In 2022, the summer festival will once again conquer the city's streets, parks, squares, churches, care centres, hospitals, restaurants, jazz venues and public transport. With 425 concerts at 125 locations in all corners of Rotterdam; from the dawn of the city until deep in the night. - Michelle Wilderom, director North Sea Round Town.
Opening with inJazz, closing with NN North Sea Jazz Festival
As the fringe festival of NN North Sea Jazz Festival, North Sea Round Town organises a series of concerts in the hall of Rotterdam Central Station and in the metro. This in collaboration with North Sea Jazz, which finally returns to Ahoy from 7 to 10 July. The official afterparty, BoogieBall, will be the joint closing act in BIRD. Big names and up-and-coming talent play together here until the early hours. North Sea Round Town also collaborates with inJazz, which showcases the best jazz on stages around the Deliplein on Katendrecht. inJazz is the place for audiences, musicians and professionals to get to know the new sound that will conquer the Dutch and international stages. The showcases are accessible free of charge and within walking distance of each other and the many cosy terraces.
inJazz, Thursday 23 June around Deliplein, 18.00 - 23.00 (free). On Friday 24 June the programme expands to Rotterdam centre (West). Boogieball takes place at BIRD on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July.
Midnight Mess in the Laurenskerk
In collaboration with North Sea Round Town, Teis Semey (Artist in Focus 2022) developed the brand new Midnight Mess: a free dive into ethereal beauty where jazz, pop and church influences meet. For this dream project, the young guitarist was inspired by the tranquil sounds and spiritual chorales of contemporary composer Arvo Pärt (Estonia). The line-up includes international musicians such as the Brit Kit Downes (winner of the BBC Jazz Award 2008, ECM Records) who, with his organ playing, creates a cosmic feeling of togetherness. The four-member choir consists of Marta Arpini (Italy), Fuensanta Méndez (Mexico), Sanem Kalfa (Turkey) and Līva Dumpe (Latvia). A mix of Semey's Danish folk roots and improvisation make Midnight Mess a unique experience.
Midnight Mess, Laurenskerk, Friday 1 July, starting 21:00 - 00:00 (including intermission).
Night concert in Tropicana
Enjoy the improvisations of the George Dumitriu Hazard Ensemble and the unique acoustics of former swimming paradise Tropicana! Commissioned by North Sea Round Town, violinist George Dumitriu put together a star team of versatile musicians for this performance. The Hazard Ensemble consists of Raphael Vanoli (guitar and electronics), Fuensanta Méndez (bass and vocals), Lennart Heyndels (bass and synths), Joachim Badenhorst (saxophone, clarinet and electronics), Frank Rosaly (drums) and of course George Dumitriu himself on viola. The six give a magical performance, the high glass dome of the former swimming pool does the rest.
George Dumitriu Hazard Ensemble, BlueCity (former Tropicana), Thursday 23 June, 21.00 - 01.00.
The weekends of the festival feature a variety of concert series at surprising locations. At the atmospheric Boerderij Driebergen, just outside the city, three midsummer evenings will be filled with music by Unorthadox, DANDANA, Teis Semey, Benjamin Herman and Alessandro Fongaro. The Dudok Jazz Tour is also back! In the first weekend of July, Dudok Rotterdam (on the Meent), Dudok In Het Park and Dudok Aan De Maas present the finest jazz while enjoying Dudok cuisine.
On 25 June you can enjoy guitarist Michiel Stekelenburg with his trio Onoda and trumpeter Peter Somuah on the Jazz Ship. Along the way, we will go to the quay for a concert by former player Jawa Manla, drummer Sun-Mi Hong and Guy Salamon Group. The ship will sail to four surprising locations in the city at which Teis Semey, among others, will perform. Also, singer Sanem Kalfa will give a tranquil concert in a swimming pool.
North Sea Round Town is known for its special programming. In this edition of the Buurtconcerten (Neighbourhood Concerts), top musicians will be touring the homes of the neighbourhood and nursing homes in more than thirty different Rotterdam neighbourhoods. There the residents, visitors and staff enjoy the jazz quartet of Laura Drion, a new ensemble of trumpeter Peter Somuah with singer Jorien Zeevaart, singer Shirma Rouse with trumpeter Jan van Duikeren and 'Neighbourhood Concert veterans' Trio Brock and Ruigrok 010 with Arend Niks (drums), Marlies Ruigrok (vocals) and Efe Erdem (trombone). There are also programmes in collaboration with Het Oogziekenhuis, Ronald McDonald House, juvenile prisons, young people with a disability, refugee organizations and primary schools in Rotterdam Zuid.
Neighbourhood concerts, Thu 23 Jun - Sat 10 July touring several neighbourhoods
1001 chairs and live music!
When the festival is over, North Sea Round Town will be heading out of town on Saturday 16 July to usher in the summer holidays with the World Record Chair Dance to Live Music! Everyone, from young to old, is invited to join in this event. Want to know how? Then keep an eye on the website.