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2017-11-15 - 2017-11-19

The International Jazz Festival Vilnius Mama Jazz was launched in 2002. The festival takes place in the second half of November every year.

Due to its readiness to feature all styles and trends of jazz music with the emphasis on quality, individuality, and relevance of the music, the festival is a singular celebration.

The Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival has over the years become one of the largest events in the capital. The festival programme features the music of world famous performers, Lithuanian jazz maestros, and joint international projects.

Among those who have appeared on the festival bill are jazz celebrities such as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Medeski Martin & Wood, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Chris Potter, Bill Evans, The Bad Plus, Victor Bailey, Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Chris Minh Doky, John Scofield, Bobby Previte, Billy Cobham (USA), Erik Truffaz (France), Miroslav Vitous (Czech Republic), Jean Luc Ponty, Louis Sclavis (France), Vienna Art Orchestra (Austria), Satoko Fujii (Japan), Copenhagen Art Ensemble (Denmark), Dennis Rollins (Great Britain), Rosario Giuliani, Flavio Boltro (Italy) and Beady Belle (Norway).

Organisers of the festival have their fingers on the pulse of the world jazz scene and offer audiences in Vilnius a wide range of music from the jazz palettes of Europe, the Americas, Asia, and other continents for their entertainment and enjoyment.

The festival nurtures and supports Lithuanian jazz culture and traditions, promotes the creative work of professional Lithuanian jazz musicians, and publicises information about the most interesting ideas and most successful projects in Lithuania.

The particularly high level of professionalism of the festival participants and a flexible ticketing system have determined that the festival is not only popular with listeners from Vilnius, but appeals to those all over Lithuania.

The festival takes place in 3 different venues in Vilnius: the Congress Hall, the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, and the Russian Drama Theatre. After the concerts, there are usually jam sessions in the live music club Tamsta and the hotel Holiday Inn Vilnius with the participation of musicians from Lithuania and elsewhere.

The continuity and success of Vilnius Mama Jazz is only possible because of its strong cultural ties with art institutions and agencies abroad, the wishes of our audiences, and the generosity of our sponsors.

Lapkričio 15 Trečiadienis
November 15 Wednesday

Muzikos klubas TAMSTA / Tamsta Club (A.Strazdelio g. 1)
Quite Sublime (LT, NL)
JazzyBIT (RO)
Lorenzo De Finti Quartet (IT)
Jam Session
Lapkričio 16 Ketvirtadienis
November 16 Thursday

Umiastovskių Rūmai / Umiastovskiai palace (Trakų g. 2)
Vilnius Mama Jazz Paraštės / Margins*
15.00 Sveikinimo žodis / Opening speeches
15.15 – 16.00 DISKUSIJA. Meno ekonomika: kaip ir už ką perkame?
DISCUSSION. Art Economics: How Do We Buy And What Do We Pay For?
Moderatorė Ruta Vainiene, ekonomistė / Moderator Ruta Vainiene, economist
16.00 – 16.15 Pertrauka / Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.00 PRANEŠIMAS. Estijos receptas – kodėl sėkmė?
Keynote Speech. Estonian Case – Why Success?
Moderatorius Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Europos Komisijos atstovybės Vilniuje vadovas /
Moderator Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania
19.00 Atidarymo koncertas / Opening Concert (Įėjimas tik su festivalio pasu. Entrance with festival pass only.)
Durys atidaromos 18.00 / Doors: 18.00

Muzikos klubas TAMSTA / Tamsta Club (A.Strazdelio g. 1)
21.00 Showcase Stage
Quantum Trio (PL)
Amazonas (SE)
H.Soror (UA)
Liudas MockunasArnas MikalkėnasArkadij Gotesman (LT)
Jam Session
Lapkričio 17 Penktadienis
November 17 Friday

Umiastovskių Rūmai / Umiastovskiai palace (Trakų g. 2)
Vilnius Mama Jazz Paraštės / Margins*
14.30 Sveikinimo žodis / Opening Speech
14.45 – 15.30 Diskusija. Šilko kelias džiazui: kaip užkariauti rytus?
Discussion. Silk Road For Jazz: How To Conquer The East?
Moderatorė Agne Biliunaite, Lietuvos Kultūros Atašė Kinijoje Ir Pietų Korėjoje /
Moderator Agne Biliunaite, Lithuanian Charge D’affair To China And South Korea
15.30 – 15.45 Pertrauka / Coffee Break
15.45 – 16.30 Diskusija. Festivaliai VS kasdienybė: ar festivaliai yra džiazo industrijos oligarchai?
Discussion. Festivals VS Daily Life: Are Festivals The Oligarchs Of The Jazz Industry?
Moderatorius / Moderator Kristijonas BartoseviciusVilnius Mama Jazz Festival

Lietuvos nacionalinis dramos teatras / Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Gedimino Pr. 4)
Fojė / Lobby**
18.30 Parodos atidarymas / Opening of the exhibition
Algimantas Aleksandravičius
Fotografijų paroda / Photography Exhibition

Didžioji Salė / Main Auditorium
19.00 Get The Blessing (GB)
Jaga Jazzist (NO)

Muzikos klubas TAMSTA / Tamsta Club (A.Strazdelio g. 1)
22.00 Showcase Stage
Dogon (CH)
The Bodhisattwa Trio (IN)
Pawel Kaczmarczyk Music Audiofeeling Band (PL)
Nakedband Belgrade (RS)
Jam Session
Lapkričio 18 Šeštadienis
November 18 Saturday

Lietuvos nacionalinis dramos teatras / Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Gedimino Pr. 4)
Fojė / Lobby***
Showcase Stage
15.25 – 16.00 D.Jurevičius Group (LT)
16.15 – 16.50 Shinkarenko Jazz 4 N (LT)
17.00 – 18.00 Vilnius Mama Jazz Paraštės / Margins**
Tema. Transliuok arba mirk: leidybos ateitis ir prognozė
Topic. Broadcast Or Die: The Future And Forecast Of Publishing
Moderatorė / Moderator Daina Dubauskaitė, Music Journalist
Showcase Stage
18.00 – 18.35 Ku.Piece (LT)

Didžioji Salė / Main Auditorium
19.00 Jones Jones (Vladimir TarasovLarry OchsMark Dresser)
(LT, US)
Vladimir Tarasov & Lithuanian Art Orchestra and Special Guest Vladimir Chekasin (LT)

22.00 Fojė / Lobby***
Jam Session
Lapkričio 19 Sekmadienis
November 19 Sunday

Lietuvos nacionalinis dramos teatras / Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Gedimino Pr. 4)
Fojė / Lobby***
Showcase Stage
15.25 – 16.00 Džiazlaif (LT)
16.15 – 16.50 Liutauras Janušaitis Quintet (LT)
17.00 – 18.00 Vilnius Mama Jazz Paraštės / Margins**
Tema: Kada Lietuvos džiazo gimtadienis?
Topic: Discussion: When Is The Birthday Of Lithuanian Jazz?
Moderatorius / Moderator Julijus GrickevičiusLietuvos džiazo federacija / Lithuanian Jazz Federation
Showcase Stage
18.00 – 18.35 Silent Blast Quintet (LT)

Didžioji Salė / Main Auditorium
19.00 Neil Cowley Trio (GB)
Pharoah Sanders Quartet (US)
Organizatoriai pasilieka teisę keisti programą.
Subject to change.
* anglų kalba. Working language English.
** lietuvių kalba. Working language Lithuanian.
***  All festival events taking place 17-19 of November in the lobby of Lithuanian National Drama Theatre are free of charge.

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Vilnius is a great place for pleasant strolls. It is green, full of cultural diversity and cozily compact. So compact, that in just a few dozen steps from the gallery, you find yourself in a park, followed by a baroque church, and off to the castle after a cup at the local cafe. Thus, in a short time you get to not just see, but also hear, touch, taste and tune into the soul of the city.

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Take a tour and discover Baltics by yourself!

You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

Prepaid individual transfer :

no trouble with money exchange upon arrival,
no need to take care oftaxi search,
no language problems !

The driver will wait for you at arrival hall with your name on the card, will help you with luggage and will safely transfer you to agreed place.
Please fill in the Transfer Reservation and we will contact you within 24 business hours with confirmation

KIA CARNIVAL  25 EUR (max 5 persons)                                                
MERCEDES-BENZ VIANO  35 EUR (max 7 persons)

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