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2013.11.12 09:15

This week Vilnius welcomes traditional ‘Vilnius Mama Jazz’ festival

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.11.12 09:15

 The colourful ‘Vilnius Mama Jazz’ festival, which has been held in Vilnius since 2002 and which offers a variety of jazz styles and interesting performances, will take place this year on 14-16 November, 2013, Vilnius Tourism Information Centre has informed.

 The colourful ‘Vilnius Mama Jazz’ festival, which has been held in Vilnius since 2002 and which offers a variety of jazz styles and interesting performances, will take place this year on 14-16 November, 2013, Vilnius Tourism Information Centre has informed.

The musical line-ups are said to have encompassed everything, ranging from all-star projects to contemporary post-bop, live sound for silent cinema, and arrangements of Led Zeppelin music.

“Quality, originality, and relevance are the unifying factors defining the diversity of festival programmes,” says the press release of the festival.

The goal of the international jazz festival is to introduce interesting international jazz phenomena to Lithuanian audiences and to provide an environment for young artists to participate in national and international projects.

According to Vilnius Tourism Information Centre, while much of the festival programme is host to internationally renowned artists, the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene is also open to music that has not won prestigious Grammy trophies or received favourable Downbeat reviews.

 “Among the great discoveries, we have had the inventive Quelques Fiers Mongols group, who gave a truly astonishing performance, the young French band Ozma that delivered a superb fresh take on traditional jazz, flautist Ronald Snijders from the Netherlands who had the festival audience dancing, not once but twice, or the French quartet Print whose mathematical and crystal-clear music are all an integral part of the festival,” reads the press release.

Every year, Lithuanian musicians present new programmes specially devised for the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene. Both mature masters and young musicians have the opportunity to play at the international festival. Indeed many of them start their festival career as participants in night jam sessions.

The Vilnius Mama Jazz festival tries not to set limits on the festival programme and so jazz giants, unexpected discoveries, nurtured national jazz, refreshing new names and new trends are all part of a single festival.

The programme of the festival is as follows:

14 November, 19:00, Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre (J. Basanavičiaus g. 13)

Miguel Zenón Quartet | Ernie Watts Quartet

14 November,  22:00, Music Club ‘Tamsta’ (Strazdelio g. 1)

Neda & Labutis Jazz Quartet

15 November, 19:00 Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre

Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang & Stian Westerhus | Snarky Puppy 

15 November, 22:00 Music Club ‘Tamsta’

Fun Clock | Soul Moustache

16 November, 22:00 Music Club ‘Tamsta’

The Proof Quartet | Arvydas Joffė Jazz Quartet

17 November, 19:00 Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre

VOLCAN | Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gola, Hernandez, Carrillo

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