From August 2nd to 11th, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon, is hosting the 30th edition of the Jazz em Agosto festival. The event will take place in the Open-Air Amphitheatre of the foundation, alongside with the showcase of nine films and documentaries at the Foundation’s CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna in the Multipurpose Room.
John Zorn will be one of the most notable presences. This performance is the opening act of the festival, as the musician is celebrating his 60th birthday with a european tour that includes three concerts during the event, on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Anthony Braxton and Pharoah Sanders, two very important jazz musicians, will also be present in the festival, respectively on August 9th and 11th.
The programme also includes an additional concert on July 25th with free admission in the Open-Air Amphitheatre. The concert features the artist Maria João, as a reminisce of the 1st Jazz em Agosto, in 1984, when the opening concert was precisely Maria João.
As part of the celebrations of the 30th edition of the festival, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has invited the jazz critics and thinkers Stuart Broomer, Bill Shoemaker and Brian Morton to write about 50 musicians that, over the past three decades, have helped shape the festival’s identity. The essays are being compiled in a book, published both in Portuguese and in English, and accompanied by a selected discography.