10. veebruar 2011

From 20 to 30 April, the city of Tallinn and the rest of Estonia will once again be taken over by the biggest jazz festival in Estonia, Jazzkaar 2011!


For the 22nd time, the Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar will bring music from all over the world to Tallinn. There will be more than 30 exciting concerts in 11 days all around Estonia, with performers from Europe, America, Australia, Africa and Asia. Jazzkaar is the dream come true for many musicians, organizers and listeners, and this time it also adds to the colourful music programme of the Tallinn 2011 European Capital of Culture. Thanks to the Urban Project, the sounds will reach listeners not only inside concert halls but also in the city space. Young musicians form Scotland, Norway and Estonia will lighten up the streets, parks and squares with their energy boosting performances.

Jazzkaar 2011 will open with the Norwegian guest festival Punkt (artistic directors, producers and remix-format authors Jan Bang and Erik Honoré). The two-day Punkt Tallinn event, which is a part of the Tallinn 2011 Capital of Culture programmme, takes place in the two halls of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads’ building and features such distinguished Estonian and Norwegian musicians like Sidsel Endresen, Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen, Weekend Guitar Trio, mixed choir Noorus performing music by Veljo Tormis, ensemble U: and, naturally, the composers-remixers Jan Bang and Erik Honoré. On Good Friday, you are welcome to enjoy the concert by the world-renowned composer, tabla player and DJ Talvin Singh together with the sitar player Niladri Kumar, and a one-man vocal band Michael Schiefel. On the following Saturday, Jazzkaar will invite everybody to a musical stroll along the cosy museums of Kadriorg where the performances by Joel Remmel, Siim Aimla, Mari Pokinen and others can be enjoyed all day long. On Easter Sunday, Rebecca Kontus will sing hymns at Oleviste church.

The new week takes the festival back to the city centre where the following concerts will take place from Monday to Thursday at the Russian Cultural Centre:
On Monday, April 25th Hedvig Hanson with her fresh spring programme;
On Tuesday, April 26th a concert by all of the four Elion Jazz Awards winners to date – Raivo Tafenau-Siim Aimla quintet, and Kristjan Randalu, Mihkel Mälgand, Jaak Sooäär and Tanel Ruben who will perform in the quintet of one of the most interesting and prestigious saxophone players and jazz tutors, David Liebman – this setup is a part of the jazz residency project, conducted in collaboration with the Tallinn 2011 Foundation and the Estonian Jazz Society. The Estonian Jazz Awards will be presented at this concert;
On Wednesday, April 27th a concert of the European Jazz Orchestra;
On Thursday, April 28th a concert with two very distinct and special jazz singers – Anna Buturlina from Moscow and the trumpet player and singer Neilsen Gough from Australia.

The gold sponsor of Jazzkaar is Estonia’s largest telecommunications company Elion, which also sponsors the Jazz award to a distinguished jazz musician (in the amount of 3,200 EUR), to a young talent and to a jazz promoter.

On 28 April, we welcome the beloved vocalist-composer-visionary Bobby McFerrin (USA), who will give two master classes for conductors and singers in the Estonian Music Academy and On 29 April, McFerrin will fill the Nokia Concert Hall with his voice. Be ready for many surprises! The festival’s “dream concert“ will be organized in cooperation with the Tallinn 2011 European Capital of Culture.

On Saturday, 30 April, the Nokia Concert Hall welcomes you to listen to the young and talented Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde) and the bassist and singer from Cameroon, Richard Bona, who won’t allow us to forget the African rhythms and the sound of the Duala language. The weekend of Jazzkaar invites you also to two club nights at Rock Cafe – on 28 April to dance to the spicy rhythms of Omar Puente Group (Cuba-UK) and the Hamleto Stamato Samba Quartet (Brazil), and on 29 April to enjoy the funky and hip-hop artists Milk & Jade by Dana Leong (USA), and Funky P Society feat. Isaac Roosevelt (Luxemburg-USA). The 11-day-long festival will end with a big party at Von Krahl Theatre on 30 April.

As this year, Tallinn is the European Capital of Culture, Jazzkaar and the Tallinn 2011 Foundation will bring jazz music to the streets – during the whole festival, you will see street performances by the Scottish quartet Brass Jaw and local musicians-poets-artists accompanied by the Norwegian drummer Jakop Janssonn and the Estonian sax player Siim Aimla who will take you by surprise to the most unexpected places. Other interesting events include an exhibition of jazz posters, workshops, already a traditional JazzPainting concert and much more. Voluntary reporters and photographers do their best to capture the festival, and a number of concerts will be broadcast locally by the Estonian Public Broadcasting.

The Festival Jazzkaar biggest sponsors include the Gold Sponsor Elion, the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the City of Tallinn, Eesti Päevaleht, ERGO, Sokos Hotel Viru, Aktaprint, Estonian Air, Tallink and Info-Auto. Equally important is the support from the Ministry of Culture, foreign institutions and local partners.

Tickets to the festival are sold in Piletilevi sales points and over the Internet at www.piletilevi.ee. Tickets to the concerts that take place in Nokia Concert Hall are sold also in Ticketpro sales points (www.ticketpro.ee). Elion costumers can obtain the tickets with 10% discount. Jazzkaar ticket info: 666 0030 or piletid@jazzkaar.ee.

See you in April!