At the closing concert of the Liepāja International Festival of Stars on March 11, the world-famous jazz and soul singer Ola Onabulé will take the stage of the Concert Hall "Lielais dzintars". He will perform a selection from his latest album "Point Less" together with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Latvian Radio Big Band under the direction of conductor Guntis Kuzma.
The concert will also be broadcast live on Latvian Radio 3 Classics.
British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabulé has built an enviably solid music career through a relentless schedule in the recording studio and as an international touring performer.
The emotion and virtuosity in his three-and-a-half octave baritone voice channel his poignant storytelling.
An ever-present theme in all his creative output, Onabulé’s views on social injustice become the focus of this latest release. His latest album “Point Less” tell tales of violence, immigration, xenophobia, betrayal, and dignity, at once celebrating life and warning the social forces threatening it.
The artist ponders on our current lack of historical memory, which allows mistrust and fear to rule; asks philosophical questions about violence; reflects on what real power is: force or spirituality; tries to depict true love beyond all simple stereotypes.
Ola has performed at many of the most respected international jazz festivals, including Montreal and Vancouver, as well as at concert halls and Jazz clubs worldwide, building and consolidating a reputation with audiences globally.
Orchestral arrangements for songs from Onabulé’s latest album „Point Less” are made by German conductor and arranger Tobias Becker.
“Onabulé is the whole package: a powerful, expressive singer and a striking songwriter, with incisive things to say about contemporary society. But always in a poetic way: he is no mere polemicist. His stylistic influences are broad - African, Latin, jazz, funk, soul and pop - and they combine in a completely natural fusion,” writes All About Jazz.
The closing concert of the Festival is going to be a real treat for symphony jazz lovers. Furthermore, this evening there is going to be a premiere of the Triple Concerto “Trio Colossus” for tenor saxophone, double bass and percussion by Kārlis Vanags, the artistic director of the Latvian Radio Big Band.
The 31st Liepāja International Stars Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Liepāja Municipality and the State Cultural Capital Foundation.