FESTIVAL PORTA-JAZZ: LOCAL EPICENTER OF AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT
Porta-Jazz Festival positions itself as the Portuguese promoter of unique collaborations between jazz musicians. It is the meeting point, in Portugal, for an international movement. From 1 to 9 of December, Porto is the stage for the largest edition of Porta-Jazz Festival so far. Around 30 concerts including premiers, exclusive artistic collaborations, a reunion of music schools, workshops and jam sessions will be part of this year‘s program.
Across nine days, the city receives more than a hundred Portuguese and international musicians, and dozens of music students at several concert halls including Teatro Rivoli, Casa da Música, FEUP (School of Engineering from Porto University), Passos Manuel, ESMAE (School of Music and Performative Arts) and a special concert at Cedofeita Church. The festival will also present concerts at Porto‘s jazz venues Hot Five, Casa de Ló and Sala Porta-Jazz.
These concerts will present the work of a new generation of artists, established composers and interpreters, with special attention dedicate to musicians based in Porto and their collaborations with other Portuguese and international musicians.
It will be a celebration of jazz open to everyone, in which interaction and exchange of experiences has an important role. Every night after the concerts, the public is invited to Clubedo sessions where they can experience the atmosphere of some of Porto‘s jazz venues. These sessions will offer exclusive concerts, jazz trios and most importantly, jam sessions open to the general community of musicians whose encounter on stage will echo the creativity and dynamic of Porto jazz.
Porta-Jazz Festival happens annually in Porto since 2010. It has a crucial role in the cultural activity of the city, having become a necessary reference for jazz in Portugal.
Coming out of the work developed by Associação Porta-Jazz and its editorial arm with Carimbo Porta-Jazz, this festival is an opportunity to listen and experience the beat of a highly creative community of musicians who make a huge contribution to the dynamic of Portuguese cultural activity.
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