Cory Henry & Funk Apostles
Multi-instrumentalist, master of improvisation, member of the Snarky Puppy team and winner of two Grammys; is an impressive list of achievements for a man of his age. MoreHowever, Henry has quite deservedly taken his place in the jazz hall of fame; his technique of playing the organ is impressive. By the way, he started playing it when he was only two years old!. Corey Henry has performed alongside the legendary Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Glasper and The Roots.
A special place in the Chess & Jazz lineup will feature star of the London Underground, Kamaal Williams, also known under the pseudonym Henry Wu. He will be presenting his new album to Russia, The Return, released in 2018. MoreThe musician became widely known as a producer and one of the writers of the iconic album Black Focus, released by the Yussef Kamaal project. Each of Kamaal William's performances are bright and improvisational, mixing the cool rhythms of 70's jazz-funk with a solid beat, bass and hip-hop.
If you could describe Secret Atelier in one word, it would be "soul". However, the music of the project once again shows how widely this can be interpreted. MoreSecret Atelier is a project of Moscow singer Sveta Zhavoronkova and producer from Samara, Ilya Popov. Since 2017, the group has been promoting a modern rendition of soul, mixed with funk, disco and house. The core element of Secret Atelier is their eclectic and timeless pop music, which makes its way onto the dance floor. Their songs can be heard on loop on Megapolis FM, and the single "Prove Me Wrong", released under New York label "King Street Sounds", is set to be the summer smash hit on the simmering Ibiza dance floors. The guys are currently working on their debut album and will give us a taster of their fresh new material at the festival.
Moscow Ragtime Band
Moscow Ragtime Band is an ensemble from Russia’s capital performing traditional jazz from the first half of the 20th century as passionately and artistically as the great pioneers of the genre did in the good old days! MoreMoscow Ragtime Band’s musicians use traditional acoustic musical instruments, and perform New Orleans jazz, which is, probably, the most energetically charged and interactive subgenre of jazz in the world. The amazing show of Moscow Ragtime Band captures, entices and involves the audience, making this a festival of truly live music.
the participation of professional chess masters:
The Chess Stage will be the focal point of all the chess activities. The tournaments will take place among guests and invited opinion leaders, including the participation of famous chess players