Festival “Rīgas Ritmi”
Festival “Rīgas Ritmi”
This summer’s jazz event No. 1!
On June 7-29, festival “Rīgas Ritmi” will offer music fans a magnificent and rich program. The festival’s participants will include Grammy winner Richard Bona, Cuban virtuoso pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, contrabass phenomenon from Israel Adam Ben Ezra, Scandinavian star Beady Belle, surprising multi-instrumentalist Gregory Boyd, elegant Shenel Johns, folk-prog-jazzers group Hejira from London, the Latvian Radio Big Band and many others.
During the festival’s opening concert, which will start at 19:00 on June 7 in the House of Congresses, the modern jazz legend Richard Bona and the Latvian Radio Band will be on the same scene for the first time. In their “African Tales” program, we will hear Richard Bona’s works arranged by famous Vince Mendoza. Percussionist Francois Archanjo will be a special guest.
“Imagine an artist combining the virtuosity of Jaco Pastorius, flowing vocal of George Benson, Juan Gilberto’s feeling of song and harmony, all mixed together with African culture. This is Richard Bona.” – Los Angeles Times
On June 28, at 19:00, the contrabass virtuoso Adam Ben Ezra will play in the House of Congresses. He travelled over the world, playing in many international festivals, and played on one scene together with the world’s celebrities, such as Pat Metheny, Victor Wooten and Richard Bona.
“Dazzling virtuosity and breath taking performance.” - Jazz FM
Shenel Johns, a rising star of American jazz, and the Latvian Radio Big Band will continue the double concert with their program dedicated to George Gershwin’s 120th anniversary.
“One of the most gifted young jazz artists.” - Georgina Javor, Jazz at Lincoln Center
On June 29, at 19:00, the phenomenal pianist Alfredo Rodriguez will play in the House of Congresses. He is an excellent incarnation of jazz and unlimited improvisation, with surprising virtuosity and imagination.
"Alfredo is very special, which I do not say often, because I was surrounded by the world’s best musicians almost all my life. He is undoubtedly one of the best young pianists I have ever seen before. The wonderful capabilities that he already has now make his potential unlimited." - Quincy Jones
In continuation of the concert, you will enjoy the performance of fascinating Norwegian jazz singer Beady Belle. Each concert she gives is a special event where amazing music – melodic, groovy, powerful and dynamic – sounds.
“Beady Belle creates delicious, exquisite and elegant nu-jazz.” - D Express, London
Holders of Riga resident’s cards get a 15% discount on concert tickets!
It will be possible to enjoy the performances of the festivals also on other stages across Riga, including “Origo Summer Stage”, „Egle” recreation park, jazz club „Trompete”, VEF Culture Palace, Ziedonis hall of the Latvian National Library. The festival will also offer master classes, showcase and jam sessions along with the concerts, as usually.
„Rīgas Ritmi” has deservedly gained the reputation of an excellent festival and keeps on conquering the hearts of jazz fans, becoming a destination of their summer trips in Europe.
Feel the rhythm!
Tickets with discount of Riga resident card are aviable in the ticket office of “Biļešu serviss ” in Riga Congress hall (kr.Valemāra str. 5).
More information: www.rigasritmi.lv