Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2020
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One of the oldest and most praised jazz festivals in Europe is this year again bringing international and domestic crème de la crème of jazz into Slovenia’s capital. This is a celebration for Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana as well as for Ljubljana. Due to Corona crisis it was unclear whether the famous international jazz festival, every year organised and hosted by Cankarjev dom, would return this year. However, everything worked out well, the Jazz Festival Ljubljana is this year on again, daily bringing quality jazz music from all over the world to the centre of Ljubljana.

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2020
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Performances are held in Cankarjev dom’s Linhart Hall, the Council of Europe Park and via online platforms. Both, live staged performances and live streamed performances delight jazz lovers and musical enthusiasts between the 17th and 20th of June 2020. Appropriately to the current world’s situation, this year’s edition is titled ‘Jazz From A Distance’ and, as Cankarjev dom says, “presents an experiment in creating a novel, transitory format and pursuing the goal of sustaining high standards of artistic production which both supports music-making and production and caters to the needs of music audiences.”

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2020
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Despite the current difficulties related to Covid crisis, the festival this year as well hosts international selection of artists. Besides numerous Slovenian musicians, there will be artists exclusively performing for the Jazz Festival Ljubljana. Among them many acclaimed musicians coming Slovenia and abroad – Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and US. The concertgoers can support the Linhart Hall events by purchasing tickets, while the concerts enjoyed from a distance (online and in the Council of Europe Park) are admission-free.

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2020
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On the 16th of June, the official opening and ceremony, held in the Council of Europe Park, was accompanied by exhibition of jazz posters ‘The Images of Music’ (Podobe glasbe) by Ajna Zlatar in the Small Gallery. The exhibition, which is on display until the 6th of September, was visited also by the American Ambassador to Slovenia, Ms. Lynda C. Blanchard. On Wednesday, the 17th of June, Slovenian jazz composer and musician Žan Tetičkovič (Slovenia) presented his album ‘The Port of Life II. – Ensō’ in Linhart Hall and via premiere streaming. In the Council of Europe Park performed Gaj Bostič (Slovenia), Mirna Bogdanović Group (Slovenia/Germany), and Trickster (USA). On Thursday, the 18th of June, jazz enthusiasts could attend the following performances: piano player Sašo Vollmaire (Slovenia), young saxophonist Brina Kren (Slovenia), Ottla (Belgium), and Irreversible Entanglements (USA).

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2020
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Programme for today, the 19th of June, announces: Teo Collori & Momento Cigano (Slovenia), Žiga Murko (Slovenia), Brian Marsella with his piano solo (USA), Kim Myhr & Tony Buck (Norway/Australia), Caterina Palazzi & Kanaka (Italy). For tomorrow, Saturday, the 20th of June, the programme goes as following: Boštjan Gombač (Slovenia), Ava Mendoza (USA), Lakiko (BIH/Switzerland), Gordon Grdina (Canada), Tobija Hudnik (Slovenia), Big Band GveriLLaz (Slovenia), Etceteral (Slovenia), Generator (Slovenia), Moor Mother (USA), and Trio Heinz Herbert (Switzerland).

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2020
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