Russian Jazz Saxophonist Igor Butman to Perform In Mumbai

Rolling Stone India,
Rolling Stone India,
October 27, 2014

This is Igor Butman’s third visit to India for a performance and although the Russian saxophonist has performed in the country twice with a quartet and a sextet previously, this will be the first time that he will be performing with his jazz orchestra. Says Butman, “We are looking forward to playing for an audience that knows jazz, enjoys it and are not shy to show you their appreciation.”

Butman, who began his career in 1976, says that the best part about being a jazz musician is the ever evolving nature of the genre. He adds, “Every day you are creating something new, you are always changing. We’re always trying to get better, we’re never 100 per cent satisfied with what we do. Even if the critics like it, I want to go further. I want to get deep into different people’s music and different nation’s music and learn what they know.”

The Igor Butman Big Band will comprise saxophone, trumpet and trombone sections as well as an acoustic rhythm section and two vocalists including Russian vocalist Polina Zizak. The performance will feature jazz standards and reinterpret the works of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, among others, as well as Butman’s original compositions from albums such as The Eternal Triangle and Sheherazade’s Tales.