Tribute to Nic Gotham

Recently I have participated in a very special concert, a tribute to Nic Gotham. Do you know, who he was? Well, let me tell you. Nic Gotham was an amazing man, musician, composer and one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever met. He was also one of the people that started jazz education in Latvia. I’ve heard multiple stories of him teaching jazz improvisation in some city with the population of 100k, of him performing in tiny cafes or big concert halls (have been to several concerts myself), changing the method of teaching solfeggio in the Academy of music, the list of what he did is endless. Unfortunately his life ended way before it was supposed to. After his death an Award has been funded. Every year either a student of a Composition class, or a student of the Jazz department, receives this award along with a scholarship. So a couple of years ago I was one of those, who received this Award, which made me incredibly happy and honored. Now this year there was a concert dedicated to Nic, every single student that received his award has participated and in the end it was splendid. The concert hall was full and the program varied from classical music to jazz, it ended with happy tears both from listeners to performers. And honestly? I was so happy to be a part of it, so I’m sharing a couple of pictures from this event made by one and only Vadim Kozhin!

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