Jazz music festival Jazzkaar is safely opening the music festivals' spring season. At the main festival taking place from April 16 to 23, various singers and instrumentalists can be heard and for the first time ever, and there are three orchestras on stage.
There are musicians from 12 different countries performing at the international festival taking place in Tallinn. The across genres festival is treating the listeners with jazz, soul, R'n'B, pianistic minimalism, electronic music, etc. The festival is opened by Estonian jazz's greatest artists: Raivo Taffenau with Tallinn CHmber Orchestra, legendary pianist Tõnu Naissoo.
"We have the experience of safely organizing the last festival and will give our best this spring as well. Jazzkaar 2020 and the Christmas Jazz were great examples of our audience being responsible and the professional event organizers can arrange safe festivals even during the most difficult of times. We are very serious about what's happening in the world so we have prepared for the festival considering the concerts will allow 50 percent occupancy," the artistic manager of the festival, Anne Erm, said.
There will be enough international names. This includes Grammy Award-winning American singer and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater performing unforgettable jazz classics with the Estonian Dream Big Band, as well as English singer Lucy Woodward, whose collaboration with supergroup Snarky Puppy ended up winning her first Grammy Award. Mino Cinelu, a French multi-instrumentalist already known from the Miles Davis ensemble, will also perform with the legendary Norwegian trumpet player Nils Petter Molvaer. Swiss pianist-minimalist Nik Bärtsch presents his fresh solo album program.
Mystical folk music and modal jazz are virtually combined by French-Syrian flutist and singer Naissam Jalal. The sound palette of vocal music is interpreted by Norwegian jazz singer Torun Eriksen, the rising soul of the British soul and R'n'B Sahra Gure and the Swiss jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch. Jesse Markin, the Finnish Indie musician, performs with his latest composition.
New concert programs are also being prepared for the festival by several Estonian musicians and their international ensembles - Joel Remmel Trio, Janno Trump Clarity Ensemble, deLULU, London-Tallinn Cosmic Bridge, The Motown Sound and Tanel Ruben Quintet will present their latest work. The focus is also on albums released in 2020 - Raivo Tafenau's "The Same Differences", Argo Valsi's "In Loving Memory Of", Dagö's seventh album "Küte", Florian Walter and Mart Soo perform cosmic retrofuturist music from "The Golden And Other Ratios "and the Mingo Rajandi Quintet feat.
For seven years in a row, the festival will transform the Telliskivi Creative City into a spring jazz oasis. The music can be enjoyed in Vaba Lava and the photo art center Fotografiska concert room. For a safe festival, the organizing team is following the restrictions established by the government. In cooperation with the Health Board, additional measures are thought out.
"We advise people to buy the tickets electronically then the organizer has the ticket buyer's contact and it's possible to contact him," Anne Erm said.
The 32nd Tallinn International Jazzkaar Festival is taking place from April 16-23 in 2021, across Estonia. The festival program and artists can be seen on the official website.
Editor: Roberta Vaino