on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in English Jazzkaar News

The largest jazz festival in the Baltic States Jazzkaar invites to its 25th birthday in April. Festival’s program is now public, tickets are on sale. Festival will be opened by the first ever performance of composer Ülo Krigul’s piece called „Flight no JK025“ and will be concluded with the main performer Pat Metheny Unity Group

From April 18th to 27th it is possible to enjoy the best jazz in the world and several special concerts put together specially for the jubilee. Festival will be opened by the first ever performance of composer Ülo Krigul’s piece called „Flight no JK025“; at gala concert „Young Estonian Jazz“ there will be the best young jazz musicians; duo Eplik-Randalu will present their new program; there will also be some exciting children’s concerts. Sõprus cinema will present an intriguing program of music films. In April jazz will move into city space with photo exhibitions and surprising pop-up concerts. Unique and rich program has made Jazzkaar one of the most expected jazz festivals in the Baltic States.

During its quarter-of-a-century existence Jazzkaar has been visited by 267 000 music lovers and 851 bands with 4277 musicians from 64 countries. The audience has enjoyed the concerts of such performers as Jan Garbarek, Charles Lloyd, Richard Bona and New York Voices more than once. During the years generations of both listeners and musicians have changed – for example bass player Taavo Remmel performed at the very first festival – this time he will do so again but so will his sons Joel and Heikko. 

The jubilee-festival will fulfil the dreams of many music friends. Jazzkaar will present two musicians from the absolute top of jazz music today – guitarist Pat Metheny with his Unity Group and singer Cassandra Wilson who are altogether owners of 22 Grammy awards. Next to these highlights from the US the festival will also feature young stars from Europe – Norwegian sax player Marius Neset, French singer-guitarist Nina Attal, Portico Quartet from London and others. For those who prefer world music there are the charismatic Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Spanish quartet Las Migas, Columbian magic-man on harp Edmar Castaneda. At Ergo Jazz Session the night will become alive with The Hi-Fly Orchestra from Germany. And naturally there’s blues that was the main focus of the first ever festival in 1990. Evenings will end at Theatre NO99 Jazz Club where one can hear both young and already established stars.

For the third year the home of the festival will be Marina Pavilion at the Port of Tallinn grounds with the help of Prike, Port of Tallinn ja RGB Baltic.

Jazzkaar 25 – more special than ever – awaits musicians and listeners, partners and sponsors, foreign visitors and journalists, children and parents – everybody who want to be a part of Jazzkaar’s big birthday party.

The gold sponsor of Jazzkaar is Danske Bank, main sponsors are KAFO, ERGO and Eesti Päevaleht. Festival is supported by Ministry of Culture, Estonian Cultural Endowment and City of Tallinn. Yearly sponsors are the official accommodation partner My City Hotel, United Motors, Tallink, Aktaprint and partners of Marina Pavilion are Prike, Port of Tallinn, RGB Baltic and Reval Cafe. Festival is also sponsored by Eesti Loots, Kodupaber and Vendomar. The concerts of foreign artists are supported by embassies of the US, Spain, Austria, Danish Culture Institute, Goethe Institute, British Council and French Culture Institute and many cities. Performance of „Flight no JK025“ will take place in cooperation with Seaplane Harbor. Jazzkaar thanks all its partners!

Tickets are on sale at Piletilevi retailers and on-line www.piletilevi.ee, Tickets to Pat Metheny Unity Group and Cassandra Wilson are also available at Ticketpro retailers and in-line www.ticketpro.ee

More info at www.jazzkaar.ee