Musically speaking, this month of May is marked by scores of jazz, blues and pop concerts part of EUROPAfest, which also features foreign bands Apocalyptica and Pink Martini, as well as album launches by Romanian groups Sarmalele Reci, Vama and Mandinga.The 19th EUROPAfest brings to the Capital 16 days of good jazz, blues, pop and classical music. The event includes the Bucharest International Jazz Competition and Jeunesses International Violin Competition. The Festival will kick off Friday with a concert dedicated to Europe Day. The event is organized in partnership with the Representation of the European Commission to Romania, and will conclude with the EUROPAfest Laureate Gala May 19. Bucharest International Jazz Competition, in its sixth year, will host 25 jazz bands from 24 countries, while Jeunesses International Violin Competition saw a record number of participants to a contest in Romania – 138 contestants in 38 countries. Another section, Caffe Festival, includes concerts in non-conventional areas performed both by established names and newcomers. More than 300 guests from 45 countries are expected to participate in the event. Part of the European Film Festival, the concert “Tarkovsky Redux”, a music- film fusion show wiil take place May 12, at ArCuB Hall. Over 50 movies from 28 countries will take part in the festival which comes up with two new close-ups. One is dedicate to Denmark, as it holds the EU Presidency and the other to the director Aki Kaurismaki, FIPRESCI prize winner at Cannes 2011. Apocalyptica will perform at Arenele Romane, May 13, and US band Pink Martini are back to Bucharest, May 26 for a Palace Hall concert.