State Department of the United States and the
Smithsonian Institute again made April Jazz Appreciation
Month in Armenia as well as throughout the world.
For the second year the United States Embassy
has been presenting a series of concerts and events
commemorating the American art form. This year's
celebration began April 9 and will continue through
During the opening concert at AUA, an Armenian
audience delighted to the music of Armen Martirosyan's
jazz band and veteran jazz pianist Levon Malkhasyan's
A featured attraction of any jazz event in Armenia,
though, is the performance of pianist Vahagn Hairapetyan.
"Jazz is not just music but also a way of
life, life itself, a way of thinking and emotions,"
says Hairapetyan, who travels extensively playing
traditional American jazz with Armenian passion.
The third day of Jazz Month gave non-musical
artists a chance to participate.
At the Painters Union Gallery, students put their
emotions onto canvas, under the influence and
inspiration of jazz music.
smell of oil paint mixed with the jazz sounds
and the effect was seen in the free brush strokes
that concocted stories of the distant and mythical
New Orleans. Painters portrayed African Americans
making protests through music, linking their feelings
to the roots of jazz.
The process of painting while listening to jazz
became a habit and natural need for a student
of the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts Ani
"The music is inside my mind and I can create
whatever I want by means of colors," says
The young painters had two hours for expressing
their feelings. Then paintings were given to a
jury. Three best works were chosen and authors
of those works were awarded with oil paints, pastels,
brushes and other painting supplies.
Jazz Month has also featured movies, quiz competitions
on the history of jazz and performances by Mike
del Ferro Trio from USA.
Tomorrow the trio will perform in Gyumri, followed
by a closing-day concert Sunday with their Armenian
colleagues at Armenia Hotel.
"This festival is a beam of light that was
lit in this gray reality and made people forget
about wars and everyday worries," says jazzman