Portuguese American Journal

Music: JAZZORES’12 International Festival opens in Ponta Delgada – Azores

The JAZZORES’12 International Festival opens November 16 in Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel island, Azores. The festival will run jazz concerts through November 16, 17 and 18.

This year the festival will extend to five islands – São Miguel, Santa Maria, Faial, Pico and Graciosa – in an effort to promote cultural decentralization.

The festival opens November 16 with a concert in Teatro Micaelense, Ponta Delgada, featuring USA based New York Ensemble formed by performers Charles Gayle, Michael Wimberly, Sabir Mateen, Will Connell, and Raymond King.

The festival will close on November 18 with a performance by international acclaimed USA based jazz duo Lee Konitz (saxophone) and Florian Weber (piano).

The JAZZORES International Festival includes additional cultural activities such as poetry readings, dance performances and art exhibits.

Established in 1999, the JAZZORES International Festival has brought to the Azores many prominent national and international jazz performers.

According to the organizers, the objective is to provide younger generations in the Azores with different cultural experiences.

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General Information on the Azores -  Official Name: Autonomous Region of the Azores; Number of Islands: 9 main islands; Capital: Ponta Delgada; Area: 2314 km2; Population: 241,700 inhabitants (2004); Population density: 106 inhabitants/km²;GDP/inhabitant: 17 800€ (2005); Climate: humid , maritime sub-tropical; Economic activities: agriculture, fisheries and tourism; Official language: Portuguese; Status: Portuguese Autonomous Region, EU Outermost Region (OR);