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Jelgavas Big Band

Jelgavas's big band is one of the basic values of the Latvian jazz music–union of professional musicians with history and traditions since 1991. From the beginning and also now the art director and conductor is Raitis Ašmanis and under his leadership the band mostly performs jazz standards and music of popular latvian and foreign composers. Over 25 years Jelgava’s bigband regulary has performed in various towns in Latvia and also had been in concert tours all over the world – Baltic states, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Peru

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Evilena Protektore

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Evilena Protektore is a jazz singer from Latvia, graduated from Jazz Department of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with a Masters degree and has stayed there as a jazz vocal teacher. Has spent a year studying in Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Italy) with prof. Maria Pia de Vito and taking part in a vast amount of projects with local musicians, and half a year in Hannover (Germany) with prof. Romy Camerun. In 2016 received a Nic Gotham prize for the contribution to jazz music and jazz life in Latvia. Participated in various festivals and projects: “Jazz in Latvia” compilation album, “Pori Jazz” (Finland), “Limassol Jazz” (Cyprus), “Live in Blue Bay” (Ukraine); and contests: Riga Jazz Stage (Latvia), “Nomme Jazz” (Estonia) and got a Grand Prix award at “JazzVoices 2014” (Lithuania). Evilena has collaborated with Lynn Seaton (USA), Rob Duguay (CA), Inga Berzina (Latvia), Serge Junior Robinson (United Kingdom), Tommaso Troncon (Italy), Fil Straughan (UK), Andreas Stefanou (Cyprus), Andreas Rodostenos (Cyprus), Nicolas Tryphonos (Cyprus), Leonid Nesterov (Cyprus), Tie Pereira (Brazil), Aviv Kohen (Israel), Gilad Abro (Israel), Anne Geertsen (DK), Onur Mulayim (TR), Gianmarco Tommai (IT), Federico Santoni (IT), K.Trio (NL). Since 2005 Evilena is a vocalist, composer and leader in Latvian funk band "Pieneņu Vīns", together with this ensemble has participated in a vast amount of festivals and events, gaining a solid place on Latvian music scene

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Rigas Ritmi 2017

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Rigas Ritmi Festival Riga, Latvia 27 June-July 1 July 2017 Rigas Ritmi, held in Riga, the Latvian capital, for the past 17 years, always provides an intriguing mix of well- known and up and coming acts. The 2017 festival proved to be no exception to this rule, with pianist and MONK'estra leader ...

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Alaska Dreamers Release New Video: "About You"

Alaska Dreamers Release New Video: "About You"

It's not everyday you hear about musicians from Latvia. Alaska Dreamers have crafted a sound that is accessible and powerful at the same time. What started as the experimental music duo of Reinis Ozolins and Rudolfs Dankfelds would grow into something much larger, to become the ambitious mob of a band that they are today. Fronted ...

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Take Five With Edgars Cirulis

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About Edgars Cirulis: Edgars Cirulis is an up and coming pianist and composer from Latvia. This year he released his first album Ainavisti - with a group he created and is leading since 2014. Edgars is currently studying at Jazepa Vitola Latvian Music Academy, doing his second year of bachelor studies. Outside his regular ...

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Rigas Ritmi 2015

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Rigas Ritmi Riga, Latvia July 1-4, 2015 The 15th anniversary of Rigas Ritmi was celebrated in fine style in Latvia's beautiful capital city. Māris Briežkalns, the festival's artistic director, had programmed Latvian artists and internationally-known musicians in a mix of large and small, old and new, venues. From the mediaeval ...

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Rigas Ritmi Festival: Riga, Latvia, July 3-6 2013

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Rigas RitmiRigaLatviaJuly 2-6, 2013Latvia's Rigas Ritmi 2013 was the 13th edition of this compact but always intriguing celebration of music--or, more precisely as the title indicates, a celebration of rhythms. The distinction is important for although jazz is at the heart of the festival it shares the spotlight with other styles. ...


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