Europe jazz festivals: Rhythms of Riga
In the end of April Riga becomes a top European destination for jazz music fans. International modern jazz music festival Rīgas Ritmi ( Rhythms of Riga) will be held in Latvian capital on 24-27 of April.
Rhythms of Riga promotes such non-academic music genres as jazz, blues, soul, latino and others. It takes place in Riga for more then ten years and attracts highly acclaimed international artists as well as new talents. This year festival’s visitors can enjoy 3 magnificent concerts:
1. Jazz Trio A Spell on 24 of April in the Kaļķu vārti club
A Spell is a jazz trio uniting the totality of organic and electronic sounds in order to grow a perfectly balanced harmony of sounds. Their music features bass clarinet and tabla, which are enriched with playful electronics and provocative accordion, that all are accompanying magic and overwhelming voice. The listener is taken to mystic adventure of songs and sounds.
2. Latvian Radio Big Band and Jojo Mayer on 26 of April in Riga Congress Center
The concert is presented by the local jazzmen — Latvian Radio Big Band — and one of the best drummers in the world — Jojo Mayer from Switzerland. Jojo Mayer is one of the most prominent drummers in the whole world whose brilliant skills have blended with unfading desire to strive after creative freedom and musical expression.
3. Vocal a capella group Naturally 7 on 27 of April in Riga Congress Center
Naturally 7 is a men’s vocal a cappella group from New York. The group features mix of hip-hop, beatbox, jazz, gospel, Motown, and R&B, and they do this in such a unique way that one can call it a vocal game. By performing the best pop hits and original compositions, their phenomenal talent is expressed not only in melodies and harmonies, but also in reproducing sounds of drums, guitar, trumpet, and beats only by using the voice.
Besides, festival features various master classes, a showcase and a children’s festival. Rhythms of Riga is one of the best and most popular Europe jazz festivals, so be sure to come! Combine a visit to the festival with beautiful Riga sightseeing!