Jazz improvisation was a time to reflect on the experience and connections gained during these few days. Top Orchestra brought into the entertainment of the evening wild dances of unity symbolizing whole Jewish community under one roof.
Leonid Ptashka, world famous jazz pianist from Israel and one of “100 distinguished musicians of 20th century” started evening performance. He was in the program alone to perform, although he decided to make improvisation with Odessa musicians: drummer, bass and guitarist with 10 years of playing experience each. No doubt they did play professionally. Of course there were mimic and motion signs to coordinate the harmony from Leonid, indeed performance was harmonious and balanced. As well as in the opening ceremony Ptashka and his improvising band made a new deep cultural impact into the extremely intensive content of Limmud conference. This was a time to reflect on the experience and connections gained during these few days.
Ptashka and Odessa jazz musicians were followed by “TopOrchestra”. They describe themselves as spontaneous Gypsy-punk-panic-band. I must add that the vocal is above praise. People were dancing on the stage where the band performed: world dances, slow dances, Jewish, Odessa, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, and even step dances! People were so united, that there were couples of unacquainted people of different age, people were dancing in huge circle. As it is hard to describe the spirit which could be felt there, in few words Top Orchestra brought into the entertainment of the evening wild dances of unity.
Afterwards a DJ set was organized for guests who prefer disco. At the same time there were unofficial seminars being held in conference hall in the middle of the night. Some Limmud speakers had such a magnificent success, that listeners asked for extra sessions. In this way evening was fruitful for any kind of adventures and preferences.