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Latvian Jazz vocalist at Sweetwater

November 1, 2019

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Evilena Protektore

Latvian jazz vocalist Evilena Protektore will perform at Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, 115 S. Elm Street, on Tuesday, November 12. She will be playing with Lynn Seaton (bass), Peter Rioux (piano), and Rich DeRosa (drumset). There will be two sets from 7-9 PM.

In addition to the Sweetwater performance in Denton, she will volunteer her time to do a workshop for the UNT Music Business and Entrepreneurship departmental class on Wednesday, November 13 at 11-11:50 in the College of Music Recital Hall.

Evilena Protektore and Lynn Seaton met during his semester teaching and performing in Latvia as a Fulbright Scholar. They recorded three tunes together including “You Don’t Know What Love Is”: available on video here:

She is coming to the USA to record a collaboration with Paul English, Lynn Seaton, Rich DeRosa, and David Harris in Houston.

About Evilena Protektore

Evilena Protektore is a jazz singer from Latvia, graduated from Jazz Department of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with a Masters degree and stayed there as a jazz vocal teacher. She spent a year studying in Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Italy) with Prof. Maria Pia de Vito and taking part in a vast number of projects with local musicians, and half a year in Hannover (Germany) with Prof. Romy Camerun. In 2016 received a Nic Gotham prize for the contribution to jazz music and jazz life in Latvia.

Protektore participated in various festivals and projects: “Jazz in Latvia” compilation album, “Pori Jazz” (Finland), “Limassol Jazz” (Cyprus), “Live in Blue Bay” (Ukraine); and contests: Riga Jazz Stage (Latvia), “Nomme Jazz” (Estonia) and got a Grand Prix award at “JazzVoices 2014” (Lithuania).

Evilena has collaborated with Lynn Seaton (USA), Rob Duguay (CA), Inga Berzina (Latvia), Serge Junior Robinson (United Kingdom), Tommaso Troncon (Italy), Fil Straughan (UK), Andreas Stefanou (Cyprus), Andreas Rodostenos (Cyprus), Nicolas Tryphonos (Cyprus), Leonid Nesterov (Cyprus), Tie Pereira (Brazil), Aviv Kohen (Israel), Gilad Abro (Israel), Anne Geertsen (DK), Onur Mulayim (TR), Gianmarco Tommai (IT), Federico Santoni (IT), and K.Trio (NL).

More photos are available here:

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