Riga Jazz Stage

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Riga Jazz Stage

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Artistic Director: 
Māris Briežkalns

The annual spring jazz celebration will be held April 2 - 4 at the Splendid Palace cinema in Riga. The Riga Jazz Stage Competition with all new talent will take place on April 2, and the Final with the jury nominated on April 3. The award ceremony and concert by guest - celebrated American singer and drummer Jamison Ross - will take place on April 4.

In the vocal category, 14 vocalists and 13 drummers will compete this year for victory in both the competition and the audience vote. As it is usual for the organizing country, most participants are from Latvia - vocalists Karīna Laugale and Katrīna Kabiņecka and drummers Kristaps Janis Sokolovs, Mareks Logins, Pauls Pokratnieks, Sanijs Bondars and Sigvards Dižais.

The neighboring country Lithuania will be represented by singer Žemyna Krukonyte and drummer Azuolas Paulauskas. Drummer Mikhail Nikitin from Estonia and singer Akulina Andreyeva from Belarus will also participate in the competition. Four contestants will represent Italy - vocalists Sara Simionato and Valentina Fin, while the character of the Italian drum school will be presented by Cristian Tiozzo Caenazzo Anzolin and Giovanni Paolo Liguori. Turkey will be represented by singer Cagla Karaali and percussionist Mehmet Ali Simaili. Also in the vocal category will participate Alina Zalozna from Ukraine, Aleksandra Smerechanska from Poland, Amanda Becker from Germany, Eva Halcinova from Slovakia, Louise Balkwill from the UK and Emma Hedrick from the USA. The only male representative in the vocal competition will be Matevž Vidic from Slovenia. Finland will be represented by drummer Jonatan Sarikoski, Denmark by Matias Fischer-Mogensen and Belgium by Yannick Ballmann.

Contestants will be judged by an international jury - artistic director of the competition Māris Briežkalns, artistic director of Nõmme Jazz Festival Toivo Unts (Estonia), director of Kaunas Jazz Festival Jonas Jučas (Lithuania), artistic director of Venice Jazz Festival Giuseppe Mormile (Italy), concert coordinator at London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club Paul Pace (UK), director of booking agency Just Jazz International Catherine Mayer (Germany) and artistic director of Istanbul's Nardis Jazz Club Önder Focan (Turkey). The jury's honorary representative will be Latvian music icon Raimonds Pauls, who will present his special prize, which this time will be a new hit recording at Latvian Radio 1 studio, with Raimonds Pauls as co-producer. The competition prize fund includes cash prizes and invitations to perform at jazz festivals and music clubs around the world. 

International jazz artists contest was founded in 2004 and it is the only jazz genre contest in Latvia that has attained such a recognition gathering young and undiscovered jazz talents from all over the World. Contest is organized by foundation "Contemporary Music Ccentre". The aim of Riga Jazz Stage is to give chance for young jazz artists to perform on international stage together with musicians from different countries and each year contest draws more and more attention from local and foreign media. Contest equally focus on both the cultural and the educational aspect - it combines concert and contest experience together with opportunity for young musicians to gain experience, educate and build new contacts.

Tickets for Riga Jazz Stage 2020 can be purchased online at www.bilesuserviss.lv.