One of the most famous international music festivals in Latvia "Summertime – Inese Galante & friends", will mark its 15th anniversary this summer, from 5 to 11 August. It will bring the brightest latino, jazz, rock-n-roll, funk, Balkan and classical music stars to Dzintari Concert Hall. Traditionally, the legendary festival, inspired by the world-famous opera diva Inese Galante, has become the culmination of the summer concert season in Jurmala.
5th of august - The Grand Opening of the jubilee festival - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA)
This year, the world-renowned, up and coming band from the USA - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who are the authors of the cult film series “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, will become the centrepiece for the festival's opening concert. The artists have featured stars such as Prince, Snoop Dogg, Blur, Gorillaz and others.
6th of august – Puerto Candelaria (Columbia)
Hot Latin American music rhythms and special interpretations in “Colombian style” will be heard in a light-hearted concert of the band Puerto Candelaria, who will visit Latvia for the first time to perform specially at the summer festival of Inese Galante in Jurmala with a completely new musical show.
7th of august - Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra (Serbia)
Kusturica – a hero of our time who doesn't need to be introduced. His enormous talent and substandard view of the world is expressed not only in his brilliant movies but also in his unique and colourful music.With a keen mix of rock’n’roll, Balkan punk rock, folk jazz, gypsy motives, Turkish marches, and Asian tunes, Kusturica delivers the cultural code of his homeland to the rest of the world.
8th of august - The legendary soul music show by Stephen Ridley (UK)
Stephen Ridley's performance will feasibly become the most emotional solo concert in Jurmala. The expressive and vivid show of Stephen Ridley, the charismatic showman from the United Kingdom, will provide the guests of Jurmala with unforgettable emotions. This won't be a traditional concert, but a solo show of one talented actor masterly combining vocal and piano performance in a passionate "dance".
9th of august - Daniil Kramer & Denis Mazhukov (Russia) - Jazz'n'Roll for 2 pianos
Two world-renowned Russian jazz musicians, endowed with incredible charisma and masterful piano skills - Daniil Kramer and Denis Mazhukov - will come together on the stage of Dzintari Concert Hall, allowing listeners to dive into a jazz and rock-and-roll atmosphere full of emotional freedom and musical enjoyment. The artists in the fullest sense of the words – undergo their every performance and reveal that they are united by true and unfeigned love for music and their calling.
10th of august (Dzintari Concert Hall, The Small Hall) - Inese Galante - to Jurmala with love
For the admirers of the best world’s classical music, the patroness of the festival Inese Galante has prepared a unique concert, inspired by the love for Jurmala, spectators, and art. On August 10, the owner of the tenderly velvet voice and unique piano technique will perform together with the Vienna opera soloist and brilliant baritone - Martin Achrainer and a filigree piano-playing technique’s possessor - Greta Erharter-Sargsyan from Austria.
10th of august (Dzintari Concert Hall, Great Hall) - Groove, Funk, Smooth Jazz from Amsterdam - BRUUT!
The music of a stylish band from Amsterdam BRUUT! performing in Groove, Funk, Smooth Jazz genres refers listeners to the cult films by Tarantino, always trendy vinyl records and favourite westerns. Their sunny music soaked with the spirit of freedom of Amsterdam is a special cocktail in the spirit of the 60s with an admixture of dance and surf. This quartet will perform in Latvia for the first time and will prove to the Latvian public that " BRUUT! was invented for dancing!". They balance between recognizable hits and unpolished improvisation, combining music in their concerts, to which it is impossible to sit still, it’s the kind that you listen to with bated breath.
11th of august - Festival gala concert GALA GALANTE
In the concert “Gala Galante” guests will have the unique opportunity to hear the compilation of stars - performers and musicians: the baritone from the Vienna opera Martin Achrainer, the well-known Latvian countertenor Sergejs Jegers, the famous Latvian pianist Andrejs Osokins and singer Intars Busulis and, of course, the festival's muse and world-renowned opera diva Inese Galante (soprano). During the evening, two Russian showmen and piano geniuses – Daniil Kramer and Denis Mazhukov – will come together on the stage of Dzintari Concert Hall, and the band Bruut! from Amsterdam playing groove, funk and smooth jazz, whose performance at the anniversary year’s festival will become a vivid discovery for Latvian public.
More information: festivalsummertime.com