Rigas Ritmi Festival

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Rigas Ritmi

Dates of next edition: 
From: 04/07/2024
To: 06/07/2024
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Artistic Director: 
Maris Briezkalns

Rigas Ritmi is the most popular improvisation, jazz and global music festival in Latvia. During the first week of July, the festival's stages are located in different parts of Riga and feature concerts by world-renowned artists and young talent.

23rd International Festival of Improvisation, Jazz and Global Music Rīgas Ritmi took place from July 5 to 8, when the Latvian Maestro Raimonds Paul's Trio with chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga, Cuban jazz star Yilian Cañizares, French bluesman Charles Pasi, Danish flamenco guitar master Jacob Gurevitsch, British jazz singer Louise Balkwill and other artists performed.

The main concerts of the festival took place in the Riga Cathedral Garden, but visitors to the festival were also welcomed at the Noass Art Center on the AB Dam, where Jersika Stage operated, and official jam sessions of the festival took place in the Riga Jazz Lounge at the hotel Radisson Blu Latvija.

700 artists from around the world have performed at the Rigas Ritmi Festival, and it has already attracted 200,000 people, thus gaining the status of a national cultural event. Formerly held once a year in the first week of July each year, the festival has expanded to include the Art of Riga Jazz series.

Rigas Ritmi is a music festival in the very center of the Baltics that has already featured special artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Diane Reeves, Take 6, Richard Bona, BBC Big Band, Patti Austin, Freddy Cole, The Yellowjackets, Victor Wooten, Buika, Jojo Mayer, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robert Glasper, Diane Schuur, Adam Ben Ezra, Jon Cleary, Jamison Ross, Judith Hill, Paloma Pradal, Jonah Nilsson, Billy Cobham, Ayom, Clark Beckham as well as top Latvian musicians and young talent from around the world.

The idea of ​​an international contemporary jazz and improvisation music festival in Riga was born in 2001 and was inspired by the legendary Latvian jazz musician and producer Maris Briezkalns, who is still the artistic director of the festival. One of the main goals of the festival is to educate the audience as well as young musicians, so the concerts are accompanied by jam sessions and master classes. In these world-renowned musicians share their knowledge and experience with emerging talent, which is perhaps a turning point for many young musicians.

The next Rigas Ritmi Festival will take place in 2024 from July 4 to 6.