The Kennedy Center

Maris Briezkalns Quintet


Maris Briezkalns Quintet (MBQ) is one of the leading acoustic mainstream bands on the Latvian jazz scene, stretching special accents on pop, jazz, and Latin jazz. MBQ has performed on several international stages, including MIDEM, Pori Jazz, Rigas Ritmi Festival, Ottawa Jazz, Jazz at Castle in Prague, Venice Jazz Festival, and Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. MBQ’s project Latvian Evergreens has two volumes, showcasing Latvian classical and pop music in versatile jazz arrangements. MBQ pushes the boundaries of jazz, often including special guests in their projects.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/29/2015: Maris Briežkalns Quintet plays Rothko in Jazz

The Latvian quintet performs works inspired by the great artwork of Mark Rothko with a unique audiovisual project. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Latvia.