Riga “Jazz Stage Contest” has ended.
We participated in this year’s “Riga Jazz Stage” competition, which took place between 6-8 April, with the sponsorship of “Yapı Kredi Play”. Ceren Temel (vocals) and Can Ercan (guitar) represented Turkey in the competition. Önder Focan participated as a member of the jury.
American vocalist Shenel Johns won this year’s competition during the finals evening that took place on Saturday. Latvian guitarist Matiss Cudars was awarded the first place in the guitar branch of the contest. Kurt Rosenwinkel was another important member of the jury. The event activities included workshops and drew to a close with the musician’s concert with Latvian Big Band.
The participants of the vocal contest and the countries they represented;
Anastasija Volokitina (Russia), Camille Barbillon (France), Ceren Temel (Turkey), Eliza Bake (Latvia), Ganna Gryniva (Ukraine), Joanna Kucharczyk (Poland), Kārlis Mangulsons (Latvia), Kilian Sladek (Germany), Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė (Lithuania), Liselotte Östblom (Sweden), Marco Oliveira (Portugal), Natalja Chareckaja (Lithuania), Peter Letovanec (Slovakia), Shenel Johns (U.S.A), Susanna Aleksandra Veldi (Estonia), Varvara Dmitrieva (Russia).
The participants of the guitar contest and the countries they represented;
Can Ercan (Turkey), Danil Zverkhanovsky (Ukraine), Giovanni Clemente (Italy), Ģirts Celmiņš (Latvia), Jānis Bērziņš (Latvia), Karl Madis Pennar (Estonia), Linards Šveklis (Latvia), Luca Zennaro (Italy), Matīss Čudars (Latvia), Rihards Goba (Latvia).
Members of the jury; Adam Yong Huang (China), Ain Agan (Estonia), Giuseppe Mormile (Italy), Jonas Jučas (Lithuania), Kurt Rosenwinkel (U.S.A), Māris Briežkalns (Latvia), Önder Focan (Turkey), Paul Pace (England), Raimonds Pauls (Latvia), Raynel Frazier (U.S.A), Steponas Januška (Lithuania), Toivo Unt (Estonia).
You can listen to İpek Ektaş, who represented Nardis and Turkey last year, using the link below.
International Jazz Artists Contest was founded in 2004 by Contemporary Music Centre Foundation. Ever since it was presented in a constant category of Jazz Vocal, as well as adding a different instrumental category yearly.
The vocal and guitar competitions took place between 6-8 April this year in Riga.