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IDeeJazz 2018

The 8th Tartu International Jazz and Rhythm Music Festival

Good vibes with any kind of weather!

November 9-12, 2018

Tartu and Narva

We are offering single tickets for specific concerts, day tickets and festival passes.

Single tickets:
5€ – 18€

Day tickets:
12€ – 28€

Festival pass:
30€ – 50€

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Estonian National Museum


UT Narva College

IDeeJazz – the festival of good vibes returns!

The eighth IDeeJazz festival takes place November 9-12 in Tartu and Narva, featuring top artists from Europe, Africa, Russia and Turkey. The programme is best characterized by keywords such as ‘delightful’, ‘eclectic’ and ‘modern’. Featured genres range from classic and contemporary jazz to world music; from downtempo and lounge to electronic psychedelia and other exciting soundscapes. The full programme has now been announced and extremely low-priced festival passes, day tickets and single concert tickets are now available on Piletilevi. . Special offer discount tickets will be sold until October 14.

Artists from several continents

International jazz and rhythm music festival IDeeJazz invites you to come and get a positive recharge in the late Estonian autumn. IDeeJazz takes place in two Estonian towns – already for the eighth time in Tartu and second time in Narva. Altogether, the two towns will be hosting 15 concerts!

IDeeJazz establishes Tartu and Narva on the global map of music culture, as both towns will be introduced to first-class jazz and rhythm music artists from Estonia, Europe and elsewhere. The concert stages of the 8th IDeeJazz festival will be taken over by top musicians from Gambia, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Russia, Finland, Latvia and naturally Estonia.


The headliners and overview of the programme

“This year’s festival’s delicacies are coming to you from Africa and Europe,” says Oleg Pissarenko, the chief organiser of the festival. “I’m proud to mention especially Sona Jobarteh, the first female griot kora virtuoso, who is also an excellent singer, composer and social activist.

Another special experience is guaranteed by the performance of De-Phazz, one of the top exports of German music industry. Exotic vibes are introduced to the programme by Islandman, a trio from Istanbul who play atmospheric club-oriented music and also won the Shure Montreux Jazz Band Award at the Montreux Jazz Talent Awards this year.

In addition, we will celebrating the centenary of the Republic of Poland together with virtuoso pianist Sławek Jaskułke’s sextet, enjoying new and beautiful music from Rihards Libietis Orchestra and combining jazz and chess with the excellent Finnish musicians of William Suvanne’s project Chess’n Jazz.

And, of course, we will also be reuniting with two stellar Estonian saxophonists and their friends – in Tartu, we will be celebrating Lembit Saarsalu’s 70th birthday, and in both towns, we are going to be tuned to club frequencies by a collaboration between Villu Veski and the brilliant Laura Põldvere. In Narva, the audience will be able to enjoy contemporary Russian jazz by Tanya Balakirskaya and Dmitry Ilugdin Trio.”

The 8th festival as a present to Estonia

The reference to ideas in the name of the festival also reflects in its line-up, for each artist has something extraordinary and original to offer. IDeeJazz – the name and the event stand for jazz as an idea: open-ended, innovative and creative energy flowing back and forth between musicians and audiences. IDeeJazz is just like Estonia – not exactly large, but lots of content nonetheless. Each concert is distinctive and unique. IDeeJazz 2018 is a present to the Republic of Estonia on the occasion of its centenary.

Previous IDeeJazz festivals have featured artists such as Richard Bona, Dino Saluzzi, Anna Maria Jopek, Oum, Aubrey Logan, Sebastian Studnitzky, Leroy Jones, Marcin Wasilewski, Enver Izmaylov, Sven Grünberg & Mess, Radar, Peeter Volkonski & E=mc2, Tõnis Mägi, Marju Kuut, Vaiko Eplik, Tõnu Naissoo, Kristjan Randalu, Hedvig Hanson, Kadri Voorand, Laura Remmel, Sofia Rubina, Villu Veski, Raivo Tafenau, Jaak Sooäär, Tanel Ruben, Oleg Pissarenko, Estonian Voices and many others.


Sona Jobarteh
/ Gambia – UK

/ Germany

Sławek Jaskułke Sextet
/ Poland

/ Turkey

William Suvanne Chess’n Jazz
/ Finland

Laura & W
/ Estonia

Rihards Lībietis Orchestra
/ Latvia

Lembit Saarsalu Quartet feat. Leonid Vintskevich
/ Estonia – Russia

Tanya Balakirskaya & Dmitry Ilugdin Trio
/ Russia



Ministry of Culture
City of Tartu
Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Estonian National Museum
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tallinn
Finnish Institute in Estonia
Estonian Public Broadcasting
TMB Element
Kane Metall
Tartu Kaubamaja
Hotel Tartu
Tartu Window of Culture


Ministry of Culture
Integration Foundation
City of Narva
Cultural Endowment of Estonia
UT Narva College
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tallinn
Estonian Public Broadcasting
Liivarand Spa Hotel
Fama Center
Astri Center
Toyota Narva
Cafe “Muna”

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