The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet will perform next week at the Library of Congress as part of "A Salute to Jazz Diplomacy."
Pacific’s Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in Washington, D.C., Salute to Jazz DiplomacyRussian Jazz Great Igor Butman and the first-ever U.S.-Russian Rising Stars Jazz Band to Perform
University of the Pacific, in partnership with American University's Initiative for Russian Culture and the Open World Leadership Center, will host an evening that spotlights jazz diplomacy, especially the special cultural relationship that exists through jazz between Russia and the United States.
Five Pacific students, all University of the Pacific Brubeck Fellows who make up the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, will join Open World alumni musicians to form the first-ever U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band. The band will reprise works that the late Dave Brubeck performed at the 1988 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit during an Oct. 8 performance at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
"This is an amazing opportunity for our fellows, because this is the sort of jazz diplomacy Dave Brubeck believed in so much," said Simon Rowe, Brubeck Institute executive director. "Playing with the Russian musicians will be something that they will never forget."
The 2013-14 Brubeck Fellows include bassist Sarah Kuo of Los Angeles, the first-ever female Brubeck Fellow; drummer Jalon D'Mere Archie of Houston; trumpeter Max Boiko of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; guitarist Sean Britt of Hingham, Mass.; and vibraphonist Joel M. Ross of Chicago.
The evening, which represents the third annual event that the Initiative for Russian Culture has hosted at the Library of Congress, will also feature a discussion with Russian jazz great Igor Butman, saxophone virtuoso, bandleader, club owner and television host.
About American University's Initiative for Russian Culture:
American University's Initiative for Russian Culture (AU IRC) promotes greater understanding of Russian culture's versatility and richness among all Consortium students in the Washington, DC area. It builds lasting connections between Russians and Americans by reaching out to their hearts and minds. The AU IRC offers screenings of classic Soviet and Russian films with discussions led by visiting experts. Academic conferences, art exhibits, musical performances, and other events are held at American University, the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the Library of Congress, and other locations around the Washington Metropolitan area. The AU IRC organizes an annual summer trip to Russia for ten consortium students, and has awarded a total of fourteen merit and need-based grants to date for study in Russia. Expanding these offerings, the AU IRC will award five new study abroad grants this academic year. Courses on Russian arts and culture at American University offer students new perspectives on Russia.
About the Open World Leadership Center:
The Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, supports Congressional outreach to Eurasia and other countries. It conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. Open World has introduced more than 19,000 current and future decision makers from Russia, other countries of Eurasia, Egypt, and now Turkey to American political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999.
About University of the Pacific's Brubeck Institute:
Established by the University of the Pacific in 2000, The Brubeck Institute impacts society through the arts, continuing the life's work of Dave and Iola Brubeck in education, community engagement and as a catalyst for social change. Institute programs include The Brubeck Collection, The Brubeck Festival, The Outreach Program, The Summer Jazz Colony and The Brubeck Fellowship Program. Brubeck Fellows, comprising the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, are winners of seven DownBeat awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country. For more information, visit BrubeckInstitute.org. University of the Pacific, with campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, was established in 1851 as the first university in California.
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