Under the Patronage of UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, and in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon, the Lebanese Cultural Festivals Association and the Beirut Jazz Festival are organizing the 7th edition of the Beirut International Jazz Day, on April 30 at Beirut Souks, where free concerts will take place with the participation of Switzerland and the Nu-Bass 6tet.
One of the important highlights of this year’s edition is the participation of Switzerland through the “ethno-jazz” group Nu-Bass 6tet, a band of six musicians coming from different parts of the world like France, Tunisia, Switzerland (German and French part) and India. Having a big experience in improvisation and musical interaction, and great skills on their respective instruments, piano, drums, table, oud and a rare combination of two contrabass, they play all over the world since many years.
The Jazz Day will feature this year, in addition to Nu-Bass, a number of local bands, including, Band Audi, Anna Kudinova Mattar Jazz Quartet Feat. Ali Jradi On Sax., Real Deal Blues Band, Monday Blues Band and Iyad Sfeir and the Proud Music Society.
Ms. Randa Armanazi, Director of the Lebanese Cultural Festivals Association and the Organizer of the Beirut International Jazz Day, she expressed her pride in the Lebanese jazz lovers who never missed an edition of the International Jazz Day, saying, “Beirut International Day is offering Beirut a way of communication with all other cities around the world celebrating this day. We are grateful for all Lebanese and foreigners who will participate in this year’s edition. Jazz is rooted in the music scene in Lebanon and abroad, and it will always remain a cause for gatherings and happiness”.
The Lebanese Cultural Festivals Association whose members have organized many festivals and received the 2012 Time Out Best Music Festival Award for Fête de la Musique and 2016 Lebtivity most popular event 2015 in Lebanon, is organizing this year’s edition of Beirut International Jazz Day, believing that no matter the circumstances, jazz will always prevail.