During four days, from June 28 till July 1, stages of the RIGA RHYTHMS (RIGAS RITMI) 2017 FESTIVAL will take such world famous jazz artists as Yamandu Costa, Sinne Eeg, Ruthie Foster, “Electro Deluxe”, Magda Giannikou, John Beasley and others.
Artistic director of the festival Māris Briežkalns confidently states that “We can call Riga the Jazz Music Capital of Baltic States.”
This year’s main stage for the festival is located at the heart of Old Riga – it’s the Riga Dome Garden. Concerts will also take place in club “Kaļķu Vārti”, Latvia’s Radio, summer garden “Egle”, club “Blue 54 Jazz”, jazz club „Trompete”, Latvian national Library as well as on the “Origo Jazz Stage” near the railway station.
Yamandu Costa will open the open-air shows on June 29 at 21:00. Mr. Briežkalns empathised that Costa is one of the most well known Brazilian artists. On June 30 the blues legend Ruthie Foster will perform for the first time in Baltics. Magda Giannikou and “Electro Deluxe” will perform in the closing show, on July 1 at 21:00 in Dome Garden.
Alongside festival shows there will also be workshops taking place where all who are interested will be able to broaden their musical knowledge and know-how. Workshops will be led by festival headliners. Workshop participants will be able to attend all shows free of charge.
RIGAS RITMI FESTIVAL is one of the most attended and loved music festivals in Latvia. The festival’s stages at different locations in Riga feature both – world-famous and award-winning, as well as young and undiscovered musical talents. Rigas Ritmi Festival is one of the main music festivals in the Baltic States, as well as is recognized in Europe and elsewhere around the world.
The first Rigas Ritm Festival took place July 2001; since then, around 500 artists from more than 20 countries have performed more than 500 concerts (including free outdoor performances) to an audience of more than 150 000 people. The festival has gained the status of a state-importance cultural event by successfully promoting Riga and Latvia around the globe.
Initially the festival took place once a year, during the first week of every July, but starting 2011, the festival has expanded to additional Winter and Spring concert session, thus providing music lovers with quality concerts all year long.
Rigas Ritmi Festival is a real musical celebration with performances of outstanding artists, including – Bobby McFerrin, Diane Reeves, “Take 6”, Richard Bona, “BBC Big Band”, Avishai Cohen, Patti Austin, Scott Hamilton, Freddy Cole, “The Yellowjackets”, Victor Wooten, Buika, Astillero, Jojo Mayer, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robert Glasper, Diane Schuur, as well as the greatest Latvian musicians, and as stated before – new talent.
The idea of an international contemporary jazz and improvisation music festival in Riga was initiated by Latvian jazz musician and producer Maris Briezkalns, who currently holds the position of the festival’s artistic director, as well as remains the driving force behind the festival today. Due to his contribution to the creative scene, Maris Briezkalns has received some of the highest state honours, including the Order of Three Stars.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased in „Biļešu Paradīze” box offices as well as online at: www.rigasritmi.lv
More about the festival: www.rigasritmi.lv