The 2020 edition of JazzTM, one of the most beloved festivals in Timisoara, has been postponed for 2021, due to the risks posed by the current pandemic. We will however be able to enjoy a glimpse of this festival’s spirit between October 10th-11th, through an event called: JazzTM introducing The Unnamed Street (Romanian: JazzTM prezintă Strada Fără Nume).

 

All about that JazzTM

JazzTM is one of the most popular music festivals in Timisoara, making jazz music accessible to all music lovers. Traditionally, the festival is free for everyone to enjoy, as there are no paid tickets and it takes place in the “heart” of Timisoara, in Operei Square. 

The first edition of JazzTM was organised in 2013. Since then, year after year, the festival has brought “big” names from the international scene to our beloved city. Some of the artists that have performed on the JazzTM scene are: Richard Bona, Kurt Elling, David Murray & Macy Gray, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Al Jarreau, Anoushka Shankar, The Cat Empire, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Liv Warfield w/ The NPG Hornz, The Chick Corea Elektric Band, Monty Alexander, etc. 

 

Jazz and poetry

During the 2018 edition of JazzTM the public was introduced to a new kind of event, one mixing jazz and poetry. Since the concept was a success the team behind JazzTM has made it their goal to keep bringing newly discovered talents from the London scene to Timisoara, but also to help develop the local scene.

This year, considering the current situation, the eighth edition of JazzTM has been postponed for July 2nd-4th 2021. But the team still wanted to bring a touch of energy and the JazzTM spirit to Timisoara. This is how “JazzTM introducing The Unnamed Street” was born: a two-day event meant to blend spoken word and jazz poetry. 

What is “spoken word”? It is a performative art based on words, an oral art that focuses on aesthetics, intonation, and voice inflection. This includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including hip-hop, jazz poetry, slam, traditional poetry recitations, comedy, and monologues.

 

Schedule and artists

10.10.2020 | Malaika Kegode, Toby Thompson, Soweto Kinch, Joe Armon-Jones and Tavi Scurtu

11.10.2020 | Repeat Beat Poet, Chris Redmond, Teodor Pop, Ovidiu Zimcea and Szabo Csongor-Zsolt

 

The event will take place on October 10th and 11th; it will be free to attend, but the number of participants will be limited and all safety measures will be respected. For regular updates about the event, please follow the official event page