INTERVIEW WITH THE GERMAN AMBASSADOR ABOUT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL

Mr Ambassador, this is a Year of German Culture in Azerbaijan.

Is this the first time in Azerbaijan, or have similar events been held before?

In response to the Year of Azerbaijani Culture in Germany, in 2008, the German embassy in Azerbaijan has organised "German Weeks in Baku". This is the first time that the German embassy in Azerbaijan has organised so many events on the theme of "Acquaintance with Germany".

Upon whose initiative are German Days being held in Azerbaijan?

In organising these German weeks, we want to express our gratitude for the successful Year of Azerbaijani Culture in Germany, in 2008 - and this is our response. We know that you are a great lover of jazz music and this festival is being held upon your initiative.

This is one of a series of major jazz events that you have held, which of the previous events is especially memorable for you?

The German ambassador in Azerbaijan Peer C.Stanchina


The German ambassador in Azerbaijan Peer C.Stanchina

Baku was a jazz capital even during the Soviet period. Thus we decided to continue in this tradition and introduce a little German Jazz. In recent times, the German embas-sy has already organised some jazz concerts here. But I would not like to pick any of them out especially. We believe that they were all successful. The three-day Jazz Festival is being held as part of the Year of German Culture in Azerbaijan.

What is the significance of this festival to the development of German-Azerbaijani relationships?

Over the years, various jazz festivals have been held in Baku. We are glad that, this time, we are presenting a German Jazz Festival, dedicated purely to German jazz. This will not be a celebration for jazz lovers alone. Azerbaijani musicians will also benefit from this festival; German jazz groups will organize workshops here. In this way, the effect of the Jazz Festival will be greater and more long-lasting. My expectation from this Jazz Festival is that there will be stronger and deeper relationships between the jazz musicians of the two countries as a result.

Are you going to continue this pro-ject, and will the festival become a tradition?

I am sure that the Festival will be a great success for us. Whenever you are successful, you always want to repeat the work in future. If the resources are available, we would make this a tradition, with great pleasure. I wish all jazz lovers in Azerbaijan will find the German Jazz Festival, part of