In this tragic moment, the team of the Rīgas Ritmi Festival stands in solidarity with the nation of Israel and its great musicians who have performed at our events. Yasmin Levy, Avishai Cohen, Ester Rada, Ori Jacobson, Tamir Grinberg, Tamuz Nissim, Adam Ben Ezra, Dobrek Bistro, Ori Dakari and also Emmet Cohen, who will perform in the concert series Art of Riga Jazz on October 28 - may the spirit be strong with you!
From October 13 to November 3 of this year, the versatile American jazz pianist Emmet Cohen with his trio, the outstanding Italian pianist Lorenzo De Finti with his quintet, the musically curious Italian band Satoyama and the Franco-Togolese singer with a broad view on the musical world Laura Prince together with the pianist Grégory Privat from Martinique will perform at the Art of Riga Jazz concertseries.
Riga Jazz Stage winner Louise Balkwill will perform at the 23rd international improvisation, jazz and global music festival Rīgas Ritmi, which will take place this year from July 5 to July 8.
The 23rd international improvisation, jazz and global music festival Rīgas Ritmi will take place from July 5 to July 8 this year. Artists from Cuba, Switzerland, Mozambique, Spain, France, Denmark and the United Kingdom will come to Riga, but the main Latvian artist at the festival will be Maestro Raimonds Pauls, who together with the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga will premiere the symphonic jazz program Songs Without Words.
Continuing the rearranging of Latvian folk music and the compositions by legendary Latvian composers in the jazz genre, the album Latgalian Evergreens by the Māris Briežkalns quintet dedicated to the Latgale region in Latvia has been released.
2022 was a productive jazz year for Riga. From April 7 to 9, the Splendid Palace cinema hosted the largest international competition of jazz artists Riga Jazz Stage so far, from June 29 to July 2 - the International Improvisation, Jazz and Global Music Festival Rīgas Ritmi, but in autumn concerts of its Art of Riga Jazz concert series were held as well.
The international jazz artists competition Riga Jazz Stage 2023 planned for next April, in which young jazz artists vocalists and saxophonists should have participated this time, has been cancelled.
Baltic Jazz Trio is a collaboration of three outstanding jazz artists from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – Toivo Unt, Māris Briežkalns and Dainius Pulauskas accordingly. They will perform on October 15 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, USA, and on October 14 at Organization of American States hall as well to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Baltic countries.
The autumn concert series Art of Riga Jazz of the international improvisation, jazz and global music festival Rīgas Ritmi will take place in November and December this year, where Spanish singer and trombonist Rita Payés, world-famous American bass guitarist Richard Bona together with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, and the Italian new jazz band XY Quartet will delight lovers of high-quality jazz.
Louise Balkwill won first prize in the vocalist category of Riga Jazz Stage 2022 and will debut in Ronnie Scott’s club on 11th of September because of the special price in the contest.