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The winners of the Jazz in the Park International Competition 2018

The Jazz in the Park International Competition announced its winners. After three days in Form and on the Grigorescu beach, during which we have enjoyed listening to the competition’s finalists, the time came for us to announce the bands who reached the podium. The jury deliberated and chose the best ones.

The FrankieZ Experiment won the great prize of the competition. This musical project was created by the drummer Frankie Ercsei and it currently includes 6 talented musicians, who like to combine jazz with fresh vibes from New York. The prize consists of 2,000 EUR and it is offered by BCR. Moreover, we will meet with The FrankieZ Experiment again at the next year’s edition of Jazz in the Park, on the Main Stage.

Silver was taken by Akon Fekecs Project. The band was born out of Akos’ desire to compose and sing alongside his best friends. The band plays in this formula since July 2017 and throughout our competition they have managed to deliver a fantastic energy that has become their trademark. The prize they won consists of 1,000 EUR.

The third prize, consisting of 600 EUR, went to Lucia Rey Trio. The young Lucia Rey studied music in Madrid and her passion and talent for jazz have paved her way to New York, where she worked with accomplished professors in this field. At the Jazz in the Park competition, she came accompanied by two other gifted musicians, a contrabassist and a drummer, together with whom she brought jazz and flamenco jazz on the River Stage.

Dalma Kovacs, member of the Dalma band, charmed the jury with her talent and won the 250 EUR prize for Best Vocals.

The Spontaneous Plan band obtained the Honorary Mention and they will come back to the Jazz in the Park festival in 2019.

The Special prize was offered by Tohani and it consisted of a 500 EUR contract. It was awarded to Cristina Radu Quartet.

The Best of Jazz in the Park prize offered by AV Store went to Ineffable.

If you enjoyed the performance of Rubio Trio, you will be pleased to find out that they were awarded the Best Act in Cluj prize, consisting of 12 concerts at the events organised by Double Tree Hotel.

Thanks to their performance, Soular Quartet were rewarded with the Best Romanian Act prize offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute, consisting of 500 EUR.

The B-Groove, the winners of the “Live in China” prize, will have the opportunity to perform at the Beijing Nine Gates festival, which will take place in China.

Soular Quartet’s “Freelancer” song was awarded “The most valuable composition” and Petru Hăruță from The B-Groove won the 250 EUR prize for Best Instrumentalist.

We hope that you had a great time at the beach stage. The Jazz in the Park concerts will carry on this week as well in new places around town. You can check out the program here.

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