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Now in its 25th year running, the Malta Jazz Festival has been going from strength to strength each year and is now one of the best-established music festivals on the island and a definite favourite on the local music calendar.

To the undeniable delight of jazz aficionados and music lovers alike, this year’s festival will be set on four days rather than the usual three, thanks to CHOGM Malta. This means that a larger number of artists, among them a number of Grammy award winners, will be taking to the stage and entertaining the crowds to top-notch performances. While always striving to raise the bar in terms of audience entertainment, the Malta Jazz Festival is also devoting a lot of attention to promoting and stimulating the local jazz scene beyond the festive days of the festival.

It is on this note that this year’s Jazz on the Fringe initiative has in fact been strengthened. Apart from the usual concerts and gigs held under this initiative in various venues around the island, which are providing local artists with increased exposure, this year will also see the launch of the Fringe Youth Ensemble. Conceived by Sandro Zerafa, the Festival’s Art Director, this ensemble is a creation of a medium-sized jazz ensemble combining the best of young talent from Malta, including past winners of the Malta Jazz Contest, with young talented artists from Italy. This project is being brought up in collaboration with the renowned CDPM school in Bergamo and it will debut on the main stage of the Malta Jazz Festival and at the Notti di Luce Festival in Bergamo as well. The idea behind this resonates perfectly with the Jazz on the Fringe mantra of fostering an exchange between local and foreign jazz scenes and in the future this ensemble will also feature collaborations with other countries.

Besides, after last year’s success, the Malta Jazz Camp will be once again providing free master classes in piano, saxophone and other musical instruments, targeted at the younger generations of musicians in a bid to fill in the gap in the island’s jazz music education.

Last but not least, the Festival will once again feature the 3rd edition of the Malta Jazz Contest, which has been giving up-and-coming artists the chance to perform abroad. The winner of the 2014 edition, Warren Galea, participated in the Festival ‘Les Sons d’Une Ile’ in Paris while Carlo Muscat who won the 2nd prize will be invited to participate in the Bergamo Jazz 2015.

Jazz on the Fringe is part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme. Valletta 2018 believes in audience engagement, alternative venues and great music, and is proud to collaborate with Jazz on the Fringe on an exciting line-up around Malta.

With award-winning performances and the biggest line up to date, the Malta Jazz Festival 2015 is billed to be one of the best festivals of the year, so this July make sure to join in the fun.

For the Jazz on the Fringe concert guide and more information on the Malta Summer Jazz Camp visit the site www.maltajazzfestival.org.


2 Comments

  1. MIZZI says:

    Jazz is on the up!

  2. Jeni Caruana says:

    Yes, Jazz is definitely on the up!!

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