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Riga Jazz Stage

Three sparkling jazz evenings

On April 5-7, festival "Riga Jazz Stage” will gather in Riga jazz talents from Latvia and abroad. Its culmination will be the program “Tribute to Jaco”, presented by Brazilian musical sensation Michael Pipoquinha and the Latvian Radio Big Band.

This year artists will compete in the categories of „Jazz Vocal ” and „Jazz Bass”. Jazz fans will be able to enjoy life concerts of young talents at cinema „Splendid Palace”, which has already become the festival’s permanent home. The young artists will play both standard jazz and original works accompanied by „Riga Jazz Quartet”, while listeners will be able to support the contestants and enjoy jazz interpretations they have never heard before.

The performance of young talents will be evaluated by an international jury consisting of professional musicians, producers and festival organizers from the US, Brazil, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, China and Turkey.

“Riga Jazz Stage” is a significant event, which ambitious jazz musicians should take into consideration. – British jazz super star Anthony Strong.

The contest’s residing artist, talented bass guitarist Michael Pipoquinha, virtually blew up the Internet at the age of 13 with his homemade music videos. The technical mastery of this prodigy child and his natural lyrism surprised the world of music. His style, penetrated by Brazil’s electrified heritage, combine extremely high skills of slep technique, wild grooves, complicated melodies and understanding of harmony. His performance has already amazed listeners across Europe and South America.

“Sensational Brazilian bass guitarist.” – The Standard Bank Jazz Festival

He gave a brilliant concert at “Rīgas Ritmi 2016” and as a special guest played with James Morrison and Latvian Radio Big Band. At that time, the idea to continue cooperation with Michael was born. The new project is dedicated to one of the all-time best bass guitarists, Jaco Pastorius. This year we will celebrate 50 years since this legendary bass guitarist and bass sound innovator, inspirer of several generations of musicians turned to jazz and recorded his famous “The Chicken” version.

Holders of Riga resident’s cards get a 15% discount on concert tickets!

„Riga Jazz Stage” is a prestigious jazz event in Europe, recognized worldwide. Since its beginning in 2004, more than 200 young jazz talents from 31 countries participated in the festival. The winners of the contest also included Latvian artists: Intars Busulis, Kristīne Prauliņa, Daumants Kalniņš, Matīss Čudars, Kristaps Vanadziņš, Andris Buiķis, Matīss Čudars and many others.

More information: rigajazz.lv

Jazz talents meet in Riga!

Tickets with discount of Riga resident card are aviable in the ticket office of “Biļešu serviss ” in Riga Congress hall (kr.Valemāra str. 5).

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