Christmas is a time for shared joyful moments, and Liepāja Concert Hall Great Amber will invite listeners to create such moments with cheerful, love-filled and radiant jazz melodies. We will celebrate the holidays with the vocal group FRAMEST, the Kristaps Vanadziņš Jazz Trio, and singer Daniel Čačija, who will perform the most beautiful and popular songs from the classic repertoire of Latvian and world Christmas jazz.
The musicians will perform the concert program as a loop in time, joining traditional holiday songs in new jazz arrangements and monumental pieces loved by generations. We will hear not only hits by foreign stars like Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, but also new arrangements of tunes by our own geniuses Raimonds Pauls and Zigmars Liepiņš. It will be an adventure not only for the performers but the listeners as well.
We will embark on a journey back in time to the 1960s, when singer Frank Sinatra, at the peak of his popularity, charmed the audience with his velvety and expressive timbre bringing new inspiration to the genre of jazz. We will be transported into this mood with Christmas tunes performed by Croatian-born jazz singer Daniel Čačija, who can perform these songs like no other.
In this parade of eras, we will also witness a special dedication to Māra Zālīte in honor of her birthday this year, with original pieces by Kristaps Vanadziņš and Jānis Ķirsis exploring Latvianness, seasonal traditions, and love for Latvia. Not forgetting the other notable birthday of the year, that of Zigmārs Liepiņš, we will learn about the silence before the storm and the world of fairy tales in an absolutely new sound of the song Sēž uz sliekšņa Pasaciņa.
The vocal group FRAMEST was formed in 2005 and currently includes four experienced professional singers – Beāte Zviedre (soprano), Rūta Dūduma (alto), Mikus Abaroniņš (tenor), and Jānis Ķirsis (baritone). The list of FRAMEST’s achievements includes numerous concerts in Latvia and abroad. Their repertoire is very extensive, and concerts feature their own works as well as those of other composers, from jazz to pop music and other genres in original a cappella arrangements. The uniqueness of the group has ensured their recognition and success both locally and internationally.
The Kristaps Vanadziņš Jazz Trio unites some of the brightest representatives of modern Latvian jazz music – composer and pianist Kristaps Vanadziņš, percussionist Rūdolfs Dankfelds, and contrabassist Jānis Rubiks. Three fundamental pillars of the musicians’ philosophy are unity, composition and creation, and these are the basis of the ensemble’s individuality and common idea.
Croatian-born Austrian jazz singer Daniel Čačija earned his master’s degree in the prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In 2013, the US jazz journal DownBeat celebrated the musician as the best young musician, and in 2014, Čačija received the Croatian music award Porin for Best Jazz Album. For his solo debut album Lifeline in 2016, the musician was nominated for the German ECHO JAZZ music award as Singer of the Year. Aside from teaching, Čačija works in his own quartet and many other collectives, for example, the former Roger Cicero Big Band, the Latvian Radio Big Band, the Sigi Feigl Big Band, and others.
Students, teachers, seniors – 25%
Persons with group I and II disabilities and their companions – 50%
Family tickets: 1 or 2 adults + 2 (or more) children – 25%
NB. Upon attending a concert, the attendee must show personal identification.
10–30 persons – 20%
30 and more persons – 25%