Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018

Jazz Across Europe 4 - Estonia 100: Kadri Voorand Quartet, Tormis Project and Heavy Beauty

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Kadri Voorand Quartet
Described as “…a first class joyfully rousing entertainer with a great voice” by London Jazz News, Kadri Voorand consists of the vocalist Kadri Voorand, who occasionally also uses electronic effects and additional instruments like kalimba, melodica, glockenspiel and piano together with Marek Talts on guitars, Taavo Remmel on double bass and Ahto Abner on drums.

Their 2017 album Armupurjus was named as the best jazz album of the year by Estonian Music Awards.

Tormis Project
Estonian singer Kadri Voorand and guitarist Jaak Sooäär have been avid fans of the works of one of Estonia’s best-known composers- Veljo Tormis- since their childhood.

Their idea to perform his works in an improvised jazz style was put into practice at the Tallinn based organisation Jazzkaar ‘s celebration of Tormis’s 85th jubilee. When the Autumnjazz season opened with the concert “Homage to Veljo Tormis”. Singer Liisi Koikson and fellow guitarist Paul Daniel joined Voorand and Sooäär for the occasion. As the debut of the new project was a roaring success, they decided to continue as a vocal/guitar ensemble performing this beautiful music.

Heavy Beauty
Heavy rock sound and jazz improvisation meet in the music of Heavy Beauty. The rarely-used bass saxophone is at the heart of this group, its sound range varying from mellow beauty to raw violence. Lithuanian bass saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas and Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär are among the most internationally active jazz musicians of the Baltics, and in Heavy Beauty they are joined by well-known Estonian rock musicians, bassist Henno Kelp and drummer Andrus Lillepea

Part of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018

Part of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back for 2018 and will welcome some of the greatest jazz artists from around the globe at the three-day event. The UK’s biggest jazz festival held under one roof, fills four stages at Sage Gateshead from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April 2018. Headlining...

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