The last 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ match day for Kazan – 6 July – featured a jazz concert at the FIFA Fan Fest™. A JIVE band and a quintet of Igor Butman with participation of Oleg Akkuratov performed for spectators. The renowned saxophone player is a frequent guest in Kazan, so Igor Butman's performance generated much interest among the citizens. In his interview with journalists before the concert, Igor Butman noted that Kazan had become even more beautiful, friendly, hospitable, and open.
"We are happy to perform on such an important match day – semifinal between Brazil and Belgium – in Kazan. We are of course going to surprise the audience. Jazz always surprises, you know," said Igor Butman. "The atmosphere in our country and especially in Kazan is incredible, as here there are always lots of cultural and sports events going on. I am pleased to meet spectators, live the atmosphere and play my music to brighten up the mood of people."
The musician admitted that he actually loved football and had been playing it since his childhood. "I had a lot of memorable injuries but it did not affect my passion. I enjoy supporting our team," said Igor Butman. According to him, he also follows Italian, Brazilian, German and French teams.
"I love good football. Diligent people play it. Actually, football and jazz are very close – first you need to train a lot and work hard, and then to improvise. Great football players are always great improvisers as well, they are always seeking new ways, tricks and combinations. That is what football is about. It makes it closer to music, especially to jazz," ensured us the musician.
Igor Butman visited two matches of this World Cup. The first one was of Russia and Egypt in Saint Petersburg. "Enormous atmosphere! We won and were deliriously happy. Our team played well, it was a real holiday," shared his impressions the musician. The first game was held in Saransk. It was a match of Tunisia and Panama. "I think we can be proud of the delivery of the World Cup. We should be happy to be part of this internatonal festival," he added.
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