Igor Butman, the People’s Artist of Russia, will become guest of the opening night of the Twelfth Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival.
The world’s popular jazzman will perform on August 23, the grand opening of the Festival, together with the Central Military Band of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
According to the global arts community, Igor Butman is one of the top ambassadors of Russian Jazz culture in the world. In 1999 he founded the Igor Butman Orchestra (now — the Moscow Jazz Orchestra) and the Igor Butman Quartet, described by DownBeat Magazine as «an outfit of virtuosos». Their busy schedule includes frequent tours and performances at the biggest international jazz festivals all over the world. Igor Butman released 17 albums, both as a leader and
On November 1, 2018, in Washington, Igor Butman was awarded the prize of the Institute of Sustainable Dialogue for «a monumental contribution to overcoming contradictions through art» and organizing musical exchanges to bring people of different countries closer together. He became the first person of the Russian arts community to be awarded this prize.