Garana Jazz Festival, at its 20th edition

The 20th edition of the most important open-air jazz festival in Central and Eastern Europe, Garana Jazz Festival, starts on Thursday, July 7. The event will end on July 11 and it will be held in the heart of the nature, on the top of the Semenic Mountains in Caras-Severin.

Over the 20 years, Garana Jazz Festival has gathered more than 50,000 spectators and musicians who are a symbol of the contemporary jazz. Names like Eberhard Weber, Mike Stern, Jan Garbarek, Stanley Clarke, Viktor Wooten, Charles Lloyd, Jean-Luc Ponty or Stanley Jordan came on stage at Garana Jazz Festival.

In 2016, 80 artists, 22 music bands, 3 stages and 5 days of concerts define the anniversary edition of the Garana Jazz Festival.

According to the organizers, on the first day of the festival, the Dutch Yuri Honing will share the stage with the Swedish Magnus Ostrom and the Portuguese Carlos Bica. During the five days, the following artists will also perform: Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Kari Ikonen Trio, Louis Sclavis Trio, Food, KTU, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Arild Andersen, Helge Lien, Nils Petter Molvaer and many others. On the last day of the festival, Jack DeJohnette, one of the most influent musicians in the world, will come on the Garana stage.

Besides the international artists attending to the event, the Garana Jazz Festival program will be completed by 9 Romanian projects. The quartet conducted by Liviu Butoi, called “Liviu Butoi & French Connection”, having the famous pianist Mircea Tiberian as a guest, will come on the stage located in Poiana Lupului on July 10.

“La Rascruce” Public House, the historic place where the first edition of the festival was held, will host concerts performed by Sebastian Spanache Trio, Emil Bizga Quartet, JazzyBit, Nicu Patoi & Platonic Band, Sorin Zlat Trio, and Bega Blues Band.

The third stage of the festival, inaugurated at the 2014 edition, places the beautiful Catholic Church from the Valiug village, located at a distance of 18 km from Garana, on the map of the concerts; here will perform Raul Kusak and Trompetre.

The jazz evenings will be completed by album releases and book launches. Moreover, in order to mark the development of the community grown at Garana in the last 2 decades of festival, the “Jazz Banat” Cultural Foundation will release the second part of the documentary called “In the Middle of Nowhere”, a retrospection of the important moments that happened on the stage of the festival from 2012 to 2015.

Tickets, subscriptions and festival bundle are still available online, on the website

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