The 46th edition of Sibiu Jazz Festival is set to take place between May 23rd and May 29th, at various locations in Sibiu.

The year’s line-up gathers artists as diverse as Modern Art Orchestra (Hungary), Trio Reijseger – Fraanje – Sylla (Netherlands, Senegal), Sekou Kouyate (Guineea), The Diaspora House (Israel), Dock In Absolute (Belgium, Luxemburg) or Tangostinato (Italy). The program will also include other events and exhibitions.

The first three days (May 23rd -25th, Gong Theater Hall) are dedicated to the Sibiu Jazz Fest Competition, the most important jazz contest in Romania dedicated to young artists. The Awards Gala will take place on May 25th and will be opened with performances by last year’s winners: Hot Club from Cluj & Cornel Bucșa and Amalia Preda’s trio.

The Diaspora House will perform on May 26th. The artists blend Jewish music from around the world with jazz in a unique, electrifying style. The evening will also see the Modern Art Orchestra, the most important big band from Hungary and a renowned chamber orchestra, known for approaching many genres of music including jazz, pop, classical or contemporary ensemble.

The Italian band Tangostinato will perform on May 27th, bringing audiences a project centered on the sensuality of tango. The trio Reijseger – Fraanje – Sylla, whose repertoire contains African songs in Wolof, the native language of the Senegalese singer Mola Sylla, and pieces by Ernst Reijseger and Harmen Fraanje, creating imaginative melodies at the crossroads of classical music and jazz, will perform the same night.

Saturday evening starts with Dock in Absolute, a band that combines different styles of classical, rock and electro music with visual arts. This is followed by Sekou Kouyate (pictured), often named “The Jimi Hendrix of the Kora”. The kora is an African mandinka harp. The sound of a kora resembles that of a harp, though when played in the traditional style, it bears a closer resemblance to flamenco and delta blues guitar techniques.

Tickets for the festival are available in the Eventim network, Humanitas libraries, Orange, Vodafone and Germanos shops, OMV gas stations and at eventim.ro.

The festival’s program can be checked here.

Photo source: PR/Sibiu Jazz Fest