The Yesenin Museum of Moscow and Ryazan’s own Feelin’s Creative Collective are announcing the start of a major international project – YeseninJazz.
For the first time in history, Yesenin’s poems are being performed by Russian and international musicians, in original arrangements with a jazz group from the poet’s birthplace.
YeseninJazz springs from joint international projects realized by the Museum and Feelin’s. Jazz compositions with Yesenin’s poems have been heard in many German, Belgian, and Russian cities. Feelin’s have been joined on stage by Frank Vaganee (Belgium; saxophone), Stafford Hunter (Duke Ellington Orchestra, New York; trumpet), Maya Azucena (New York; vocals), Benny Benack (New York; vocals and trumpet), Igor Butman (saxophone), and Bill Evans (saxophone).
February 14th, 2015 The YeseninJazz project had its premiere performance at the Yesenin Museum of Moscow, Bol’shoi Strochenovsky Pereulok, 24/2. Boris Savoldelli (Italy; vocals) joined Feelin’s onstage.
February 17th, 2015 — Concert in the International Fund for Slavic Literature and Culture.
Along with original jazz arrangements of Yesenin’s lyrics, the audience heard the standards of world jazz interwoven with the poet’s work, like the “Persian Motifs” set to Duke Elington’s “Caravan”.
Boris Savoldelli — vocalist (Italy), Benny Benack — trumpet (New York, USA), Gennady Filin — arrangement.