Culture Capital Gets Jazzed Out

25. April 2011

April 20 marks the 22nd start of Estonia's biggest jazz festival, Jazzkaar, featuring world-renowned classical and jazz composers, tabla and sitar players, and DJs from all the continents, who will perform 60 concerts in Tallinn and 13 in other cities.

Jazzkaar will open with the Norwegian guest festival Punkt, with performances from Sidsel Endresen, Arve Henriksen, Weekend Guitar Trio, and mixed choir Noorus performing music by Veljo Tormis.

Select concerts will be broadcast by ERR radio to stations in Europe, including the European Jazz Orchestra, consisting of young talents from 20 European countries, who will perform with new fresh Estonian and Finnish music.

Another highlight will be the master classes and performance by vocalist and composer Bobby McFerrin on April 28 and 29.

In Tallinn - the European Capital of Culture 2011 - the sounds of jazz will also flood out from indoor venues to fill the streets. "You will see street performances by the Scottish quartet Brass Jaw and local musicians-poets-artists accompanied by the Norwegian drummer Jakop Janssonn and the Estonian sax player Siim Aimla who will take you by surprise to the most unexpected places," wrote a press release.

Jazzkaar goes until the end of April. Tickets are available at and