Immigrants from Russia and Ukraine hold pickets against the concert of Russian saxophonist Igor Butman in the United States because of its position on Crimea and support of the course of Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Immigrants from Russia and Ukraine hold pickets against the concert of Russian saxophonist Igor Butman in the United States because of its position on Crimea and support the course of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As reports “Radio Liberty”, the action took place every evening from January 30 about the jazz club Blue Note in new York, where he played a musician.
According to the protesters, the concert came from young people of a sports Constitution in the same shirts with a portrait of Butman and the inscription “Igor Butman russian hero” (“Igor Butman – Russian hero”). They spoke English and asked what the word “shame” (“shame”), which is chanted by the protesters to the public.
According to activists, some of the audience after talking with them decided not to go to the concert. Director Andrey Zagdansky said that at one of the concerts Butman played the national anthem of the Soviet Union (the same music is written the national anthem of the Russian Federation) – “hymn to repression, famine, Molotov – Ribbentrop Pact, hymn to the shooting of the Jewish antifascist Committee and the shooting in Novocherkassk”.
the new York journalist Julia Gorodetskaya told “Radio Liberty” that Butman has played in the Blue Note in 2015, then the concert is also bewas given protests. Then the club owners proposed to remove the name of the jazz musician with Billboard, which, according to them, were the “dancer”. Protest organizers disagreed. This time, Blue Note have not answered the protest letters, requests to cancel concerts Butman.
American touring quintet, Igor Butman and Moscow jazz orchestra began January 30 in new York. Then the musicians intend to visit Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, and Boston. Activists Arts Against Aggression are in talks with the owners of establishments, in order to prevent performances of the musician. After a Boston newspaper Cambridge Day published a letter of the organization, the local jazz club, the RegattaBar has canceled scheduled for February 12 speech Butman.
the letter said that the saxophonist is in the high Council of party “United Russia”, participated in the campaign for the reelection of President Vladimir Putin, supported “the aggression against Ukraine” and violated the recommendations of the US state Department not to participate in the festival Koktebel Jazz Party in Crimea. Igor Butman’s Russian-American citizenship, and travel of US citizens on the territory of Crimea are in violation of international sanctions.
the Boston concert was eventually moved to the Russian-Jewish cultural center. It is also reported that canceled scheduled for January 13 concert at Blue Llama Jazz at Ann arbor, Michigan. He had to finish the tour Butman in the United States. The musician announced in Facebook that the RegattaBar canceled the concert because of the “corporate events”, completely paying the artists and the concert in Michigan had to cancel because of “urgent Affairs”.