International Jazz Artists Contest “Riga Jazz Stage 2017” will take place from April 6th till April 8th, in Riga, Latvia. Young, talented jazz artists from all around the world will compete in two categories – Jazz Vocal and Jazz Guitar.

This year more than 50 young jazz artists from 19 countries have applied to the contest! Young jazz artists, vocalists and guitar players, from Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and USA will compete in “Jazz Vocal” and “Jazz Guitar” categories. Contests’ Artistic Director Māris Briežkalns says that the skill set of the contest applicants has highly increased during the last few years.

See this year’s contestants HERE!

Contestant performances will be judged by respected music professionals – a judging panel – represented by members from USA, China, Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Estonia and the United Kingdom. Mr Briežkalns also highlights this year’s artist in residence – legendary jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, who will also perform together with the Latvian Radio Big Band in a special project.

Maestro Raimonds Pauls has stated that “We can be proud of jazz movement boom in Latvia.” He also complimented the growth and accomplishments of the Latvian Radio Big Band. “Wishing everyone a marvellous mood, as it will be fascinating to listen to the new achievers,” – added Maestro. He will also give away his own special prize of 1000 EUR to one of the contestants. Who will it be? We will know on April 8, during the Award Ceremony of Riga Jazz Stage 2017.

Everyone interested in live performances of these young jazz artist will have a possibility to enjoy contest concerts in the legendary Splendid Palace three days in-a-row:

April 6, at 19:00 – Live-Performance of all contestants.

April 7, at 19:00 – Contest Final, where only best of the best contestants will contend.

April 8, at 19:00 – Gala Concert and Award Ceremony – many bright performances of the special guests. Premiere of a unique project with famous American jazz artist Kurt Rosenwinkel and Latvian Radio Big Band. As well as the prior year’s Grand Prix winner, in the category of Jazz Trombone – Robinson Khoury (France) in a duet with guitarist Michael Valeanu (France).

Everyone are also invited to attend the Jam Sessions, which will take part in jazz club “Trompete” every night of the contest.

International jazz artists contest was founded in 2004, and is a unique music event in Latvia both for the genre, and the quality level. Ever since the beginning, many jazz talents-to-be has performed on the stage in Riga. Nowadays many of ex-contestants like Intars Busulis, Ieva Kerēvica, Daumants Kalniņš and Kristīne Prauliņa has acclaimed public recognition and became well-known artists.

Riga Jazz Stage main aim of the contest is to give an opportunity for young musicians to show their talents on an international level.

Each year contest gets more ambitious and draws more and more local and foreign media and stakeholder attention. It is equally important for us to highlight both cultural and educational role of the contest, as it is not only a contest of young jazz artists but a concert and a great opportunity for young musicians to gain experience, train and develop new contacts in the jazz world.

TICKETS are available at all Biļešu Paradīze ticket offices and the Internet!


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