Kvarner newsletter / no 29

Liburnia Jazz Festival

From the 4th to the 6th of July, visitors to Opatija who love jazz and similar musical genres will have a great chance to enjoy this year's Liburnia Jazz Festival. The list of artists scheduled to perform at this festival includes many renowned names, such as Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, and composer of many of the soundtracks to his father's films.

Kyle Eastwood Band, Vasil Hadžimanov Band, Tower of Power – these are just a few of the artists that will perform in Opatija on the Liburnia Jazz Festival from the 4th to the 6th of July. This will be the 10th edition of this festival, organised by the members of the Liburnia Jazz association, which is lead by the popular Croatian jazz musician Elvis Stanić.
One of the biggest stars of this festival is definitely the Kyle Eastwood Band, whose leader is the son of the famous actor and director Clint Eastwood. Very few people know that Kyle Eastwood is a very successful musician, who recorded four albums as a jazz bassist and also made music for several films, including many films by his father.
Another famous name that will perform in Opatija is Vasil Hadžimanov Band, made up of musicians from Macedonia and Serbia, who combine elements of Balkan ethnic music with modern western musical trends.
Also to perform in Opatija are the members of the soul-funk band from California, Tower of Power, a very successful soul horn band, which worked together with numerous eminent musicians such as Santana, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith and many others. The band has been active for 40 years and has published 19 albums.
Liburnia Jazz Festival will also include performances by many other artists, such as the Funk Off band from Italy, The Players (a band made up of musicians form Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia), and the members of the Jazz Ex Tempore Orchestra, who participated last year on the Jazz Ex Tempore event, which was also organised by the Liburnia Jazz association.