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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 22 | volume IV | August-September, 2001



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 22August-September, 2001
Sound Reviews

Two Steps Forwards - One Step in Place

Summer Jazz Festival Kumanovo 2001

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Ljupčo Jolevski


This time the honor of the event was defended by the local performers, first of all Synthesis, who are currently on their world tour.


   This year’s edition of the Summer Jazz Festival Kumanovo, third in a row, took place recently (30 August – 1 September) in one of the two crisis areas in the country. Without cancellations of the participants and in an atmosphere fitting to any normal cultural event on the planet Earth. With an audience that encounters the modern music, noise and airing the impressions in the cafés where the life does not fade away with the beginning of the curfew, with promotions of the documented materials of the previous two events that give the desired traditonality of the event the needed patina, with a rhythm that incessantly pulsates in the veins and the muscles, beauty and smiles as opposite to the ugliness that this time – no-time carries in itself (Here in an abnormal time still, one lives “normally”, or have we gotten used to everything that is reality of our common and unparalleled lives?!). and all of this as a protest of the thinkers against the situation in which persistently and constantly the war and disintegration of the country – the Republic of Macedonia is promoted. Finally, even like this, even more convincing, the identity, independence and the statehood of this peace of the wild Balkans is defended. It is here and now, with an open heart and without thoughts confused by the roar of the military trumpets. Simple.

   Despite this positioning of the event which, nevertheless, presupposes “specific” conditions, even named by us “conditions of war”, in which the event was to happen, and which can, but do not have to have the understanding of those who were invited to participate at the Summer Jazz Festival Kumanovo 2001, it is visible that it did not cope with the pace imposed by the previous yours in the program part. And almost understandable. Simply, its honor this year was ”saved” by the local participants, which on its side stresses the strength and vitality of the Macedonian modern music. In this case it is the highly esthetisised and emotionally charged performance of the SYNTHESIS band, currently our most significant and most exciting offer for what has been entitled current world music (this time again, at another stop in the world tour which is on-going, the above mentioned

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