Polish, German and Italian artists will perform at the Art of Riga Jazz concert series in October

The quartet of Polish singer Judyta Pisarczyk and Latvian keyboardist Atis Anderson, German keyboardist and experimenter Ralf Schmid, and Italian XY Quartet will perform at the improvisation and jazz music concert series Art of Riga Jazz on October 16, 23 and 31 in Latvian Radio Studio 1.

Judyta Pisarczyk is a modern jazz vocalist who performs both her own compositions and interpretations of jazz standards. She also participates in various vocal competitions and is the laureate of international jazz performers competition Riga Jazz Stage 2019. On October 16, she will perform together with another laureate of Riga Jazz Stage 2019 – Latvian keyboardist Atis Andersons, who is both a pianist and a Hammond organ player. Both will be joined by Polish bassist Mateusz Szewczyk and Latvian drummer Andris Buikis, who is also the laureate of Riga Jazz Stage.

A particularly unusual concert awaits Riga music connoisseurs on October 23, when German keyboardist and experimenter Ralf Schmid will perform in the Latvian Radio Studio 1. A musician who plays two Steinway & Sons grand pianos with the help of special electronic devices, controlling them with sensor movements of the hands drawn in the gloves... It is technically complex and exciting concert project Pyanook. The Belgian music magazine Crescendo Magazine has called it “the leading piano music of the 21st century”.

XY Quartet is one of the most recognized bands on the Italian new jazz scene. Four released albums and countless concerts both at home and abroad have made it possible to succeed in international jazz circles, and the Italian music magazine “Musica Jazz” has named the quartet “one of the best Italian bands”. Founded ten years ago, the band includes saxophonist Nicola Fazzini, bassist Alessandro Fedrigo, vibraphone player Saverio Tasca and drummer Luca Colussi. XY Quartet creates original, exciting and innovative music which will be heard in Riga on October 31.

Tickets can be purchased here (https://www.bilesuserviss.lv/eng/tickets/muzika/dzezs-un-bluzs/art-of-riga-jazz-71913/). Taking into account the limited allowed number of concert goers, a paid live broadcast on the Rīgas Ritmi Festival Facebook profile is also planned.

Both Ralf Schmid and the participants of XY Quartet will also provide free master classes in the Latvian Radio Studio 1, which will take place on the concert day at 11.00 and 14.00, respectively. Anyone interested is invited by applying in advance by e-mail workshop@rigasritmi.lv.

Art of Riga Jazz is a special series of improvisation and jazz music concerts and master classes for musically enthusiastic listeners who appreciate high-quality artistic performance and feel the desire for ever new nuances of sound.