From 7th to 9th April international jazz artist contest „Riga Jazz Stage” is going to be held in Riga with two nominations „Jazz Vocal” and „Jazz Trombone”. This year 38 contestants from 16 countries have logged for the contest
Young artists from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom and USA have submitted their applications for this year contest.
Latvia will be represented by the largest number of contestants 12: vocalist Zviedre, Elīza Baķe, Kitija Ruža, Kristīne Liede, Kristīna Trezune, Līva Dumpe, Madara Dzintara-Pluša, Roberts Memmēns, Ronja Burve, Una Stade, Valters Gleške and trombonist Nauris Strežs. This year we have representatives also from UK, Russia, Germany, USA and Poland.
Many artists that already gained their recognition for international competitions applied for the participation in “Riga Jazz Stage”. For example, vocalist Anastasia Ryseff from USA already received awards for special vocal at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival. Trombonist Robbie Harvey from United Kingdom won Jiggs Whigham Trombone Competition and several International Trombone Associasions’ contests. Participation in the competitions is also a usual thing for the vocalist Sophie Atsbehai-Negai from Russia, who won the “Jazz Parnas” and “Ad Libitum Competition”. Burak Dursun from Turkey won the main prize at the Istanbul Culture and Arts foundation jazz competition and the Istanbul New talent competition.
The prize fund is more than 6000 euros and exclusive paid invitations to perform at jazz festivals, competitions and concerts in Latvia and other countries. Will be also divined by a very special jury prize for the best improvisation, as well as Raimonds Pauls prize.
The competition is supported by the Riga City Council, State Culture Capital Fund, Olainfarm, A&T Trade, Live Riga, Tele2, Møller Auto Lidosta, Lime gate, Prike and Radisson Blu.
Tickets for the contests’ concerts are available on the internet and “Biļešu Serviss” desks.