JazzVocals, Berlin

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The JazzVocals are a group of chaotic-creative individualists of very different ages: Around 25 singers are part of the Berlin based a cappella choir. The ensemble rehearses since 1991 at the music school Béla Bartók in Pankow-Weißensee, Berlin.

For us “Jazz“ is more of a universal idea. It describes everything that has a groove to it – be it songs by The Beatles, funk or world music. Our repertoire is quite colourful, ranging from jazz standards to pop and folk music as well as our own arrangements. We perform with passion and joy and our concerts are filled with improvisations mouth percussion and sound experiments.

The JazzVocals participated in numerous festivals and workshops throughout Europe and Latin America. We tied many connections as well as organizing and participating in exchanges with international choirs – always searching for unique harmonic compositions, eager to share experiences and to build new friendships all over the world.

Friendship is the center of the JazzVocals and that’s what you can hear, see and feel. The fun we have at our concerts is contagious.

After being honoured with outstanding achievements and the first place at the Berliner Chortreff in 2013, JazzVocals won third place at the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb 2014 in the category Jazz and Pop Music and merely two weeks later first place at “Cracovia Cantans” the International Choir Festival in Kraków, Poland.

On this occasion the choir was invited by the chair woman of the jury, Irina Roganova, to the International Choir Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, which she is presiding over as Artistic Director.

Naturally, JazzVocals accepted the invitation and visited this breath-taking city in March 2015 and once again won over the Jury and took first place in the competition.
The collective would like to thank Goethe institute for the financial support which made its participation possible goethe10

In June 2015 conductor Susanne Faatz and four members of the choir once again travelled to St. Petersburg and gave a master class for other conductors and choirs. It was a resounding success and so the choir is delighted to be invited to the “Young Voices” Festival 2016 in Nizhny Novgorod as the special guests of the festival.

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After working as an academic high school teacher for many years our conductor Susanne Faatz now fully dedicates her time and passion to music and especially choral singing and is a freelance conductor at the music schools Treptow-Köpenick and Pankow-Weißensee in Berlin. Besides conducting the JazzVocals and other choirs she is attending national and international jazz and choir workshops and is herself organizing workshops since 2001, training other teachers and working as a Juror. She is a member of the music committee for the Berliner Chorverband.

During her years as an active teacher she initiated various musical projects with her students. In her free time she was a member of the Berliner Singakademie and its chamber choir.

In 2013 Susanne Faatz received the Geschwister-Mendelssohn-Medal acknowledging her extraordinary achievements for the choir community in Berlin.

Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir

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People’s collective of Russia Nikolay Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir (Nizhny Novgorod).

Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir is one of the oldest choral collectives of Nizhny Novgorod: its history began in 1949. Vladimir Izyumenko was its artistic director and main conductor for 35 years. The choir received the honorary title “People’s collective of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic” in 1974 under his baton.

Nowadays the choir is a participant and laureate of Russian and foreign festivals and competitions in choral music, winner of many honors and awards.

Between the recent awards there are: 2 Silver medals of VIth World Choir Games (Shaoxing, China, 2010); GRAND PRIX  of Ist International choral assemblies (Yekaterinburg , Russia, 2011); 2 Gold medals of VIIth World Choir Games in Cincinnati (USA, 2012); GRAND PRIX of the International Choral and Folklore Music Festival SLOVAKIA CANTAT (Bratislava, Slovakia, 2013); 2 Gold medals of VIIth World Choir Games (Riga, Latvia, 2014).

Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir also participates in the projects of Mstislav Rostropovich Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic and Mikhail Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Academy) and collaborates with “Soloists of Nizhny Novgorod” orchestra.

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Conductor Larisa Erykalova

Graduated from Mikhail Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (class of Vladimir Izyumenko) in 1996, she was working as a choirmaster of Nikolay Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir from 1992 till 2002. In 2003 she became the artistic director and conductor of Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir.  Since 2004 she is the artistic director of International choral festival “Young Voices” (Nizhny Novgorod). Larisa was awarded by Nizhny Novgorod prize in 2010.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

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Nikolay Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University

and

Autonomous Nonprofit Organization for

Culture and Education Development “Sheremetev-Center”

supported by

Government of Nizhny Novgorod region

and

Mikhail Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Academy).

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

about XVth International festival «Young Voices-2016»

Nizhny Novgorod city, 12-15 May, 2016

  Tasks and goals of the festival:
  1. Familiarization of young people to the art heritage of Russian and foreign peoples
  2. Improvement of choral collectives’ masterly performance
  3. Experience exchange in cultural and humanitarian education area
  4. Extension and strengthening of professional, cultural and friendly connections between creative choral collectives
  The festival program includes:
  1. each choir’s / collective’s performance at Nizhny Novgorod concert halls (20 minutes);
  2. creative meetings and concerts with choral collectives-participants of the festival;
  3. creative conference “Working methods and development perspectives of students choral collectives”;
  4. participation in the festival gala-concert;
  5. master-classes of leading choral conductors.
   The conditions of participation in the festival for choral collectives:
  1. Trip expenses, meal expenses and accommodation is fully paid by the sending organization of the choral collective.
  2. Organizations interested in the festival are required to send the application form (see below), information about the choir and choir conductor(s) before 1st of March 2016.
  3. The organizational fee is 100 EUR per collective. It should be sent to the organizing committee current account before 1st of April 2016.
  4. It’s required to provide 5 copies of the collective’s festival program note scores for the creative board.
   “Young Voices-2016” festival organizing committee

Postal address:

Room 321, 23, build. 2, Gagarina avenue, Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation

ZIP: 603950

Nikolay Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University

Fax/ tel. +7 831 4623773

Olga Kotova – director of the festival

Tel. +7 9107938042 / e-mail: kotovolga@yandex.ru

Larisa Erykalova – art director of the festival

Tel. +7 9519095620 / e-mail: larisa.erikalova@mail.ru

 

The application form should be sent before 1st of March, 2016 to e-mail address: alexeydolphin@yandex.ru, tel.: +7 9043931953, Alexey Tsaregorodtsev, Foreign choirs’ manager.

On 15th of March, 2016 the organizing committee will approve the festival participants list and will send the official invitation-call

Official site of the festival: http://mgolosa.ru.