Bullshit Jazz

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Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans are masters of jazz, widely known for their instrumental skills. But how did they sound when they first picked up their instrument? When you play the saxophone, you need to learn breathing techniques, when playing the piano, you need to practice scales. Would it be possible to skip these tedious parts? Jazz trio Raun Juurikas, Mihkel Mälgand and Eno Kollom together with the class of 2024 of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre embark on a jazzpedition to discover if skill and practice are truly necessary to make music. The audience is welcomed by well-known jazz standards and incompetent soloists. Bullshit-Jazz allows performers to skip tedious practice and immediately take to the stage instead. Whether you know what you are doing or not.


The class of 2024 of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre hijack the flat where otherwise Only Rivers Run Free. From 17 to 20 June in the former space of Vaba Lava (currently operating under the name JAIK). Party at a stranger’s flat is a risk. A risk that the young actors of the academy of music and theatre are willing to take. During three days and nights Ekspeditsioon's stage created for Only Rivers Run Free will host different performances. Mistakes and failures — guaranteed; unexpected successes and unique encounters — guaranteed; jazz and Ukrainian folk — guaranteed; famous people — guaranteed; pancakes, tinfoil and half a kilo of sausage — guaranteed; one performance by the Tallinn City Theatre — guaranteed; a three-day marathon without a guarantee that the participants will push though — also guaranteed. Performative experiments are inspired by the particular stage and the result is unknown. Stage design originally created by Arthur Arula will be repeatedly redefined during the four days. Performed act ivities are reactive in nature, with a less strict structure, risky and include unexpected moments – just like a party in a stranger’s flat. This is a collaboration between Ekspeditsioon and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

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