Chinese jazz artists shine at Riga_Xinhua music festival

Members of the band Tianchang perform during Rigas Ritmi (Riga Rhythms), the annual international jazz festival in Riga, Latvia on July 6, 2019. Rigas Ritmi (Riga Rhythms), the annual international jazz festival held in the Latvian capital, has seen a whole slew of super talented Chinese artists come to its stages this week with a number of dazzling shows and masterclasses. A Bu, the 19-year-old Chinese pianist who won the XII Riga Jazz Stage competition in April this year, returned to the Baltic country this summer to perform at the festival. Tianchang Band, a nine-artist orchestra from Beijing who also performed at the Riga Congress Center on Saturday, took the audience on an exciting journey into the world of Chinese folk musical instruments, masterfully mixing the traditional sounds of music. folklore with jazz. (Xinhua / Edijs Palens)

RIGA, July 6 (Xinhua) – Rigas Ritmi (Riga Rhythms), the annual international jazz festival that takes place in the Latvian capital, saw a slew of super talented Chinese artists take the stage this week with a number of dazzling shows and master classes.

A Bu, the 19-year-old Chinese pianist who won the XII Riga Jazz Stage competition in April this year, returned to the Baltic country this summer to perform at the festival.

After wowing audiences with his performance at VEF Jazz Cub on Thursday, A Bu gave a masterclass at Latvian Public Radio Studio 1, sharing his knowledge of musicality and improvisation skills with young Latvian jazz artists.

“Improvisation has to be music from the future, not from the past,” A Bu said at the masterclass.

During her second concert at the Riga Congress Center, the young Chinese jazz star improvised on classical themes, jazz standards and traditional Chinese music, eliciting an enthusiastic ovation from the audience.

Tianchang Band, a nine-artist orchestra from Beijing who also performed at the Riga Congress Center on Saturday, took the audience on an exciting journey into the world of Chinese folk musical instruments, masterfully mixing the traditional sounds of music. folklore with jazz.

One of the group members, Li Roujie, presented the traditional Chinese instrument guzheng during a masterclass she gave at Studio 1 of Latvian Radio. In the evening, six members of the Tianchang Band gave an exclusive open-air concert in one of Riga’s parks, drawing a large crowd of listeners.

The performances of Chinese jazz artists in Riga were greeted with enthusiasm by many spectators, noting that they had never heard music like this before and that the colorful and unique folk-jazz performed at the festival by the musicians Chinese was a real discovery for them. .

Ada J. Kenney