Festival Summertime – Inese Galante&Friends 2017

August 9, 20:00

This year the opening of the festival Summertime – Inessa Galante invites is focused on a love duet in all its emotional spectrum – tenderness, passion and playful coquetry will merge in beloved Latvian singers’ and foreign guests’ performances. The audience will have an unforgettable meeting with festival’s hostess Inessa Galante and her long-term stage partners – bass-baritone Egils Silins, highly demanded abroad, and bright baroque countertenor Sergejs Jegers. Recently, festival has a warm collaboration with a representative of the famous pianist dynasty Andrey Osokin, who is performing on the main stages of Europe.

During the festival listeners will meet new brilliant artists and get many other surprises. Traditionally, in all concerts of the festival laureates of Inessa Galante Talents competition will take part.

An integral part of this musical feast is the Festival orchestra, in which the best musicians of Latvia are untied. The artistic director of the festival and the main conductor – internationally recognized and charismatic conductor Ekhart Wycik (Germany), who has become a good friend of Inessa Galante’s family and fell in love with Latvian audience.


August 10, 20:00 

In the second concert of the festival three bright personalities will meet – legendary jazz pianist Daniel Kramer (Russia) and famous saxophonists Bril Brothers (Russia). Musicians will perform together with a jazz ensemble, which includes a contrabass and percussions.

By popular demand of the audience, again, Inessa Galante has invited Daniel Kramer to the festival, for which he even had to reschedule his festival Ural Terra Jazz. Latvian listeners are impatiently waiting for his performances, which can be heard only during the festival Summertime – Inessa Galante invites. Virtuoso pianist, teacher, composer, producer, welcomed guest of radio and TV shows Daniel Kramer captivates not only with refined technique and emotional performing, but also with stunning personal charisma – everyone, who has heard him playing at least once in a lifetime, became totally addicted.

Now, twin brothers Alexander and Dmitry Bril are welcomed guests at the world’s best jazz events. They have released four albums, appreciated by listeners and professionals. They are the sons of a legendary jazz pianist Igor Bril, so, the music is in their veins since early childhood. Brothers have conquered world recognition also because of their collaboration with various jazz masters: bassists Nat Reeves and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Dave Liebman and Bill Evans, as well as pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. Brothers regularly have collaboration with the members of Russian jazz elite. Their performances are not only interpretations of jazz standards – it is a bright, unrepeatable and temperamental manner of playing, which settles in the memory for a long time.


August 11, 20:00 

On 11 August, first time in Latvia listeners will have a unique chance to hear one of the world’s leading Nujazz bands Club des Belugas (Germany). The band has already conquered multimillion audience’s hearts with their splendid genre cocktails, in which Brazilian Beats, European Lounge, Electro Swing and American Black Soul are merged together. The diversity and original sound of the band also depends on constantly changing musicians’ team – Club des Belugas is regularly collaborating with the brightest European and American jazz singers.

The band was founded in 2002, and one year later, its compositions became number 1 of the German Charts, and concert halls were overbooked. Since then, the band’s creative baggage includes nine studio albums, two nominations for Spanish Jazz Awards; their music has played in the movies, TV shows and various advertisements – among them there areMercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, Martini, Samsung, LG Electronics, Victoria’s Secret, and many others famous brands.

The Inessa Galante Foundation’s team was dreaming to see those contemporary jazz coryphées in the festival for a long time – and finally this summer the dream will come true! To Jurmala the band is coming as a sextet, which includes a legendary jazz singer with outstanding vocal range and powerful charisma – Brenda Boykin, born in California.


August 12, 17:00 (THE SMALL HALL)

Reinis Zarins is one of the brightest young Latvian pianists, laureate of 11 international competitions and participant of prestige festivals of Europe and America, who had won the country’s Grand Music Award three times. He had collaborated with leading orchestras, like Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Ostrobothnian Chamber orchestra, and conductors Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado and Diego Masson, among others. Reinis had his concerto debut at the age of ten, and since then he has performed all over the world. In his repertoire, there is classical and avant-garde music, as well as multimedia projects. Now Reinis is living in London, but he regularly appears in native Latvia to gladden listeners with new concert programs. This year his third Latvian album will come on air, as well as premieres of a new piano concerto and a cycle of piano works written for Reinis by the leading Latvian composers.

August 12, 20:00

Among the admirers of Klezmerata Fiorentina (Italy) there are such grandees as Zubin Metha, Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Spivakov and others. Due to their filigreed and temperamental playing, each performance of Klezmerata Fiorentina ends up with standing ovations.

„And I must say every time I hear them I don’t know whether to laugh or cry because they play music to laugh and to cry. I recommend them wherever possible because it’s not only good entertainment, it’s great music-making.” – these are Zubin Metha’s words.

Klezmerata Fiorentina is comprised of four principal players of a leading Italian symphony and opera Orchestra del Maggio Musicale: Igor Polesitsky (violin), Riccardo Crocilla (clarinet), Francesco Furlanich (accordion) and Riccardo Donati (double bass).

In 2005, well-known violinist Igor Polesitsky, whose biography at that time already included collaboration with Luciano Berio, Zubin Metha, Borodin Quartett and others classical and avant-garde music coryphées, formed the ensemble. From his family, Igor Polesitsky inherited traditions of Ukrainian-Jewish instrumental music, which have spread in the new ensemble oeuvre. It is hard to place their art in the frame of one particular style – it is an original symbiosis of Klezmer, Balkan and Italian music. Since the year of foundation, the ensemble has performed in the world’s best concert halls.

For the first time in Latvia, listeners have a chance to enjoy the art of Klezmerata Fiorentina, due to a recommendation of famous chamber orchestra Moscow Virtuosi, which brilliantly performed on the festival Summertime – Inessa Galante invites last year.


August 13, 20:00

Traditional Gala concert is a brilliant culmination of Inessa Galante’s music feast. As usually, listeners will experience an emotional explosion because of the variety of styles and genres, Latvian and foreign artists’ and young talents’ performances and many surprises. Only in the Gala Galante concert, together with Inessa Galante, listeners have a chance to see so many stars on one stage: charming mezzo-soprano Olesya Petrova (Олеся Петрова, Russia), outstanding Latvian vocalists in their genres Sergejs Jegers and Intars Busulis, as well as legendary jazz pianist Daniel Kramer (Даниил Крамер, Russia). Moreover, Nujazz band Club des Belugas (Germany) will energize the evening, but behind the conductor’s desk, there will be the artistic director of the festival Ekhart Wycik (Germany).

An integral part of the festival program is the laureates of Inessa Galante Talents competition – they will perform both solo and together with famous musicians and surprise listeners with their talent and growing skills, make them smile and feel proud of our country’s artistic potential.


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