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Justin Kauflin will perform at festival “Rigas Ritmi 2016”

Justin Kauflin, 25, was raised in Virginia Beach and is building a strong career as a New York City based jazz pianist. He grew serious about jazz piano after he lost his sight at age 11. Now he's a semifinalist in an important international jazz piano competition taking place Sept. 11 in DC. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot)

On 2 July, at 19:00, legendary producer Quincy Jone`s protégé and very talented blind jazz pianist Justin Kauflin will perform at festival “Rigas Ritmi 2016” (Rhythms of Riga 2016).

Justin`s talent was cultivated since childhood – he was trained in classical violin and piano play. From the age of 6 he began to perform at concerts, weddings and retirement homes. Justin completely lost his sight at the age of 11, but it did not stop him from playing music. He learned Braille and switched to jazz piano at the Governor’s School for Performing Arts. By the age of 15 he received top honors in jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing jazz professionally.

From 2011, Justin and his Jae Sinnett trio headlined regularly at the jazz club in Virginia, Havana Nights, where he also served as House Pianist. During this time, he performed with his trio across the country.  He won the VSA International Young Soloist Award, was selected as semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2011 and was signed by legendary producer and music icon, Quincy Jones, for management.

In 2013 and 2014 he performed in Quincy Jones world tour as one of Quincy Jones management represented artists. In collaboration with Quincy, Justin created his latest music album “Dedication” (2015).

A special place in Justin`s professional development holds now-deceased trumpeter, jazz legend Clark Terry. Relationship between young musician and his mentor has been immortalized in documentary “Keep on keepin` on”.

“I think he is one of the most talented pianists who has ever lived on this earth,” said the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry.

Tickets for “Rigas Ritmi 2016” concerts are available here: www.bilesuparadize.lv

2. jūlijā, plkst. 19:00, festivāla “Rīgas Ritmi 2016” noslēguma koncertā uzstāsies neredzīgais džeza pianists, leģendārā producenta Kvinsija Džonsa protežē Džastins Kaflins.

Džastina talants tika kopts jau kopš bērnības – viņš tika apmācīts klasiskajā vijoles un klavieru spēlē. No 6 gadu vecuma viņš sāka uzstāties koncertos, pansionātos un kāzās. Redzi Džastins pilnībā pazaudēja 11 gadu vecumā, taču tas viņu neapturēja. Viņš iemācījās Braila rakstu un pārgāja uz džeza kvalierspēli Virdžīnijas Gubernatora izpildītājmākslas skolā. Saņēmis vairāku džeza festivālu apbalvojumus, viņš profesionāli sāka izpildīt džezu 15 gadu vecumā.

2011.g. Kaflins ar savu Jae Sinnett trio kļuva par galvenajiem māksliniekiem Virdžīnijas džeza klubā “Havana Nights”, kur viņš bija arī pianists; šajā laikā viņš ar savu trio koncertēja pa valsti. Viņš ieguva Ziemeļamerikas Vjetnamiešu organizāciju balvu kā labākais jaunais internacionālais solists, iekļuva Thelonium Monk džeza konkursa pusfinālā un parakstīja līgumu ar leģendāro producentu un mūzikas ikonu Kvinsiju Džonsu.

2013. un 2014. gadā viņš piedalījies Kvinsija Džounsa (Quincy Jones) pasaules koncerttūrē kā viens noQuincy Jones managementpārstāvētajiem māksliniekiem. Sadarbībā ar Džounsu tapis arī mūziķa jaunākais albums “Dedication” (2015).

Īpašu vietu mūziķa profesionālajā izaugsmē ieņēmis nu jau aizsaulē aizgājušais trompetists, džeza leģenda Klārks Terijs. Jaunā mūziķa un viņa mentora attiecības iemūžinātas vairākkārt apbalvotajā dokumentālajā filmā “Keep on keepin’ on”.

“Manuprāt, viņš ir viens no talantīgākajiem pianistiem, kāds jebkad ir dzīvojis uz šīs zemes,” teicis leģendārais trompetists Klārks Terijs.

 

Biļetes uz Rīgas Ritmu koncertiem pieejamas Biļešu Paradīzes kasēs un internetā: www.bilesuparadize.lv

 

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