From 25th until 29th August, Lūznava Manor of Rēzekne municipality will be hosting the first Baltic jazz festival “Škiuņa džezs”, which is aimed at inciting interest in jazz music, promoting cooperation of aspiring and established jazz musicians, and living the magic of jazz music in Latgale, in the special environment of the Lūznava Manor complex. A call for applications for the master classes has been announced, which can be submitted until 30th June.
Those interested in jazz music are invited to participate in the festival master classes – music school and higher education school students, aspiring musicians and other jazz enthusiasts. The festival will offer master classes conducted by jazz music professionals, jam sessions for the festival participants are planned for the evenings, as well as jazz music concerts.
The idea of the jazz festival at the Lūznava Manor was inspired by the feeling of change – in September 2018, the Jazz Music Department was created at Jānis Ivanovs’ Rēzekne Music Secondary School, the director of which became jazz musician and composer Toms Lipskis. Starting work in Latgale, he had the idea to create a jazz festival in Lūznava, thus also taking upon himself the artistic direction of the future festival. At the end of the summer of 2018, the jazz festival introductory concert “Jazz. Anticipation” (“Džezs. Priekšsajūta”) was performed in two concert programmes in the “Culture Shed” (“Kulturys škiunis”) of Lūznava, thus marking the time and place of the festival. Unfortunately, in autumn Toms passed too soon, but in honour of the work he had started and devoting the festival to the memory of Toms Lipskis, Lūznava Manor was hosting the first Baltic jazz festival “Škiuņa džezs” from 28 until 31th August 2019 with the motto “Continuation!”. Continuation of the ideas initiated by Toms, continuation of jazz music, continuation of the passing of the knowledge of experienced jazz musicians to the young ones. The new artistic director of the festival Lauris Amantovs has undertaken to maintain the ideas and the zest of the festival beginnings. This year from 25 until 29th August the second Baltic jazz festival "Škiuņa džezs" will be held in Luznava.
One of the aims of the festival is to promote the growth and education of aspiring jazz musicians in particular, which is why the festival will start with the jazz master classes, for which music and higher education school students, aspiring musicians, and other jazz enthusiasts from the three Baltic states are invited to apply to gain professional experience from: Vita Rusaityte (LT) vocals, improvisation and ensemble; Skirmantas Sasnauskas (LT) trombone and other wind instruments, ensemble, improvisation; Deniss Paškevičs (LV) saxophone, flute and other wind instruments, improvisation, ensemble; Siim Aimla (EE) saxophone and other wind instruments, ensemble, improvisation; Jaan Jaanson (EE) jazz guitar, improvisation and emsemble; Arkady Gotesman (LT) drums, improvisation and emsemble; Ara Yaralyan (EE) contrabass, improvisation and ensemble; Viktors Ritovs (LV) keyboard instruments, ensemble and improvisation; Diāna Pīrāgs vocals and ensemble. All the other instruments are also invited to apply to expand their knowledge and learn interplay and improvisation in ensembles, especially percussion instruments.
To take part in the festival master classes, please complete the application form by 30.06.2020, which can be found on the Lūznava Manor website. Those interested in the master classes can apply for active participation and as observers. The application form can be completed on the Lūznava Manor website here: https://ej.uz/skiunadzezs.
Everyone interested is invited to experience the jazz music events of the new festival in Lūznava. The festival will start with the cooperation of jazz musicians in the master classes, the result of which can be enjoyed every evening at the jam sessions; whereas on 28th and 29th August, several public concerts will take place – you will be able to hear the concerts of jazz duo Deniss Paškevičs and Arkady Gotesman concert program "Dialogue", Siim Aimla trio (Estonia), Latvian-Lithuanian music project "Trombomania", but at the end of the festival there will bet the final performance of the master classes. Concert tickets can be purchased at “Biļešu Paradīze” box offices and on the Internet from 15.06.2020.
More information on the participation in the festival “Škiuņa džezs” master classes: firstname.lastname@example.org and +371 29473700 (Latvian, Russian, Lithuanian language) or +371 29390701 (English language). More information about the festival: http://luznavasmuiza.lv.
Everyone interested is invited to experience the jazz music events in Lūznava. The festival will start with the cooperation of jazz musicians in master classes, the result of which can be enjoyed every evening at the jam sessions. Whereas on 28th and 29th August, several public concerts will take place. Public event programme of the “Shed Jazz” (“Škiuņa džezs”) festival:
Thursday, 27th August
Friday, 28th August
Saturday, 29th August