«Now I’d like to cast a glance back at the last festival without prejudice. What could be the reason that brought jazz soloists to this contest? In folk tales a similar motive is the struggle for the hand and heart of a beautiful Princess. It is the love, and the love which is driven by courage. Only one who loves can perform a feat, only for his beloved one can set out for fight with the unknown. One who loves is led by spontaneity. One who loves has the right to be open. One who loves easily fantasizes and sees vivid dreams. Any jazz soloist should not simply be able to play a theme, but also to fulfill an improvisation on it. Jazz, being the art of spontaneous improvisations, creates an internal openness and affection. And among the musicians, maybe only those can perform real jazz who are able to love brightly and boldly. To me, as a psychoanalyst, jazz is interesting on the principle that unites it with psychoanalysis. It is like the method of «free associations» and the ability of the individuals to talk about themselves without leading and specific questions. The ability of the individuals to fantasizing, to dreaming activity, defines the high level of their development. For a therapist it is also important to be capable of free interpretations. It is a valuable skill to be in empathy. Perform the melody in unison with the client and the present moment of my and his life. The better you know yourself, the easier it is to understand and accept the other. The study of myself led me to drawing portraits and painting not with my leading right, but with my left hand. The presented portraits were painted at a concert, and often just at the moment of a soloist’s melodious impromptu. The left hand activates the right-brain and the intuitive knowledge. My vision of a man becomes clearer to me after I’ve drawn his portrait. I find it easier to tune into his wave and agree my emotions with him. Also the drawing at a concert strengthened the feeling of music and complemented my knowledge about the soloists. Jazz can be considered as psychoanalysis in music. Same may be said true that psychoanalysis is a jazz in psychotherapy".
Svetlana Grigorieva, Odessa, 2013