With five days of live concerts in the George Enescu Square and seven days of related events at the festival’s club from ARCUB, Bucharest Jazz Festival is coming back from July 2 to 8, with the seventh edition that brings in Bucharest Jan Garbarek, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lars Danielsson and Jazzmeia Horn. The event is organized by the Bucharest Municipality through ARCUB.
The 2018 edition of Bucharest Jazz Festival is the third and the last one curated by Teodora Enache as the artistic manager of the festival. “Also in 2018, the Bucharest Jazz Festival audience enjoys this effervescent variety specific to jazz. The live music that can be listened this year at the concerts in the George Enescu Square comes from different currents which, gathered together, generate this huge force which the jazz music has, that force that unites the minds and souls and that celebrates the present moment” stated Teodora Enache about this year’s program of the festival.
The headliner of this year’s edition of Bucharest Jazz Festival, the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, will offer a rare moment of creativity that breaks the barriers of the musical genres. On Saturday, July 7, along with Jan Garbarek Group, a master of percussion, the Indian artist Trilok Gurtu, known to the audience of the festival from the closing concert of the 2016 edition, will climb the BJF stage in the George Enescu Square.
A master of the jazz melodic lines, bassist and contrabassist Lars Danielsson, will start the BJF weekend with a chamber jazz, classical music and European folk concert, which the Bucharest audience will have the opportunity to listen live, outdoors, on Friday, July 6, in the George Enescu Square.
For the first time in Bucharest, the young artist Jazzmeia Horn will present her debut album that brought her first Grammy nomination, on the stage of the festival. The energetic concert of hard bop anthems and jazz standards sprinkled with R&B rhythms of the American singer will be held on Sunday, July 8.
From the series of the new generation of Romanian musicians, Blue Noise promises a sensational opening concert alongside the Bucharest Jazz Orchestra. For the first time at BJF, the audience will listen to a jazz concert held by JazzyBIT band from Timisoara, while the Bessarabian jazz is represented this year at the festival by Alex Calancea Band.
The lineup of the Bucharest Jazz Festival 2018 also includes professor and pianist Mircea Tiberian, who will be present at this edition in an original and exciting formula, while Teodora Enache will perform on the festival’s stage together with a band of valuable musicians of different ethnicities, called The Prophet Band.
At the closing of the festival, on Sunday, July 8, the Cuban pianist discovered by Dizzy Gillespie, winner of four Grammy Awards, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, will bring the Afro-Cuban jazz at Bucharest Jazz Festival together with another artist who is a Grammy winner, the Cuban drummer Pedrito Martinez.
Related events to Bucharest Jazz Festival
This year at Bucharest Jazz Festival, many events related to the festival are under the sign of vinyls. Several thousands of jazz and world music vinyl records will be exhibited at ARCUB throughout the festival, at the “Vinil @ BJF” exhibition. Florian Lungu will come on Tuesday, July 3, at BJF, to speak about the first Romanian jazz records and the history of vinyl, at the conference called “Centenary: Romanian Audio Jazz on Vinyl”.
The last jazz albums released on the Romanian market will be presented on Wednesday, July 5, at the festival’s club, by Alex Arcus, who will initiate, on this occasion, a debate that is useful to the jazz artists, attended by people from Media and representatives of some mainstream record labels.
The future curator Cristian Soleanu and the curator of the second season of Artist in Residence program, Mircea Tiberian, will speak at the conference on July 6, at the festival’s club, about the third season of this program which will start in September at ARCUB.
Three days of festival will be dedicated to workshops at the festival’s club. Percussionist Trilok Gurtu will come at ARCUB on Sunday, July 7, with table, his famous traditional Indian instrument; Claudio Puntin and Daniel Erdmann will talk about the musical empathy in a creative workshop on clarinet and saxophone, on Thursday, July 5, while Mihai Iordache will hold a jazz workshop for kids on the last day of the festival, on July 8.
In the fourth year of festival commissioning, Bucharest Jazz Festival is seeking for the best jazz instrumentalists on their debut, through the contest called New Jazz Performers. The finalists of the contest can be listened live, from Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 6, starting from 23.00, at the festival’s club, at ARCUB.
Same as the last year, each evening from 24.00, the artists of the festival and the musicians of the Bucharest jazz stage are invited at ARCUB for live jam sessions, together with the band of the festival’s club, consisting of Alex Arcus, A-C Leonte, Michael Acker, Tavi Scurtu and Albert Tajti.