23rd Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar 2012- 20-29 April
Jazzkaar Festivals | Festivals & Clubs news | 2012-03-17
23rd Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar 2012 moves to the seashore!
The sun rising higher and the days growing longer are always sure signs that the time of Estonia’s biggest jazz party, Jazzkaar, is drawing ever nearer. Running from 20-29 April, this year’s Jazzkaar has a brand new home by the sea – the custom built Marina Pavilion on the Tallinn Harbour grounds. The elegant 1170 m2 pavilion, accommodating 1000 listeners, and its surroundings – the cosy cafes, exhibitions, recreational areas – make for a groovy festival environment, a great place to enjoy the combination of cool music and seaside vibes.
The headliners of Jazzkaar 2012 are the Jan Garbarek Group feat. Trilok Gurtu (Norway-India), Lizz Wright (USA), The Brand New Heavies (UK) and Amadou & Mariam (Mali). Besides the capital city, Tallinn, the festival will visit sixteen other towns in Estonia. The opening concert of Jazzkaar 2012 will feature the world music group Amadou & Mariam, who are currently touring their new album in Europe. The superstars of the band, two blind Mali-born musicians have sung themselves into the hearts of hundreds of thousands of listeners all over the world.
The first weekend of Jazzkaar 2012 will focus on young performers and the younger listeners – the smallest music-lovers included. Our foreign partners, the nomadic jazz festival 12 Points will present three emerging European jazz bands: Kaja Draksler Acropolis Quintet (Slovenia), Elifantree (Finland-Sweden) and MeTal-O-PhoNe (France). The musically minded kids will receive a fabulous gift from the lovely Danish band Djanzz, who will take the children and their parents on a fantasy trip. On Sunday, 22 April, Jazzkaar will make a tour of one of Tallinn’s most idiosyncratic and colourful districts, Kalamaja, where there are many intriguing places to discover and explore – free of charge! And the Marina Pavilion will also host a free concert by the new and unique Folk Orchestra.