The second edition of the popular annual event- Katara European Jazz Festival started on Wednesday 28 October at the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara with the participation of the embassies of Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

The festival brings some of the finest proponents of European Jazz music, a highly regarded art form captivating global audiences since the early 20th century. Each embassy will host one jazz group representing its country. The festival features Jazz musicians and workshops at Qatar Music Academy (QMA) for local music students and will continue until 1 November.

The festivities are launched with the presence of the envoys of European countries; Ambassador of France, HE Eric Chevalliep, HE Mrs Sieglinde Fedele di Catrano, Charge d’Affair at the Austrian Embassy, along with their excellences; HE Mr Etienne Thevoz, Ambassador of Switzerland, HE Mr Ignacio Escobar Guerrero, Ambassador of Spain, HE Mr Guido De Sanctis, Ambassador of Italy, and HE Mr Hans-Udo Muzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Indian envoy to Doha, HE Ambassador Sanjiv Arora was also present.

On his comment on the occasion, Darweesh Ahmad Al Shibani, Marketing and Public Relation Director at Katara said:

The increase of participating countries at the festival indicate the keenness and willingness for boosting the cultural and artistic interaction. It is a vivid illustration of the cultural communication and humane dialogue amongst people.’

Al Shibani pointed out that Katara host of this grand musical event stems from the fact that  Katara European Jazz Festival is now one of the most important creative platform, launched with an aim of disseminating diverse musical culture that reflect the European-Qatari cultural partnership.

Katara European Jazz Day 1

Second edition of the Katara European Jazz Festival convened with Austria through Falb Fiction.. Around the word, by Viola Falb. Flab fiction toured a lot in all kind of different countries and through Music Viola Falb conveyed the fascinating impressions she got throu her tour around Bangkok, Berlin, Svalbard, Papua and New Yok.

Festivities of the first day continued with the Germany and the Shreefpunk Reloaded by Maththias Schriefl who shared the stage with successful with international jazz musicians and has collected new comers awards and trophies for established artists as well, the West Germen Broadcaster’s (WRD) Jazz Award for improvisation being the most recent decoration.

The unique musical event that fully embraces the cultural vision of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara,  and aims to promote intercultural exchanges and reflecting the prerogatives of a city projected to the future,  will continue on Friday with  Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima 4et from Italy at 8 pm, and on Saturday with Albin Brun Alpin Ensemble from Switzerland at 7 pm, and Biel Ballester Trio from Spain on Saturday , 9 pm and Michiel Borstlap from The Netherlands, on 1 November at 8 pm.

Katara European Jazz Festival is listed on Marhaba Events Calendar.

European Jazz Festival 2015