Rigas Ritmi Festival

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Rigas Ritmi Festival

Dates of next edition: 
From: 03/07/2024
To: 06/07/2024
Doma square 8,
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.

24th International Festival of Improvisation, Jazz and Global Music Rīgas Ritmi 2024 will take place from July 3 to 6, when Italian bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura, the young Cuban star Jorge Luis Pacheco, American soul jazz artist Jose James and other Latvian and foreign artists will perform.

The main concert venue will be Riga Cathedral Garden, where the main concerts of the festival will take place on July 4 and 5. The other concerts of the festival will take place in the Riga Jazz Lounge at Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel and Fenikss Jazz Lounge at Aston Hotel Riga, while the Latvian Radio Studio 1 will host workshops by festival artists.

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.