Biggest jazz festival in the Baltics - Jazzkaar

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Biggest jazz festival in the Baltics - Jazzkaar

Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival in the Baltics, taking place since 1990. The festival has been awarded with the quality mark of the European Festivals Association EFFE and Estonian music industry has chosen Jazzkaar as „the best music festival in Estonia". In 2017 over 25 000 people all over Estonia visited Jazzkaar's spring concerts.

"Jazzkaar, under the shrewd stewardship of artistic director Anne Erm, has become the go-to festival of the entire Baltic area as well as a genuinely high profile fixture on the Tallinn arts and entertainment calendar."

Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise Magazine 2014

The ten-day Jazzkaar brings local top performers, newcomers and big names and rising stars of jazz from all over the world to Estonia. Over 3000 foreign artists from 60 different countries have performed at the festival. Artists like Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Gregory Porter and Angélique Kidjo have all performed at Jazzkaar over the years. Jazzkaar experiments with new formats and venues, bringing music from concert halls to urban space and inviting families with children along.

"Given that Estonia has only 1.3 million people (fewer than San Antonio, Texas), it may lead the nations of the world in jazz badasses per capita."
Thomas Conrad, The New York Jazz Record 2015

The 29th Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar 2018 takes place between 20-29 of April and the home of the festival will be once again Telliskivi Loomelinnak with its cozy festival atmosphere. The headlining acts of Jazzkaar 2018 are the singer-songwriter Laura Mvula (April 26, 7:00 pm Nordea Concert Hall), jazz trio The Bad Plus (April 25, 9:00 pm Vaba Lava), young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (April 25, 6:00 pm Vaba Lava) and the documentary cross-genre grand piece "Saja lugu" (April 20, 7:00 Noblesnner Shipyeard).


"This festival takes place in Tallinn's Telliskivi area, a complex of derelict warehouses that has been transformed into a Boho-ish creative hub that loosely resembles Copenhagen's Christiania or London's Shoreditch, but with fewer hipster beards per square metre."

Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise Magazine 2016

Last updated : 16.07.2018
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