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December 4 at 1pm tune in for Arta Jēkabsone’s  & Baden Goyo’s  feature  on the Brave Sound podcast Inside NYC Music, hosted by Austin Zhang & Michael Shapiro

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Photo credit: Austin Zhang

If I Were Alone in the World – Stav Goldberg

Collaboration Project on remote with Stav Golberg (Israel),  Arta Jēkabsone (New York) Kristiāna Cimmermane & Emīls Skrīvelis (Latvia)

Listen to some of the recent online performances of Arta Jēkabsone.

Make Music Day 2020, 25×12  Live Online Lesson – too many Artas in one video…

I had this amazing opportunity to be a part of makemusicday.org 25×12 Online Live Lessons.

When thinking about the concept of what to bring to my online lesson, I arranged this beautiful song by Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now for voices and added a little beat to it. (as an experiment)

With all of this injustice in the world, global pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter Movement, music is the only place where I find peace, healing energy and love. I thought that this song is also a great fit for these times, and hopefully, soon we will find clarity inside of us, and also we will be surrounded by one!

Sound by Studija Fa: Atis Freibergs

Welcome To Jazz Book Online Party with Carolyn Sloan, New York Youth Symphony Jazz, Nikarra Warren, and Arta Jēkabsone 

Arta & Friends concert on May 29. This year Arta celebrated her birthday with some of her closest musician friends online, sharing some pre-recorded new music. 🙂 

Arta’s online solo concert ” Latvian Music in the mood of Jazz” on May 16, organised by American – Latvian Association Saturday Evening Concert Series.  

Arta Jēkabsone  The New School Graduation Commencement  Student Speaker

Hear the performance of Arta Jēkabsone, Aaron Parks, Dayna Stephens & Dan Tepfer at The Jazz Gallery Online Presents  “The Lockdown Sessions” on Saturday, April 25, at 7pm.

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Arta Jēkabsone dedicates music to this emotional initiative ” Paliec Mājās” (Stay Home) as a response to the current global crisis – COVID 19

A note from Arta:

This is definitely one of the highlights in these past weeks while being stuck in my apartment. I am happy and blessed to still keep on doing what I love the most and together with people, who truly create ideas that stem from their hearts and their willingness to make not only theirs but also other people’s days better.
Only together we can encourage our loved ones, our friends, our friends of friends to stay home so that soon we are able to do what we love the most. 
Be well and healthy!

Arta

Author of the idea/lighting artist: Kristaps Bunga
Producer/ artistic director: Eriks Kibermanis
Drone operator/ video editing: Armands Video.
Drone operator: Toms Leinasars
Technical team: Janis Purvs, Edgars Ķuzis, Jānis Muciņš un Maris Meness
Composer/voice: Arta Jēkabsone
Sound Mix & Master: Atis Freibergs (Studija Fa)
Thank you: Vita Nagle, Inese Skuķe & Jānis Kalējs

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Read the interview with Arta  on JazzSpeaks “Anchoring Roots: Arta Jēkabsone Speaks”  (interview by Stephanie Jones)

Arta’s original music project “Reflections” in a collaboration with 7 talented musicians was nominated for the Latvian Annual Concert 2019. Listen here: 

Arta Jēkabsone’s Trio concert on March 12 at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

Arta Jēkabsone – voice; Tal Yahalom – guitar; Nick Dunston – bass

Arta Jēkabsone Letters to Home first song ” Gratitude”  is out!

“Today I am happy to release our First Letter that Theo Walentiny and I recorded a couple of weeks ago.
This song’s story is based on the letter that I wrote to my mother when I was sitting on the rock at Runyon Canyon Park. It talks about kindness, my love, appreciation, and gratitude to her and my whole family.”  Arta

Arta Jēkabsone presents Letters to Home

Check out  the new updates  in Arta’s world (website)

Finally, you can see Arta’s recent and more past projects in one place, that are still actively living and being played at various places around the world 🙂

Also, check out her newest original music project ” Letters to Home”, that will be present at The Jazz Gallery on March 26! To learn more about the project and the wonderful check out  Letters to Home section. 🙂

10th of January, 2020,  8pm: The Voice in Concert: Arta Jēkabsone at Nikolaisaal Potsdam Festival. Click on to buy tickets…

Line Up:
Matti Klein – Piano & Fender Rhodes
Paul Kleber – Bass
Tobias Backhaus – Drums

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Arta Jēkabsone’s December & January Concert in Europe – Latvia & Germany.  Get your tickets soon…

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Hear how Arta scats in a Jazz Kids Book! (FYI –  Bestseller on Amazon.com)

Welcome to Jazz: A Swing-Along Celebration of America’s Music, Featuring “When the Saints Go Marching In” is finally out!  This fantastic book is meant for you who are interested in learning about jazz music.

Order your copy here…

Don’t miss it!

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!!! FAIRYTALE AISMA IS OUT!!!

AISMA is an international ensemble of musicians performing a through-composed suite, based on a narrative. The music is vivid, full of splashes of color, pulsating micro-rhythms, and melodies, it exists in a very unique line between composition and improvisation, where the main focus is not on the individual, but the collective.

CLICK TO PURCHASE

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New Music & new collaborations… More details soon.

Note from Arta:

“Dear reader!

Arta & Erik Enjoy Jazz Festival Photo by Ben Van Skyhawk (2)I am slowly entering a new chapter in my life… Finally this spring I am graduating from The New School and Contemporary Music, therefore new music is about to come out soon…  Currently, I am preparing new music for my senior recital, this time with a larger ensemble…  I won’t spill more beans… for now the 12th of May is the premiere date!

Alongside my new recital music, I am working on another music piece, which will be premiered on the 3rd of May – Bruno Walter Auditorium (NYC). Very excited! 🙂 

Stay tuned for more details…

P.s.Send me good energy,  good vibes, and inspiration to complete my work soon, so I am able to share it with you and just enjoy life! 🙂 

Love and light, 

Arta”

New Music, New album, New Collaboration… Is available now.

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Two voices, nothing more. Songs in English and the universal language of music: Own compositions, soundscapes, improvised, electronic, harmonic, voluptuous… In search of the inner selves of two young singers. Somewhere between New York, Berlin, Latvia, and Finland. Nothing distracts from the beauty of two voices that really have something to say! Inspired by musicians like Meredith Monk, Jenny Hval, or Nils Frahm. Arta Jēkabsone and Erik Leuthäuser created a musical duo-concept that deals with the opposites „light“ and „darkness“ from every angle possible. Their debut album „Yesterday Still Lies Between The Floorboards“ will be released by Unit Records on October 5th, 2018. Both singers met at the world-renowned and prestigious Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2016 placing 1st and 2nd and decided to continue working together: And now here they are!

Check out the article about Arta’s Light on Hot House Jazz Guide Magazine:

Musicians Talk Inspirations: Arta Jēkabsone by Seton Hawkins

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Arta Jēkabsone Quintet is presenting the album “Light” in The Baltic States this August …

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Let music and fairytale take you away into a world of a girl living between dreams and reality. Click on to see the video and see if you can help us to live the dream…

Arta Jēkabsone  digital debut album ” Light”  arrived on 16th of December

On the 16th of July  Arta Jēkabsone started her journey of light capturing musical stories at HanaRoad Music Studio in Montreux, Switzerland.  Jēkabsone recorded this music together with  Theo Walentiny, Nick Dunston, Lucas Kadish, and Connor Parks.  Six months later on the  16th of December long-awaited album ” Light” is experiencing its daylight.

Now music is available on Itunes Music, Amazon Music, Apple Music,  Spotify, and many more digital streaming websites.  Physical copy limited edition release date will be announced soon.

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Arta Jēkabsone debut album “Light”

My Debut album ” Light” is still searching for its time to see the daylight…  The album was recorded in July of 2017 at the Hana Road Music Studio in Montreux, Switzerland. The personnel of the album, who met in New York City, consists of me Arta Jēkabsone (voice, compositions), Theo Walentiny (piano), Lucas Kadish (guitar), Nick Dunston (bass, compositions), and Connor Parks (Drums). I am very excited.

Arta Jekabsone Band has performed internationally:
First Appearance was in Bern Jazz Festival 2016,
On July 12th of 2017 band performed at 51st Montreux Jazz Festival, presenting the conceptual program ” Light”.

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Arta Jēkabsone & Erik Leuthäuser Duo Album will be released in Fall 2018

Check out the video.  Snippet from a concert in Berlin…

… Arta’s Farewell concerts with musician friends in Latvia starting this Friday, 18th of August …

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Before going back to the city that doesn’t sleep – NYC,  Arta is thrilled to play her last performances with her friends.  Join them:

August 18th, 19.00,  Venstpils Groove Festival with friends Edgars Cīrulis, Svens Vilsons, Ilmārs Priede, Pauls Ķierpe   Ventspils, Latvia 

August 19th, 21.00,  “Music of Norma Winstone” with Evilena Protektore, Jānis Rubiks, Edgars Cīrulis at Trompete, Riga, Latvia 

August 24th , 19.00,  “Upe,Upe, Gauja, Gauja” with Artis Gāga  Project at Ziemeļblāzma Concert Hall, Riga, Latvia

August 25th, 19.00, DŽEZA MŪZIKAS KONCERTS AR GERHARDU ORNIGU UN ARTU JĒKABSONi  at Liepājas Dzintars, Liepaja, Latvia

 

Arta Jēkabsone & Tuomo Uusitalo at Jazzkukko Festival Saturday 5th of August. Don’t miss it!

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Arta is having a wonderful time in Finland, Laitila giving a workshop for students and performing together with Tuomo Uusitalo (piano), Kari Antila (guitar), Gianni Gagliardi Dell’Agnolo (tenor saxophone). Saturday 5th of August at 4 pm  Arta & Tuomo will perform at the JazzKukko Festival’s main stage. In their repertoire – original music and songs from The Great American Song Book.

More information:

http://www.jazzkukko.fi

https://www.facebook.com/jazzkukko/

Erik Leuthäuser & Arta Jēkabsone in Berlin 

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Having a wonderful time in Berlin with Erik Leuthäuser & Matti Klein. Playing two more beautiful concerts at Cafe Tasso (25th of July) & Gallery (26th of July). Closing our small concert journey in Riga Paskevich Jazz Club. Join us, we would love to share some stories with you!  

51st Montreux Jazz Festival 2017

Arta Jēkabsone Quintet at Montreux Jazz Club, Wednesday 12th of July 8:00 pm    

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Arta Jēkabsone 

My heart, soul, and ears get inspired by any kind of music.  The most important for me is that the music reflects honesty, passion, and love.

  

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If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.   – Charles Bukowski

 

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Paint what you like and die happy – Henry Miller

 

Nick Dunston (Bass)

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You only life twice, or so it seems. One life for yourself, and one for your dreams.

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Connor Parks (Drums)

Music is the universal language that unites humanity!

 

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Buy tickets online: 

https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/artist/arta-jekabsone