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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 17 | volume III | October-November, 2000



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 17October-November, 2000
Sound Reviews

Days of Swallowing of Freedom

Postfestum: SKOPJE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2000


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Ljupčo Jolevski

Ahmad Jamal

    In the time and place intoxicated by the vulgar practice of politics, we again had the chance for a short escape from reality. From 20 until 25 October this year there was the 19 edition of Skopje Jazz Festival, one of the several cultural manifestations in the country that leave space for us, “the West Balkan people”, to feel at least for a moment that we are “part of the civilised world”. This happened here and now, where the feelings of apathy and hopelessness are inevitable, where illusionists and “the sellers” of an imitation of life are the masters of the game. Therefore the Festival, amidst those that prefer the freedom of thought, from a totally normal music manifestation with a solid concept and own target group grew into a symbol of resistance against “the balkanisation of brain and behavior” in all forms of appearance. A true indicator that their number multiplies every year is the latest edition, which consolidates the conviction that the mission is eventually harvesting the crops and the festival is establishing itself as a pinnacle happening whose offer is permanently and persistently moving in a rising line. In fact, in what other way can be explained the shown interest (read: a real chase for a ticket more, the overcrowded halls, which for who knows for how many times actualise the acute problem of the capital for a lack of an object suitable for such events…) and all that is (already) noticed as a phenomenon not typical at all of this region (Skopje Jazz Festival is spoken of with respect in the capital of world jazz –

Marisa Monte

New York, in Paris, Rio… ; the front man of the Manifestation Oliver Belopeta has not accidentally acquired the confidence to regain the reputation of one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe, the one in Ljubljana). And if the above-mentioned are conclusions one must always bear in mind in the future conditional issues of whatsoever importance regarding this Manifestation, the scrutiny of the event leads us to the following reflections about the prestigious file Skopje Jazz Festival. Let us start from the beginning.
    

Sun Ra Archestra

    This year’s programme, spread out within the long-time-ago-ascertained six-day term, had all the features of the already established idea for presentation of the events in modern jazz, and it can undoubtedly be compared to the offers at whatever big jazz festival on a global plan






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