|2 November 2009 Georg Schroeter and Marc Breitfelder
German, Latvian, Swedish Contestants Proceed to
International Blues Challenge
Representatives for the Baltic Sea region at the International Blues Challenge
(IBC) in Memphis come from Germany, Latvia and Sweden.
The Baltic Blues Challenge and German Blues Challenge contests were held last
weekend in Eutin, Germany.
Latvian Blues Band celebrates victory in the band category. The group, formed in
1997, released its first studio album earlier this year. Through the years, they
have performed e.g. at the Chicago Blues Festival and at major clubs in the
Windy City. The Latvian Blues Band features Janis Bukovskis (guitar and vocals),
Reinis Ozolins (bass), Rolands Saulietis (drums), Artis Locmelis (sax, keys) and
Nauris Strezs (trombone).
Georg Schroeter and Marc Breitfelder were victorious both in the Baltic and
German Blues Challenges, winning the solo/duo category. Schroeter is a
pianist/vocalist; Breitfelder is a harpist, who also has a victory from the European
Harmonica Festival (1996) under his belt.
The winners of the German Blues Challenge earn a direct place in the IBC. As
Schroeter and Breitfelder won the solo/duo category, Baltic Challenge runners-up
Steve Grahn & Mattias Malm - from Sweden - get to travel to Memphis as well.
Number one German band, Hootin' The Blues, qualified for Memphis, too.
Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Latvia had sent artists
to the Baltic Blues Challenge.
The International Blues Challenge, arranged by the Blues Foundation, will take
place in Memphis over 20 - 23 January, 2010.
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