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From 2011 to 2013 Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and its partner institutions had the pleasure to coordinate and carry out an intensive three-year summer course Brass&Jazz.

Brass&Jazz was a crossover between academic and jazz study programmes.  All students took part in warm-up lessons, guided by different teachers in turn; all students took part in improvisation workshops establishing links between academic and jazz tuition. Individual lessons helped to improve skills of instrument performance.  Repertoire for brass ensembles and big band was selected with the aim to make it attractive both for classical and jazz students.  Several combos were formed from jazz and classical music students making combinations of more experienced jazz students acting as tutors for less experienced academic students. Each year approximately 80 students from Latvia and 20 students from the partner institutions participated in the project.

Students participating in the Intensive Programme received 3.5 ECTS that were included into their Diploma Supplement.

Brass&Jazz took place every year in the second fortnight of August.



  • ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem, Enschede, Zwolle
  • Rotterdam Jazz Academy
  • Maastricht Academy of Music
  • Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
  • Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
  • Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music



Royal College of Music in Stockholm (2011, 2012, 2013), Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (2011), The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (2011), Musikhochschule Luzern (2012), Conservatorio di Musica St.Cecilia Roma (2012), Conservatoire de Musique Luxembourg (2011, 2012, 2013), Konservatorium Wien University (2013).



Michael Lind, tuba, Stockholm (2011, 2012, 2013), Tilmar Junius, jazz piano, Zwolle (2011, 2012, 2013), Ron van Stratum, jazz drums, Maastricht (2011, 2012, 2013), Nadine Nix, jazz singing, Maastricht (2012, 2013), Patrick Krysatis, Alexander Technique, Luxembourg (2011, 2012, 2013), Liudas Mockūnas, jazz saxophone, improvisation, Vilnius (2011, 2012, 2013), Linas Rimša, jazz composition, Vilnius (2011, 2012, 2013), Olivier Darbellay, French Horn, Lausanne, Luzern (2011, 2012), Tonnie Kievits, trumpet, Arnheim (2012, 2013), Ilja Reijngoud, jazz trombone, Big Band, Rotterdam (2011, 2013), Hans Mantel, jazz double bass, Rotterdam (2011, 2013), Claus Olesen, classical saxophone, Aarhus (2011), Reijer Dorresteijn, trumpet, Enschede (2011), Johan van der Linden, classical saxophone, Enschede (2011), Nic Gotham, improviztion, Riga (2011), Pavel Shcherbakov, jazz trombone, Zwolle (2012), Stefan Lievestro, jazz double bass, Rotterdam (2012), Taavo Remmel, jazz doble bass, Tallinn (2012), Teet Raik, Big Band, jaz trumpet, Tallinn (2012), Enzo Filippetti, classical saxophone, Rome (2012), Will Sanders, French Horn, Maastricht (2013), Lars Mlekusch, classical saxophone, Wien (2013), Angelo Verploegen, jazz trumpet, Arnheim (2013), Christer Johnsson, classical saxophone, Stockholm (2013), Remigijus Rančys, Big Band, Vilnius (2013),  Jaak Sooäär, jazz guitar, Tallinn (2013), Arvydas Kazlauskas, classical saxophone, Riga (2011, 2012, 2013), Jānis Retenais, tuba, Riga (2011, 2012, 2013), Gatis Evelons, French Horn, Riga (2011, 2012, 2013), Indriķis Veitners, jazz saxophone, improvisation, Riga (2011, 2012, 2013), Madars Kalniņš, jazz piano, Riga (2011, 2012).



The project was implemented thanks to the Lifelearning programme Erasmus, State Culture Capital Foundation, in cooperation with the embassies of the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, company YAMAHA, MEINL representative in Latvia RDL Ltd, Music caffee Omas Briljants, 3S Ltd, Markol Ltd (Zaķumuižas ūdens) and Pusbalsī Ltd.


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