Press Releases 2010
Jazz Musician Visits Tajikistan
Dushanbe, May 26, 2010 – The United States Embassy introduced residents in the farthest districts of Tajikistan to the amazing sound of American saxophone musician Demetrius Spaneas. Demetrius travelled throughout Tajikistan for two weeks and played jazz to hundreds of people from different parts of the country, many of whom had never heard this unique American art form. Demetrius also met with local government officials to encourage the formation of more U.S.-Tajik cultural and educational programs. Jazz was something new for the people of the farthest districts of the country. After each performance, the audience asked questions about jazz music, learned about improvisation, and asked Demetrius to perform his favorite songs. In return, local Tajik musicians in Dushanbe, Khorog and Murgab played traditional music for Demetrius.
From May 4–13, Demetrius gave more than ten performances in Khorog, Murgab and Dushanbe, reaching widely varied audiences. He performed at a jazz festival in Dushanbe, at the American Corners in Dushanbe and Kurgan-Teppa, and at the Bactria Cultural Center, and he also talked about and played jazz music for schoolchildren in Dushanbe and Sarband.
Since 1991, The United States Government has worked to strengthen the relationship between the people of the Unites States and Tajikistan The U.S. Embassy’s educational and cultural programs promote cross-cultural understanding through music, art, education and cultural exchange.