The 10° edition of the European Jazz Expo is taking place in Sardinia from 2nd
The venue for this year’s event is Riola Sardo
, part of the Sinis peninsula, on the central west coast
of the island. Guest musicians from the international jazz scene include the Japanese pianist Hiromi, performing with her trio, the Cuban composer and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba
and the Volca’n Quartet, with Giovanni Hidalgo, Armando Gola and Horacio El Negro Hernandez, and the British acid jazz band, Incognito.
The lineup for the long weekend jam-packed with music also includes the American singer Kurt Elling and his band, the French guitarist Biréli Lagrène and Gipsy Project, Elektro Guzzi from Austria, Enrico Rava, Antonio Faraò and the Funk Off band.In four days, 150 musicians will take part in 40 concerts. Together with the international and national headliners, young talents will also hit the stage, as well as a representation of the best music produced in Sardinia. A special concert is scheduled in Riola Sardo on Thursday 2nd
July in the Santa Corona church, with the Sardinian male voice choir, Concurdu e Tenore de Orosei and Mongolian diaphonic singing with vocalists Ts.Tsogtgerel et N. Ganzorig. The venue for the European Jazz Expo
is an old sandstone quarry on the coast, which has been transformed into a Sound Park, or Parco dei Suoni. Through its stonework and design, the park makes its own natural music. It is a perfect stage for the festival, directly on the sea of the enchanting Sinis peninsula. For all information on artists, tickets and the full programme: www.europeanjazzexpo.it
Sinis is a marine protected area with some extraordinary landmarks of exceptional and rare beauty. One of these is the beach of Is Arutas, famous for its “grain of rice” sand, made up of tiny pieces of quartz.Surfers gather at Capo Mannu
, one of the best places on the island for the sport, whereas Tharros
is an area of great historical and archaeological interest. The city was founded by the Phoenicians around 800 A.D., then later became a Roman site. Apart from its historical value, this ancient city stands on the water’s edge, quite spectacular, especially with the sun setting behind the Corinthian columns.The fishing town of Cabras
is another place to visit. It is home to the museum where the recently discovered Giants of Monte Prama are accommodated, and has a big lagoon with an ancient fishing tradition. Fishermen’s huts, handwoven baskets and a feeling of time standing still create a special atmosphere. The area will feel familiar to some spaghetti western film enthusiasts, as the tiny hamlet of San Salvatore di Sinis was used many times in the 1960s as an on location setting.Beaches to visit on the Sinis peninsula include Is Arutas
, Mai Moni
and Sa Mesa Longa
. The area can be explored by car, on foot, bicycle or horseback. Wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers will delight at the salt lakes with flamingos and immensely rich birdlife, as well as its wealth of wild flowers and orchids.
Places with accommodation include Cabras, Putzu Idu, Sa Rocca Tunda and Santa Caterina di Pittinuri. For golfers, there is a beautiful 18 hole course at Is Arenas, and five star luxury hotel.
Easily reached by car from all three airports, Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia, there is a lot to explore in the area. Places to visit include the hilltop town of Cuglieri, overlooking the coast with a mountain backdrop, famous for prized funghi and wild boar hunting and Bosa, the characteristic fishing town, with one of Italy’s most celebrated medieval boroughs.