Central Romania: the Jazz at Bran Castle festival returns with a new edition in August


The eighth edition of the Jazz at Bran Castle festival will take place this summer in the inner courtyard of the famous Bran Castle and at the Evangelical Church in Rasnov, central Romania. The event is scheduled for August 27-29.

This year’s edition of the festival will draw public attention to lesser-known projects, organizers said. One of them is the project of violinist Iskandar Widjaja with Israeli pianist Itamar Golan, known for his recordings with Maxim Vangerov, Mischa Maisky, Barbra Hendricks and the Berlin Philarmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta.

The program also includes a concert by Klaus Falschlunger, sitar and konnakol, and Luciano Biondini, an Italian accordionist who returns to Bran after his first performance with Rabih Abou-Khalil. The duo will perform the album “Once in a Blue Moon”, an interesting mix of Indian music with folk and pop, full of poetry and fine humor.

Meanwhile, the Trio of Finnish composer and pianist Alexi Tuomarila, winner of the Emma Prize with “Sphere”, will present the album at the festival on the second evening, in the company of trumpeter Kalevi Louhivuor. Hakon Kornstadt will also be present at the event, where he will perform in trio with famous ECM artists Mats Eilersten and Frode Haltli.

On the last evening of the festival, French accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier will return to Château de Bran with an original project, “Rivages”, in the company of guitarist Kevin Seddiki. The festival will end with a concert by the Scandinavian supergroup Rymden, very present in the jazz world in recent years, who will present their latest album.

Alexi Tuomarila, Iskandar Widjaja and Itamar Golan will perform in the baroque atmosphere of the Evangelical Church in Rasnov.

The concerts will take place in the inner courtyard of Bran Castle on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Church in Rasnov. More details here.

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