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GROOVE - The Russian Tour with Bill Evans

In this film you see how the groove of music connects the people. Immediately there is a bridge between russians and americans.

GROOVE - The Russian Tour with Bill Evans

In this film you see how the groove of music connects the people. Immediately there is a bridge between russians and americans.

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Last updated July 4, 2016

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Mit Groove zu besseren Beziehungen und dem weltbekannten Saxophonisten Bill Evans durch Sibirien

Es war eine Reise im letzten Jahr, die fast unbemerkt an den westlichen Medien vorbeizog. Eine Konzertreise des legendären Miles Davis Saxophonisten Bill Evans quer durch Sibirien. Die Musik brachte zum Vorschein, was gerade in Zeiten politischer Spannungen immer seltener vorkommt: Sie erreichte die Seele der Menschen, die zum Teil noch nie etwas von amerikanischem Rock/Soul/Jazz gehört haben. Die Bedeutung dieser Reise ahnend, beauftragte Bill Evans den Kölner Filmemacher Christoph Felder, die Konzerttour mit der Kamera festzuhalten. So filmte Felder den abenteuerlichen zweiwöchigen Trip, der bis an die mongolische Grenze ging und zu atemberaubenden Aufnahmen führte. 

Bill Evans, der seit Jahrzehnten auf der ganzen Welt spielt, ob mit den Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock oder Willie Nelson, und der schon viele Kulturkreise kennenlernte, ist von dieser „Russian Tour“ tief beeindruckt. Er sagt, gerade jetzt, wo die aktuellen Spannungen zwischen den USA und Russland bestehen, sei es wichtig zu den Leuten hinzugehen. Das diese Tour von der amerikanischen Botschaft gesponsert wurde, sieht er dabei gelassen. Entscheidend ist, was bei den Menschen ankommt. So kamen dann auch fast 80jährige Russen viele Kilometer zu Fuß, zu den fast immer ausverkauften Konzerten, „um diese seltsame, amerikanische Band zu sehen“ von deren Namen sie noch nie in ihrem Leben hörten. 

In Ulan Ude schließlich, östlich von Ural und Baikalsee treffen die Alten auf die junge Generation, so um die sechs, sieben Jahre alt, mit denen sie gemeinsam die Tanzfläche stürmen, um diese groovigen Rhythmen in sich aufzunehmen und wild zu tanzen. So ist es nach Evans’ Ansicht denn auch der „Groove“, den die Leute immer wieder suchen und der die Menschen, ganz gleich ihrer Nationalität verbindet. Filmemacher Felder will denn auch damit seinen Film überschreiben und zeigen, was diesen Groove eigentlich ausmacht. In Irkutsk kommt dann noch Igor Butman dazu, wohl der bekannteste russische Saxophonist, der durchaus eine Art Sonderbotschafter dieser Russian Tour sein könnte, ausgestattet mit russischem und amerikanischen Pass und auf beiden Bühnen zuhause. Butman und Evans geben dort eine gemeinsame Pressekonferenz mit viel örtlicher Kulturprominenz, in der die beiden Freunde vor allem über die Fotos auf dem Handy tuscheln. Evans: Igor hat direkten Zugang zu Putin, er wird im Kreml nicht kontrolliert.  

Es ist eine spannende Reise mit alten, teilweise klapprigen Tourbussen, den amerikanischen Musikern Murali Cornell, Dave Anderson, Mitch Stein und Joel Rosenblatt. Mit Roadmovie-Feeling auf endlosen Strassen, riesigen Schlaglöchern, der legendären Transsibirischen Eisenbahn und der hier unbekannten „Siberian Air“. Die russische, weite Landschaft zeigt ein inspirierendes, neues Gesicht und amerikanischem Soulgrass-Sound. Auf der Fahrt von Togliatti nach Samara bekennt eine Mitfahrerin: „Euer Auftritt ist das Highlight in meinem Leben. Ich weiss, ihr werdet nie wieder zu uns kommen, auch wenn wir den Glauben daran nicht verlieren werden.“ Bleibt am Schluss noch der Auftritt in der amerikanischen Botschaft im berühmten Moskauer Spaso-House, in dem schon Arthur Rubinstein auf dem Flügel in edlem Ambiente verzauberte. Dem BotschafterJohn Tefft redet Bill Evans dann noch ins Gewissen. „Sag deinem Chef, in Zeiten der Spannungen, wir haben die Herzen der Menschen erreicht, wir haben es getan.“ Ob die Message bis zu Jazzfan Obama durchkam, ist nicht bekannt. 

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It was a sensational concert tour: The embassy of the United States in Moscow sent the world's top American saxophonist and bandleader Bill Evans with his rock / jazz / blues formation on an extensive tour to Russia. 

And that in this time! Evans with his successful Soulgrass project including such top musicians as Mitch Stein, Murali Coryell, Joel Rosenblatt and Dave Anderson took this opportunity to reach the Russian population in the cities which belong not to the main cultural centers of Russia. This extraordinary and adventurous journey to ten cities of Russia went from March 23rd to April 10th 2015 from Moscow over the Volga region to the Ural and to the Baikal area in Siberia. 

It was enough time getting know the people during traveling on the trains, airplanes and busses between concerts and different cities. Bill Evans used his music as a bridge to the international understanding. His music and his shows are an important contribution to bringing cultures and nations together. 

The filmmaker Christoph Felder had the rare opportunity to accompany the musicians on their tour and film it. This film takes a challenge to create connection between nations, people, landscape and music. This is a unique and exciting project! Bill Evans: "It was important to reach people from the street and to talk with them after the shows." 

Christoph Felder used his chance to get enough material for an extraordinary film. He filmed fantastic and magical moments during and after concerts, exiting visitors, journeys from one place to another, Russian citizens, their cities, nature and other details, which will fill a 90 minute documentary. 

The shooting is completed and it is now the time to cut the material. You have now a chance to become a supporter of the postproduction and the promotion. Get the attractive rewards. 

Music builds bridges. Become a part of a film, which is important for a better understanding between Russia and the USA. Let us finish this film together with your help and support. Let us bring it out into the world into movie theaters, on television, as a DVD or download/stream! Let us make it happen! Let us show everybody how music connects people! Thank you for your support! We'll keep you updated on the process.

 

 

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