The traditional free concert day of Jazzkaar takes places on Sunday, April 21 and reaches both Telliskivi Creative City and Vabaduse square.
The focus of the concert day is, of course, music. Over 40 different events take place on the day. Early birds can start the day at 8AM with bird song excursion, after which a morning yoga session, art installations, swing dance workshops, record market and educational talks happen alongside 27 short concerts. As the date falls on Easter, visitors can participate in themed events. The festival invites everyone to bring along coloured eggs so everyone can participate at the fun break-an-egg competition.
Georg Ots’ Tallinn Music School has been a place to educate Estonian musicians for years. The school celebrates it’s 100th anniversary with four stages and 13 concerts around Vabaduse square. Future stars of the music world put on mini-concerts in Wabaduse cafe and Philly Joe’s Jazz Club, at the My City Hotel courtyard and in the hall of the music school.
The concert program of the free day starts off with a concert by enchanting Anna Kaneelina who recently released her debut album. The E.R. Music Department led by Mingo Rajandi invites everyone to be part of exciting musical operation where the patient on the surgical table is double bass. Cool electro-pop is delivered by Kali Briis, blues and soul is taken care by bands led by Rita Ray and Anett. Jazz standards are present with Marianne Leibur and her band.
The young are IT during the event. Duo Ruut, winner of last Noortebänd competition (Young Band competition) performs in Telliskivi, as well as joined forces of a jazzhop group PIHLAP•UUD and rapper and poet Eik. The international collaboration Kids Can shows off youngsters aged 12 to 17 years from Estonia, Portugal and Denmark. Two family bands – the Trochynskyi’s and the Aimla’s – perform at the Pelgulinna community centre.
The day ends with remembering the early days of Jazzkaar, named back then as Tallinn’s Jazz and Blues Days. The last concert is at Vaba Lava with Teele Viira & Raul Ukareda Band, featuring actor Jan Uuspõld. The evening jams on in Philly Joe’s Jazz Club.
Free concert day is supported by Eesti Autorite Ühing. The main sponsors of Jazzkaar are KAFO, Jazz Pesulad and Eesti Päevaleht; annual sponsors are My City Hotel, BMW, Tallink and Aktaprint. Bobby McFerrin’s Gimme 5concert is presented by Viru Keskus. The festival hub is set up by Prike and Telliskivi Creative City; our café partner is Reval Café and our supporters are Overall, MyFitness, Kodupaber and ERR. Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Sweden, Goethe Institute in Estonia, French Institute and Hungarian Institute have helped us bring the musicians of their countries to Estonia. We are also thankful to the Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the City of Tallinn for their support.
PROGRAM in Telliskivi Creative City and Kopli area