Enver Izmailov is a promoter of the guitar “tapping” technique, who creates ethno- jazz compositions, is a winner of the first prize of the European international competition of guitarists in Lausanne, winner of numerous diplomas and special awards, member of the Presidium of Jazz Association of Ukraine. His new composition called “Maidan,” which uses the video of crucial moments shot during the protest actions in Kyiv, can be found on his official page in Youtube.
Enver-aga, you’re a musician, whereas Maidan is politics, struggle, and conflict. How do you perceive Maidan? What does this whirlpool of passions mean for you as an artist?
“When Maidan was only beginning in the end of November, I was giving a concert in the hall of the conservatoire. So, Maidan was born, if I can be so immodest to say, before my eyes and to my music. I perceive it with anxiety, worried for the destiny of the country and destiny of Ukrainian people. I wrote music under impression of the grandiose human outrage. At first I thought the audience might dislike it. My friends said that it had a disco sounding, whereas it probably should have been a march, but I thought the music should be heartfelt.”
Maybe, the splash of struggle is to a great extent a splash of feelings and emotions.
“Yes, there are electronic drums and fragments of the Ukrainian Anthem, and I wanted to underline with this that the most important thing is feelings, people’s love to freedom, whereas struggle, gunshots, orders, confrontation is an awful thing; I am very worried about this, therefore I would like people to come to agreement and find a right compromise. I want there to be peace. Struggle is an abyss, because both sides are Ukrainian citizens. And I wanted to compose something that would unite the two sides, so that they could find way to the truth.”
Photo by Kostiantyn HRYSHYN
Maidan changes all relations in society.
“The Crimean Tatars are as well part of the Ukrainian people; we all are citizens of Ukraine. I have many friends among many peoples and nationalities, and I have not just friendly, but brotherly relations with all of them. They understand me and I understand them. It’s killing me: why cannot we all live in such a friendly way?”
What do your feelings tell you? When the confrontation will end?
“If no external forces intrude, reason must win, and I hope it will do so. But most of all, the situation depends on the president.”
Will the topic of Maidan continue in your creative work?
“If I have inspiration, if we reconcile, I of course will write beautiful music. And if there will be bloodshed, God forbid, none of us will have any desire to create.”
Traditional last question: what are your creative plans for the near future?
“I have accumulated many unfinished compositions, fragments, and sketches. In the same way writers write drafts, then stop, cannot not finish it, and shelve. Then they take them out and continue. I have lots of these drafts, I take them up, burrow there, most of them are very beautiful, and I think I should gather them, finish many of them, many of them can serve as fragments for other works. I intend to go further and release an album with unfinished music stories.
IN SPITE OF MILITARY LIFESTYLE IN MAIDAN, PEOPLE DON’T FORGET ABOUT EVERYDAY PLEASURES: READING, PLAYING FOOTBALL, CLEANING THE STREETS, PLAY THE PIANO… LIFE GOES ON! / Photo by Mykola TYMCHENKO, The Day
“Another idea is to write a story of my creative work, about how everything renewed in my soul after I came back to homeland. In particular, there were many serious, didactic things for life of creative people, and many funny things. I recall how in the early 1990s a group of us was flying on a plane from Moscow, joking, telling anecdotes. When we arrived, we decided to exchange phone numbers just in case, and a man who introduced himself as Georgiy gave me – not a calling card, because calling cards were a rare thing at that time – a calendar with a picture where he wrote his phone number. He said, call me, come to visit me, it’s very interesting. I did not even look at it, Georgiy – okay. I put it in my breast pocket and at home looked at it – oh, my goodness! That was Georgiy Daneliya, film director, why did not I recognize him earlier? That was how our acquaintance started. But let’s talk about it another time.”
Thank you for the interview and wonderful music.
“I read and appreciate The Day; your newspaper has written about me, and as for me it is much better than many periodicals. Your publications are more truthful and deeper. Send my greetings and kindest regards to Editor-in-Chief Larysa Oleksiivna and the whole team. I can say you are composers, too, it’s just your material is not musical. I cannot say it is the word, it is rather the pieces of life and truth, components of some grandiose truth.”