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The 9th edition of the Festival “Que Jazz É Este?” starts today

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Five days, seven spaces for the presentation of sixteen concerts, and also a handful of home concerts, a jazz workshop, conversations, workshops, and twenty hours of radio in a festival that is guided by the diversity, both in aesthetics and musical languages, which it integrates and in different possibilities of cultural and artistic practices and in the spaces it occupies.

After last year’s as risky and successful edition, the festival returns this year to the format of 5 consecutive and intense days, now with greater experience and knowledge of the dynamics that can make this 9th edition possible, given the still context current pandemic.

A joint work was developed between the organization of the festival and the Municipality of Viseu, as well as with the Department of Civil Protection and PSP. Within the legal framework complying with all safety standards, although with some adaptations to the plan initially designed, the 9th edition of the festival Que Jazz É Este? takes place this week between the 21st and 25th of July in Viseu.

Regarding the concerts, there is a change in the location of the concerts scheduled for the Aquilino Ribeiro Park, which now move to the Casa do Miradouro garden where access is restricted to the festival audience who have previously booked. Also, the concert planned with the collective Gira Sol Azul and special guest Tony Momrelle was postponed to a date to be announced shortly, with the Carlos Peninha Quartetoa starting to perform at that time of Thursday at 9:00 pm and the duo Elisa Rodrigues e Feodor Bívol  will be at 7:00 pm of the same day.

Rádio Rossio maintains its programming at the same timetables but, to the detriment of the presentation of author programs live at the Aquilino Ribeiro Park, they will be broadcast live from the studios of Rádio Jornal do Centro, Emissora das Beiras and Estação Diarias , on their respective frequencies, as well as via the internet pages. Radio Rossio’s author programs will be full of interviews, music and unexpected conversations.

The concerts, which will suffer a greater limitation of seats, will also be broadcast via streaming on the festival’s website so that they can have a greater reach of the public.

Also noteworthy are the concerts already announced, including Innerville, MAU, Coup!, Edu Miranda Trio, and Luanda Cozzeti, Vessel Trio, Luis Figueiredo, Femi Temowo, Espinho & Mário Costa Jazz Orchestra, and Carapaus Afrobeat.

The main objective of Jazz ao Domícilio is to make music reach people and this year it takes jazz to the gardens of the Psychiatric Hospital of Viseu, the Vítor Fontes Internship, S. Caetano Home and St. Estevão Center for the Deep Handicapped group of students from the Professional School of Serra da Estrela and Combo Jazz Gira Sol Azul.

In addition to the eclectic and quality offer of concerts, the festival continues to be a space for the creation of dynamics and opportunities for training and professionalization in the area of ​​music. An example of this is the holding of the Workshop13th Jazz Workshop in Viseu, this year under theorientation of the MAU (Miguel Ângelo, Mário Delgado and Mário Costa), who propose ‘crossing ideas, inspirations and finding difficult answers for a long but rewarding learning experience of Jazz and improvised music’. The presentation concert takes place in the garden of Hotel Grão Vasco. There are also two music workshops (one in the form of an electric guitar orchestra, the other exploring the idea of ​​pirate radio) aimed at the general public.

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