In 2016, the Manege Unit is going ahead with its project launched successfully last summer. Up Above Moscow is a cycle of music nights at a venue offering unique views of Moscow. In warm seasons, the performances are staged on the rooftop of the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman pavilion, at the footing of the iconic 24-meter sculpture, a world-renowned symbol of the Soviet Union. At all other times, the concerts are held on the fourth floor with admission to the rooftop during the break.
If There Were No Winter… Performance of Alevtina Polyakova and Solar Wind
20.00 – arrival of guests; 20.30 – performance
Alevtina Polyakova is an accomplished jazz trombone and saxophone player. She graduated from the Moscow State College of Jazz Music in 2008 and then continued her education at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. She has featured with the Russian jazz big bands led by Igor Butman and Anatoly Kroll and participated in improvisation performances with the most prominent stars of the world jazz scene, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vinnie Colaiuta, Terence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Keiko Matsui, Jessie Jones, and Emil Ibrahim. Polyakova is the winner of the 7th All-Russian Jazz Competition in Rostov-on-Don and a participant of many jazz festivals, particularly the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Umbria Jazz (Italy), JazzJuan (France) and others held at the well-known clubs Porgy & Bess (Austria), Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Blues Alley, Smoke, and Village Underground (the USA).
Alevtina Polyakova started her own solo project, Solar Wind, featuring herself on arrangements, instruments and vocals.
Program: improvisations on New Year tunes from Russian films and cartoons and Christmas songs.
Alevtina Polyakova, vocals, trombone, saxophone
Makar Novikov, double bass. Novikov is a runner-up of the Big Jazz TV series and the prize-winner of Russian and international competitions. He has performed in New York with Kenny Barron, Jimmy Hit, and Clark Terry. Currently, he plays in the Mosgortrio band, adding to his record performances with Judy Bady, Jimmy Greene, Steve Slagle, Giacomo Gates, Craig Handy and Alex Sipyagin.
Peter Ivshin, drums. Ivshin was awarded a scholarship from the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation “Novye Imena” (New Names).
Artem Tretyakov, grand piano. Tretyakov is a soloist of the Orpheus big band and a first-prize winner of the All-Russian Grand Piano in Jazz Competition Competition.
Tickets are available at the box offices of the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Center and online at voxxter.ru and the website of MEA Manege. The ticket price is 300 rubles. Running time: 1 h 30 min.
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