The first Saulkrasti Jazz masterclasses took place in 1997 and were organized only for young drummers. The following year the bassists joined.
Since 1999, every year in July, Saulkrasti Jazz offers 6 masterclasses – vocal art, piano, wind instruments, guitar, bass / double bass, percussion / drums .
The idea of masterclasses led by educators and musicians from abroad has been maintained with the aim of giving participants a closer look at the teaching methods abroad. Therefore, every year the team of teachers is from different countries.
Saulkrasti Jazz masterclasses have been led by teachers and musicians from the United States, England, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Gambia, Georgia, Estonia, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Cameroon, Canada, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Sweden.
During the rapid economic growth in Latvia (2005–2008), the number of participants at Saulkrasti Jazz masterclasses increased to 172! To ensure the quality of the master classes, during these years the participants were divided into groups, taking into account their level of musical skills: Group B – beginners, Group A – with the ability to make music independently. The best jazz music professionals from Latvia – Inga Bērziņa (vocals), Indriķis Veitners (saxophone), Rihards Zaļupe (percussion instruments), Andrejs Jevsjukovs (guitar) were invited as additional pedagogical team. It gave new experience in educating young people to both foreign and Latvian music teachers.
Since 2010, the number of participants in master classes is 70 – 80.
The names of the participants of Saulkrasti Jazz master classes are well known both in Latvia and far beyond its borders – Deniss Paškēvičs, Rihards Zaļupe, Haralds Bondars, Mareks Logins, Pēteris Žīle, Rihards Kolmanis, Sintija Grigorjeva, Linda Kanter, Arta Jēkabsone and many others, many of whom are still studying both in Europe and in the homeland of jazz - USA.
The parcticipants of the workshop camp will be accomodated at Saulkrasti Region Secondary School (Atpūtas iela 1, Zvejniekciems, Saulkrastu novads).The workshops will take place at the same location.
The participants are asked to present a valid Covid-19 certificate, that proves a full vaccination or recovery status.
The day is divided into two parts – until lunch participants practice their instruments during the specialty lessons, after lunch they take part in ensemble rehearsals. Masterclasses are held in Latvian.
Masterclass teachers divide the participants into ensembles and a closing concert of the camp is prepared, in which all the participants of the camp perform. This concert takes place on the Main Stage of the festival at Saulkrasti Open Air stage, it is free of charge and open to the public.
Every evening the participants of the masterclasses attend the concerts of the festival, where after the concerts they can take part in Jam Session.
In addition, each masterclass participant receives two invitations (for family or friends) to the festival concerts.
- Age of the participant 12 – 20 years old
- The participant must present a valid Covid-19 certificate
- Accommodation at the school premises
- The participant takes care of all the necessary for sleeping (blanket, pillow,
sleeping bag etc.)
- The participant receives two invitations (for family or friends) to the
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