Ukraine at jazzahead!

jazzahead is one of the largest and most significant jazz events of the year in the world

About the project

The showcase festival jazzahead is one of the largest and most significant jazz events of the year in the world.

Ukraine is fully presented in 2022 with the Ukrainian stand, participation at the conference and 3 concerts of Ukrainian artists.

The Ukrainian Institute became a partner of the festival to tell as many stories as possible about Ukraine and its culture.

The Ukrainian Institute planned this event long before the full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine. The Ukrainian Institute is grateful to the organizers of the festival for their understanding and support at a time when the musicians and team of the institute are forced to flee from attacks by the Russian army. Participation in the festival is an opportunity for Ukrainian representatives of the jazz scene to continue their work and present Ukrainian culture in the world, even in such a difficult and dark time for the country. Our voices must be heard. The Ukrainian Institute is grateful to the partners and organizers of the festival who support the struggle of Ukrainians against Russian invaders and provide an opportunity to represent the country.

Ukrainian program within the showcase festival jazzahead! organized by the Ukrainian Institute in partnership with the music agency Urban Lys.

Programme 2022

A series of meetings, events and discussions, concerts are in the festival’s programme 2022. 

12.00-12.45 presentation “Discover Ukrainian Jazz Scene: programs, cooperation opportunities and experiences” |Conference room 

17:45 Igor Osypov featuring as sideman of MAGRO concert | Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
18:00 Polish and Ukrainian reception, stands 5E20+5E21
20.30 Vadim Neselovskyi: ODESA—a musical walk through a legendary city |Sendesaal Bremen
21:15 LELEKA concert сlubshow: Jazzahead Clubnight | Circus tent
22.30 Vadim Neselovskyi: ODESA—a musical walk through a legendary city | Sendesaal Bremen

Ukrainian artists – participants of jazzahead 2022

Vadim Neselovskyi

Vadim Neselovskyi

At the end of August 2020, Vadim Neselovskyi spent three production days at the Sendesaal to record his Odesa Suite for an album release. In Odesa Vadim Neselovskyi had begun classical piano studies. In his early 20s, he was given the opportunity to transfer to the renowned Berklee School Of Music in Boston/USA.
Neselovskyi became a member of vibraphonist Gary Burton’s band. His album debut as a leader, “Spring Song” was produced by pianist Fred Hersch. The versatile Ukrainian, who today commutes between the USA and Germany, was also in the studio for composer John Zorn.
Vadim Neselovskyi: “I was born and raised in Odesa, Ukraine — a gorgeous harbor city on the Black Sea. I know that almost everyone heard of Odesa, and yet not many people really know much about it. Some heard of this city because of Eisenstein’s film “Battleship Potemkin”, some know it as birthplace of violinist David Oistrakh. Many know Odesa as a very important center of Jewish life at the beginning of the 20th century… In my new project I want to tell my personal story about this city. My new piece will take the listener on an imaginary tour around my hometown, filled with memories, historical references and dreams…”


Back in 2018 when Leléka won the International Burghausen Young Jazz Prize, renowned German journalist Ralf Dombrowski wrote that “if this band doesn’t manage to break through, an awful lot of things will need to have gone wrong…”
This year Leléka was nominated for the German Jazz Prize as “Band of the Year”.
With Sonce u Serci (“Sun in your heart”), the Berlin-based folk-jazz outfit present their debut full-length album, showcasing the highly distinctive style they’ve been mesmerising audiences with in the subsequent years.Rooted in jazz, their music reaches beyond the borders of both the genre and the world, embracing singer Viktoria Leléka’s Ukrainian roots and the band’s talent for improvisational freedom.

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Ukrainian delegation at jazzahead 2022