Jazz Sister Cities band will perform at “Jazz on the Dnieper-2019” on 20.07 on the main stage.
Sylwester Ostrowsky – saxophone (Poland), JSC band leader
Kavutha Mwanzia-Asiyo – vocalist (Кenia)
Kasia Pietrzko – piano (Poland)
Eric Allen – drums (US)
Dominique Sanders – bass (US)
Paul Seedorenko – guitar (Ukraine)
Musician, Educator, Event Specialist are just a few words to describe Kavutha . Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Kavutha’s aptitude and passion for music & organization was evi-
dent all through her childhood.
Kavutha is currently the Music Director of Kenya’s only International Jazz festival, The Safaricom International Jazz Festival. Beginning as the Assistant Music Director in 2013, she became the Music Director in 2014 and has held that role since then. In that role, she leads the festival committee to select musicians who will not only appeal to the Kenyan audience but create opportunities for sharing of knowledge when they’re in the country. In addition, she is the liasion with various country partners and sponsors.
Dominique is a bass player (27yr) that currently resides is Kansas city MO. You can catch him almost anywhere around the world playing or producing with The Who’s who of music. Also working in studios to bring music you hear played on the radios everyday. In his young life he has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Neal Young, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin,Tech N9Ne, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Tailb Kweli, The Fall of Troy, Larry Harlow, George Watsky, GLC, Charlie pride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Black Joe Lewis, Maurice Brown and MANY MANY more….
Polish pianist, arranger and composer. In 2016 the artist released a demo recording, announcing her debut album Kasia Pietrzko Trio. In 2015, with the group Kasia Pietrzko Trio, she performed at the 42nd International Festival of Jazz Pianists in Kalisz. Together with the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet, in December 2015, she won the Grand Prix at the 39th Jazz Juniors International Competition for Young Jazz Groups in Krakow. Since 2017, the artist has been a member of The Tony Williams Tribute, which is led by outstanding drummer Michał Miśkiewicz. She has also worked with Adam Larson, Troy Roberts, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Tomasz Wendt, Mateusz Smoczyński and Adam Bałdych. Places where she has played concerts include festivals in Spain, Serbia, Romania. Slovakia, The Czech Republic, Hungary and China.
Pavlo Sydorenko (Paul Seedorenko – stage name) was born in Ukraine in 1983. He started playing guitar at the age of 10 and as a child was really into rock music, but at some point turned his way to jazz, and this passion still leads in his musical world. He was active on Ukrainian jazz scenes, taking part in major jazz events there and making concert tours through Ukraine.
While studying at the Academy of Music and later, Pavel participated in various musical groups: Soul to Soul (blues), The Impressions (traditional jazz and fusion), Animales Ingratos (Latina and Cuban music) etc. Pavlo has been playing concerts and taking part at international festivals (Dodj Jazz Festival, Alfa Jazz, Jazz on the Dnieper, etc.) with his own band and as a sideman. He is not limited within the genres, but plays mostly jazz – although, all kinds of it.
Pavlo always composed his own music. His original compositions not only draw inspiration from the Jazz idiom, but other genres such as Classical and Rock. The influences of highly raged musical interests made Pavlo’s music intellectually developed but still clear for all kinds of audience.
Performing artist and drummer Eric Allen was born in Washington, D.C., but currently he lives in Poland. His first significant memory of jazz dates back to when his father and his friends would gather at his house and listen to his father’s record collection. In particular, he remembers the sounds of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Count Basie and Max Roach. “When Art played his famous ‘Press Roll,’ I knew that I wanted to play the drums,” says Eric.
The artists that inspire Eric include: Illinois Jacquet; Lionel Hampton; Art Blakey; Miles Davis; and Tony Williams. When he moved to New York City, he met the Jazzmasters and played with Illinois Jacquet who introduced him to “Papa” Jo Jones, Slam Stewart, Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, and Dexter Gordon.
In a sentence or two, Eric describes jazz with three words: for adults only.