THE BEST OF “Summertime — invites Inessa Galante” 2022

The International Music Festival of World and Classical Music THE BEST OF “Summertime — invites Inessa Galante” 2022 taking pride of place among European festivals, will take place Jurmala. From 18 to 21 August, the incendiary rhythms of jazz, funk, rock and roll and beloved classics will merge together for the 16th time in Dzintari Concert Hall to make the musical summer truly unforgettable.

This year, the organisers of the festival have prepared a special programme with the participation of eminent artists from various musical genres with a shared sense of purpose — to fill every day with bright emotions, energy and smiles. For four days, a variety of dance rhythms awaits the audience in Dzintari Concert Hall: from incendiary Balkan rhythms to a musical comedy show and jazz. In addition, within the framework of the festival, for the first time in Latvia Jurmala will host the world show tour “Piaf! The Show”. The main goal this summer of the Foundation and the muse of the festival, Inessa Galante, is to see joy and happiness in the eyes of their beloved spectators.

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18 August 2022 Beginning: 08:00 PM

Dzintari Concert Hall, Great Hall

Grand opening of the Festival — THE BEST OF “Summertime — invites Inessa Galante” 

Igudesman & Joo (Austria)

Adam Ben Ezra (Israel)

Musical comedy show & classical music in modern style


The history of formation of the duet “Igudesman & Joo” embodies the musicians’ approach to creativity — easy, capricious and somewhat eccentric.  Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo met in an English school cafeteria eating fried potatoes. Over the years, their innovative music shows filled with humour and charisma have become real internet hits. The videos of the artists in total have over 50 millions views, and their concerts are sold out all over the world.

Alexey Igudesman is a violinist, composer, conductor, comedian, film maker, actor, writer, poet and entrepreneur. Aleksey has written for and performed as a soloist on several movie soundtracks. He has worked particularly closely with Academy Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer on numerous movies, including “Sherlock Holmes” that received an Oscar nomination for the Best Original Score.

Hyung-Ki Joo is an outstanding pianist, composer and comedian. Joo is a follower of the musical genius Yehudi Menuhin, who became the most famous violinist and conductor of the last century. Yehudi himself chose Joo to perform as a soloist at his eightieth birthday concert at London’s Barbican Hall. Notable projects include arranging and recording classical piano pieces for an album by one of the six best-selling US artists of all time, Billy Joel. The recorded album “Fantasies & Delusions” spent 18 weeks at number one in the Billboard album chart.

Together with American actor John Malkovich, Emmy Award winner, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, the musicians created the innovative show “The Music Critic”, with which they successfully tour around the world till today. In addition, among the collaborations with the actor is the release of a CD with a “self-explanatory” title “You Just Have to Laugh”.

Theatrical musical shows “Igudesman & Joо” — represent a conversation with the public using the language of music and humour. Alexey Igudesman and Hyung-Ki Joo have a well-deserved status of absolute innovators of classical musical comedy. Each performance is a fully-fledged stage performance that leaves no one indifferent.

“Igudesman & Joо” will perform on the stage of Dzintari Concert Hall together with a specially invited guest from Israel — a virtuoso double bass player and multi-talented instrumentalist Adam Ben Ezra. The musician became famous thanks to his unique approach to playing the double bass using several modern electronic gadgets. In turn, videos with cover versions of popular melodies on YouTube have millions of views. Adam turns concerts into unforgettable shows in which the double bass becomes a universal instrument and sounds like a fully-fledged live orchestra.

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Music of “Igudesman & Joo”

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19 August 2022 Beginning: 08:00 PM

Dzintari Concert Hall, Great Hall

Shantel & The Bucovina Club Orkestar (Germany)

Balkan and gypsy music, punk rock, world music

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German musician, Ukrainian by descent, Stefan Hantel (Shantel) is a trendsetter in the Balkan music genre. Each performance is a combination of incendiary Balkan and gypsy motifs performed in a modern way. Hantel is the winner of the Ethnic Music Award from BBC Radio-3. It is not without reason that he is called the “enchanting hooligan”, “self-proclaimed disco partisan” and “king of the Balkan dance floor”. No one can sit in the auditorium at the musician’s performances, and his dance rhythms can even capture a person who is not fond of music at all.

Stefan Hantel will turn the shores of the Gulf of Riga into a real Balkan rave with typical auxiliary elements — dance euphoria, extravagant musical variety show and distinctive visual design.

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20 August 2022 Beginning: 06:00 PM

Dzintari Concert Hall, Small Hall

Viva Amore!

Inessa Galante & Friends (Latvia)

Andrey Osokin (Latvia)

Inese Galante’s Talents

World and Classical Music

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For the admirers of the best world classical music’s heritage, the patroness of the festival and the favourite of the Latvian public, Inessa Galante, has prepared a unique concert inspired by love for Jurmala, spectators and art. On 20 August, the owner of the tenderly velvet voice with the most delicate gradations of pianissimo to a deep dramatic soprano, Inessa Galante, will perform together with pianist and laureate of the world’s most prominent piano competitions, Andrey Osokin. On this evening, musicians and friends of the opera diva Inessa Galante, will also take the stage.

In the Small hall of Dzintari Concert Hall specifically selected and beloved lyrical melodies, emotional opera arias, and duets about love will be heard. The concert “Viva Amore” presents a unique opportunity to enjoy real opera masterpieces with piano accompaniment. In the hall where, thanks to its unique acoustics, the opera’s vocals sound intensely intimate and at the same time — noble, the audience will be able to enjoy truly great and sensitive music in a deeply cordial and virtuoso performance. The programme of the evening also includes performances by the laureates of “Inese Galante’s Talents” contest — playing music both solo and together with outstanding musicians, the Talents will once again pleasantly surprise the audience with their skill.

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Festival Summertime 2018 / Inessa Galante and friends

INESSA GALANTE — Adagio Albinoni

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20 August 2022 Beginning: 08:00 PM

Dzintari Concert Hall, Great Hall

Club des Belugas (Germany)

Anna Luca (Sweden)

Jazz & Lounge

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This summer, the festival “Summertime — invites Inessa Galante” 2022 is not coincidentally held under the title “The Best”. After a resounding success with the Latvian public a few years ago, Club des Belugas band returns to Jurmala again, but this time with a new principal performer. 

The repertoire of the musical band Club des Belugas is a combination of jazz melodies, as well as funk, soul, Brazilian rhythms, European lounge, electro swing and, of course, ambitious improvisations. Thanks to their powerful charisma, outstanding vocal abilities and incendiary dance melodies, the vocalists of the band collect full houses at the best concert venues around the world. Their music becomes soundtracks for movies and series, and also accompanies advertising campaigns of world-known brands, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, Martini, Samsung, LG Electronics, Victoria’s Secret.

This year Club des Belugas will perform with the sophisticated German-Swedish singer Anna Luca. Music critics compare Anna’s compositions with the poetic mirror of our time, tracing honesty and hope in her texts. Now Anna is working on her third solo album that will be a tribute to motherhood, femininity, sisterhood and love. 

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21 August 2022 Beginning: 08:00 PM

Dzintari Concert Hall, Great Hall

Piaf! The Show (France)

Cult French music show Edith Piaf

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For the first time in Latvia — a unique musical show tour about the life and music of the legendary French singer Edith Piaf. Show “Piaf! The Show” has more than a million tickets sold in more than 50 countries and extremely enthusiastic reviews from the public.

“Piaf! The Show” was initially organised for the 100th anniversary of the iconic French singer Edith Piaf. However, the resounding success of the project continues to this day. All hit songs of the brilliant French singer will be performed by the singer and actress Nathalie Lermitte, proclaimed “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress”.  In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edith Piaf era.

The final day of the festival THE BEST OF “Summertime — invites Inessa Galante” will transfer the audience into the romantic atmosphere of France. For each of those present, this concert will be especially symbolic, since the main leitmotifs of the evening will be faith and love. All that is now really necessary for each of us. 

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