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We Are Jazzmen

IRC Inaugural Event

This event is open to Consortium students, who must RSVP by September 23 (see note at right). Students must bring their university and government-issued ID's, and business attire is required. Transportation from AU, Georgetown, GW, and UMD (College Park) will be arranged.  Please see below for shuttle locations and pick-up times.

*We Are Jazzmen* poster courtesy of Mosfilm


Directed by Mr. Karen Shakhnazarov, We Are Jazzmen (1983) chronicles the emergence of jazz during the 1920s in Soviet Russia. Expelled from school because he loves jazz—a "bourgeois" form of music—a student hires two street musicians to form a band and goes from one city to another trying to prove that jazz music is a revolutionary art form because it grew out of the struggle of black people in America.


Mr. Karen Shakhnazarov is one of the foremost names in the world of Russian cinema. He is an award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter—earning more than 50 international and Russian festival prizes, including nominations from the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Awards. Born in Krasnodar in southern Russia, he majored in film direction and graduated from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in 1975. He has been a director at Mosfilm Studios since 1976, production director since 1984, and Director General of Mosfilm since 1998.


Pianist Igor Bril is one of the most widely known Russian jazz musicians today. He was at the forefront of making jazz accepted and popular in the Soviet Union during the 1960s and is currently a professor and Head of the Jazz Music Department at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. His tours widely both in Russia and abroad and has received critical and popular acclaim.


Shuttle Times and Locations

Times listed below are departure times.  Please be at the pick-up location before the departure time.

American University: 5:10 p.m. at the main Shuttle Stop (behind Letts Hall, southern edge of campus)
University of Maryland (College Park): 5:00 p.m. at Stamp Student Union Building, Lot HH
Georgetown U: 5:10 p.m. in Lot 3 by the tennis courts.
George Washington U: 5:20 p.m. at 22nd and G Streets, NW.
George Mason U: 4:25 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Shuttle Stop

Return Shuttles: Return shuttles will be available at 10:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. for American University, Georgetown, and George Washington campuses. A return shuttle will be available at 11:30 p.m. for the University of Maryland (College Park) and George Mason University. 




Student RSVP

AU and Consortium undergraduate and graduate students, please RSVP to  

Please include your full name, school affiliation and undergrad/grad status.

Event Schedule, Sept. 30
Library of Congress

6:00 p.m.
Cocktails and Buffet
Great Hall

7:00 p.m.
We Are Jazzmen
and discussion with Mr. Karen Shakhnazarov
Coolidge Auditorium

9:30 p.m.
Russian coffee and desserts

10:00 p.m.
Live performance by Igor Bril
Members Room