Micro marathon of the world-famous "Shchedryk" by the headliners of Leopolis Jazz Fest
The musicians of Leopolis Jazz Fest launched a micro marathon of the world-famous arrangement of the Ukrainian folk song "Shchedryk" by the outstanding Ukrainian composer, choir conductor, pianist, and collector of musical folklore Mykola Leontovych.
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band opens our micro marathon. In 2017, the band visited Leopolis Jazz Fest and played the famous piece in their own arrangement: https://youtu.be/KIVkkUt0h-A
The band founder, composer and arranger Gordon Goodwin said:
"Our visit to Lviv was one of the highlights in Big Phat Band's career. We remember it with special warmth, and our attachment to your country and Ukrainians remains strong. It is very painful to watch what is happening and this terrible war is still going on.
A week ago, we played "Carol of the Bells" in concert and I told the audience a story about how we performed the song as an encore at the Leopolis Jazz Fest and what a great reaction the audience had.
We hope that the war will end as soon as possible, and when it does, it will be an honor for us to return to Ukraine and celebrate with you."
The headliners of Leopolis Jazz Fest supported our micro marathon and played their version of "Schedryk" for Ukrainian fans. You can listen "Carol of the Bells" performed by:
- Danish pianist Kathrine Windfeld: https://youtu.be/Ci4LmN11Hz8
- French jazz pianist and composer Adrien Brandeis: https://youtu.be/l40fVUyTgLY
- Swedish double bass player, bass player, cellist, composer and arranger Lars Danielsson: https://youtu.be/KvG6m164Bcs
- Swedish jazz pianist and composer Jan Lundgren: https://youtu.be/ns23CgYDQmo
- group of American jazz vocalist, conductor, ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin: https://youtu.be/5eyHfVWWVGI