Abot the Festival

kristiinaInternational Youth Rhythm Music Festival Visioon in Tallinn and Saue


"Visioon" gives a new musical perspective for the future. It is mainly aimed at young people who like improvisation and jazz music. The festival was first held in 2003 at Saue Music School when the pop-jazz department of the school, led by Iljo Toming, was established. The main participants are young musicians from different music schools as well as professional musicians. Participating soloists, ensembles and big bands come from different countries like Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, United Kingdom etc. Workshops and jam sessions are also arranged during the festival. On average there are approximately 140 young musicians participating each year. There are no age limits. The cooperation between young musicians and professionals is considered to be important as it inspires young music learners to strive, practise and explore more. Various well-known musicians have participated and carried out different workshops at "Visioon", including Eric Marienthal, David Kikoski, Jukkis Uotila, Dean Brown, Krzysztof Zawadzki, Jens Christian "Chappe" Jensen, Nick Smart, George Kontrafouris, Jussi Lehtonen, Sami Linna, Manuel Dunkel, Zoltan Lantos, Indrikis Veitners, Wagner Barbosa, Thais Morell, José Torres, Zoltan Orosz and wonderful Estonian musicians like Kristjan Randalu, Jaak Sooäär, Kadri Voorand, Mihkel Mälgand, Raivo Tafenau, Siim Aimla, Raul Sööt, Holger Marjamaa, Aleksander Paal and others.

The centre of the festival is the International Youth Big Band project. The conductors of the big band have been internationally recognised conductors, pedagogues and musicians like Jukkis Uotila (conductor, professor at Sibelius Academy), Nick Smart (trumpetist, professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London), Jens Christian "Chappe" Jensen (musician, composer, professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus). The project is organised in collaboration with jazz and rhythm music departments of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Tallinn Georg Ots Music School, managed by Teet Raik (conductor, musician, professor at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre) and Mairo Marjamaa (musician, the head of the Rhythm Music Department of Tallinn Georg Ots Music School). Numerous young musicians who had their first performance at "Visioon" have now become professionals who represent Estonia at international festivals and contests.

Every performance is unique and distinctive, giving a musical boost and new ideas to the organisers of the festival for planning the next "Visioon"!

Everybody is welcome to participate and listen to the concerts! Sign up on www.noortejazz.ee


Wishing you a great new Vision!

Kristiina Liivik,

project manager