"It's a great honor to host jazz musicians from Latvia. Our belief is that jazz is a global music,
constantly nourished and reinvented by influences the world over. We're proud to participate in a
cultural exchange program that promotes the belief that music is the means by which countries can
unite. We salute the jazz musicians of Latvia."
Blue Note International
"Maris's music connected people, proving that there's a wide audience for real art expressed by
committed artists. His performance and ideas married perfectly with America's jazz aesthetic."
New York University
"I had a great time playing with this group of talented musicians. Judging by this group, the jazz scene in Latvia is world-class. Our night together was wonderful, and I hope to return to Latvia and extend further the cultural exchange fostered by this very important presentation."
"Maris Briezkalns and his group proved that Latvian jazz is more than just alive and well - it is the
embodiment of a creative energy that characterizes the human spirit. Latvia is taking the lead in asserting its place in the cultural landscape and its
musicians are significant players on the world stage. Uplifting
Half Note Records