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The Grand Opening of the jubilee festival - "SUMMERTIME 15" / HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE (USA)
jazz/ hip-hop/ funk

The grand opening of the already legendary international music festival “SUMMERTIME – Inese Galante & Friends” will take place on the 5th of August, with this year being particularly special due to the festival celebrating its 15th anniversary. The world famous opera diva and the homeland’s beloved muse of the festival – Inese Galante will be present on the stage of the concert hall of Dzintari for the fifteenth year to unveil the glorious music festival, gifted by her charity foundation in Jurmala.

This year, the world-renowned, up and coming band from the US - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will become the centrepiece for the festival's opening ceremony. The eight sons of Phil Cohran, the well-known Afro-American jazz trumpeter from Chicago, have gained world fame for their incredible energy in their performance, creating the synergy between each band member’s charm and unlimited talent. The versatility of their concerts manifests itself in combining musical genres – from hip hop to jazz and even funk rock, supplemented by Gypsy music themes. Critics describe their art as “music of the moment” while the audience on all continents of the world – from New York's Carnegie Hall to the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott's in London – invariably accompanies the band’s concerts with relentless applause. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's performance mesmerizes, turns on and at a subconscious level leads the listener to a new level of perception, allowing them to forget all the worries and enjoy this “moment”. The artists have featured stars such as Prince, Snoop Dogg, Blur, Gorillaz and others. Known to the wider audience as the authors of the cult film series “The Hunger Games” soundtrack.

A special sense of festivity, along with a dose of carelessness this evening will be provided by the concert presenter and an old friend of the festival – Valters Krauze. Traditionally, the laureates of the “Inese Galante's Talents” contest will perform at the grand opening concert of the festival, raising a smile of delight on the faces of the listeners with their touching performances. More about the musicians: https://www.hypnoticbrassensemble.com/