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Winter Jazz 2018

From the 2nd of February to the 6th of March 2018 "Winter Jazz" will take place in Tallinn and Viljandi.

Concert series "Winter Jazz" brings spring closer – the concerts will be held from February 3 to March 4, 2018, at Kumu auditorium and there will be prominent musicians from six European countries. "Winter Jazz" takes you to the depths of the cimbalom sounds from the far reaches of the galaxy!

This season of "Winter Jazz" will be opened on February 3 at Kumu Auditorium by the Danske Jazz Award 2017 winner, guitarist Mart Soo with his band Kulgejad. The quintet invites the listener to the northern route, where the past, the present, and the timeless movement meet in the musical space. Mart Soo's creative handwriting incorporates jazz, soundscapes and minimalism. Guitarist Mart Soo is accompanied by Tuuli Velling, Raun Juurikas, Heikko Remmel and Brian Melvin.

On the 10th of February, the talented singers-songwriters Maarja Aarma and Teele Viira bring their fresh programme to the listeners. Maarja Aarma is a leader in the ensembles Gretagrund, MA and Söörömöö, as well as a spectacular solo artist. Teele Viira has gained popularity from the television programme "Estonia Is Looking for a Superstar" and has participated in various musical projects starting with soul bands and finishing with musicals. Where Teele Viira and Maarja Aarma will take you with their programme specially designed for "Winter Jazz", will be revealed at the concert.

On February 17, at Kumu Auditorium, the multi-instrumentalist Mihály Borbély will perform with his new project Polygon, inspired by folk music, world music, jazz and contemporary music. Borbley is a recognized saxophonist, clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist. The trio's music has a special color given by the sounds of Hungarian folk instrument cimbalom.

On the 1st of March, the concert of the ensemble Criss Cross led by Danish legendary composer-percussionist Marilyn Mazur will feature prominent musicians from Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, France and Estonia. Concerts are performed in all of these countries. Estonia is represented by the bass player Peedu Kass. Percussion queen Marilyn Mazur is known worldwide and she has performed at Jazzkaar both with her band and with the Jan Garbarek Group.

On the concert that takes place on the 4th of March, the musicians from the ensemble The Space Traveller will take the listeners to the journey to the far reaches of the galaxy and the depths of the milky way. This trio with French roots has gained inspiration from the cosmic science – the humanity's plan to visit the Moon again and to make the first steps on Mars. The music of space travelers is waiting to be discovered like new planets.

On the 6th of March, the same concert will take place at the Estonian Traditional Music Centre.

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