Though previously held at the Niendorf harbour, this year’s festival will move just a few hundred metres away but to the best location possible – right on the beach at the Strandpark. This new location will bring even more of a festive atmosphere to JazzBaltica, with its close proximity to the sea and the pier and the great facilities at the Strandpark. Discussions and concerts will be held at the Rotunde of the Trinkkurhalle and the park’s open air stage will be a central spot for performances from regional musicians. Nearby at the Maritim Seehotel, attendees will find the main stage and the JazzClub where many an impromptu jam session will take place.
JazzBaltica features some of the region’s finest musicians as well as some new faces. The festival starts officially on the 23rd but there are a few cheeky things happening Thursday night including a new addition – Nils Landgren’s Upptakt, which introduces audiences to what they can expect over the weekend as he and friends, including Sharon Dyall, pianist Eric Staiger, drummer Silvan Strauß and contrabassist Lisa Wulff perform at 73 Bar.
“It is a great pleasure for me to welcome so many jazz friends in Niendorf,” says Landgren. “I have done a lot of work with all my colleagues to make as nice and colourful a program as possible. Now we can only wait until Midsommer, when JazzBaltica starts again. Welcome to Timmendorfer Strand-Niendorf!”
This year’s festival will be opened by the Jazz Baltica All Star Band, formed especially for the weekend and conducted by the award winning Tini Thomsen. The Friday dance night is a Jazz Baltica tradition and Icelandic band Mezzoforte will have everyone out of their seats in no time.
On Saturday night, fans of Jazz piano will delight in a performance from Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren and his tribute to Jan Johansson. Old favourites to JazzBaltica will also be in performance including Michael Wollny, Peter Weniger, Viktoria Tolstoy and Jasmin Tabatabai.
Sunday’s highlight will be Berlin’s Sebastian Studnitzky presenting his project Memento’ that brings the string and wind sounds of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra to JazzBaltica.
The festival has a combination of ticketed and free events. Some shows have already sold out but you can see what’s still available here in the programme. Entrance to the some of the concerts and the JazzCafe is free!
JazzBaltica will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of June at Evers Shipyard in Niendorf, Germany. You can read more about it on the JazzBaltica website.
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