Festival “JAZZ ON BAIKAL” ‘2019 – is a four days programme of concerts, workshops and other events. This year 9 concert areas were used, and almost 5,000 people joined the shows. 13 world stars and over 180 young talents from five countries participated in the Fest.
The Fest started with a cheerful jazz-parade – musicians and fans went through the 130th District in the city centre, to have the Grand Opening at “Modniy Kvartal” shopping&entertainment centre.
There also was an exclusive concert by Sergey Manukyan, Valeriy Grokhovskiy and Ivan Avaliani at “Baikal Business Centre”. By the way, such form, - a music-hall, - was used for the first time.
On the 6th of April, for the whole day, the respected jury listened and watched the “JAZZ KIDS” Children’s Contest participants.
There were 47 performances and over 180 schoolchildren at audition this year, - from Irkutsk, Angarsk, Sayansk, Nizhneudinsk, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Arkhangelsk, Minuinsk and Khabarovsk region. We also welcomed young musicians from China and Korea.
The workshops of the well-known musical gurus who arrived in Irkutsk were held on the 7th of April.
In the evening there was a kind-hearted and blessed charity concert at Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic Hall, where we welcomed our American guests – Ian Maksin (cello, vocal) and Jackie Gage (vocal).
On the 8th of April we had a Ceremonial Award, - Children’s “JAZZ KIDS” Contest Gala at the Musical Theatre of Zagurskiy N.M.
The Fest Artistic Director noticed, that this year the contest had got the Presidential Grant for Civil Society Development, which was given by the Presidential Grants Fund. That helped to raise the fest level and invite the world well-known artists.
All the jury members unanimously agreed upon the high training level of “JAZZ KIDS” contestants, validity and immensity of the fest.
On the 8th of April there also was Gala with the trio of the outstanding guitarist Scott Henderson and the quintet of the National Russian Artist Igor Butman, which became the official ending of the fest concert programme.
From 9 p.m. and till the late night at Edison Craft Bar there was a club jam-session as a non-official ending of the fest.