When art met music - Yoash Yose - Daily Monitor

When art met music - Yoash Yose - Daily Monitor


  Rostotsky (L) is joined on stage by Isaiah Katumwa. Photo by Stephen Otage
The stunning cultural alchemy of arts reveals the elaborate, creative punk genius of an artist, composer, bass player, arranger, producer and founder of the Jazz Bass Theatre, Alex Rostotsky, whose combination of oil and acyl on canvas has become some of the most exuberant work seen in popular culture today.
Ensconced at Rwenzori Ballroom, the Art Splash ushered me with paintings of bold manipulation of medium over subject. He turns oil and acyl into a form that bridges seamlessly between a journey and contemporary art. His work asks the viewer to experience the familiar with new eyes. Fish, birds are transformed into a mystical delight of colour. Rostotsky was crowning the Russian Cultural week that ended on February 3.
During his lecture, Rostotsky referenced a Marcel Proust quote “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscape but having new eyes.” “Painting is the noblest art” it’s not a stretch to state that. What Rostotsky has done with oil and acryl is a form of painting. That’s just formally true.
Oil and acryl as materials would enter his consciousness without an act of will. Locating beauty through design is Rostotsky’s never ending goal, revealing one perfect aesthetic moment after another in compositions that are locked with painstaking attention to every handsome detail. “I have always been fascinated with the power and mystery of beautiful places,” he said.
Being in a mobile creative union Jazz Bass Theatre, is a flexible band that is able to perform up to six musical plays or performances in assorted combinations and experiencing different cultures the artiste was amazed by use of renegade urban art to claim a cutting edge identity with the stiff and conservative arena of the Russian music industry.
The collaboration of bright colour, pisces and aves affirmed itself when the beauty appeared in the ‘Night Ntumbu’, a painting of an African lady that depicts her nature in a way that is compelling and original with a dark background, he baked a talking beauty.
‘Constellation of fish and birds’, ‘A woman’s world’ among others are some of his art pieces. There are many comprehensive bands that delve into the minute details of the art of orchestra. Jazz Bass Theater, a Russian quartet of first class musicians; Lev Slepner the marimbaphonist, Alexander Kulkov the drummer, Timur Nekrasov, a jazz-saxophonist and Rostotsky on the base guitar offered us a wispy two hours.
In a brief survey of his own library and the plethora of orchestrating Rostotsky performed Africa my love named after his vision of an unseen beauty. Just before the music drift he invited the audience to a journey. He called it music in travel. This composition appeared the shortest but far at an amazingly succinct. It contains entertaining anecdotes, beat-by-beat it guides you to that breathless moment.
This package is analogous to a flight safety brochure tacked in the seat pocket in front of you in a commercial airplane. It is not subtle nor beautifully rendered but completely understandable to anyone.
Kampala surely noticed his marque smile and musical brilliance and the orchestra began touring extensively including trips down my spine. His fame and popularity were on the rise.
More importantly, Rostotsky entered 30 years of his career visiting Africa and Uganda for the first time. He relied on ideas from his trips and wrote compositions individually rather than an anonymous section player with all that work and a line up of marvelous, distinctive musical notes.
by Yoash Yose, Daily Monitor