The festival Que Jazz é Este? enters its eighth edition this year, this time on five non-consecutive days, always on Wednesday: July 22, August 12 and 26, September 9 and 30. In response to the pandemic times that we are going through, the festival thus sees its programming redesigned for the effectiveness of complying with safety standards, while maintaining the festival’s main pillars and matrix.
Stage concerts, professional music training, as well as raising awareness of new audiences are the ingredients that guarantee the connection to the community and the public in times of life and suspended routines in which it is necessary to insist on continuity and to remain active and creatives.
Each of the five days of the festival will have a similarly structured program. The day begins with Radio Rossio, which broadcasts this year in its comfortable and aromatic audience under the linden trees of Rossio de Viseu where the radio caravan is parked. There are six hours a day in blocks of three programs per day leveraged in partnership with various local radio stations, national radio stations and organizations from other jazz festivals in the Central and Northern areas. Voices that we usually hear on Antena 3, Vodafone FM, Daily Station, Rádio Jornal do Centro, RCI and others, will be in Viseu with unique programs, dedicated to jazz and the stories that surround it.
For audiences less close to the traditional stages, there will be Jazz on the Street touring the city of Viseu, without forgetting the essential historic center of the city of Viseu. The Jazz ao Domicílio idea comes from previous editions and has something healthy subversive: instead of taking people to concerts, people are taking concerts. Hospitals, homes and other institutions receive concerts at home and in this way access to this precious asset that is culture is expanded.
During the mornings there is still time for families to take part in workshops in the area of music with challenges such as dixieland percussion, audio production, circle singing or even being part of a toy orchestra.
As for the concerts, we highlight the late afternoon, at 7pm, in the garden of Casa do Miradouro, with concerts of a wide stylistic variety. On this stage are the viseenses Miguel Rodrigues with his debut album EMPA and Gustavo Dinis solo with UHAI. This block completes the jazz/electronic/rock collective of Lisbon’s Whosputo with the debut album Art of Decay, and also Pedro Oliveira, under Krake’s alter-ego, which will make us travel through Nordic mythology in a crescent of sound imagery.
At 9:30 pm, the first day of the festival is provided by the fantastic trio Carlos Bica + André Santos + João Mortágua and then Troll’s Toy with their fusion of rock styles and explosions – attention with open-minded metalheads! Also present are the cosmic João Guimarães Grupo and the house group Coletivo Gira Sol Azul with a special concert to be announced. The festival closes in high with the acclaimed trio of Mário Laginha.
Training being one of the essential components of the event, there are three important training courses in the area of music and musical professionalization. These are a dixieland music workshop directed by Leonardo Outeiro aimed at the younger generation of music students, the already structural Jazz Workshop in Viseu which in its 12th edition makes an open call this year to professional musicians from the region of Viseu and an artistic residency with the Gira sol Azul musicians collective and a special guest.