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Smetana’s Vltava in jazz style rocked the Central Square of Ulaanbaatar

The 7th Giant Steppes of Jazz international festival was organized on 2-8 October, 2013 in several places of capital of Ulaanbaatar; on which, first ever Czech jazz musicians, along with American, French and German musicians performed.

Festival, which was being firstly organized in small bar with few audiences, now is broaden to huge audiences; venues as UB Jazz Club, Opera and Ballet Theatre and Central Square of the capital city. Main highlight was definitely the featuring foreign musicians, of which, “Voice and Toys” band from the Czech Republic was the entertaining the audience at most. Furthermore, they performed with Mongolian musicians so that it’s obvious that they have initiated future ties with each other.

When jazz music is heard in every evening, musicians were performing together regardless of where they have come from. Czech musicians performed well known “Vltava” music by B. Smetana in jazz style, featuring with vibraphone and drum students of Dance and Music College of Mongolia, at cold but sunny Genghis Square as well as during closing ceremony in Opera and Dance Theatre.

In general, music is advancing in Mongolia however jazz music itself is not that familiar and common with many people. Consequently, this week improves people’s knowledge and desire on jazz, apart from, attracting numerous new fans to jazz.

Aside from festival activities, Czech musicians organized workshop at Dance and Music College of Mongolia. Last not least, they taught classes to pupils of the 116th Special School dedicated for Children with Vision Problems by introducing their musical instruments as well as performing on them; whereas all pupils were excited about the touching and playing the instruments by themselves and, at the end, one talented pupil sung a song in jazz music with them.

In purpose of improving music education of the youths, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and National Committee of UNESCO took part in organizing. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, has supported the arrival of Jazz Quartet.