Kyrgyzstan: Jazz Bernstein musicians to perform concerts in Bishkek


BISHKEK (TCA) — In celebration of the 242nd Independence Day of the United States of America and the 100th birthday of the famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic has invited American Voices to present Jazz Bernstein, featuring Bernstein’s most famous jazz and Broadway songs such as “Tonight” and “New York, New York.” All events that are taking place June 30–July 2 are free to the public, the US Embassy said.

In Jazz Bernstein, the celebrated Amsterdam-based jazz duo of vocalist Deborah Carter and pianist Mike Del Ferro along with guest drummer Drori Mondlak will take the listener through the days of early jazz and swing that influenced the composer in his youth and will perform renditions of his most renowned work. Erkin Kydykbaev, Kyrgyz guest bass musician, will perform with the American jazz musicians.

On June 30 at 10:30, American Voices will kick off the tour at K. Moldobasanov Kyrgyz National Conservatory, where they will conduct a master class for students. In the evening of June 30 at 19:00, American Voices musicians will perform in Erkindik Park (Erkindik Boulevard, Kurmanjan Datka monument) for Bishkek residents, where American companies such as Gergert Sport, Levi’s, Baskin Robbins, Coca-Cola Bishkek Bottlers, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Papa John’s Central Asia, and Crocs will sell their products and distribute their free certificates and promotional materials through competitions and games beginning at 17:00 throughout “United States of America in the Investment Promotion and Protection Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic Month” implemented by the Investment Promotion and Protection Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic and the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Sergey Kwan