Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Canarias Jazz & Más Festival to celebrate its 31st edition from 1 to 24 July 2022

Liv Warfield at the 30th Edition

The Canarias Jazz & Más Festival will offer more than 60 concerts in 26 spaces on the eight islands between July 1 and 24, 2022

The figures leave no room for doubt: more than 60 concerts distributed in 26 scenic spaces on the eight islands make up the offer of the 31st Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más, in which 35 musical projects will participate, 14 of them conceived in the Archipelago. Nearly 200 musicians will travel between July 1 and 24 for this cultural meeting, which once again has the support of the Government of the Canary Islands through the Vice-Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Marcus Miller, winner of two Grammys; Gregory Porter, who adds two other awards; and the San Francisco Jazz Collective (SFJAZZ Collective) project, directed by saxophonist Chris Potter, also winner of a Grammy, will be some of the main attractions of the program, presented today at a press conference at the Espacio La Granja in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Juan Márquez, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, acted as host at an event in which Enrique Arriaga (Vice President of the Cabildo de Tenerife and Minister of Culture) was also present; Marco González (Mayor and Councillor for Culture of Puerto de la Cruz); Tatiana Brito (Councillor of Culture of the Cabildo of El Hierro); Gladys de León (Culture Councillor of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council); Yaiza López Landi (Councillor for Culture of the City Council of La Laguna); Adolfo Alonso Ferrera (Tourism Councillor of the Adeje City Council); and Miguel Ramírez (director of the Canarias Jazz & Más Festival); and which opened with a performance by one of the Canarian musicians present on this year's bill, Jonay Martín.

Márquez expressed the importance for the cultural fabric of the islands of "the celebration of a festival that is already 31 years old and that continues to bet on excellence in its lineup, with the presence year after year of the best artists of the genre" and pointed out that "we feel that this festival is ours, it is part of the cultural landscape of the islands and has consolidated its presence throughout the Canary Islands, something that we set out to do since we agreed to be the main support of the event."

For his part, Miguel Ramírez thanked the "presence and the determined commitment of each of the institutions that are present for another year as promoters of this project through which great figures of music continue to pass". He recalled that despite these last two hard years "in which we had to adapt to the COVID protocols, the festival has not failed, because we understood that people need to meet, recover a certain normality." Now "we will do it again in the best conditions" but without stopping betting on "safety in the environments in which the festival will be held".

As a fact to keep in mind, Ramírez advanced that this year "we have a Ukrainian group in the lineup, we hope they can be with us because right now they are there, living the war, one of them is even fighting." The director of the festival proclaimed his "total rejection of the war in Ukraine."

He also provided more figures generated by the festival, "which becomes not only a cultural engine, but also an economic one during its celebration." Ramírez stressed that this year about 70 external public and private companies are participating (hotels, security, sound, lighting, transportation, etc.) and "about 300 direct and indirect jobs" are generated. And he added that this year a foreign promotion campaign will be carried out" in specialized magazines from countries that send tourists to the Canary Islands."

Among the projects added to those already mentioned are also the trumpeter Avishai Cohen Big Vicious, Nate Smith + Kinfolk, Ben Wendel Quartet, Immanuel Wilkins, Samantha Fish, Kadri Voorand in Duo with Mihkel Mälgand, Septeto Santiaguero, Ángela Cervantes and Pepe Rivero Quartet, Trio Corrente, Philip Lassiter, Yusan, Barencia, Pokaz Trio (Ukraine), Lucía Fumero Trio, Jesús Prieto 'Pitti', Pepe Bao Sextet, Berta Moreno, Sumrrá and 14 Canarian projects: Gran Canaria Big Band, Carlos Meneses Trio , Ernesto Montenegro Quintet, Gabriela Suárez Trío, La Local Jazz Band, Rayko León Quartet, JC Machado, Anna Rodríguez & Eliseo Lloreda, Jonay Martín Trío, Los Jinetes del Groove, Projeto Brasileiro, Javier Montero Jazz Band, Alexis Alonso Ensemble and JM Churchi & They are from Earth.

The Canarias Jazz & Más International Festival will once again have the support of the Government of the Canary Islands through the Vice-Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage as the main sponsor; the councils of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria; Tourism of Gran Canaria; the municipalities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Brígida, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz, Adeje, Los Llanos de Aridane, Alajeró; Arrecife and Teguise; and spaces such as Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Leal, Fundación Auditorio-Teatro, Teatro Guiniguada, Teatro Cuyás, Espacio La Granja; the Museum of Science and Technology, the Auditorium of the ULPGC, the Convent of Santo Domingo in La Laguna, Espacio R, Café Teatro Rayuela and Fábrica La Isleta.