This summer, boutique festival Chess & Jazz returns to Moscow’s Hermitage Garden on 26-27 July featuring performances from two-time Grammy award winner Gregory Porter and the Manchester trio, GoGo Penguin.
Chess grandmasters are flying in to inspire rookies and give lessons across the sessions of the festival’s “How To Chess Well” school. Festival-goers can sign up for the tournament and a range of master classes online and at the festival. Guests are invited to come and play a game or two of chess outdoors and choose the right rhythm and tempo for their game
Gregory Porter is named by critics as one of the best contemporary jazz artists of our time, is this year’s Chess & Jazz festival music headliner on July 27. The American-born artist skilfully mixes jazz, blues, soul and pop styles to create his unique sound. The Chess & Jazz festival will be a great opportunity to see this iconic artist outside his usual concert setting.
GoGo Penguin’s sound fuses a multitude of genres into a atmospheric, contemporary jazz sound with references to Shostakovich and electronica. The band’s 2014 album, titled v2.0, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize – the UK’s prestigious music award chosen by a panel of industry experts – alongside albums by Damon Albarn and Young Fathers. GoGo Penguin will be performing live on July 26 at the event’s jazz tie opening.
Chess & Jazz partners will aim to impress visitors with unusual interpretations of jazz and chess aesthetics and history. The terrace and café of 32.05 will become stage to the ultimate high-society swing, just like last year, with the VIP lounge located here too. Even Hermitage Garden’s regulars that claim to know its every pavilion, tree and shadow will see these spaces in a new light (thanks to intellectual games, music stages and cocktail picnics!)
With music and chess always at the centre of the festival, the Chess & Jazz programme also includes a variety of panel sessions and public talks around sports, science, art and business, going by the name of CHESS'noye Slovo. Guests will be offered a wide range of street food and beverages from food stalls by Moscow’s top gastronomic eateries.