Nõmme Jazz organizes the Seventh Young Artists Competition

14. mai 2007

7th Nõmme Jazz International Young Artists Competition is held on May 18th and 19th. The contestants compete in two categories: vocalists and saxophonists.

Nõmme Jazz Young Artists Competition is opened to vocalists and saxophonists between the age of 18 and 35. The participating young musicians of this year’s competition are from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Turkey, and for the first time from Sweden and Denmark.

The VII Young Jazz Artists Competiton is a ‘platform’ for young jazz artists to develop their professional career. Different from other competitions Nõmme Jazz doesn’t award monetary prizes: the prizes are performance engagements with professional musicians at different, renowned, jazz festivals in Estonia and abroad.

At the final competition the participants are judged by an international jury, Estonian jury members are joined by jazz festival promoters from Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey.

The VII Young Jazz Artists Competition semi-final and final are held on the 18th and 19th of May as public concerts at Nõmme Cultural Centre and tickets are available at the venue before the concerts.

For Estonian participants the preliminary rounds were conducted in cooperation with Tallinn Georg Ots Music School. According to the musical and artistic level the chosen final contestants are saxophonists Aleksander Paal from Narva Music School; Kristjan Mazurtšak from the Estonian Theatre and Music Academy Jazz Department; vocalists Reelika Ranik and Jana Abzalon from Georg Ots Music School; Kadri Voorand from the Estonian Theatre and Music Academy Jazz Department student, who participated the contest last year.

The competitors are accompanied by a jazz quartet conducted by the Estonian saxophonist Siim Aimla; pianist Tuomas Kauppi (Finland); bassist Tero Tuovinen (Finland); and Estonian Eno Kollom on drums.

In addition to the young musicians semi-final concert, last year’s winner of the vocalists competition, Susana Raya from Spain, with an international accompanying band: Giuseppe Continenza (guitar, Italy), Maris Briezkalns (drums, Latvia), and from Estonia Toivo Unt (bass) and Siim Aimla (saxophone). Susana Raya is gaining a reputation as one of the best Spanish jazz singers of her generation. After her competition victory she has been warmly received as a gifted artist at the Pori Jazz (Finland) and Kaunas Jazz (Lithuania) festivals.

May 18th 2007, 5 pm: Semi-final
May 19th 2007, 4 pm: Final
May 19th 2007, 8 pm: Susana Raya (Spain) concert
Venue: Nõmme Cultural Centre (Turu plats 2)

May 18th and 19th, 10pm: Jamsession
Venue: Hiiu Pub (Pärnu mnt. 325)

50 EEK to Competition and Jamsession
100 EEK/ 60 EEK to Susana Raya concert

Nõmme Jazz
Mari Kolle
English translation Janusz Peters