because we had a chance to learn so much from him. We jammed a couple of times and decided to make a recording, because we were so inspired with the result. We did 3 tunes – one was a up tempo swing “What a little moonlight can do”, a duo for a ballad “You don’t know what love is” and the most unexpected of all – cover version of Adele song “Rolling in the deep”. Now, the story behind the last one was quite funny. That evening I had to be a surprise guest at a stand up show called “Spiediens” (pressure) and I was very unsure about how well I have learned the tune, so I asked the guys to help me out and rehears it a bit. And then Artjom suggested we reharmonize it a bit to spice it up. So we did. The result is awesome, we have a jazz version of a totally pop tune :)
Anyways, it’s the time to say thank you! Thank you Lynn for the opportunity to do music with you. Thank you Artjom for taking part in the recording and in the reharmonizing the tune. Thank you Funcoolio band for lending the studio. Thank you Vladimir Tuzoff for recording and mixing. Thank you Nikita Kuzmins for filming and Vadim Kozhin for filming and editing the video!
I guess I can call the year 2014 a year of new experiences – I have lived in another country, learned how to ride a wheel chair, how to use crutches, won a Grand-Prix and now this one – I had given a workshop. Yes, I tought children to sing jazz and that was awesome!
A wonderful thing happened to me just a few days ago – I won my first Grand Prix! Yeeeey, congrats to me! I am extraordinary happy about it, so I’m going to tell a little story about how it was, what it was, where it was and how many amazing people I have met! And in addition, I don’t want it to be just a praise to the awesomeness of me winning, I want it to be useful to someone who’s going to a competition, so I will try to compare this experience with the previous one I had at the same competition, what I have done wrong then and what I did this time. I’ll start from the very beginning.