EUROPAfest to bring exceptional bands in Bucharest

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The international musical festival EUROPAfest is to bring for a week in Bucharest, over May 7-13, several of our times’ most prolific and talented musicians from Austria, UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Romania.

According to the organizers, the audience will have the chance to meet some of the most famous musical bands of the time: Radio String Quartet Vienna & Klaus Paier from Austria, Virtual Jazz Band from UK, Trio Elf from Germany, Stelzhamma from Austria, Chabliz from the Netherlands. Marcian Petrescu & Trenul de noapte from Romania, Anne Czichowsky&Jazzpartout from Germany and Sidesteps from Austria.

Marcian Petrescu & Trenul de noapte is the single authentic band of Harmonica Blues in Romania, but with many imitators already, approaching ‘traditional blues’: acoustic with electrical stimulations.

Winners of the 3008 Bucharest International Jazz Competition, Anne Czichowsky&Jazzpartout return to Romania this year for the EUROPAfest, with their new album, launched in 2009.

EUROPAfest 2009 is to bring back to life the Romanian musical scene again, for one week, with more than 300 musicians from 40 countries in Europe and other continents to be here over May 7 – 13.

The same as in every year, the opening concert will take place on May 7, when there are also celebrated the Europe’s Days, and will include a mixture of jay, blues, pop and classical music, introducing thus the calendar of the evens in the festival.

In the following days, jmEvents.ro will propose, under the title ‘Festival offers! You choose!’ a series of traditional and non-conventional concerts, to represent one of the attractions of the festival.

The 3rd edition of the Bucharest International Jazz Competition, the single event of the kind on the Romanian professional jazz scene, successfully launched two years ago, with 19 bands from 25 countries performing, promises to bring back the same atmosphere of 100 % jazz & more this year too.

The shows will be held at the Auditorium hall of the National Contemporary Art Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum, Hard Rock Café and Rin Grand Hotel.

The 3rd contest under the EUROPAfest will be Jeunesses International Music Competition, a famous competition both national and on the international level, with the 2009 section to be devoted to the violin. The concert will be followed by jam sessions and workshops to be held under the guiding of international specialists.

A special place on the agenda of the event will be represented by the Caffe Festival, an event meant for all those who want to discover the pleasure of listening to music in an unconventional setting, at the Peasant’s Club within the Romanian Peasant’s Museum’.

EUROPAfest will end on May 13 with a Gala of Laureates, a evening for the best artists in the festival, with the audience to have thus the chance to find out who the winners are.

Launched in 1992, under the aegis of the Jeunesses Musicales, the event in Bucharest came to its 16th edition, with its motivation and force to continue growing from year to year springing from the passion for good music, from the will to prove Romania can be a professional organizer of good quality events, from the enthusiasm of the audience, every year more significant.

The large number of countries participating in the festival, the significant number of participants, as well as the recognition by the specialized institutions represents a certitude of the prestige won on the international plan, with the festival being perceived as a reference point on the international professional music scene.
Since 2005, EUROPAfest has been held under the patronage of Princess Margaret and Prince Radu, among the traditional partners of the event being UNICEF, the Bucharest City Hall, the Ministry of Education, as well as various cultural centres and embassies.

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