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The 14th Contemporary Rhythm Music Festival “Ventspils Groove 2019” has started in Ventspils and will continue until 17. August. The festival takes place for the first time in the newly opened concert hall “Latvija”. Opening concert of the festival and master classes “Ventspils Groove 2019” in Ventspils Music High School Small Hall 13. in August 19. 00 Lupa and Ventspils Music High School Ensemble Del Seagull will perform. The band “Lupa” plays improvised instrumental music using acoustic, electric and electronic instruments. The ensemble “Del Seagull”, in turn, performs with 3rd year students of bass guitar teacher Tom Poiss of Ventspils Music High School. Over the years, the Ventspils Groove Festival has become a meeting place and creative exchange where the collective experience of an international team of professional musicians with the passion and talents of young Latvian musicians blends. Masterclasses are organized in two ways: during the first half of the day, students work with their instrument educators, drawing inspiration and knowledge from professionals, and after lunch, the students are divided into ensembles, each ensemble, with the support of two instructors, produces the program. Student-staged compositions are played at a special concert on the big stage at the end of the festival the day before the big Gala concert. Concerts at the festival are scheduled starting Tuesday with a different program each evening. “Ventspils Groove 2019” at the second concert, 14. in August 19, the Ventspils Music High School Alumni Ensemble and Ventspils Music High School Percussion Instructor Quartet will perform. 15. in August 19 The concert program of the 00 festival will be continued by Ventspils Music High School educator ensembles – pianist Atis Anderson’s Atis Andersons Trio and Ģirts Celmiņa’s 5 Man Band. In turn 16. The concert will be hosted by master class leader Susanna Aleksandra with accompanying group and Ventspils Music High School student Gunārs Gaumigs. At the end of the festival, 17. in August 15. 00, there will be the aforementioned masterclass concert by everyone at the music festival, but at the gala concert at 8pm. 19. 00 We will hear the Ventspils Big Band, led by Renārs Lāčs, together with all the masters of the Ventspils Groove 2019 Music Festival.
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