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ArtsLink Fellow from Kazakhstan speaks at Loyola

November 6, 2009

The 2009 ArtsLink Fellow in Performing Arts, Karla Makatova, will visit Loyola University New Orleans to speak about the arts impact in the country of Kazakhstan in a talk, “Kazakhstan: Music and Culture.”

The free event, hosted by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, takes place Friday, Nov. 13 at 12 p.m., in Studio A, located on the fourth floor of the Communications/Music Complex. A free lunch will be served.

In the lecture, Makatova will take participants beyond the stereotypes portrayed in the movie “Borat” to discover the world’s ninth largest country. Famed for its ancient nomadic tribes and musical traditions, Kazakhstan is a uniquely vibrant Eurasian nation where its fast-growing destination, Almaty, will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its International Jazz Festival in April 2010.

Makatova is known throughout Kazakhstan as a great promoter of jazz and Kazakh culture. Born in 1966, she was raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She graduated from the College of Music in Almaty with a degree in classical piano in 1989. She also holds a degree in English and certificates in business administration and radio and journalism

In 2002, Makatova began work as volunteer and interpreter for the International Jazz Festival and was involved with arranging jazz concerts and masterclasses. In 2008, she became the festival’s project manager where her duties expanded to fund raising, musician hospitality, contracting, website management, designing and distributing marketing materials and working with media.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Holly Wallace, administrative director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, at 504-865-2450 or e-mail hwallace@monkinstitute.org

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