21. LIBURNIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Opatija, 08. - 10. 07. 2021.
This year's 21st Liburnia Jazz Festival will take place from 08.-10. July in Opatija, and jazz pilgrims will be offered as many as 12 concerts on six stages throughout the city, on the land and on the sea. Good music will be everywhere, you just have to indulge, walk and enjoy. .
The festival will be opened on the Grand Stage of the Open Air Theatre by Tamara Obrovac and Transhistria Original - one of Tamara's oldest musical formations with whom this excellent musician further explored her composing expression successfully combining inspiration from a local Istrian spirit of music and dialect with the universal jazz expression.
On Friday, the Open Air Theatre will be occupied by the Big Band of RTV Slovenia, which will present to the Opatija's audience a pre-premiere of their newest production, the premiere of which will take place in the autumn at Cankarjev dom Hall in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Big Band has chosen the music of Elvis Stanić for it's this year's cycle, the music was arranged by Aleš Avbelj, one of the best arrangers in the region. The Big Band will be joined by members of the Elvis Stanić Group.
However, the concerts will also take place in the morning, so on Thursday at 11:00 am the Love Rich Trio will play at the Opatija market - a group of Liburnian musicians gathered around Hammond organist Karlo Lovrić. Along with the veteran of the Croatian jazz scene, alto saxophonist Denis Razz and drummer Rajko Ergić, the trio dedicates their music to the greats of jazz and is a reminder of the dazzling historical moments of this musical genre.
In front of the Juraj Šporer Art Pavilion, the Spart Jazz Group will perform under the direction of Spartaco Črnjarić - a legendary Kvarner guitarist and the well-known "good spirit" of Liburnian jazz. Spartaco will also play on Saturday at the Jazz Boat, the floating stage of the Liburnia Jazz Festival.
At the same time, Jed Becker's Group will shake and probably make the walkers dance on the Slatina promenade with fierce blues. The positive energy and solid rhythm of this trio has an infectious effect on the audience, so those who want more will be able to hear them the next day with the first morning coffee at the Opatija market.
On Friday, in front of the Juraj Šporer Art Pavilion, fans of bossa nova, tango and jazz evergreens will join the Mystic Rose Ensemble, and those who want full-blooded jazz can go and listen to Robert Mikuljan, who will present selected jazz compositions and recent works in Slatina. In order to alleviate the suffering of the undecided, Mikuljan's quartet will perform in front of the Pavilion the following afternoon, and in Slatina their position will be taken by mEmenTo, whose repertoire is a carefully selected fusion of pop, soul, jazz and funk.
The festival ends on Saturday, 10.07. on the Jazz Boat sailing on the Opatija Riviera with the sounds of the guitar of Spartaco Črnjarić, winner of this year's award of the Croatian Music Union for his contribution to the music scene
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