XIII international jazz festival Bansko

Bansko Jazz Fest 2010

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is the biggest summer musical event in Bulgaria. The enormous popularity which the festival enjoys among specialists and fans across the world has turned it into one of the foremost international cultural happenings in the Balkans.

Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz trends. The evening concerts draw huge crowds to the open-air stage on Nikola Vaptsarov Square in downtown Bansko. Throughout the festival week jazz is also played during the day on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.

Ever since its foundation in 1998, Bansko Jazz Fest is held every year from August 8 to 13.

Every year, the programme invariably features several main trends.

On the one hand - presentation of the historic roots of jazz. Standard, blues, bebop, swing, Dixieland… On the other – the modern face of “free music”. Although completely different in character, ethno-styles too, have found a place the festival programme. The Krakatau Band from Indonesia, Yehya Khalil Band from Egypt, the local Bulgara, as well as Stoyan and Elitza who were on stage for the premiere of Drumboy. In the ninth edition of the festival Vlatko Stefanovski, Miroslav Tadic and Theodossi Spassov appeared together on stage the first time before Bulgarian audiences, and the music from their project Third Mother, is still touring the world stages.

More than twenty different big bands have played Bansko over the years. Besides the traditional participants from the Big Band of Bulgarian National Radio under the baton of Yanko Miladinov, who usually open the event, notable guest performers include the big formations of Vili Kazasian, Georgi Borisssov, Angel Zaberski, several orchestras from Germany, including the IKS Big Band. And during the tenth festival edition audiences were able to hear the arguably most unusual orchestra in the history of the festival – the SHAPE International Big Band, which is part of the official orchestra representing NATO.

Program of Bansko Jazz Fest 2010

August 07, 2010

Open-air stage "N. Vaptzarov"
7.30pm - One night before The official opening ceremony (rem. of Lea Ivanova)
1. Mary Taneva & "Alexandroff Rаgtime Band", with songs of Lea Ivanova - Bulgaria
2. Mikolay Trzaska trio - Poland
3. Dessy Tenekedjieva & band - Bulgaria

August 08, 2010

Open- air stage "N.Vaptzarov"
7.30pm - The official opening ceremony
1. Big Band of BNR, conductor Yanko Miladinov, guest Bianca Morales (vokal) - Bulgaria/Finland
2. Antonio Flinta quartet - Italy
3. Yildiz Ibrahimova & band - Turkey

August 09, 2010

Open-air stage "N. Vaptzarov"
7.30pm - Show starts
1. "No Square Quartet" - France
2. "Tango Project Quartet" - Israel
3. "Incognito" - GB

August 10, 2010

Open- air stage "N.Vaptzarov"
7.30pm - Show starts
1. Big Band Plovdiv, conductor Nikolay Geshev - Bulgaria
2. "Percussion Impact Project" - Hristo Yotsov, Stoyan Yankulov, Rumen Toskov - Bulgaria
3. "8WD" (Eight Wheel Drive) - Germany

August 11, 2010

Open-Air stage "N. Vaptzarov"
7.30pm - Show starts
1. Petra Erney Quartet - Czech Republik
2. "Side steps" - Germany
3. Solomon Burke - USA

August 12, 2010

Open- air stage "N.Vaptzarov"
7.30pm - Show starts
1. Camellia Todorova & band - Bulgaria
2. Vasil Petrov and Yolanda Graves (USA) with Angel Zaberski Band - Bulgaria
3. "Djabe" special guest Steve Hackett - Hungary/GB

August 13, 2010

Open- air stage "N.Vaptzarov"
7.30pm - Show starts
1. Benny Golson (USA) with "Kelag" Big Band - Austria
2. Axel Zwingenberger & Lila Ammons - Germany/USA
3. "Eftekasat" - Egypt

On the open-air stage "Royal Towers Hotel" there will also be concerts from 8 till 13 August, 2010.

For more information, pictures and video you might check the official website .

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