With the Malta International Arts Festival coming to a close, Arts Council Malta is now gearing up for the Malta Jazz Festival 2016, which kicks off on the 21st July.

However, leading up to the Festival is Jazz on the Fringe, a setup providing the Valletta Midday Concerts and the 4th edition of the Malta Summer Jazz Camp.

The Valletta Midday Concerts will feature both local and international talent and are free to the general public. Running from the 19th to the 23rd July, this initiative will particularly highlight Malta’s young and dynamic jazz scene. The concerts start at 12.30pm and will be held in Republic Street in the shade of the Parliament Building.

There will also be a performance by the Rino Cirinnà/Warren Galea Quartet feat. Dean Montanaro and Manuel Pulis at Talbot and Bons at the Sky Parks Business Centre in Luqa on the 19th July at 8.30pm. Entrance is also free.


Image: Arts Council Malta executive chairman Albert Marshall, the Minister for Culture Dr. Owen Bonnici and Malta Jazz Festival artistic director Sandro Zerafa


The Malta Summer Jazz Camp will provide four masterclasses and workshops by renowned educators within the international jazz scene, which vary from American grooves to singing and improvisations, to learning about the language of jazz. Saxophone players can also benefit from a workshop dedicated to their instrument at the Johann Strauss School of Music.

Arts Council Malta strives towards audience development in the arts and for this reason, the Malta Jazz Festival is exploring different outreach possibilities. One such initiative sees the Thursday concerts, which will be held at the City Gate Entrance and opposite the Law Courts at 8pm, performed gratis. The artist line-up will include top world performers such as the Cuban artist Harold López-Nussa.

Artistic Director Sandro Zerafa said, “As in previous years, I’m proud to present an eclectic programme which embraces both jazz tradition and the genre-defying styles of contemporary jazz.”


Image: Joe Debono on keyboards and Warren Galea on guitar performed at the press conference


The programme includes top jazz artists such as Snarky Puppy, Bill Evans, Omer Avital and Marcus Roberts. Click here for more information and tickets.