Celebrating the art of improvisation in one of the most eclectic capitals of Europe, Bucharest Jazz Festival organized by ARCUB – The Cultural Center of Bucharest invites the people of Bucharest to indulge themselves into the rhythm of the city with seven days of concerts and happenings/ events dedicated to jazz.
For 7 days, starting September 19th until the 25th, ARCUB – The Cultural Center of Bucharest and the George Enescu Square, located downtown Bucharest, near the Romanian Athenaeum, become the two hotspots of Bucharest Jazz Festival’s 5th edition.
Every festival day starts at noon and we will take you behind the jazz scenes with a series of conferences, workshops and masterclasses held at ARCUB, while the concerts held in George Enescu Square will showcase a carefully curated line up by festival artistic director & jazz musician Teodora Enache.
The much expected event will bring for the first time in Romania, Lisa Simone (photo), the daughter of soul legend Nina Simone, with her latest album, My World, as well as the masterful contemporary jazz pianist Kenny Werner.
Jazz fans will also have the opportunity to hear once more the talented multi-instrumentalist Mino Cinelu, this time as a member of a world premiere duo, joining forces with European ethnic jazz musician, Theodosii Spassov, for an exclusive performance, while jazz fusion lovers are happy to welcome the well-known Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu launching his Spellbound album in Bucharest.
Every evening at 8PM, from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of September, drip by George Enescu Square to hear jazz musicians from America, Romania, Germany, Finland, Bulgaria and India playing live at Bucharest Jazz Festival, an event organized by the Council of Bucharest Municipality through ARCUB – The Cultural Center of Bucharest.
Romanian jazz has always been an important element of the festival, represented both by musicians from the Romanian diaspora, as well as local talents. Dan Ionescu, a mentor for generations of artists in Romania, will perform with his quartet from Canada, while Decebal Badila, Petrica Andrei and Catalin Milea gather up from different corners of the world for a not to be missed concert. Fresh voices of the new generation from Romanian jazz scene are also part of the festival lineup. Nóra Tasi will play alongside notable pianist Péter Sárosi, Elena Mandru will be a soloist for Jyväskylä Big Band, and the new version of Bega Blues Band will be led by Johnny Bota.
In addition to the festival stage located in George Enescu Square (located near the Romanian Athenaeum) with its five live concert days, ARCUB – The Gabroveni Inn is the second location of Bucharest Jazz Festival. For 7 days, between the 19th of September to the 25th, a series of jazz related events – conferences, workshops, photo exhibitions, movie projections, will take place at ARCUB – The Gabroveni Inn, 84-90 Lipscani Street.
Since 2011 Bucharest Jazz Festival focuses each year on surprising the residents of the city with brand new elements destined to bring a sense of novelty and excitement to the jazz audience.