In cooperation… enja&yellowbird debut-CD by Eurasians Unity in the studios of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) in Berlin.
Funding is provided by „Initiative Musik gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH“ with projectfunds of the representatives of the federal government for culture and media.
Dieser poetische Film über „Über 25 Jahre TFF-Weltmusikfestival“
u.a. mit Eurasians Unity, Karolina Cika und Torgeir Vassvik ist nun auf Frühjahrstournee durch zahlreiche deutsche Programmkinos.
„Ein vorzügliches Dokumentar-Portrait des Kosmos Rudolstadt … Der abendfüllende Film zeigt, woher die Musik kommt, sodann das paradiesische Fest.“
|Weimar||Friday, March 24th||7:00 pm||Kino „mon ami“|
|Weimar||Saturday, March 25th||7:00 pm||Kino „mon ami“|
|Weimar||Sunday, March 26th||7:00 pm||Kino „mon ami“|
|Hoyerswerda||Thursday, April 6th||7:00 pm||Kino in der Kulturfabrik|
|Leipzig||Sunday, April 9th||8:00 pm||„naTo“|
|Jena||Monday, April 10th||7:00 pm||Blauer Saal im „Schillerhof“|
|Berlin||Sunday, April 23rd||7:00 pm||Kino „Krokodil“|
|Berlin||Wednesday, April 26th||8:00 pm||Kino „Krokodil“|
|Ratzeburg||Monday, April 24th||8:00 pm||Burgtheater|
|Mühlhausen||Thursday, April 27th||7:30 pm||Ratskellerkino|
|Darmstadt||Thursday, May 11th||8:30 pm||programmkinorex|
|Rudolstadt||Tuesday, May 16th||8:00 pm||Kino in den „saalgärten“|
Der Film ist im Finale der Festival international du film sur l'art - Montréal 2017
The first prize goes to the musicians from Bulgaria, Germany, Iran, Lebanon, Poland and Uzbekistan, because they practice international understanding on a high artistic level.... the main prize will be awarded to musicians who have set standards in recent years by their artistic work.
Ulf Herden, festival director Women in Jazz
The project "Jazz aus der Eurasischen Mitte" gets under its current name Eurasians Unity this year's World Music Award "Ruth". The director of the festival "Women in Jazz" congratulates the artists on this success and at the same time thanks all partners and supporters of this project for their help. The project was the festival project of the 9th Festival "Women in Jazz", was created in Halle and also celebrated its premiere in the Opera Hall on 8 February 2014.
The first impulse was a clue about the rich and manifold cultural treasures existing outside of our European musical tradition in other regions of the world! Starting from the fact that e.g. oriental music has discovered the healing power of melodies (Maquams) already in the 9th century, or the spiritual / religious level to the rich polyrhythm of Bulgaria. In addition there are diverse forms of organization of the parameters contained in any kind of music such as melody, rhythm, harmony and expression.
It's thus a matter of curious and respectful exchange on the wonderful level of music!
By re-mixing all music inherent parameters - just as if looking through a prism - by the specific participants of "Eurasians Unity", a mutual cultural exchange for musicians and listeners shall be achieved and perceived as a concert experience.
The choice of the musicians for "Eurasians Unity" was determined by the desire to create the best conditions for an intense musical and cultural exchange with the most possible openness!
So all participants have a rich experience in cooperating with international artists and the associated openness to "otherness" and "strange" in common. On the other hand some of the artists are strongly connected with the culture of their own country and their folkloric elements while another part has concluded European-founded Jazz Studies. The folklore of those countries meets jazz idioms paired with the greatest joy of joint improvisation!
On the occasion of their premiere in the "Alte Oper" in Halle (recorded by MRD) supported by the Goethe Institute, the German Foreign Office and the Arts Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt, at that time still titled "Jazz aus der eurasischen Mitte", the artists got standing ovation from the 650 spectators.
Tamara Lukasheva (vok) - Ukraine / Feruza Ochilova (voc, Dutar, Doira) - Usbekistan / Negar Bouboon (oud) - Iran / Veronika Todorova (acc) - Bulgarien / Salman Gambarow (P) - Aserbaidschan / Alex Morsey (b, tb) - Bodek Janke (dr, perc) - Polen / Caroline Thon (ld, sax) - Deutschland
JAZZTHETIK: MORGENLAND FESTIVAL - OSNABRÜCK
„The high point of the festival was the concert of Eurasians Unity. The concept of Caroline Thon and her band worked: Everybody passes a composition or a favorite piece to another bandmember to arrange it, the ensemble rehearses it and puts it on stage. The proceedings cumulated in a sheer unbelievable session of about 20 musicians.“ (Jan Kobrzinowski 08/2015)
NEUE OSNABRÜCKER ZEITUNG: Fascinating Doubleconcert
„A „crazy energie“ is beeing released, says drummer Bodek Janke, and that exactly happens, when the band mixes Jazz with traditional Folkmusic. You meet there a very colorful mixture of instruments, typical Jazz-instruments, but also accordion, ud or dutar. So a very funny dialogue between sousaphone und saxophone can take place.“ (Michael Gründel, 07/2015)
FOLKER: EURASIANS UNITY – TWO CONTINENTS TWO PRIZEWINNERS
„Eurasians Unity met with enthusiastic reactions at their premier in the Opera of Halle. The Ruth-Jury called it a meeting of the cultures on a high artistic level“ (Stefan Franzen, 4/2015)
FESTIVALSITE-TFF: RUTH-The German Worldmusic-prize
„Some project-ideas remain merely well-meant. Others result in great concerts. Eurasians Unity is such a case ...it is perfectly entertaining, and the visible pleasure of the musicians directly projects to the audience.“ (Fruit Media, 03/2015)
„Musicians between Balkan and near Orient, women, transcending borders – that sounds suspiciously correctness. Would that be a problem? Yes, if it was the only thing positive one could mention. Luckily, it isn't, the octet delivers a suspenseful musical meeting of high artistic quality. Musically absolutely worthy of a prize! „(03/2015)
JAZZTHETIK: Do you know RUTH?
„No, not that Ruth. We are talking about the Worldmusic-prize that goes by this name. This time it goes to Caroline Thon and the musicians of Eurasians Unity-world wide best wishes!“ (03/2015)
„EURASIANS UNITY is awarded with Worldmusic-prize RUTH 2015 at the TFF Rudolfstadt-MELODIVA sends best wishes“ (02/2015)
JAZZTHING: PRIZEWINNER 2015
„Every year at the beginning of July the TFF Rudolstadt donates the Worldmusic-prize RUTH in different categories. Already the winners are known. Eurasians Unity, a collective of bulgarian,german, persian, libanese, polish and usbek artists gets the main prize for „practical meeting of the cultures“ with „Jazz from the eurasian center“ (Christian Bröcking and Martin Laurentius 01/2015)
„This year the german Worldmusic-prize "RUTH" was, among others, awarded to two people, who gave impulses to the scene from Cologne, but into other regions and for a long time: Caroline Thon with her ensemble Eurasians Unity and Werner Fuhr, produzer and editor for musical cultures at WDR 3.“(01/2015)
Go on reading older press releases on the premiere in 2014 in our press achive
Raisa has some very nice pictures of our 2014 rehearsals on her website. At that time called „Jazz aus der eurasischen Mitte“
Also checkout the live performance at the Morgenland Festival in Osnabrueck 2015 on YouTube.