that the business is seeing positive momentum--a little more openness to experimentation, slightly higher initial orders--I can report that literally every conversation I had with a licensing executive at Kazachok
began with a statement similar to that of consultant Rob Watson, invoking both the current reality and tentative optimism: "No one's making a decision unless they're forced into it.
Kopelent himself said of the piece that "it is influenced by my then rather ironic relationship to the concerto form (the constantly returning 'court' flourish in the oboe part is always associated with a gesture inviting a certain player to play, and later the conductor himself--hence the subtitle, 'concerto galante'), the period when it was written (in the second 'cadence' we hear the Russian 'kazachok
', symbolising the forces occupying the country), and a longing for colourfulness of sound (prepared piano, multiple sounds on the solo instrument, children's sounding toys in the conclusion, and SO on.)."
While no one we spoke to at the pan-European Kazachok Licensing Forum in Paris last month thought business would recover this year, most believed the worst of the declines to be behind them.
From a property standpoint, Kazachok is heavily entertainment and publishing-centric, though we met with manufacturers from across a wide array of product categories as well as licensors and agents, and the outlook was consistent--and upbeat.
Licensing Forum, November 20, Marriott Hotel, Milano, Italy.
In addition, Thales Alenia Space in Italy implements a deep technical partnership with Lavochkin (RUS) with European contributions for the development Descent Module (DM) Kazachok
. OHB is in charge to develop the Carrier Module (CM) as well as some ALD subsystems (SPDS Mechanisms, Structure and Harness).