A concert of the famous Russian jazz musician Daniil Kramer with vocal accompaniment of the jazz singer Armine Sarkisyan will take place in Andorra in the National audience (l’Auditori Nacional d’Andorra) in Ordino on December, 16. (21.00 PM). A concert is organized with assistance of Embassy of Russia in Spain and the Ministry of Culture of Andorra and is dated for celebration of 20-year anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Andorra.
Daniel Kramer (born in 1960), Honored Artist of Russia, graduated from the Kharkov Secondary Special Music School as classical pianist. Later in 1983 he finished the State Music and Pedagogic University named after Gnesins (the class was guided by professor E.Ya. Liberman). Being a student, along with his classical studies D.Kramer starts being seriously interested in jazz music, gets acquainted with creative works of distinguished foreign and Russian jazz performers. In 1982 D.Kramer was awarded the first prize at the piano jazz improvisations contest taking place in Vilnius (Lithuania).
In 1983 D.Kramer starts his teaching career at the State Musical College named after Gnesins and works as soloist of Moscow State Philharmonic, from 1986 he is a soloist of Mosconcert. From 1984 D.Kramer starts an intensive touring activity and from then on takes part in practically all domestic jazz festivals. The year of 1988 marks the beginning of his foreign concert and festival activity. His solo recitals and performances in collaboration with various musicians took, place in many different countries, among which are: France, the USA, Spain, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany, Finland, China as well as in countries of Africa and Central America. Kramer participated in many renowned international jazz festivals, namely: Munchner Klavier sommer (Germany), Manly Jazz Festival (Australia), European Jazz Festival (Spain), Baltic Jazz (Finland), Foire de Paris (France) etc. He was named Honorary Member of Professional Musicians’ Club.
From 1995 Daniel Kramer tries himself in organizing cyclic concert programs under the common names: “Jazz Music at Academic Halls”, “Jazz Evenings with Daniel Kramer”, “Classic and Jazz”, taking place not only in the form of traditional concerts taking place in Moscow (Tchaykovsky Concert Hall, Conservatory’s Big Hall, Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, State Pushkin Museum, Hall of the Central House of Artists), but also as annual concert subscriptions in many cities all over Russia, namely: Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Perm, Izhevsk, Belgorod etc. which enjoy great popularity. D. Kramer is permanently cooperating with various TV and radio companies taking part in various music projects. In 1997 ORT channel broadcasted a series of jazz music lessons followed by the video-course “Jazz Lessons with Daniel Kramer”. In 1996-1997 he presents himself as musical editor of series of audio-cassettes commonly named “Contemporary Russian Jazz” having in its objectives showing the big picture of Russian jazz of late XX century.
In 1997 Daniel Kramer was entitled “Honored Artist of Russia”.
In November, 2000 D. Kramer was awarded European Prize of Gustav Mahler.
In 2012 Daniel Kramer was entitled “People’s Artist of Russia”.
Armine Sarkisyan – the leading Moscow jazz singer famous to the Russian public, first of all, as the soloist of a legendary State chamber orchestra of jazz music of Oleg Lundstrem.
In a huge repertoire of the singer different jazz standards are organically combined: well-known school of the French chanson, incendiary rhythms of the Latin American music, penetrating motives of the Russian romances. The special place in her repertoire is taken by performance of the Armenian national songs in original jazz interpretations.
Armine was born and grew up in Yerevan, the city with rich cultural traditions. The first acquaintance to the magic world of music took place thanks to mother, Mkrtchyan Raisa Grantovna, the honored actress of Armenia, the popular variety singer widely famous in the CIS countries and abroad. The childhood and youth of Armine passed in an environment of a great number of talented, gifted people. Among them outstanding composers Arnaud Babadjanian, Robert Amirkhanyan, Martyn Vartazaryan, Stepan Shakaryan and many others.