»Jazz is not just music, it is a way of life, it is a way of being, a way of thinking.«
Foundation Imago Sloveniae – Podoba Slovenije is once again joining the celebration of Unesco’s International Jazz Day *. Due to the still valid measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 infections, we have postponed the planned concerts to summertime (July, August). However, on the April 30, International Jazz Day, we invite you to the Cobblers’ Bridge, Prešeren Square, Town Square, and Old Square at the Hercules Fountain, where you will be able to listen to spontaneous street performances of young Slovenian musicians, which will fill the streets with jazz and conjure up a special atmosphere.
On this occasion, we invite all jazz artists to join, and play on April 30 with their windows open to help spread the jazz idea of dialogue and connecting people.
If you won’t manage to visit the capital, or your neighbour doesn’t play double bass in a jazz band, we invite you to watch the videos of the jazzy opening concerts of the Imago Sloveniae International Festival and Summer in Old Ljubljana Town with the RTV Slovenia Big Band and soloists in the comfort of your home.
OTHER EVENTS IN SLOVENIA ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 2021:
THE FIRST PROGRAM OF RADIO SLOVENIA will celebrate the International Jazz Day with jazz themed broadcasts and special music selection that will go on throughout the whole day.
06:45 PETEK BREZ PRAVILA (FRIDAY WITHOUT A RULE)
In the morning program at 6.45, Petek brez pravila (The Friday Without a Rule) will inform listeners of the nuances that distinguish jazz music from other musical genres, and reveal many important facts from the history of jazz music. Jazz will be discussed by a radio colleague, an excellent jazz connoisseur Hugo Šekoranja.
09:10 IZ GLASBENEGA UREDNIŠTVA (FROM THE MUSIC EDITORSHIP)
Music editor Jane Weber will present events related to the International Jazz Day on the air of national radio and across the country in the column Iz glasbenega uredništva (From the music editorship) at 9.10.
09:00–17:00 JAZZ MUSIC SELECTION
Fedja Juvan will prepare the appropriate music for the day and Alja Kramar will accompany his selection with greetings and comments by important Slovenian jazz musicians Marko Črnčec, Vid Jamnik, Mia Žnidarič, Nina Strnad and Lojze Krajnčan.
23:00 JAZZ PRED POLNOČJO (JAZZ BEFORE MIDNIGHT)
Hugo Šekoranja will prepare a broadcast named Jazz pred polnočjo (Jazz before midnight) especially for this day.
Video streaming, THE LJUBLJANA CASTLE JAZZ CLUB
21:00 DENIS BEGANOVIČ TRIO feat. ZALA SMOLNIKAR
Zala Smolnikar, vocals
Denis Beganovič, trombone
Mario Bobojelič, acoustic guitar
Peter Smrdel, double bass
The Ljubljana Castle Jazz Club will also pay tribute to International Jazz Day with a live streaming of the concert of Denis Beganovič Trio with special guest Zala Smolnikar. The band will present an intimate, ambiental album Senses, which talks about dreams and seasons.
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In the Koroška Region, they are preparing a two-day celebration in honour of Jazz, which will include a part of the last year’s cancelled program of 16th Slovenian Jazz Festival. The concerts will take place virtually. On the eve before and the day of the International Jazz Day, you will be able to watch online streamings of four young Slovenian ensembles – each with its own interpretation of jazz. The second, more internationally coloured part of the festival will, under appropriate epidemiological conditions, take place live on the 5th of June in Ravne na Koroškem. You can find more on the websites www.FSJ.si and https://www.jazzravne.si/, and on social media https://www.facebook.com/JazzRavne/.
Video streaming, social media Jazz Ravne
20:00 JAZZ RAVNE SCHOOL
Head of the school: Samo Kolar
What started years ago with the children’s project JazzUP!, now, under the mentorship of the Jazz Ravne School, grows in the homes of participants, and with the help of information technology it became an independent online band, which has unfortunately never yet performed together other than virtually. According to the Jazz Ravne School: “The premiere performance of our youth, which we hope will soon also perform live.”
21:30 IGOR MATKOVIĆ: EPHEMERAL
Igor Matković, trumpet, electronics
Solo extract of the album presented last February in the quintet of one of the most creative and innovative Slovenian jazz trumpet players. Matković favours many music genres – not only jazz – and holds his unique place in Slovenian music scene. He combines his experiences of Eastern mentality, reductive, minimalist techniques, sounds of nature, and electronics with traditional jazz approaches, thus he is commonly described as the Slovenian equivalent of Tomasz Stanko, Dave Douglas, or Nils Petter Molvær.
Video streaming, social media Jazz Ravne
20:00 VID JAMNIK: URGENT DETERGENT
Vid Jamnik, vibraphone
Marko Črnčec, piano
Jošt Lampret, double bass
Žan Tetičkovič, drums
Urgent Detergent – a quartet of vibraphonist Vid Jamnik, in its latest formula includes some of the best young Slovenian musicians and (until recently) New York based musicians. The band that formed at the Berklee College of Music, among other things represented the school on a tour of France; recorded for the Jazz RevelaJon Records compilation CD featuring the best student compositions and bands; was a finalist in the EBU European Jazz CompeJJon in the Netherlands; took 2nd place at the 7th Virtual Jazz CompeJJon. Despite the changes in the line-up, it remains faithful to the instrumentation of the vibraphone – piano – bass – drums and the playing of original music, which, contrary to a possible first thought, does not resemble the music from soap operas …
21:30 JURE PRAPER: LIQUID CARPET
Jure Praper, guitar, music, arrangements
Matjaž Mlakar, saxophons
David Novak, bass
Matic Črešnik, drums
Sašo Vollmaier, piano
Vid Jamnik, vibraphone
After twenty years of collaborating with several ensembles of various musical genres, Jure Praper has finally manifested the idea of his own band. Liquid Carpet is not just a band, it is Praper’s medium through which he can musically express himself in the purest, primary form, unencumbered by musical genres and guidelines. When writing music for his first two albums, the only guideline was spontaneity – to indulge in and give space to the idea, to develop and nurture it. A jazz approach was present in the creation process, manifested in open form and improvisation. However, the music does not slide into free jazz, as it is always supported by strong rhythmic base, which often draws from funk, blues, rock, Balkan music … Therefore, experienced musicians from the same environment were invited to realize the idea, that know each other for years, and have performed together in many other ensembles and different projects.
In front of Dom kulture Velenje
13:00–16:00 MIHA KOREN & FRIENDS
Velenje will also be in a jazz mood, as the band Miha Koren & Friends (in collaboration with VELENJE FESTIVAL) will charm the city centre with its spontaneous street performance for random passers-by.
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JANEZ TRDINA CULTURAL CENTER invites you to watch a video of one of the concerts from the last JAZZINTY festival, when they celebrated 20 years of this unique Novo mesto incubator of musical creativity with international recognition. In August 2019, the young vocalist of Russian origin, Alina Engibaryan, recorded four songs for their online concert collection KOOB Sessions in the company of renowned musicians: Marko Črnčec (keyboards), Tineke Postma (saxophone), Roberto Pistolesi (drums), and Domen Bohte. A 30-minute recording of the concert is available at:
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, UNESCO and the Herbie Hanhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TROFZKNwTmIcock Institute of Jazz last year presented the international celebration of Jazz Day in a completely virtual way with free online educational programs and a virtual global celebrity concert. In parallel with the main event, organizers and jazz lovers from all over the world recorded hundreds of performances, greetings and other special tributes to Jazz Day as a common expression of solidarity. With corona restrictions and easier accessibility of content to a wider circle of listeners, this year we also expect a diverse range of concerts and accompanying events online.
More information about past and future events can be found on Jazz Day official web site: https://jazzday.com/
* In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially declared April 30th as International Jazz Day to highlight its diplomatic role in bringing people together. It is led by UNESCO director general – Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who also serves as UNESCO’s Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and as President of the Jazz Institute, and as the main organizational partner for planning, promoting and preparing the annual celebration. In December 2012, the decision of the UNESCO General Conference to declare April 30th as International Jazz Day was also officially welcomed by the United Nations General Assembly. Today, it is celebrated in more than 190 countries and brings together various communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz lovers. It encourages people to learn about jazz, discover its exceptional heritage, raises awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and it strengthens international cooperation and communication. It serves as means of free expression and is a synonym for respect for human rights and the dignity of all people, regardless of their origin.
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