Jazzed Up About Latvia

Bosque School juniors—Evan, Jonah, and Mateo—traveled to Latvia this past July to take part in one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in Europe, the Saulkrasti Jazz Festival. Pianist Evan, drummer Jonah, and bassist Mateo have all been previously recognized as top musicians and improvisers in the state of New Mexico, both at All-State and at the Albuquerque-UNM Jazz Festival. Accompanied by saxophonist Paul Lovato, the highly-skilled quartet secured a spot in the Latvian festival by beating out another competing quartet from New Mexico State University.

Traveling overseas to play was a first for the group. Although Evan, Jonah, and Mateo have been playing music with each other for years, playing at the Saulkrasti Jazz Festival was the first opportunity the group had to perform internationally.

“It was the experience of a lifetime,” said Evan ‘21. “To be able to go do what we love, overseas, with my friends is just unbelievable.”

Jonah ‘21 shared a similar sentiment, “It was crazy. Really the most incredible experience ever. Every part of it was awesome.”

The group took advantage of being in Latvia and jumped at every opportunity to perform during the week abroad. Besides playing at the festival in Saulkrasti, they also performed outside of the central train station, in the city’s town square, and were even invited to play at a local jazz club.

“All of our performances went really well. Prior to our trip, we practiced a lot and our hard work paid off.” Jonah ‘21 added. “All around it was a great experience.”

We’re so glad to hear that it went well, Evan, Jonah, and Mateo! We are all very proud of your accomplishments!