Romantic Paris of the 20s by Vanya Jakimov

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Literary and musical evening «Poems and jazz. Paris» by talented poet Vanya Jakimov was hold in Kiev

Project «Poems and jazz»  by Vanya Jakimov. Photo: Khrystyna Mura,

Inspiring jazz-poetry performance «Poems and Jazz. Paris» by Vanya Jakimov took place on 12th November on the stage of the concert club Bel etage in Kiev. At the poetry recital a lot was told about literary life of Paris in the 20s and also was read the works of the most famous writer such as Ernest Hemingway, Erich Maria Remarque, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Konstantin Balmont, Marina Tsvetaeva as well as the known painters Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.

Ukrainian poet, musician and actor Vanya Jakimov read the most beautiful excerpts from the literary works accompanied by the prominent pianist Pavel Ignatyev. Amazing jazz songs of a bygone era were performed by Olga Chernysheva.

Проект "Стихи и джаз. Париж" Ваня Якимов. Фото: Кристина Мура,
Project «Poems and jazz»  by Vanya Jakimov. Photo: Khrystyna Mura,

«This literary-musical meeting is devoted to the city of Paris in the 20s. It was a time of great expectations, transformations and technical progress. Paris became a center of world culture and dictated his new rules to the whole world», — says Jakimov.

The concert started with reading of excerpt from the work by Russian writer Aleksandr Kuprin «Paris Intimate», who was in exile there.

» A real French Parisian is never seen to be dangling along the street loungingly. He is either leaving home for office or going to the shop, or leaving his office or shop for home. Their lunch is our morning tea: they drink coffee with a slice of bread with the big capaсious stony cups. Their breakfast — our dinner. Their dinner — our supper. They are having supper late, but not heavily, and going to bed early near 9 p.m. In the morning at half past 7 a French bourgeois is already sniffing over the wash stand»

Thunderous ovation got the declamation of the passage of the work by famous American writer Ernest Hemingway «A Moveable Feast»

«With so many trees in the city, you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning. Sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem that it would never come and that you were losing a season out of your life. This was the only truly sad time in Paris because it was unnatural. You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was fro2en. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason. In those days, though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly failed »

Project «Poems and jazz» by Vanya Jakimov. Photo: Khrystyna Mura,

During the whole evening the best quotes of the different famous personalities living in Paris at that time sounded in the concert club. Jakimov told about Parisian society and tendencies of cultural development, and also remembered of comic and romantic stories from the lives of the writers. The performance ended up with inspiring song by Olga Chernysheva

It’s not the first performance by Jakimov in such format. Earlier he appealed to the Kiev public  with his musical-poetry performances: «Poems. Letters. Jazz», «On the tick of eight» and «Poems and milk letters».