The Bahrain Jazz Fest 2020 is set to take place between from today until December 19 across multiple venues around Bahrain.
The event, which is produced by Clockwork, has a new format with three distinct offerings for music enthusiasts. These include live indoor performances strictly abiding by official Covid-19 guidelines for six consecutive days, to be held at Downtown in the Intercontinental Regency Bahrain, online webinars and panel discussions with international Jazz festival directors and music educators, as well as workshops and masterclasses for aspiring musicians. These will be hosted by international and local musicians in conjunction with BNP Paribas at the Eighty-Eight Keys Music Academy.
This is the first time in the history of the Bahrain Jazz Fest that the event will be taking place for 12 continuous days, with a focus to celebrate local artists and talent. The event will also feature award-winning French jazz pianist Paul Lay, who will open the 2020 programme on with a jazz piano recital and a masterclass for budding musicians.
The live shows will put the spotlight on different local bands every night, playing a range of styles from jazz to blues to funk to fusion. Tickets are BD15 per head including a welcome drink and will be available for purchase on Wanasa Time and can be bought in groups of two, four or six.
Jude D’Souza, key spokesperson for the event, said: “On behalf of my co-founders Paul Gindra and Michael Goodger, we are very excited to present once again the Bahrain Jazz Fest to our eager audiences. The programme for 2020 has been specially curated to offer not just entertainment, but an experience which is informative, educating and enriching.
“The hybrid format of smaller physical live shows, online panel discussions and masterclasses are being done for the very first time, making it possible for music aficionados to get a deeper understanding of jazz and pushing our bigger vision to establish Bahrain as a jazz music hub for the region.
“It has been our constant endeavour to offer a new flavour to each edition of the festival and this year, despite all constraints around Covid-19, we are ready to roll out an exciting programme. This would not be possible without the continuous support and encouragement of our presenting partner BNP Paribas and event partners Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, Room 2 Rock, BMMI Shops, Intercontinental Regency Bahrain, Eighty -Eight Keys Music Academy, FACT Magazine and LocalBH, to whom we are always grateful.
The Bahrain Jazz Fest, now in its fourth year, is prepping to have a huge celebration in 2021 to commemorate its landmark 5th year on the island with some impressionable performances and experiences with prominent international and local artists.