Bohemia Jazzfest returns to Brno from July 18 after a three-year break – Brno Daily
Bohemia JazzFest returns to náměstí Svobody after three years; it will take place from July 18 to 19 and remains free for all visitors as before. As with the two previous editions, which took place in the more intimate atmosphere of Brno’s Town Hall courtyard (2020) and Dominikanske namesti (2021), this year’s 17th edition is supported by the district of Brno-střed. Photo credit: David Peltan
Brno, July 16 (BD) – After a three-year break, Bohemia JazzFest returns to Brno from July 18-19. The motto of this year’s festival is: “We are closer than we think”, which aims to express how connected we are all in Europe, not only economically but also culturally. Bohemia JazzFest is one of the official events of the Czech Presidency of the European Union, and therefore the festival will present the best of contemporary European music. Náměstí Svobody will see musicians from Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the birthplace of jazz: the United States.
“Brno is associated with jazz personalities such as Gustav Brom, Jaromír Hnilička, Helena Blehárová, Laďa Kerndl and others. That’s why I’m glad that after three years Bohemia JazzFest is back on náměstí Svobody and Brno-střed municipal district is once again a festival partner,” said Vojtěch Mencl, Mayor of Brno-střed.
In today’s uncertain times, the art of improvisation is gaining importance and value, not only in the musical world, but also in our daily lives. According to Rudy Linka, Founder and Director of Bohemia JazzFest, “Jazz is music based on freedom, individuality and respect for all other players, so I hope you’ll agree with me that jazz is the opposite. of totalitarianism. Jazz is the highest degree of democracy and humanity. Jazz is music that not only connects, but also gives joy and vital energy, which especially today is so needed.
The first day of the festival program, July 18, will be opened by Slovak blues singer Peter Lipa, one of the most important figures of the Slovak jazz scene. His music is based on a fusion of jazz and blues, inspired by singers such as Jimmy Rushing, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Bobby McFerrin. It will be followed by the Czech quartet Tomáš Liška & Invisible Word then by the Christian Havel Sextet with Lori Williams. Christian Havel is one of Europe’s greatest jazz guitarists; he has collaborated with Lori Williams for several years and brings musical versatility and stage presence.
The Milan Svoboda Quartet will open the second day of the festival. Composer, conductor, jazz pianist and teacher Milan Svoboda is one of the leading figures of the Czech music scene. The Martin Brunner Trio will also perform and the festival program will be rounded out by saxophone legend Steve Coleman with Five Elements. Alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists in modern improvised music.
Shows on náměstí Svobody always start at 5:30 p.m., with the last performance ending at 10 p.m.https://www.brnodaily.com/2022/07/18/events-in-brno/bohemia-jazzfest-returns-to-brno-from-18-july-after-three-year-break/https://www.brnodaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Bohemia-JazzFest-Brno_foto_David_Peltan091-1024×674.jpeghttps://www.brnodaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Bohemia-JazzFest-Brno_foto_David_Peltan091-150×99.jpegBrnoEvents in BrnoNewBrno,Culture,Events in Brno,Jazz,Music,InformationBohemia JazzFest returns to náměstí Svobody after three years; it will take place from July 18 to 19 and remains free for all visitors as before. As for the two previous editions, which took place in the more intimate atmosphere of the courtyard of the town hall of Brno (2020)…Elisa Pinton
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