From 16th to 25th of February St.Petersburg will be hosting The 9th International Festival Musical Hermitage which marks the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum. Several events of the festival have been included in the official program of the UK-Russia Year of Culture.
Dueling Saxophones. Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio (UK) VS Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet (the Netherlands)
16 February, 20:00, Academic Glinka Capella
Grammy Award-winning composer and performer Tim Garland is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and a master of numerous musical styles. Amongst the many world famous jazz stars Tim has collaborated with, are Chick Corea and Bill Bruford. Celebrated pianist Gwilym Simcock is known as one of the most outstanding contemporary British composers, who won praise both for his jazz and classical music. Drummer Asaf Sirkis adds his unique Middle Eastern flavour to the Trio’s music, which makes the collective one of the best jazz ensembles in the world today.
«The most creative, fearless and alert saxophonists of the moment», as The Times describes him, takes after Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, whose name Honig’s parents once decided to give to their son.
Yuri Honig has recorded 18 albums showcasing his versatile talent — his choice of musical material varies from Schubert to ABBA and Björk. Honig is a Grammy winner and he collaborates with such renowned musicians as Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.
This world-class jazz ensemble battle promises to become one of the most dramatic events of St. Petersburg’s winter season of 2014.
Shakespeare Bilingual. Jazz + Sonnets
19 February, 20:00, Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art ERART
2014 marks the year of William Shakespeare’s 450 th Birthday. With that in mind, organisers set out to prepare the programme presenting a unique blend of video art, literature and music. Terry Sweeney and Konstantin Malyshev of the recent Russian-British production Saint Petersburg will be reading Shakespearean sonnets accompanied by improvisation of the international trio featuring violinist Hugo Ticciati (the UK), saxophonist Yuri Honig (the Netherlands), drummer Joost Lijbaart (the Netherlands) and the 2014 Festival’s art director composer and pianist/improviser Sergey Evtushenko, whose music is featured in Russian Ark and The Last Sunday.