Make Jazz not war : Ukraina- Cho-jazz ( Polish )

„Culture is like a mirror of the soul. When there is no culture, no one sees the soul, and when no one sees the soul, the soul wastes. Man loses the memory of who he is.“

Fr. Tischner Józef

Seit vielen Jahrzehnten habe ich meine Tätigkeiten in den Osten Europas verlagert.

Viele Konzertreisen , CD Aufnahmen, Workshops fanden und finden in Polen, der Ukraine und sogar in Russland statt. Merine Freunde leben in all diesen Ländern und meine ukrainischen Freunde sind in einer Situation, die sich wirklich niemand hat vorstellen können.

Mir fehlen dafür die Worte. Um das zu beschreiben,was die Menschen dort durchmachen fehlen uns allen die Worte.

 Der Krieg hat alles verändert und doch müssen wir nach Wegen suchen , um ein ,,Danach“ zu organisieren.


 Dies hier ist ein solcher Ansatz.

 Er wird von sehr bekannten Ukrainischen Musikern zusammen mit den polnischen Organisatoren von Cho Jazz gestartet

Make Jazz not War 

We address you, colleagues, on behalf of the organizers and partners of the 𝐔𝐊𝐑𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐀 𝐂𝐡𝐨-𝐉𝐚𝐳𝐳 project, including the House of Culture in Chodzież ( Poland ) , the organizer of the oldest Jazz Workshops in Europe „Cho-Jazz“, and the Foundation „Hidden Dreams“, which has it’s headquarters there and has been supporting the cultural activities of this institution for years, and the „Lviv School of Jazz and Contemporary Music“ Association ( Ukraine ) .       

The project „𝐔𝐊𝐑𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐀 𝐂𝐡𝐨-𝐉𝐚𝐳𝐳“ aims, through extensive promotional activities among jazz musicians around the world, to accumulate financial resources to support Ukrainian jazz musicians and to rebuild the Ukrainian jazz scene after the war.

Long-term partners of the House of Culture in Chodzież and members of the staff of the „Cho-jazz“ Workshops, Ms. Anastasija Litvinyuk and Mr. Igor Hnydyn are managing the project on the Ukrainian side. For the last 12 years, they have managed the organizational office of Chodziez workshops in Ukraine, where, thanks to their work, nearly 400 musicians have already participated in them. On the Polish side, Marcin Kita, director of the House of Culture in Chodzież and the organizer of the Workshops in Chodzież, is responsible for the project.

We believe that the reconstruction of the country will start quickly, but we are also sure that without the support of patronage, including the cultural communities of Europe and the world, there will be no funds for culture, hence we see the importance of projects such as ours.

We have set ourselves one more goal and although its implementation is very difficult, after preliminary research among several dozen Ukrainian jazz musicians, it turns out that the „𝐔𝐊𝐑𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐀 𝐂𝐡𝐨-𝐉𝐚𝐳𝐳“ project could start now!

We could, via the Internet and the YT channel, promote the achievements and Ukrainian jazz music today. Of course, it is about showing both small solo projects and larger ones, if at all possible in war conditions. We do not count on studio quality. It is enough to record projects with a smartphone. Also, the length of the show does not have to be a full-length concert, and the recordings of 10 and 15 minutes are enough.

We know that the state of the psyche caused by the conflagration of war will not always allow us to play music now, although thanks to the surveys we have conducted, we also know that it can be a way to fight depression and apathy, but also the possibility of earning a living, but most importantly it’s one of the ways to cultivate the culture and fight the aggressor, whose one of the brazen arguments of the invasion was that Ukrainians do not have their own culture!

Funds will be transferred for the work done, today for recordings and in the future for concerts. Also thanks to analyzes and modern technical solutions, we have solved problems with signing contracts and transferring funds the same day. We ask jazz musicians to briefly promote the project during their concerts, we appeal to the audience for support, as well as the public administration entities and culture patrons.




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IBAN: PL 75 1600 1462 1079 5381 2000 0006