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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Kyiv Culture

Jazz Bugge

One of Norways most creative electronic-jazz musicians, Bugge Wesseltoft places his own spin on the genre. The same freeform improvisation characteristic of the work of the likes of Henry Mancini (think the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther films) and the eclectic music of Alabama jazz great Sun Ra are encapsulated in Bugges future jazz or nu jazz. His compositions are equally at home with fans of deep house, techno, ambient, as well as traditional and experimental jazz purists. Whats On speaks to Wesseltoft ahead of his Kyiv gig this week.

Since the early 1990s Bugge Wesseltoft (his first name is conveniently pronounced Boogie) has made an impressive, truly post-modern transition from the Nordic jazz traditions exemplified by the ECM record label, to forming his own label Jazzland in 1996, a label created by Bugge to release his own recordings, but it quickly grew beyond this initial premise; Jazzland soon hosted many emerging jazz groups which tread the fine balance between jazz and electronics. Wesseltoft shares his vision of music and inspiration, and gives Kyiv audiences a taste of what they can expect at the gig.

Lets start from the beginning of your career youre a self-educated musician how did you manage to do that? Who helped you? When did you understand music is what you wanted to do in life?
My father is a guitarist and I believed from an early age I learned by listening to him. I played the piano from the age of two but always just by myself, by ear, without teacher or music scores. After spending most of my youth listening and paying music I decided at age 19 to become a musician.

You first played with rock and punk bands, later switched to jazz how did that happen?
I have always had a great interest in music, all kinds of music. So its natural for me to take inspirations from various sources. However the improvisation part is important to me, I dont like being constrained, and whatever style I try to do I will always incorporate improvisation, which may also be called jazz.

You inject your form of jazz with electronica do you think jazz in its pure form is not of interest anymore?
The idea of jazz is and will always be interesting because its the nature of jazz to fuse music together in a new way. I love this! Trying to play jazz like they did in the 40s, 50s or 60s is completely uninteresting to me.

Jazz music is much about improvisation and the interaction of the musician and the audience. Does this interaction/energy exchange at a concert matter to you?
Absolutely! This is the key in music! To create a conversation with your audience the special and unique thing with jazz is that every moment and concert is new to the audience, much different to classical music or rock, where most music presented live to an audience is already created and can easily turn into a playback.

What attracts you personally in the style of music you create? Why do you think people love it?
Im attracted by having lot of open ends and possibilities in my music. Both sound, groove and style wise. Being able to throw in any idea on the spot, also Im fascinated by using electronic elements in an improvising aspect. Finally its all about the energy I manage to create with the listeners.

Youve collaborated with many well-known musicians can you name who impressed you the most and why?
Oh...so many great musicians. Im impressed mostly by musicians and artists who are open-minded and dare to be open in a concert situation.

What kind of music do you listen to in your car, while exercising, or having breakfast?
In the car...mostly my wifes music Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston, very loud...ouch, skiing and biking I listen to the sounds around me, at breakfast its classical music.

Youve travelled a lot which country impressed you the most and why?
Such a difficult question...So many fantastic places! I love great audiences. Lviv in June was great, so are Istanbul, Shanghai, and Beirut. Generally I love the eastern part of Europe and Asia.

So tell us more about what you are bringing to Kyiv, its not your first time to the Ukrainian capital.
Im looking very much forward to come back to Kyiv! I generally find Ukrainians more interested in music than Western Europeans! The programme I will bring is mixed. One acoustic solo-piano set featuring jazz, and one electronic set featuring laptop, electronics and grooves in combination with acoustic piano.

Bugge Wesseltoft (NO, jazz)
Kyiv Conservatory (Horodetskoho 1-3/11)
6 October at 19.00
Tickets:100 300hrv

by Kateryna Kyselyova and Olga German

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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