In 2011 UNESCO officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Nowadays Latvian musical environment offers a wide range of possibilities for developing qualitative product and bringing it to the world market. There are many high-level jazz genre professionals and enthusiasts, jazz community is evolving.
The aim of the International Jazz Day Latvia is to show the rich variety and colours of jazz genre in the country as well as give the country and musicians an opportunity to become a part of the international jazz movement. The Jazz Day is brought to Latvia by Wise Music Society, an association that helps audience to discover new music, promising that it’s WISE or really good, and helps bands to discover a new audience. These are enthusiasts who have education, experience and knowledge of jazz as well as a wish to achieve goals, making a short-term and long-term investment in Latvian jazz music.
2019 will become the sixth year of celebrating International Jazz Day — the closing party of this will take place at Kaņepes Culture Centre with a workshop by Kristin Korb (in English), and a large jam session in the evening!
There are few bassists who can sing and there are even fewer who can do it well. Kristin Korb is one of those artists who make you forget that she is playing the bass when you hear her crystalline voice. Inspired by the days when music was romantic and made you want to dance, Kristin embodies that spirit and carry their audiences along for the ride.
Korb earned her Music Education degree at Eastern Montana College and her masters in Classical Bass Performance the University of California, San Diego. She also studied with Ray Brown, with whom she made her recording debut, Introducing Kristin Korb with the Ray Brown Trio released in 1996.
She has taught at the University of Southern California where she was coordinator of vocal jazz studies, Azuza Pacific University, Grossmont Community College and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University. Korb is still very involved in educational outreach and teaches at universities, jazz camps and festivals with young students. As President of the International Society of Bassists, Korb was artistic director for the 2013 ISB Convention in Rochester, NY (Eastman School of Music).
In November 2016, Korb released her eighth CD, Beyond the Moon. Kristin tours across the world and has performed with jazz artists such as Llew Matthews, Kim Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Riel and Jan Lundgren.
Kristin Korb workshop: 3 pm – 6 pm
Jam session: 8 pm – …