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  • jazzahead! | 03.05.2022

    Next year‘s partner country is…Germany!

    jazzahead! 2022, held under the motto „Together Again“, has come to a successful close. Following on from Canada this year, next year‘s partner country is already in place: it will ...

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    jazzahead 2022! has come to a successful close - Some innovations this year, and more to come next year - The Deutscher Jazzpreis/ German Jazz Prize will be the focal point of the Friday evening.

    jazzahead! 2022, held under the motto „Together Again“, has come to a successful close. Following on from Canada this year, next year‘s partner country is already in place: it will be Germany, which means that the host country will combine two roles. „The principle of having a partner country is to place a country in the international spotlight which, in our opinion, deserves to be there. In Germany‘s case this is something which is long overdue,“ says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. jazzahead! 2023 will take place from Thursday 27 April to Sunday 30 April. The baton was passed at an event on Sunday morning in the big Circus Tent on Bremen‘s Bürgerweide.  

    Kornitschky, her team, and artistic directors Ulrich Beckerhoff and Peter Schulze are well aware that this choice will  „mark a departure from established practice, and also entail changes in the schedule,“ Kornitschky continued. The principle of having showcases with four programming strands will remain, but next year there will be co-productions involving Germany and four other countries, in order to emphasise, as ever, the international nature of the music. The four include three of Germany‘s neighbours: France, Austria and the Netherlands (France already having been the main partner country), plus the USA. Four German musicians with strong connections in these countries are building their own formations for this purpose – „the bands should each consist of between four and eight people; beyond that, there are no further stipulations,“ Kornitschky explains: „It’s not about shining a light on ensembles that are already well-known, but rather about bringing something new into being!“ 

    Another new feature of the next jazzahead! is that the German Jazz Prize ceremony, which has just been held in Bremen for the first time, will not take place before the opening as it did this year, but on the Friday of jazzahead!, i.e. the second day. “This means it will be even more centrally placed within the jazzahead! schedule, which is going to give this prize even more international profile,“ says Kornitschky. There are also plans for the 2023 conference programme – the path we have taken this year of increasingly taking up technical innovations will bw pursued further. „Among other things, we have opened a window on Artificial Intelligence,“ says Kornitschky, „and we want to go further in this direction.“

    Kornitschky of jazzahead! considers jazzahead! 2022 with partner country Canada, an event which was able to take place „live“ for the first time in three years as a result of the pandemic, a complete success. In total, there were over 2,700 participants from 55 nations present – exhibitors, musicians and trade visitors. Once again, the high musical quality of the concerts – almost 100 of them – during the weekend of the fair was praised by all. The circus tent, which was set up for the first time this year on the Bürgerweide, provided not only two very well attended concert evenings but also a splendid festival vibe. „I noticed that the average age of the participants at this year’s jazzahead! has fallen significantly – and that really gives hope for the future,“ said London jazz journalist Sebastian Scotney.

    Ina Keßler, CEO of Initiative Musik, the organisation responsible for the German Jazz Prize, spoke at the event when the baton was handed over from Canada to Germany. She expressed the thoughts  that many others have been having in  recent days: „As the pandemic has shown us, changes can happen at any time: the Russian war against Ukraine has left everyone worried and speechless. Nevertheless, we firmly believe that music builds bridges between different worlds, between people and countries, political opinions and mentalities, and our common cultural and historical heritage. Ultimately, we are all human beings and should respect each other. For this reason, we are positive as we consider the future. We are looking forward to showing both up-and-coming new artists and established major figures from Germany to the whole world.“

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    thematic areas. One of them was the question of how artificial intelligence will open up new possibilities for the music industry of the future – our picture shows Dr. Stephan Baumann (German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence DFKI). On the right in the picture: Jay Ahern (Director of Music Industry Relations, Cyanite)

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  • jazzahead! | 05.04.2022

    Looking into the Future

    The jazzahead! Trade Fair, taking place from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May at the MESSE BREMEN site, is looking to the future. Participants will see new paths and initiatives being ...

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    jazzahead! trade fair from Thursday 28 April, to Sunday 1 May explores the new directions

    The jazzahead! Trade Fair, taking place from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May at the MESSE BREMEN site, is looking to the future. Participants will see new paths and initiatives being taken in this area. „We want to explore the topics which are important for our scene,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN.

    In order further to strengthen the viability of the industry in the future, technological innovations in the field of music and from the world of artificial intelligence are being brought more sharply into focus this year. In addition to sustainability topics and questions of marketing via social media marketing – more and more important –  the professional programme of jazzahead! this year therefore also includes panels which will deal with technological innovations in the music industry. „Industry players from marginal areas in music are being deliberately included more through this,“ Kornitschky confirms.

    One representative of these new paths is the visionary composer/pianist Ralf Schmid, who combines instrumental virtuosity with innovative methods of electronic sound generation –  he plays two pianos simultaneously by using special data gloves. His keynote address can be attended on Friday 29 April. The title: „Soulful technology –  exploring tech tools that will shape the music playgrounds of the future“.

    Similarly forward-looking is the panel „How AI unlocks new opportunities for music“, which is on the programme for Saturday 30 April. Dr Stephan Baumann from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) will talk about how emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will impact the music ecosystem of the future. 

    Other key speakers include Wim Wabbes, Karolina Juzwa, Øyvind Larsen and Scott Morrison, who will talk about best practices and methodologies to create viable sustainability strategies for clubs and festivals; Brazil-based expert Jacques Figueras, who will offer presentations and workshops on how clubs and festivals can build and how they can perfect their social media and online marketing; and Alexander Warnke from PRO Agency GmbH, who will explain in his talk „International neighbouring rights collection“ how rights holders can make concrete use of their performing rights.

    Together with the German Association of Independent Musicians and Music Companies (VUT), a „TikTok Deep Dive“ with Andreas Hänisch will be organised; the Deutsche Jazzunion is also hosting a panel „Crisis as a chance –  Live jazz performance in times of global transformation“. Topic-specific and target-group-specific matchmaking sessions will also play a role at the trade fair once again.

    More information on the professional programme is available at https://jazzahead.de/en/professional-program/

    The deadline for on-site registration is 12 April, online-only registration is possible until 21 April. On-site registrations are possible for trade participants, but with an additional charge.

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  • jazzahead! | 30.03.2022

    jazzahead! Festival: the joy of being there for an abundance of music!

    Lots of music and plenty of variety: those are  some of the things which this year’s jazzahead! at MESSE BREMEN has to offer. At last, after a two-year hiatus, ...

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    From 14 April to 1 May, jazzahead!’s sphere has expanded with – among other things – a large circus tent venue.

    Lots of music and plenty of variety: those are  some of the things which this year’s jazzahead! at MESSE BREMEN has to offer. At last, after a two-year hiatus, the festival is back. From 14 April to 1 May there will be over 100 concerts on the site of the Messe, and also in several locations in Bremen’s city centre. Partner country Canada is naturally at the centre of all this. In jazzahead!’s 16th year as a trade fair (and its 11th as a festival), the event is a powerful and attractive draw. Not only has there been the addition of a circus tent as an extra performance venue, there will also be the presentation of the German Jazz Awards on 27 April at the Metropol Theater Bremen.

    Among the appealing events at jazzahead! are, as ever, the showcase concerts from 28 to 30 April, which – there was considerable doubt but it is now confirmed – can also be experienced live by audiences from the region. There have also been some changes and innovations for this year. For example, although the bands will still be presented within the familiar programming formats (Canadian Night on Thursday, European Jazz Meeting on Friday, German Jazz Expo and Overseas Night on Saturday), there will always be two bands across the four stages playing at the same time – so the audience will have choices to make. There will be both a daytime and an evening programme, starting at 2pm and running into the night. Combined tickets are available for this, and these also include access to the programme of events taking place in the circus tent.

    The festival opens with Canadian Night on Thursday evening. „This programme offers a wonderful snapshot of the many different disciplines and voices which our country has to offer,“ says Rainbow Robert, speaker of the Jazz Festival Canada and a jury member of the Canadian programme. She says the decision process was anything but simple: „Canada is an incredibly large country with an inspiring and diverse jazz community – there are so many extremely talented and dedicated artists.“ Performers will include classically trained trombonist Audrey Ochoa, Montreal’s François Bourassa Quartet, which has been established for decades now, as well a performance from the duo of Marianne Trudel and John Hollenbeck.

    The other 32 showcase concerts, with artists from Europe, Germany and overseas, also offer music of the highest quality, such as the Andalusian saxophonist, singer/songwriter Antonio Lizana with his fusion of jazz and flamenco, or JO, the band formed by German drummer Jo Beyer or the Ofer Mizrahi Trio, which combines Western, Turkish and Indian music with jazz. Live audiences will be able to enjoy the showcases on four stages on the Messe site, and also at the Schlachthof cultural centre, adjacent to the site.

    There will also be plenty of music in the circus tent: this venue is something new in the jazzahead! experience. On Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April, six more concerts will take place here, with bands specially invited by jazzahead! Late on Friday evening, the Portuguese band „Rite of Trio“ will perform there: they are influenced by composers like Stravinsky and Ligeti as well as rock bands like Mars Volta and the Lounge Lizards. Another highlight will be the concert by young Sicilian guitarist Matteo Mancuso. He is not only an internet guitar phenomenon, he has also received plaudits from guitar heroes like Al Di Meola and Joe Bonamassa. The flamenco jazz group Los Aurora from Spain will be there with a dancer – „we expect them to really bring the tent to the boil,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for Messe Bremen.

    The programme on Saturday evening is just as exciting: three bands nominated for the German Jazz Award are on the bill: Israeli singer Efrat Alony with her programme “Hollywood Isn’t Calling”, Ukrainian singer Leléka with her band, and balafon supremo Aly Keïta from the Ivory Coast whose brand of world music will have a real festival feel.

    There is fantastic variety in the CLUBNIGHT in which Canada will also be playing a major role. No fewer than 22 venues will become clubs in Bremen for the night from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 1 May.

    These include Metropol Theater Bremen which will present a Canadian evening with a series of concerts. These include the masters of improvisation on string instruments, the Josh Zubot String Quartet (from 7.30 pm), the Canadian-Haitian Vox Sambou (10.30 pm) and the large ensemble Haram (11.30 pm). Haram take pieces from the classical Arabic repertoire – from countries such as Egypt, Iraq or Sudan – and transform them with the band’s unique and fascinating sound. Partner country Canada will also play the main role at Bremen’s Schaulust: in addition to performances by (among others) Barbra Lica (7 p.m.) and the CODE Quartet (8 p.m.), the Gentiane MG Trio from Quebec will be performing from 11 p.m., standing in at short notice for The Brooks, who were unfortunately obliged to cancel.

    There will also be music from other countries on this evening. TAU has a varied programme: a Finnish evening will begin at 6 pm – first with guitarist Mikko Iivanainen, then with multi-instrumentalist Osmo Ikonen, known as the keyboardist of the rock band „Sunrise Avenue“, among others. In the „Lila Eule“ there will be a Danish evening – among others with the duo Svaneborg Kardyb (6 pm) as well as the band Bevort 3 (from 9 pm).

    Other options and possibilities for CLUBNIGHT are Kaye-Ree’s performance in Markthalle Acht. She is a German singer born in Iran, and she captivated a large TV audience in 2018 on „The Voice of Germany“ talent show. She will present her gentle “Global Soul” in three sets between 7 and 9.45 pm.  Entry is free. The Pusdorf Studios also have their own young musical colour, here the bands „Welten“ and „Jungle by night“ will perform – in cooperation with LiveKomm and the Bremen club amplifier – between 7 and 10 pm. The ACHAT Hotel will host the US-American Roni Ben-Hur Trio and the German duo Schlesinger Lackerschmid.

    The complete programme of the jazzahead! festival can be found on our homepage at jazzahead/en.

    Tickets for all events at jazzahead! and the festival are available at the advance booking offices or by phone 0421 – 36 36 36 as well as from Nordwest Ticket via their webshop. Tickets are also available from the ticket service in the Glocke (0421 – 33 66 99), in the press building of the Weser-Kurier, in all regional newspaper offices or online at jazzahead/en.

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  • jazzahead! | 27.01.2022

    Once again, Bremen in April is set to be the world’s jazz jazz capital

     In April, the Hanseatic City of Bremen is once again set to be the world’s jazz jazz capital for a few weeks – with all that goes with that: the ...

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    The acts for the showcases have been confirmed: 40 concerts across four categories from Thursday 28 April to Saturday 30 April

     In April, the Hanseatic City of Bremen is once again set to be the world’s jazz jazz capital for a few weeks – with all that goes with that: the stars, the concerts, interaction with others from the industry, and the joy of being together again. The organizers are extremely confident that this year’s jazzahead! at MESSE BREMEN can take place as planned, and that means it will be a hybrid event which can be experienced live and in person – and also online. In 2020 jazzahead! could not take place at all because of the Corona pandemic; last year it was only online. The strap-line for this year is „Together again!“ – at last together with Canada, because the country was due to be featured in both of the two prior years. „We are now particularly looking forward to this Canadian selection; we have been waiting for it for so long now“, says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN.

    The programmes for the opening and the gala concerts – the former on Thursday 14 April, with Erin Costelo, and the latter on Friday 29 April, with Laila Biali and Malika Tirolien – have already been announced, and now the showcase acts are also confirmed. As usual, they are organized into four sections, and will take place in parallel with the trade fair, from Thursday 28 April until Saturday 30 April, in various locations. The selection is the result of a rigorous decision-making process by four top-class juries – one jury for each of the four categories: Canadian, European, German, and artists from overseas.

    The Canadian Night kicks off on Thursday, 28 April with eight contributions from this year’s partner country Canada, including the François Bourassa Quartet and Larnell Lewis, the drummer from Snarky Puppy. Also performing are the Itamar Erez Quartet, Marianne Trudel + John Hollenbeck, Audrey Ochoa, Silvervest, Steph Richards and Carrier, Lambert, Edwards. „We will finally be able to show what Canadian jazz has to offer, with artists coming directly from our network of clubs and festivals, but also from overseas in the United States and Europe,“ says jury member Peter Burton.

    On Friday 29 April, the programme continues with the European Jazz Meeting. There are four contributions from Spain, including the Alba Careta Group, Antonio Lizana, CONSTANTINI and the Daniel García Trio. There will also be four contributions from France, some with international line-ups. Among others, there will be a performance by saxophonist/composer Pierre Bertrand. Together with Swedish trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz, he will present his latest project „Colors“, which has been very well received in France. The Antoine Boyer & Yeore Kim Quartet, LEON PHAL and Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance (FR/Syria) will also be performing. The European block also has Fergus McCreadie (GB), IKARUS (CH), Jazz Forum Talents (PL), J.D.Hive (AT), the Katherine Windfeld Big Band (DK), the Modern Art Orchestra (HU), the Teis Semey Qintet (NL/DK) and Tijn Wybenga & AM.OK (NL). A total of 16 concerts are scheduled to take place during the European Jazz Meeting.

    There will be another eight concerts on Saturday 30 April at the German Jazz Expo, and further eight at the Overseas Night on the same day. The German block includes the Clara Haberkamp Trio, the Fuchsthone Orchestra, the Jens Düppe Quartet, the Keno Harriehausen Quartet, Linntett (Kira Linn’s jazz sextet), the Vincent Meissner Trio, JO and Berlin drummer/producer Magro. As an annually recurring theme, the German Jazz Expo is a mainstay of jazzahead! „What’s striking this year is the wide stylistic range of bands from the piano trio of Vincent Meisner to the hip hop of Magro or from small big bands like Kira Linn’s Linntett to the big Fuchtsthone Orchestra,“ says Peter Schulze: „And there are many musicians and especially female musicians who have never appeared at jazzahead! before, and that makes us particularly happy.“

    The Overseas Night programme includes the Australian trio Brekky Boy and no fewer than three Brazilian groups: Quartabê, Caixa Cubo and the Chico Pinheiro Quartet (Brazil/USA), who (also following a jury decision) will take the place of Sandro Haick and Michael Pipoquinha who had been scheduled originally. Also taking part are the Melissa Aldana Quartet, ‘Tobias Meinhart – The Painter’ (both from the USA), Ofer Mizrahi (Israel) and Sofia Rei (USA/Argentina).

    „I think that we will have many great artists with us again,“ says Ulrich Beckerhoff, Artistic Director of jazzahead! 2022 together with Peter Schulze. He names the Swiss quintet „IKARUS“, which „combines the voices of two vocalists with a rhythm section capable of delivering a fantastic groove in a very innovative way“, or Antonio Lizana from Spain, a singer and saxophonist with stunning expressiveness and emotionality. „His combination of Spanish music and jazz improvisations radiates a power and a joie de vivre that wows audiences all over the world,“ says Beckerhoff. And he defines what is special about the Spanish as follows: „All in all, Spanish folk music, flamenco, is a very rhythmic music, always with a connection to dance and also very emotional in the vocals – and this makes it an ideal match for the improvisations and singing of blues and jazz,“ says Ulrich Beckerhoff: „This combination is therefore very often found in bands from the Iberian peninsula and thus gives the music a unique colour.“ Also represented several times this year is France, and each time with clearly audible cross-cultural influences. „Paris is one of the most important centres in Europe for jazz and world music,“ says Beckerhoff, “ the musical influences there, above all from the African continent, are very considerable, but also from France’s former and current overseas territories.“

    The 14-member Dutch ensemble Tijn Wybenga & AM.OK, which draws on various musical styles – not only jazz, but also electronic, classical and pop – represents a different style of playing. „These are surprising compositions played by musicians of international class,“ says Beckerhoff: „Compelling!“

    Who can attend or watch the concerts? The 40 showcase concerts can be experienced live on site by registered professional participants, „and they will also be streamed simultaneously on our event platform,“ says Sybille Kornitschky. In view of the pandemic situation, it is currently still unclear whether visitor tickets can be made available for the showcases on site, and if they can, how many. „Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see and follow the guidelines that apply at that time,“ Kornitschky continues: „It is what we would like, of course.“ What is certain, however, is that online tickets for these concerts will be offered. More information on this will follow shortly.

    The jazzahead! trade fair at MESSE BREMEN will take place from 28 April to 1 May. The accompanying cultural festival will already be starting earlier, on 14 April 2022.

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  • jazzahead! | 06.01.2022

    jazzahead! 2022: We’re back…and even bigger!

    With a host of new ideas, and a significantly larger hall with more exhibition space, jazzahead! is heading towards its next edition in spring this year. „We’re back – and ...

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    A new hall: MESSE BREMEN’s Hall 5 has more than double the previous surface area A new offering: Exhibitors can participate in shaping the trade fair programme through the "Exhibitor PLUS” package.

    With a host of new ideas, and a significantly larger hall with more exhibition space, jazzahead! is heading towards its next edition in spring this year. „We’re back – and the offering is even more attractive,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. The trade fair itself will take place from 28 April to 1 May 2022. The accompanying festival starts earlier, on 14 April. The partner country this time is Canada, and the trade fair will be held in hybrid form, which means both live AND digital. Kornitschky: „We have been planning for a hybrid concept since last summer, but what we look forward to the most is what actually happens on-site”.

    jazzahead! 2022’s strapline is, „together again“, distinguishing it from last year’s digital-only event. „We have taken the very best of that digital experience and refined it further,“ says Kornitschky. The size of the hall is more than doubled – Hall 5 has 10,300 square metres of space versus Hall 6’s 4,800m² – which offers opportunities to “redesign and reconfigure things“, she continues: „The way the hall is divided is materially different.“ Individual countries and regions are more closely linked to each other than was previously the case – „we can form clusters, one could say“, says Kornitschky. Why? „I firmly believe that the future lies in nurturing much stronger exchange between neighbouring regions and countries than was done before.“ The exhibition space is not only larger, but also more attractive, Kornitschky promises: „There will simply be much more going on than before.“

    The hybrid concept is of paramount importance here, not least because there is quite clear added value in it for both exhibitors and trade participants. Once again, there will be networking opportunities which extend well beyond the four days of the fair itself in the ‘matchmaking’ sessions, through the use of an event platform. In addition to the showcase concerts, the content of the programme for specialists will also be recorded this time; this means that those who opt for purely online participation will be able to interact effectively. „We have thought this through and designed it in a very coherent manner,” Kornitschky continues. “This all reflects our mission which, as ever, is to strengthen exchange and connectivity within the international jazz scene,“

    There is also an innovation in the showcase concerts this year: for the first time there will be four stages rather than three, which means that an audience of 1,000 to 1,200 people can be accommodated, says Kornitschky: „Instead of just one big room, we will have two big concert stages that we programme in parallel, which means less congestion in the audience areas.“ As usual, all of the concerts will be recorded – which means that people can watch afterwards online what they are unable to see live.

    An „Exhibitor PLUS“ package has been successfully introduced in 2021 to give exhibitors more visibility. Those who decide to have a stand at jazzahead! 2022 have the opportunity to book one of the limited packages and thus become part of the jazzahead! professional programme. The  programme will once again consist of a curated jazzahead! programme, but also another part curated by those exhibitors who enroll for the “PLUS” package. This offer is especially aimed at those who want to introduce the jazz scene or festival landscape of their country to an international audience. The closing date for booking for the „Exhibitor PLUS“ package will be Monday 31 January 2022.

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  • jazzahead! | 08.12.2021

    jazzahead! 2022: “Finally…Canada!”

    Bremen – all the dates are now in place and advance booking is open: a grand opening concert by Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Erin Costelo at the ‘Theater am Goetheplatz’ on Thursday, 14 ...

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    Advance Booking is now open

    Bremen – all the dates are now in place and advance booking is open: a grand opening concert by Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Erin Costelo at the ‘Theater am Goetheplatz’ on Thursday, 14 April will set the jazzahead! festival 2022 in motion. This year’s partner country is Canada. The main event, the jazz trade fair including CLUBNIGHT and the gala concert, will then take place from Thursday 28 April until Sunday, 1 May. jazzahead! is produced by MESSE BREMEN.

    „Finally…Canada“ says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. ‘Finally’ because Canada was originally due to be presented in 2020, and then again in 2021, but these plans fell victim to the Corona pandemic – not once but twice. Whereas in 2021 there was a digital jazzahead!, the 2022 trade fair will take place as a hybrid event. This means that the international audience of jazz industry people will, to a significant extent, be able to follow the events on the internet. That said, the festival programme component of jazzahead! will only be available to those attending live and in person.

    „Especially now it is important that we formulate a clear offer,“ says Kornitschky. “So a key element of our programme is, as ever, a major gala concert. It will take place on Friday 29 April at concert hall ‘Die Glocke’. Laila Biali and Malika Tirolien will be performing a double bill, starting at 8 pm.

    For the opening concert on 14 April, jazzahead!’s artistic directors Uli Beckerhoff and Peter Schulze have also chosen a female artist, Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Erin Costelo. „With these three strong female voices we feel we are sending out a clear message,“ says Sybille Kornitschky.

    These three artists bear witness to the breadth and the depth of the Canadian music scene. Erin Costelo has often been compared to Nina Simone and Carole King, she has toured with Dr. John and Boz Scaggs and also played with Levon Helm (from „The Band“). The two artists appearing at the gala concert also stand for a concept of jazz which is both broad and inclusive: pianist/singer/songwriter Laila Biali has already performed once before at jazzahead!: her performance thrilled the audience at the showcase festival in 2016. Her music is in the tradition of the Canadian greats such as Diana Krall and Michael Bublé – but also of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Influences from jazz, soul, blues, folk and pop combine in Laila Biali’s music in a way that is very natural. Malika Tirolien is best known internationally for her various collaborations, including Cirque du Soleil, Snarky Puppy and the Metropole Orkest. The singer/songwriter/producer is originally from Guadeloupe and is based in Montreal. Her music combines big emotions and a fresh perspective on different genres which stems from a deep understanding of jazz. Her voice has been described as „always sublime“.

    jazzahead! is the trade fair for jazz. It has been held at MESSE BREMEN since 2006 and is now regarded as the world’s largest gathering for the jazz scene. One of the features of jazzahead! is that a city-wide music and cultural programme is formulated with a host of cooperation partners, in a way that that can reach people and have an impact throughout the city. As part of the trade fair and festival, a partner country is presented –and in 2022 Canada will become the first jazzahead! partner country from the other side of the Atlantic.

    jazzahead! 2022 – including the culture festival – will take place from Thursday 14 April to Sunday 1 May 2022. During these two weeks, the city of Bremen will be placing a spotlight on international jazz – and on Canadian culture. The programme also includes the popular jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT, which will take place on Saturday 30 April 2022 and will feature a host of artists in a wide variety of venues.

    Tickets for the festival opening and for the gala concert are available from Nordwest Ticket at their advance booking offices or by calling +49 421 – 36 36 36 or via the festival’s own webshop. or online at www.jazzahead.de/en.

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  • jazzahead! | 07.12.2021

    jazzahead! 2022: „Endlich Kanada“

    Die Planung steht, der Vorverkauf hat begonnen: Mit dem großen Eröffnungskonzert von Erin Costelo im Theater am Goetheplatz startet am Donnerstag, 14. April das Festival der jazzahead!, das in ...

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    Der Vorverkauf hat begonnen – Festival-Eröffnung am 14. April mit Erin Costelo

    Die Planung steht, der Vorverkauf hat begonnen: Mit dem großen Eröffnungskonzert von Erin Costelo im Theater am Goetheplatz startet am Donnerstag, 14. April das Festival der jazzahead!, das in diesem Jahr Kanada als Partnerland hat. Die Kern-Veranstaltung, die Messe samt CLUBNIGHT und Galakonzert, findet dann von Donnerstag, 28. April bis Sonntag, 1. Mai statt. Die jazzahead! ist eine Veranstaltung der MESSE BREMEN.

    „Endlich Kanada“, sagt Sybille Kornitschky, die Projektleiterin der jazzahead! bei der MESSE BREMEN  – denn ursprünglich sollte Kanada erst 2020, dann 2021 präsentiert werden. Diese Planung fiel jeweils der Corona-Pandemie zum Opfer. Gab es im Vorjahr immerhin eine digitale jazzahead!, so soll die Messe 2022 als hybride Veranstaltung stattfinden. Das bedeutet, dass sie für das internationale Fachpublikum zu weiten Teilen auch im Internet verfolgt werden kann. Das reine Festival-Programm ist dagegen ausschließlich live zu erleben.

    „Gerade jetzt ist es wichtig, ein klares Angebot zu formulieren“, sagt Kornitschky. Ein ganz wesentlicher Punkt dabei ist erneut ein großes Galakonzert, das am Freitag, 29. April in der Glocke stattfinden wird. Auftreten werden dann ab 20 Uhr in Form eines Doppelkonzerts Laila Biali und Malika Tirolien. Für das Auftaktkonzert haben sich die künstlerischen Leiter Uli Beckerhoff und Peter Schulze mit Erin Costelo ebenfalls für eine Künstlerin entschieden. „Mit diesen drei starken Frauenstimmen wollen wir bewusst ein Zeichen setzen“, sagt Sybille Kornitschky. 

    Alle drei Künstlerinnen stehen für die große Bandbreite der kanadischen Musikszene. Erin Costelo wurde des Öfteren mit Nina Simone oder Carole King verglichen, tourte mit Dr. John und Boz Scaggs und spielte mit Levon Helm („The Band“). Auch die Künstlerinnen des Galakonzerts stehen für einen erweiterten Jazz-Begriff: Die Pianistin, Sängerin und Songwriterin Laila Biali war bereits einmal bei der jazzahead!, sie begeisterte im Jahre 2016 das Publikum im Showcase-Festival. Ihre Musik steht in der Tradition verschiedener kanadischer Größen wie Diana Krall und Michael Bublé, aber auch Joni Mitchell oder Leonard Cohen. Die Einflüsse aus Jazz, Soul, Blues, Folk und Pop verbinden sich in ihrer Musik auf ganz natürliche Weise. Malika Tirolien wiederum ist vor allem durch ihre verschiedenen Kollaborationen international bekannt, unter anderem mit dem Cirque du Soleil, Snarky Puppy oder dem Metropole Orchestra. Die Sängerin, Songwriterin und Produzentin stammt aus Guadeloupe und lebt in Montreal. Ihre Musik verbindet große Emotionen und einen neuen Blick auf verschiedene Genres mit einem tiefen Verständnis von Jazz. Ihre Stimme wird gerne als „erhaben“ beschrieben.

    Die jazzahead! ist die Fachmesse für Jazz, die seit 2006 in der MESSE BREMEN durchgeführt wird und die heute als weltgrößter Branchentreff der Jazz-Szene gilt. Eines der Merkmale der jazzahead! ist, dass mit zahlreichen Kooperationspartnern ein stadtweites Musik- und Kulturprogramm entwickelt wird, das in die ganze Stadt ausstrahlt. Im Rahmen von Fachmesse und Festival wird ein jährlich wechselndes Partnerland vorgestellt – dieses Mal ist es mit Kanada erstmals ein Land aus Übersee. 

    Die jazzahead! 2022 findet inklusive Festival von Donnerstag, 14. April bis Sonntag, 1. Mai 2022 statt. Die Stadt Bremen steht in diesen beiden Wochen somit ganz im Zeichen des internationalen Jazz – und der kanadischen Kultur. Zum Programm gehört auch wieder die beliebte jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT, die dieses Mal am Sonnabend, 30. April 2022 stattfindet und in der zahlreiche Künstler:innen in den verschiedensten Spielstätten auftreten.

    Karten für die Festivaleröffnung und das Galakonzert gibt es bei Nordwest Ticket in den Vorverkaufsstellen oder unter Telefon 0421 – 36 36 36 sowie über den eigenen Webshop. Außerdem sind die Karten beim Ticket-Service in der Glocke (0421 – 33 66 99), im Pressehaus des Weser-Kurier, in allen regionalen Zeitungshäusern oder online unter www.jazzahead.de erhältlich.

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    Weitere Informationen für Redaktionen:

    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH
    Frank Schümann, Telefon +49 (0)4 21 / 35 05 – 453

    E-Mail: schuemann@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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  • jazzahead! | 15.09.2021

    Registration now open for jazzahead! 2022

    Registration now open for jazzahead! 2022 The run-up to jazzahead! 2022 has started: trade participants can register as of now for the 16th edition of the world’s largest international gathering for ...

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    The Deutscher Jazzpreis (German Jazz Prize) 2022 ceremony will be held in Bremen on the evening before the international trade fair opens

    Registration now open for jazzahead! 2022

    The run-up to jazzahead! 2022 has started: trade participants can register as of now for the 16th edition of the world’s largest international gathering for the jazz sector at MESSE BREMEN. For participants who register before Monday 18 October 2021, early bird discounts are available. The application round has also opened for musicians/bands, who can apply now for one of the 40 slots in the jazzahead! 2022 showcases. jazzahead! 2022 will have the motto „together again“, and will run from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May 2022. Registrations and showcase applications can be made via the jazzahead! website.

    Showcase applicants: consultation session to help with the application process
    Bands from Europe, Germany and outside of Europe can now apply for the showcases in the European Jazz Meeting, the German Jazz Expo and the Overseas Night respectively. Applications need to be made before Thursday, 4 November 2021. The original selection for the Canadian Night remains in place. Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN says: „We are pleased to announce that following the postponement of Canada’s participation as partner country in both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Canada can now, finally, present a selection of acts from its large and musically very diverse scene.“

    Applications to participate in the showcases, submitted from all over the world, will be selected by four international juries appointed by jazzahead! and will be announced in mid-December. Musicians can find information on the selection criteria and application modalities on the website. Questions about the application process, on the other hand, can be addressed at a special dedicated „Showcase Application“ session to be held via Zoom on Thursday, 14 October at 4 p.m. (CET).

    jazzahead! 2022: a face-to-face event in Bremen, but with an online option
    „We are so much looking forward to an event in Bremen where people will meet again, live and in colour!“ says Kornitschky. For those who cannot make the journey to Bremen, however, there will be the option to participate online. In addition, the jazzahead! team has set aside more space, in order to be prepared for continuing restrictions due to Corona measures. There will be more halls in Bremen in 2022, four concert stages instead of three, and a large circus tent marquee.

    A new feature is that day registration for trade participants and registration for the online-only offer of the hybrid format will have a later start date, Monday, 8 November. Parts of the conference programme will again be recorded in 2022, in order that all online registrants can also participate in the programme. This will give participants on-site the opportunity to experience panels and sessions

    more intensively, even after the fair. The conference part of the trade fair will consist of the professional programme curated by jazzahead! and the exhibitors‘ sessions. Future-oriented topics and current discussions, especially for organisers and musicians, will once again be the main focus. Particular attention will be paid to the challenges for the scene that have changed as a result of the pandemic, always with a focus on solution-oriented approaches.

    German Jazz Prize ceremony to be held in Bremen
    On the night before the opening of the jazzahead! 2022 trade fair, the Deutscher Jazzpreis (German Jazz Prize) ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 27 April 2022. „With the German Jazz Prize we not only want to bring the most outstanding national and international musicians into the spotlight, our aim is to draw attention to the scene as a whole,“ said Tina Sikorski, Managing Director of Initiative Musik. The Deutscher Jazzpreis was instigated in 2020 by the Minister of State for Culture, Prof. Monika Grütters, the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and the Media, to celebrate the innovative strength of Jazz Made in Germany in all its facets. As a centrally funded institution acting for and on behalf of the Federal Government, Initiative Musik is entrusted with delivering and running the Deutscher Jazzpreis.

    „After the successful premiere in 2021 with the main event in Hamburg as well as broadcasts from Munich, Berlin and Mannheim, we are now delighted to be able to celebrate the 2022 award ceremony on the eve of jazzahead! in Bremen – at one of the pivotal events of the international jazz scene,“ says Sikorski. Peter Schulze, one of the two artistic directors of jazzahead!, adds: „The fact that the German Jazz Award will be presented at jazzahead! will give a boost to the internationalisation of jazz from Germany, for the reason that the most influential and active international participants in the scene will be with us and will experience it live.“ The German Jazz Prize 2022 will open for applications from mid-October.

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  • jazzahead! | 04.05.2021

    jazzahead! 2021: an event which has given an impetus to the jazz scene

    Exhibitors expressed their satisfaction, trade participants their enthusiasm, artists said how rewarding they had found it: there has been consistently positive feedback and much praise from all sides for jazzahead! ...

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    902 participants from 50 nations exchanging ideas digitally over four days

    Exhibitors expressed their satisfaction, trade participants their enthusiasm, artists said how rewarding they had found it: there has been consistently positive feedback and much praise from all sides for jazzahead! digital 2021, which took place online for the first time under the motto „Close together from afar“.

    In total, 902 participants from 50 nations and 90 exhibitors from 41 countries took part in the digital jazz trade fair from Thursday 29 April to Sunday 2 May 2021. „It was a huge challenge and demanded a lot of courage for us to ensure that jazzahead! would work digitally – this is an event which absolutely thrives on in-person meetings,“ said Hans Peter Schneider, founder of the industry gathering and managing director of M3B GmbH which also owns MESSE BREMEN. „And courageous is exactly what we have been. The fact that we were able to put this event on at all has been the result of support from both the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and from Initiative Musik.“

    Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN talks about the success of the event: „This has certainly been one of the most important editions of jazzahead!. It felt absolutely vital that we should be offering a platform for the jazz scene in these difficult times. All in all, participants told us how extremely grateful and how happy they were that jazzahead! was able to take place this year,“ she reports. „The feedback we had about the professional programme was in essence that people had found it both stimulating and useful.“ The number of participants in sessions and panels was in fact significantly higher than in previous years. „And that for sure is one positive side-effect of holding the event in digital form: it has allowed a broader base of participants,“ Kornitschky concludes.

    For all registered participants, networking continues after jazzahead!

    The four-day trade fair with its showcase concerts may be over, but networking continues for all registered participants via the digital platform until the end of July. The organisers of the industry gathering want to adhere to a year-round concept, and to continue to offer online events and digital matchmaking sessions. The showcase concerts, popular as ever, can initially only be viewed by registered trade participants. These streams will be available to the general public on the jazzahead! website from 21 June.

    Dates set for 2022

    And no sooner is one jazzahead! over than attention switches to the next one. The dates for the 16th edition of the industry gathering are already fixed: 28 April to 1 May 2022. Until then, the jazzahead! team will have as one of its focus areas the continuing preparations for the long-awaited appearance of Canada as partner country, originally scheduled for 2020.

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    About jazzahead!

    jazzahead!, launched in 2006, is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. And whereas it has been growing in size every year, this meeting place for the worldwide jazz industry is also the ”family gathering” for jazz; it has never lost its original spirit of fellowship and fun. The 40 showcase concerts during the trade fair, and the jazzahead! Cultural Festival are also aimed at the wider public. Since 2011, this festival, co-created with some 60 cooperation partners, presents the cultural scene of a partner country – there is a different one every year – plus bands from all over the world. These bands perform at the CLUBNIGHT in 30 venues in Bremen. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019, jazzahead! was awarded European Culture Brand of the Year.

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    Canan Sevil, Phone +49 (0)4 21 / 35 05 – 323

    E-Mail: sevil@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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  • jazzahead! | 30.04.2021

    jazzahead! 2021 digital

    Dear colleagues, Band rehearsals, sound checks and the sounds of trumpets and pianos in the ÖVB Arena in Bremen: The 15th jazzahead! has started. From Thursday to Sunday, April 29 to ...

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    Dear colleagues,

    Band rehearsals, sound checks and the sounds of trumpets and pianos in the ÖVB Arena in Bremen: The 15th jazzahead! has started. From Thursday to Sunday, April 29 to May 2, 2021, the jazz trade fair from Bremen will bring together the international jazz industry – digitally for the first time. While twelve of 31 showcase concerts will be produced and streamed live on site in the ÖVB Arena, 855 international trade participants will exchange ideas digitally via a platform together with 90 exhibitors from 50 nations.

    We have compiled some first impressions for you.

    More pictures in printable quality as well as current press information can be downloaded from www.messe-bremen.de in the press section.

     

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  • jazzahead! | 17.03.2021

    jazzahead! and International Jazz Day announce Co-operation

     Two of the leading international organisations in jazz, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and jazzahead!, the world’s largest jazz trade fair, are jointly announcing a new co-operation in ...

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    Organisations to combine efforts in celebration of International Jazz Day

     Two of the leading international organisations in jazz, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and jazzahead!, the world’s largest jazz trade fair, are jointly announcing a new co-operation in honor of UNESCO International Jazz Day 2021. jazzahead! this year takes place under the motto „Close Together From Afar“ and will run from Thursday 29 April to Sunday 2 May 2021. The two organisations plan to mark International Jazz Day together on Friday 30 April. „With this cooperation we want to combine forces to send a positive signal in these difficult times,“ says Peter Schulze, one of the joint Artistic Directors of jazzahead! Because of the pandemic, the jazz trade fair from Bremen is mostly taking place digitally for the first time this year. „In normal times we work with a different partner country each year,” says Schulze. “Through this new collaboration with International Jazz Day, the whole world has in effect become our partner.“

    International Jazz Day was launched in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people, as well as an educational tool. It is run by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and celebrated annually on 30 April in various locations around the world with a range of performances, education programs and community outreach initiatives. „As one of the leading international forums held each year for the global jazz community, jazzahead! is ideally suited to complement and integrate with International Jazz Day,“ says Tom Carter, President of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. „As we approach the 10th anniversary of International Jazz Day on 30 April and the 15th anniversary of jazzahead!, we view jazzahead! as the perfect complement to our family of partners“, says Carter.

    Co-operation to enhance awareness and visibility of the jazz scene

    The entire industry around live events and a huge number of independent artists have been hit hard by the pandemic. Concerts and festivals have had to be cancelled. „This is precisely why we want to jointly promote exchange between Europe and overseas as well as provide more visibility for musicians – and for the German jazz scene as well,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. “It is clear from several conversations that many people are grateful to us for maintaining networks through various channels and different co-operations,“ says Kornitschky. „We continue our efforts to facilitate networking and to ensure that there continues to be both a focus and a spotlight on the state of the jazz scene.“

    Joint program with International Jazz Day

    The cooperation partners want to make their events complement each other. The aim is to celebrate jazz together by presenting a first-class programme with the benefit of support from the highest level. For example the speakers at the opening of jazzahead! digital 2021 on Thursday, 29 April, will include the German Minister of State for Culture and Media, Prof. Monika Grütters – through the Intitiative Musik the ministry has supported jazzahead! and the German Jazz Expo for many years. Also delivering a special greeting will be U.S. vocalist, actress and multi-GRAMMY Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, as official representative of the Herbie Hancock Institute and International Jazz Day.

    jazzahead! will also be including artistic programming as part of the UNESCO Jazz Day programme. Just to name two of them: A short concert by the Markus Stockhausen Group as part of the opening ceremony. Markus Stockhausen is considered one of the world’s foremost trumpeters and has earned an outstanding international reputation through his work in a wide variety of ensembles. Also Canadian pianist and composer Kris Davis will send a musical greeting to the worldwide jazz scene. This a musical surprise offering from Canada, partner country of jazzahead!, which had to postpone its participation until 2022 due to the pandemic. Multi-award-winning Canadian pianist and composer Kris Davis is considered a rising star of the avant-garde scene and was named one of the top newcomers by the New York Times.

    Both concerts will be broadcast free of charge via the live stream of jazzahead! and shared with International Jazz Day’s worldwide audience. More information soon at www.jazzahead.en and www.jazzday.com.

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     NOTE: About jazzahead!

    Launched in 2006, jazzahead! is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. Having grown steadily, the industry gathering is also known as the place where the jazz family gets together – the event has never lost its family character. The 40 showcase concerts during the fair and the jazzahead! Festival are also aimed at the general public. Since 2011, this festival, together with around 60 cooperation partners, has presented the cultural scene of a different partner country each year, plus bands from all over the world as part of the CLUBNIGHT, in which around 30 venues in Bremen participate. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the German Federal Government‘s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019 it was awarded the title of European Cultural Brand of the Year.

    Further information for editorial offices:

    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH

    Canan Sevil, Phone +49 421 / 35 05 – 323

    E-Mail: sevil@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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  • jazzahead! | 16.02.2021

    Jazz industry networking opportunity

    Inspiring conversations, targeted one-on-one meetings, valuable opportunities to network: Can they still happen at a digital trade fair? Yes, they can! In cooperation with a specialist partner, Enterprise Europe Network (...

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    Special matchmaking sessions, 10-12 March, before the official start of jazzahead! digital 2021

    Inspiring conversations, targeted one-on-one meetings, valuable opportunities to network: Can they still happen at a digital trade fair? Yes, they can! In cooperation with a specialist partner, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), jazzahead!, the world’s largest international jazz trade fair, is organising online matchmaking sessions over three days from Wednesday 10 March until Friday 12 March 2021. Producers, concert and festival organisers, bookers, artist management agencies, media representatives or musicians: all will be able to avail themselves of the chance to make valuable new connections: under the rubric „transatlantic relations“, potential business partners from the global jazz scene will have the opportunity to make targeted contacts and enter into conversations. And it will all happen before the fair itself starts.

    For registered participants

    There is just one prerequisite for participation in this special matchmaking programme: interested parties will need to have registered already for jazzahead! digital 2021. Access to all these virtual sessions is included in the registration fee. „Those registered can take part in the digital concert and trade programme at the trade fair from 29 April to 2 May and also take advantage of the extensive networking opportunities before, during and after jazzahead!“, says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. Whether it’s Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or America, this special networking event is a great opportunity to build and expand connections overseas, say the organisers. „The networking sessions will take place in the afternoon to allow people from other time zones to participate“, explains Julia Feddersen from EEN. The online registration link for jazzahead! digital 2021 is: www.jazzahead.de/en/tradefair/

    Networking: before, during and after the trade fair

    After these first matchmaking sessions in March, jazzahead! and EEN will invite participants to further sessions throughout the year to offer better follow-up and valuable connections way beyond the dates of the jazzahead! trade fair. „We have been the organisers of the ’speed dating’ sessions in partnership with jazzahead! since 2011. These have taken place as part of the trade fair in Bremen, with the objective of people getting to know each other and networking“, Feddersen tells us. „Within the framework of the Enterprise Europe Network, we have already built a successful track record in digital matchmaking. Geographically, barriers can be broken down and especially with a global target group this is of great added value. We are very happy that we are also jointly overseeing this new series.“ If there are any questions or uncertainties, EEN will be there to assist all participants. „On Monday and Tuesday, 8-9 March, we will be offering online assistance“, says Feddersen.

    Participants who have registered for the digital edition of jazzahead! also have access to the virtual sessions that Kornitschky and her team have been offering since September 2020. For example, in keeping with the matchmaking theme on Thursday, 25 February 2021, the session will cover „Overseas Relations: The exchange between the European and the American markets“. All registered participants will be sent an exclusive access link for this session via email. To make good use of the remaining time until the start of the virtual jazz trade fair, it is also worth checking out the new jazzahead! blog, which offers a wealth of industry-relevant content which is being added to regularly.

    Due to the pandemic, jazzahead! 2021 will be held virtually for the first time under the motto „Close together from afar“ from Thursday 29 April to Sunday 2 May 2021.

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    NOTE: About jazzahead!

    Launched in 2006, jazzahead! is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. Having grown steadily, the industry gathering is also known as the place where the jazz family gets together – the event has never lost its family character. The 40 showcase concerts during the fair and the jazzahead! Festival are also aimed at the general public. Since 2011, this festival, together with around 60 cooperation partners, has presented the cultural scene of a different partner country each year, plus bands from all over the world as part of the CLUBNIGHT, in which around 30 venues in Bremen participate. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the German Federal Government‘s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019 it was awarded the title of European Cultural Brand of the Year.

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  • jazzahead! | 21.01.2021

    jazzahead! digital 2021: Registration is now open

    And we’re on: jazzahead!, the world’s largest international jazz trade fair, was obliged to take a break in 2020 because of the Corona pandemic, but preparations for the 15th ...

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    Matchmaking: special "Overseas Relations" networking opportunity on the lead to the digital jazz trade fair

    And we’re on: jazzahead!, the world’s largest international jazz trade fair, was obliged to take a break in 2020 because of the Corona pandemic, but preparations for the 15th edition are now gathering pace. Under the slogan „Close together from afar“, the organisers are in the process of putting together the main elements of the trade fair which will take place in virtual form. The dates are Thursday 29 April to Sunday, 2 May 2021. „As we do this, we are assembling exciting content that is important and topical for the jazz scene. We’ll also be facilitating both one-on-one discussions and meetings in larger groups,“ says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. Exhibitors and trade participants can register for „jazzahead! digital 2021“ now by paying the registration fee at www.jazzahead.de. Pricing options, general information and conditions can be found on the website: https://jazzahead.de/en/tradefair/#optprices.

    Conferences and panels, networking, 32 showcasing bands: Full program available in early March

    What is already clear is that the program of the virtual edition will be very similar to what visitors are familiar with from the face-to-face events in Bremen. „Registered participants will be able to take part interactively in panel sessions online, discuss and network with new and old acquaintances in various settings, and also see performances and interviews featuring the 32 showcase bands,“ says Kornitschky. In order to take into account time zone differences, the short concerts and the industry specialist program will be offered both live-streamed and on-demand. As usual, the conference program consists of jazzahead! panels – this time especially focusing on promoters and music export – as well as sessions from the exhibitors. The complete program will be available from the beginning of March at www.jazzahead.de.

    Package deal for trade participants and exhibitors

    Via our online platform, all exhibitors and trade participants who have registered and paid the fee will have access to the digital trade fair – including the networking tool-kit, the 32 showcase concerts and all events in the conference program. In addition, they will be able to participate in the monthly Virtual Sessions featuring a succession of teams of experts on relevant topics. For the next session, experts and industry insiders will be discussing the implications of Brexit on Thursday, 28 January, at 3 pm (CET) under the title „What’s jazz got to do with it?“. Links are on jazzahead!’s social media channels and also at: https://bit.ly/2NlZSNM.

    And there’s more: registered participants will have exclusive access to the first special edition of a digital matchmaking session, „Overseas Relations“, the chance to network with industry contacts matching their own profile. This event, which is jointly organised by MESSE BREMEN and the Enterprise European Network (EEN), will take place in the run-up to the trade fair – from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 March 2021. And there’s another way to put the remaining time before „jazzahead! digital 2021“ starts to good use: take a look at the new jazzahead! blog, which offers all kinds of fascinating and varied content.

    For more information on the various packages that can be booked, go to www.jazzahead.de.

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    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH

    Canan Sevil, Phone +49 421 / 35 05 – 323

    E-Mail: sevil@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

     

     

     

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  • jazzahead! | 17.12.2020

    jazzahead!, the world’s largest international jazz trade fair, will take place again in 2021 – digitally

    Under the motto „Close together from afar“, the organisers announce that they intend to implement large parts of the 15th jazz trade fair virtually. The dates will be Thursday 29 April ...

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    Showcase Festival concerts will take place - Canada confirmed as partner country for 2022

    Under the motto „Close together from afar“, the organisers announce that they intend to implement large parts of the 15th jazz trade fair virtually. The dates will be Thursday 29 April to Sunday, 2 May 2021. These changes primarily affect the trade fair and the programme for industry participants. „Our goal is to facilitate and to foster exchange within the international jazz scene, so we will ensure that this can take place online under the best possible professional conditions, despite the pandemic,“ says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. „This includes digital networking opportunities as well as panels and workshops with exciting content that is topical and important for the international scene.“ In addition, exhibitors will be given the opportunity to offer their own digital sessions.

    Showcase festival concerts will take place in 2021 – partner country Canada participation postponed into 2022

    Kornitschky and her team have transferred the bands selected for the Showcases in 2020 into the programme for 2021. The partner country, Canada, on the other hand, has had to postpone its participation until 2022. „After careful consideration, we have decided jointly to move our cooperation forwards into the following year,“ says Kornitschky. One of the reasons for this was the Canadian government’s travel ban for its citizens to European countries. The withdrawal of the partner country for 2021 means that the opening of the festival in Theater Bremen, the Gala Concert at the Glocke concert hall, and the cultural programme involving Canada will also be cancelled. As a result, the selection of bands which would have made up the Canadian Night of jazzahead! will also be postponed to 2022. Nevertheless, jazz fans can look forward to a few surprises from Canada at 2021‘s digital jazzahead! edition. Also the CLUBNIGHT is being reconfigured, the new look will be announced soon.

    Showcase festival to be produced live in Bremen

    As far as it is possible, the Showcase concerts in April will be produced live in Bremen for digital streaming. And where this is not possible, jazzahead! will look for alternatives, in partnership and collaboration with the 32 bands from Germany, Europe and overseas. „We are planning to have maximum flexibility, and even leaving a window open for ‚analogue‘ events!“ Kornitschky explains: „If access for the public is allowed again in April, we will allow access to the concerts for audiences at short notice and we will be offering tickets.“ The livestreams will initially only be available to registered trade participants. For the general public, the showcase concerts will then be available online after a delay.

    Interested parties can register for the digital event from mid-January via the homepage www.jazzahead.de. Prices, terms and conditions are now also available on the website. In the interim before this, the jazzahead! team invites you to visit the new jazzahead! Blog, and also their live sessions via the jazzahead! Facebook page.

    The 15th jazzahead!, the anniversary edition of the world’s largest jazz trade fair, was originally scheduled to take place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April 2020, in Halls 6 and 7 of MESSE BREMEN, with the accompanying festival from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 April 2020. Unfortunately, the entire event had to be cancelled at relatively short notice because of the Corona pandemic.

    More information: www.jazzahead.de

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     NOTE: About jazzahead!

    Launched in 2006, jazzahead! is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. Having grown steadily, the industry gathering is also known as the place where the jazz family gets together – the event has never lost its family character. The 40 showcase concerts during the fair and the jazzahead! Festival are also aimed at the general public. Since 2011, this festival, together with around 60 cooperation partners, has presented the cultural scene of a different partner country each year, plus bands from all over the world as part of the CLUBNIGHT, in which around 30 venues in Bremen participate. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the German Federal Government‘s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019 it was awarded the title of European Cultural Brand of the Year.

     

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  • jazzahead! | 31.07.2020

    Online programme in the run-up to jazzahead! 2021

     jazzahead! 2020 and the cultural festival which accompany it were due to be held in April, and would have marked a double anniversary. Both events, however, fell victim to the coronavirus ...

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    “Virtual Sessions” with Experts, Multimedia Blog and Live Panels via Facebook

     jazzahead! 2020 and the cultural festival which accompany it were due to be held in April, and would have marked a double anniversary. Both events, however, fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic, and the postponement was a huge disappointment to all those who had been looking forward to attending. Now the organisers have news to report: „We will be catching up with the celebrations from 29 April to 2 May 2021,” says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. “And in the interim we are launching an exciting online programme. As an important networking platform for the global industry, we wish to promote and support the scene in these difficult times“. To ensure that the programme can reach as many people as possible, the sessions and the content will be in English.

    „Virtual sessions“ on industry topics
    “Virtual sessions“ on specialist topics are aimed specifically at participants who have already registered for 2021 – registration starts on Tuesday, 1 September. In these 45-minute discussions, experts from the respective fields will discuss, for example, best-practice examples of export strategies of different countries or social media for organisers. For example, the first event on Monday, 28 September, will look at the question: How do you successfully organize an online festival and earn money from it? For the livestream of Bel Jazz Festival at the end of May, the Belgian organizers managed to do just that, with around 3,000 fans buying tickets.
    A wide-ranging blog
    The digital programme will be launched on Friday, 21 August, with a blog at www.jazzahead.de. Texts, videos and podcasts will present people, topics and regions from the international jazz scene. The blog is also intended to prepare the industry for the next jazzahead! And the content will be available without restriction. For example, Peter Schulze, Artistic Director of jazzahead!, talks to musician Pablo Held. He is known for his work as a pianist but he also regularly interviews major figures in jazz from all over the world for his own blog. From his collection of interviews, he will contribute the podcast of his conversation with Norma Winstone, who was a recipient of the jazzahead! Škoda Award.
    Two other initiatives: the jazzahead! team will be asking people from the jazz scene in Germany and abroad to write short texts in which they describe their view of German jazz and present which jazz from Germany they currently recommend. This will be an occasional series. Furthermore, Canadian festival director Rainbow Robert will be reporting on the effects of the Corona pandemic on the Canadian jazz scene. Canada was the partner country of the postponed jazzahead! and has accepted the renewed invitation to be partner country in 2021.
    Live panels on current topics
    Also free of charge and available to all people interested in jazz: Monthly live panels on Facebook start on Thursday, September 3. These 15-minute sessions will focus on preparations for jazzahead! 2021, but also on general current topics such as the work of the Europe Jazz Network or the situation and perspectives of the live sector against the background of the Corona pandemic.
    More information: www.jazzahead.de
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  • jazzahead! | 20.03.2020

    jazzahead! 2020 is cancelled

    Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, the parent company of MESSE BREMEN, explains why it has unfortunately proved necessary to make this decision: „jazzahead! exists in order ...

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    Partner country and showcases to remain the same, but postponed until 2021

    Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, the parent company of MESSE BREMEN, explains why it has unfortunately proved necessary to make this decision: „jazzahead! exists in order to promote international meetings and the exchange of ideas, but this is unfortunately not possible during the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes the end of April. We very much regret being obliged to cancel, but the preservation of health is the over-riding priority.“ The largest jazz trade fair in the world, originally planned to take place from Thursday 23 April to Sunday 26 April 2020, in halls 6 and 7 of MESSE BREMEN, as well as all the events of the accompanying festival from Friday 17 April until Sunday 26 April 2020, are therefore being postponed to 2021, from Thursday to Sunday, 29 April to 2 May for the trade fair.

    The organizers had first tried to ascertain whether it might be possible to move the jazz trade fair and the accompanying culture festival into the summer months. „But together with our partners, we have now decided to postpone jazzahead! until next year,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! on behalf of MESSE BREMEN. Canada as partner country has already committed for 2021. The bands selected for this year’s showcase concerts will also be maintained for the showcases in 2021.

    Rochelle Hum of the Canada Council for the Arts, speaking on behalf of all the Canadian partners commented: “While we are saddened by the cancellation of the 2020 edition of jazzahead!, we understand the importance of this change in plans for the health of artists, delegates and audiences. In the months ahead, we believe that music—and the arts more broadly—will have an integral role to play in our shared healing. For this reason, we have committed to supporting a Canada focus at the 2021 edition of jazzahead! Our ongoing collaboration with jazzahead! marks an important example of how countries can come together in these challenging times to foster our collective wellbeing.”

    Double anniversary missed

    In 2020 jazzahead! would have marked its fifteenth anniversary, and this would also be the tenth time that a festival dedicated to the culture of the partner country accompanied the trade fair. Canada is the first country from overseas to be chosen as a partner. The organizers had been expecting over 3,000 industry participants plus exhibitors from 64 nations for the trade fair, with the accompanying festival, including the CLUBNIGHT, attracting an additional audience of around 15,000 people.

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  • jazzahead! | 17.02.2020

    A top-class programme for the jazz industry

    Eberhard Weber’s sound is unmistakable, he has made a unique and revolutionary contribution to the evolution of the bass in jazz, and just a few months ago he turned 80. ...

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    jazzahead!: German jazz legend Eberhard Weber speaks – new network starts

    Eberhard Weber’s sound is unmistakable, he has made a unique and revolutionary contribution to the evolution of the bass in jazz, and just a few months ago he turned 80. This living legend has been unable to play since suffering a stroke thirteen years ago, but he says with typical directness: „I still listen to things that are worth listening to.“ On the 15th anniversary of jazzahead!, he will be guest of honour at the official opening of the trade fair and showcase festival at MESSE BREMEN. Weber will speak at Thursday 23 April 2020. jazzahead! continues until Sunday 26 April.

    While this event will be one of the highlights of the programme for industry people, it is far from being the only one. One of the priorities of jazzahead! – probably the most important gathering of the jazz industry anywhere in the world – is to ensure a sustainable future for this industry. One new development at this year’s jazzahead! fits well into this context: „The fair is offering the platform for the launch of a new network for ‚young professionals‘, i.e. for the next generation of talents,“ explains Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. „We are organizing an umbrella stand. People or organisations with an interest in being part of this new venture from the start can register at reduced cost.”

    The instigator of the Young Professionals Network is Norwegian music promoter and agent Kine Lundervold. She is planning „a unique training program“, she says. Together with the management of jazzahead!, the aim is to bring young jazz professionals from all over Europe together, and to forge connections with experienced practitioners, for example for mentoring and recruitment for jobs in jazz. The aim is to nurture more viable career paths – for example in the festival business, with labels, in club management etc. The network will have the role of providing advice and exchanging expertise.

    Jazz export and marketing via social media

    jazzahead! is also concerned to foster discussions and professional development, and that part of the programme will get under way from 10 a.m. on the opening day, Thursday. The fact that there is an extra half-day provides the opportunity to have sessions on specialist topics: specialists will discuss regional and national strategies for exporting their respective jazz scenes to other countries and regions. The focus will be on approaches that have proved successful as well as areas where people wish that more could be done.

    Finland is an example of best-practice. For three years, Finland has consistently focused on the marketing of Finnish jazz into the German-speaking world. This will be the topic addressed by Niko Kangas, Export Manager at Music Finland. Yavier Cester Vidal from the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals, will talk about the efforts in Spain to network the regionally dominated music marketing much more strongly in order to ultimately bring a national structure into being.

    The jazzahead! team is also working on further panels for the Saturday of the trade fair, expecially for promoters. A session is planned for marketing festival and club programmes via social media. The whole programme will be published on www.jazzahead.de/en/ on the beginning of march.

    Interested parties can register online as specialist participants until Wednesday, 1 April 2020, after which they can only register on-site and with an additional charge.

    More infos: www.jazzahead.de/en/

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    About jazzahead!

    jazzahead!, launched in 2006, is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. And whereas it has been growing in size every year, this meeting place for the worldwide jazz industry is also the ”family gathering” for jazz; it has never lost its original spirit of fellowship and fun. The 40 showcase concerts during the trade fair, and the jazzahead! Cultural Festival are also aimed at the wider public. Since 2011, this festival, co-created with some 60 cooperation partners, presents the cultural scene of a partner country – there is a different one every year – plus bands from all over the world. These bands perform at the CLUBNIGHT in 30 venues in Bremen. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019, jazzahead! was awarded European Culture Brand of the Year.

     

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    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH

    Imke Zimmermann, Phone +49 421 / 35 05 – 4 45

    E-Mail: zimmermann@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

     

     

     

     

     

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  • jazzahead! | 23.01.2020

    jazzahead! 2020: The spotlight in Bremen is on Canada

    Every year in April, Bremen becomes a jazz metropolis, with the international jazz scene convening for the jazzahead! trade fair at MESSE BREMEN. This year, 2020, marks a double anniversary: it ...

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    Global stars will shine and exciting new talents will emerge

    Every year in April, Bremen becomes a jazz metropolis, with the international jazz scene convening for the jazzahead! trade fair at MESSE BREMEN. This year, 2020, marks a double anniversary: it is the fifteenth anniversary of the world’s largest gathering of the jazz industry, while the accompanying festival – with its partner country programme and a CLUBNIGHT spread across a host of different venues in Bremen – has its tenth edition.

    The trade fair takes place from Thursday 23 April to Sunday 26 April. The festival starts earlier, on Friday 17 April.

    “jazzahead! has come on by leaps and bounds since it started,” says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. “It is now not just a major player in the jazz business, it has also proved that it can serve as a launchpad for artist’s careers. And it has become a magnet for audiences too. We were determined to do something special this year to mark our double anniversary – which is why we are so pleased that Canada is our partner country. For the first time, a jazz nation from across the ocean is in the limelight. Visitors will see jazz from Canada in all its diversity. And there is another remarkable feature too: a very substantial proportion of female artists and bandleaders.“

    The festival starts with a major highlight. The opening evening at Theater Bremen presents a double bill: singer-songwriter Laila Biali, recent winner of a Juno Award, will perform the first half. After the interval, Tanya Tagaq, who is one of the most high-profile representatives of the Inuit, will perform. Tagaq has developed her own competely individual and successful way of bringing the traditional throat-singing of this Canadian indigenous people closer to jazz.

    In the two weeks following the opening of the culture festival, further aspects of Canadian culture can be enjoyed, in addition to music. For example, Tanya Tagaq will do a reading from her first novel “Split Tooth“ (2018). The Museum Weserburg is exhibiting works by the artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Her sculptures of black marble and lamps, for example, are a reference to the New York “lantern law“ of 1713, according to which slaves were only allowed to be out at night-time either if they carried a lantern or were chaperoned.

    On the opening night of the trade fair, eight Canadian groups – some established, others up-and-coming – will perform for an audience consisting of industry people such as bookers, festival directors and programmers, representatives of labels and the public at the Canadian Night. The programme includes a range of very different artists: trombonist Audrey Ochoa and her band, the quartet of classically trained guitarist Itamar Erez and a joint project from pianist Marianne Trudel and drummer John Hollenbeck, “Dédé Java Espiritu“.

    Jazzahead! also facilitates “bilateral speed meetings“, where business proposals can be advanced. These meetings bring together industry specialists capable of opening doors for Canadian artists in Germany, or for German artists in Canada.

    Rufus Wainwright, an established and award-winning artist will be be giving the jazzahead! gala concert on the Friday evening of the trade fair at the Glocke concert hall in Bremen’s city centre. This concert will mark the German premiere of the material from his new album, which is currently in the process of being released worldwide.

    For the Saturday, the jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT will bring jazz to some 30 venues in Bremen. Canadian juries have selected numerous other bands to perform at this event. For example, there will be performances by the Josh Zubot String Quintet with the brothers Josh and Jesse Zubot and also CODE Quartet led by multi-award winning saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen, winner of two Canadian Juno Awards. Also there is the pianist and composer John Kameel Farah, who mixes for instance elements from Baroque music, Middle Eastern music and contemporary music with improvisation and electronics.

    Last year there were 3,408 registered participants from 64 nations attending the jazzahead! trade fair. The combined audience for the trade fair and the 100 weekend concerts was around 18,000 people.

    Further information for editorial offices:

    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH

    Imke Zimmermann, Phone +49 421 / 35 05 – 4 45

    E-Mail: zimmermann@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

     

     

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  • jazzahead! | 09.01.2020

    jazzahead!: Large ensembles and female empowerment

    Thursday, 9 January 2020. The two main themes which emerge from the application round for the 40 showcase slots at jazzahead! 2020, which will run from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April at MESSE BREMEN are: ...

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    Showcase applications for Bremen’s 2020 jazz trade fair reach new record level

    Thursday, 9 January 2020. The two main themes which emerge from the application round for the 40 showcase slots at jazzahead! 2020, which will run from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April at MESSE BREMEN are: an impressive selection of large ensembles and for the very first time, a very substantial number of bands led by women. In the 40 short showcase concerts, the artists selected will be performing for an audience largely consisting of festival programmers, bookers and record label representatives. So the trade fair is not just an important platform for networking, it is also an event where bands are booked on the spot, and contracts are agreed.

    „jazzahead! has repeatedly proved that it can be the launchpad both for up-and-coming and for established artists from all over the world into the markets of Germany and Europe, and also for bands from our continent into the wider world,“ says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. This is the reason why there has been such a rush to apply for slots in the showcases. This year, the four international juries have had a heavier workload than ever: their task has been to listen to, rank and discuss a total of 816 applications from 50 countries (2019: 764). „jazzahead!, the world’s largest jazz trade fair has, in its 15 years of existence, become the most important gathering of the entire worldwide jazz industry,“ says Kornitschky.

    21 of 40 bands dominated by women

    Eight showcase slots are reserved for musicians from the 2020 partner country, Canada. A further eight ensembles will be be performing at the German Jazz Expo, another eight at the Overseas Night. And 16 bands will participate in the European Jazz Meeting. Of this entire complement of 40 groups, 21 are led an dominated by women. „This shows with absolute clarity that jazz music is no longer exclusively dominated by men,“ emphasizes Ulrich Beckerhoff, one of the two artistic directors of jazzahead! alongside Peter Schulze.

    At the European Jazz Meeting, women play an important role in no fewer than eleven out of the sixteen bands. Among these, Peter Schulze singles out the ten-piece ensemble led by pianist and composer Luzia von Wyl from Switzerland. „Among the others, I am also looking forward to hearing the charismatic voices of Torun Eriksen from Norway, Julia Biel from the UK and Macha Gharibian from France,“ he adds.

    In the other showcase sections, listeners can also expect a highly contrasted offering. Beckerhoff refers for example to the Canadian duo Silvervest. With their chamber music ethos, they create music of quite astonishing variety. And with the combination of pianist Marianne Trudel and drummer John Hollenbeck, Bremen audiences will be hearing two of the most important musicians from today’s international jazz scene.

    Among the German groups, Beckerhoff highlights bassist, composer and arranger Hendrika Entzian’s Big Band which received the WDR Jazz Prize. The pianist Johanna Summer impresses “as a soloist with great emotionality and immense ingenuity”.

    The Brazilian guitarist and singer Badi Assad, who can be heard at Overseas Night, has a worldwide following; her music always has tremendous vitality, instrumental virtuosity and emotional range, comments Beckerhoff. As a further example of the wide-ranging showcase programme, he mentions Nigerian trumpeter Etuk Ubong. Beckerhoff was impressed with Ubong’s way of embodying the tradition of African rhythms, a vital element in the emergence of jazz in America.

    Audio samples on www.jazzahead.de/en

    Links to all of the bands can be found in the showcase overview (see further press release). From the end of January, more details and audio samples from all the bands will be available on the jazzahead! website. For industry participants, attendance at the showcase concerts is included in the registration fee. For visitors, concert tickets and tickets for the other events at jazzahead! are available at www.jazzahead.de/en and at Nordwest-Ticket.

    More information: www.jazzahead.de/en

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    About jazzahead!

    jazzahead!, launched in 2006, is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. And whereas it has been growing in size every year, this meeting place for the worldwide jazz industry is also the ”family gathering” for jazz; it has never lost its original spirit of fellowship and fun. The 40 showcase concerts during the trade fair, and the jazzahead! Cultural Festival are also aimed at the wider public. Since 2011, this festival, co-created with some 60 cooperation partners, presents the cultural scene of a partner country – there is a different one every year – plus bands from all over the world.These bands perform at the CLUBNIGHT in 30 venues in Bremen. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019, jazzahead! was awarded European Culture Brand of the Year. The next jazzahead! takes place from April 23-25, 2020.

     

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    MESSE BREMEN & ÖVB-Arena / M3B GmbH
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  • jazzahead! | 09.01.2020

    jazzahead! 2020: These are the showcase bands

    Attention: From 10th of Jan 2020 onwards all changes, for instance in line-ups, are only to be found in the list published online, not in the pdf.   Dear colleagues, Below ...

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    List of the 40 bands who will give concerts during the trade fair

    Attention: From 10th of Jan 2020 onwards all changes, for instance in line-ups, are only to be found in the list published online, not in the pdf.

     

    Dear colleagues,

    Below you will find an overview of the bands which have been selected for the short concerts, i.e. this is the list of the showcase bands for jazzahead! 2020 at MESSE BREMEN, together with thumbnail descriptions of each group, taken from their press packs.

    jazzahead! 2020 takes place from Thursday 23 April until Sunday 26 April, with the showcases from the Thursday to the Saturday.

    Canadian Night

    Audrey Ochoa

    Audrey Ochoa (tb), Sandro Dominelli (dr), Mike Lent (db)

    Trombonist Audrey Ochoa is a rising star on the Canadian jazz scene. (…) mentor and trombone master Hugh Fraser describes her as “an inspired emerging artist that embodies the talent, inspiration and focus to make a major contribution at the highest level.”

    http://www.audreyochoa.com
    https://www.facebook.com/audrey.ochoa.908

     

    Carrier, Lambert, Edwards

    François Carrier (as), Michel Lambert (dr), John Edwards (db)

    “In sum this is world-class free jazz. You probably owe it to yourself to check it out closely. It is a real kicker!“ (gapplegatemusic)

    https://www.francoiscarrier.com
    https://francoiscarrier.bandcamp.com

     

    François Bourassa Quartet

    François Bourassa (p), Eric Hove (sax), Guy Boisvert (db), Guillaume Pilote (dr)

    A real ,choc’ surprises you as you didn’t expect it … the feeling of amazement does not fade with repeated listening … when the music possesses so many qualities. Crazy energy, dense and nourishing writing, high-level soloists.“ (Jazzmag)

    https://www.facebook.com/officiel.francois.bourassa/

     

    Itamar Erez quartet

    Itamar Erez (p, g), Francois Houle (cl), James Meger (db), Kevin Romain (dr)

    Itamar’s music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply. It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz and the passion of flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own.

    www.itamarerez.com
    https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/itamarerez/?hl=en
    https://www.facebook.com/itamarerezpage/

     

    Larnell Lewis

    Larnell Lewis (dr), Elmer Ferrer (g), Andrew Stewart (b-g), Rob Christian (ww), William Sperandei (tpt), Jeremy Ledbetter (p)

    Larnell Lewis is a Grammy Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. A Toronto native, Larnell has quickly established himself as one of the most diverse and in-demand drummers currently on the music scene. (…) Larnell’s talents can be seen worldwide via his various social media platforms, which have a combined total of over 100,000 followers.

    www.larnelllewismusic.com
    https://www.instagram.com/larnelllewismusic/?hl=en
    https://www.facebook.com/LarnellLewisMusic/

     

    Marianne Trudel + John Hollenbeck: Dédé Java Espiritu

    Marianne Trudel (p), John Hollenbeck (dr)

    “An extraordinary pianist and composer, Marianne Trudel is one of the most respected jazz musicians in Canada. She has made her way on our jazz scene so as to become an authentic and indispensable part of it …” (CBC Radio)

    http://www.mariannetrudel.com
    https://www.facebook.com/mariannetrudelmusique/
    http://www.johnhollenbeck.com

     

    Silvervest – Zombik & Caloia

    Kim Zombik (voc), Nicolas Caloia (db)

    Playing in the field of storytelling, pop, soundscapes, jazz and jangling, Silvervest offers fresh music that is intuitive and unique. (The duo places) primary importance on creation that has structure yet allows following their ears into wider spaces.

    https://musiquerayonnante.org/silvervest.html
    https://www.facebook.com/silvervestmusic/
    https://silvervest.bandcamp.com/album/soft-shine-galaxy-demo

     

    Steph Richards

    Stephanie Richards (tpt), Andrew Munsey (dr), Joshua White (p), Zach Lober (db)

    Her second release Take The Neon Lights also received high praise from critics, Downbeat calling Steph “a virtuoso of nonlinear trumpet playing“ and NextBop calling the record mesmerising … fans of avant-garde jazz should definitely give this one a listen“.

    www.stephrichards.com

     

    German Jazz Expo 

    Heidi Bayer’s “Virtual Leak”

    Heidi Bayer (tpt, flgn), Johannes Ludwig (as), Leif Berger (dr), Calvin Lennig (db)

    (…) the quartet has no harmony instrument. Therefore, harmony in the classical sense may not exist in Virtual Leak’s music, but it still feels present. Sometimes it’s dynamic, other times subtle. Stunning and contrasting passages with surprising twists are what make Virtual Leak an exciting listening experience.

    www.heidi-bayer.de
    https://www.instagram.com/heidibayermusic/

     

    Hendrika Entzian+

    Max Seibert (tpt), Felix Meyer (tpt), Bastian Stein (tpt), Menzel Mutzke (tpt), Janning Trumann (tb), Shannon Barnett (tb), Lisa Stick (tb), Jan Schreiner (btb), Malte Dürrschnabel  (as), Theresia Philipp (as), Matthew Halpin (ts), Niels Klein (ts), Ole Sinell (bar), Simon Seidl (p), Sandra Hempel  (g), David Helm (db), Fabian Arends (dr), Hendrika Entzian (cond)

    (…) she has now assembled her own 17-piece orchestra of Cologne musicians, with She transfers the dynamically differentiated Modern Jazz of her quartet to a large cast: as a linear network of voices, which condense as if by chance into clusters of sounds.

    http://www.hendrika-entzian.de

     

    Johanna Summer (DE)

    Johanna Summer (p)

    Johanna Summer, german jazz pianist and composer living in Dresden and Berlin, started her piano career at age seven. She took lessons in classical music and was awarded several times at the german federal competition “Jugend musiziert“. (…) Johanna’s work focuses on the encounter of classical music’s fidelity and the spontaneity of jazz.

    http://www.johannasummer.de
    https://www.facebook.com/johannasummer.piano/
    http://www.youtube.com/johannasummer

     

    Nau Trio (DE)

    Henrique Gomide (p), Jean Cammas (db), Antoine Duijkers (dr, perc)

    “Nau Trio is definitely a jazz trio and not just a world-music band. The rhythmic variety meets Western jazz harmonies. This creates a rhythm-driven jazz with great melodic ideas.“ (nrwjazz.net)

    www.facebook.com/nautriomusic

     

    NIAQUE (DE)

    Stefan Karl Schmid (sax), Philipp Brämswig (g), David Helm (db), Fabian Arends (dr)

    The clear, vocal themes of her compositions are counteracted by rhythmically always surprising movements and naturally flow into extensive improvisations. “Everything about this music appears to be well-dosed, skillful, balanced. And yet never lifeless, but lovingly elaborated, filed, sanded and colored. “(Jazzthetik)

    http://www.stefankarlschmid.net/
    http://www.philippbraemswig.com/projects
    https://www.facebook.com/Philipp-Br%C3%A4mswig-204140293270659/
    https://www.facebook.com/stefankarl.schmid  

     

    The True Harry Nulz

    Nils Fischer (bcl), Siegmar Brecher (bcl), David Koch (g), Julian Adam Pajzs (g), Samuel Huwyler (b-g), Dominik Mahnig (dr), Valentin Schuster (dr)

    „The true Harry Nulz“ merges „Edi Nulz“ and „The great Harry Hillman“. Both bands are very active working bands since many years. (…) The thrill of the line-up is resulting out of a doubling-effect: two bass clarinets, two guitars, two drum sets and an electric bass as the basis provide clever arrangements, unison-stereo effects and improvisational outbursts.

    http://www.thegreatharryhillman.ch/
    http://www.edi-nulz.com/

     

    Tilo Weber Quartet „Four Fauns”

    Tilo Weber (dr); Richard Koch (tpt), Claudio Puntin (cl), James Banner (db)

    Jazz standards are played backwards and preludes for fugue-like ballads are improvised. The quartet (…) thus presents contemporary jazz that is not avant-garde at the price of emotional coldness and does without clichés.

    https://www.facebook.com/tiloweberofficial
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQYWFcB5jT02K7zD0ptb-5Q

     

    Tobias Meinhart – BERLIN PEOPLE (DE)

    Tobias Meinhart (ts, EWI), Ludwig Hornung (p), Tom Berkmann (db), Mathias Ruppnig (dr)

    „Germany’s biggest talent on the saxophone.” (JazzThing) – „Bursting with power and full of nuances.” (Jazzthetik)

    www.tobiasmeinhart.com
    www.facebook.com/tobiasmeinhartmusic
    www.instagram.com/toby_mh

     

    Overseas Night

    Badi Assad (BR)

    Badi Assad (g, voc)

     “She skilfully mixes Musica Popular Brasileira with jazz, electronics and pop. The result is exciting, original and up to date. A direct hit.” (Nürnberger Nachrichten)

    http://badiassad.com/en/
    https://www.facebook.com/badiassad

     

    Connie Han Trio (US)

    Connie Han (p), Ivan Taylor (db),Bill Wysaske (dr)

    Jazziz Magazine claims, „Han has been labeled a rising star and rightfully so ­– she’s an intriguing artist with mastery over her instrument as well as a deft bandleader. Given the maturity and brilliance she demonstrates on ,CRIME ZONE‘, perhaps ‘rising’ could be dropped from that designation.”

    http://www.conniehan.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/conniehanjazz
    https://www.instagram.com/conniehanjazz/?hl=en

     

    ESCALANDRUM (AR)

    Daniel Piazzolla (dr, direc), Nicolas Guerschberg (p), Mariano Sivori (db), Damian Fogiel (ts),

    Gustavo Musso (ss, as), Martin Pantyrer (bcl)

    Daniel „Pipi“ Piazzolla started ESCALANDRUM (Jazz – ARG) in 1999. The group’s name is a portmanteau of „Escalandrún“ (a species of shark which „Pipi“ fishes with his father Daniel – hobby started by his grandfather Astor Piazzolla) and „drum“.

    www.escalandrum.com
    https://www.facebook.com/escalandrum/
    https://www.instagram.com/escalandrum/

     

    Etuk Ubong + The Etuk’s Philosophy (NG)

    Etuk Ubong (tpt), tba

    Drawing inspiration from the jazz greats, afrobeat, highlife and ekombi, he adds that the sounds of the elements water, wind and fire inspire him, which is why he calls his music ‘Earth Music’. His compositions reflect his heritage and life philosophy of goodwill, peace and love to humanity. “A fresh new voice in the international jazz scene” (London Jazz News)

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Etuk-ubong-555804934555097/
    https://earth-agency.com/artists/etuk-ubong/

     

    Faraj Suleiman Trio (PSE/FR)

    Faraj Suleiman (p), Côme Aguiar (b), Baptiste de Chabaneix (dr)

    Faraj Suleiman is a Palestinian a composer and pianist. His music is strongly influenced by Arabic/Eastern melodies and rhythms. He often incorporates those scales and modalities in his compositions. In addition to being inspired by his Arabic culture, he is also influenced by Jazz traditions.

    https://www.farajsuleiman.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/Faraj.Suleiman.music/

     

    Melissa Aldana (US/CL)

    Melissa Aldana (ts), Pablo Menares (db), Kush Abadey (dr), Sam Harris (p)

    In 2013, aged 24, (Aldana) was the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, in which her father had been a semi-finalist in 1991. (…) Reporting her win, the Washington Post described Aldana as representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz“.

    https://www.melissaaldana.net/
    https://www.facebook.com/melissa.aldana.3958/
    https://www.instagram.com/melissaaldanasax/

     

    Ron Minis Trio (IL)

    Ron Minis (p), Bar Filipowicz (b), Tom Bollig (dr)

    (On YouTube) he demonstrated how a piano can be used as a guitar and become a new playground

    for musical adventures, combining state of the art technology and sound effects. (…) Now, for

    the first time, Ron is delivering this wild spectacle to the live stage.

    https://www.youtube.com/ronminis
    https://www.facebook.com/ronminisproject
    https://epk.ronminis.com

     

    SooJin Suh Chordless Quartet (KR)

    Daniel Ko (as), Sunjae Lee (ts), Younghoo Kim (db), Soojin Suh (dr)

    Chordless quartet is (SooJin Suhs) 2nd group as a leader. The whole theme of this project is about freedom and space. For this purpose, she put a band without harmonic instruments like piano and guitar so that she can explore the harmony, space, and range more freely.

    http://soojinsuhmusic.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/soodrums/

     

    European Jazz Meeting

    Camilla George (GB)

    Camilla George (sax), Daniel Casimir (db), Sarah Tandy (p), Rod Youngs (dr)

    (Camilla’s) music is a hypnotizing blend of Afrofuturism, hip hop and jazz. Camilla’s music is politically minded and heavily linked with African history and slavery in particular.

    https://twitter.com/Camilla_sax
    http://www.camillageorge.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/camillageorgeband/

     

    Guy Salamon Group (NL)

    Guy Salamon (dr), Alistair Payne (tpt), Ian Cleaver (tpt), José Soares (as), Hristo Goleminov (ts), Teis Semey (g), Youngwoo Lee (p), Brodie Jarvie (db)

    The award winning Guy Salamon Group is one of the most notable emerging bands in the new Dutch jazz scene. (…) Ever since their first performances in early 2018, the (band) has made a strong impression on both the national and international scenes, rapidly becoming an integral part of major jazz events.

    https://www.guysalamon.com
    https://www.facebook.com/GuySalamonMusic/

     

    JULIA BIEL (GB)

    Julia Biel (p, voc)

    “The best British vocalist to emerge in an age“. (The Independent) “Her awe-inspiring voice and melancholic sensuality captivated the audience right from her very first note and did not let go over the full one and a half hours of an impressively spell-binding performance.“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

    http://www.handshake-booking.com/de/artists/julia-biel/
    http://www.juliabiel.com
    https://www.facebook.com/juliabielmusic/?ref=page internal

     

    KAMA Kollektiv (NL)

    Kirsi-Marja Harju (tpt, voc, mbira), Jetse de Jong (p), Jonathan Nagel (db), Joe Korach (dr)

    (Kirsi-Marja Kiki“ Harju) tells stories – some in Finnish, some in English – about love and transformation, forests and animals, small everyday pleasures, and a mystical, romantic view of nature. The music is a mesmerizing mixture of jazz, Scandinavian folk and indie pop.

    https://kamakollektiv.com
    https://www.facebook.com/kamakollektiv/
    https://www.instagram.com/kamakollektiv/

     

    Kasia Pietrzko Trio (PL)

    Kasia Pietrzko (p), Andrzej Święs (db), Piotr Budniak (dr)

     The artist has been nominated for a Fryderyk Award in 2018, in the Debut of The Year category, and is ranked as the second New Hope in the monthly Jazz Forum. (…) In the opinion of distinguished Polish jazz musicians, she is characterized by her improviser’s instinct, harmonic imagination and tonal creativity.

    https://www.facebook.com/KasiaPietrzkoMusic/
    http://kasiapietrzko.com/en/main/
    https://www.instagram.com/kasiapietrzko/?hl=pl

     

    Kristina Barta Event Horizon

    Kristina Barta (p), Jan Feco (db), Marek Urbanek (dr), Nela Dusova (sax), Krystof Tomecek (g)

    (The) Project Event Horizon is an original trio enriched with guitar and saxophone. This band plays original contemporary creative jazz, reflecting on Kristina’s earlier classical music studies with an emphasis on melodies, modern rhythms and electronic elements.

    https://kristinabarta.com/project-event-horizon
    https://www.facebook.com/kristinabarta/

     

    LRK Trio (RU)

    Evgeny Lebedev (p), Anton Revnyuk (b), Ignat Kravtsov (dr)

    LRK Trio are very modern in their sound – the way they play and sound is unmistakably 21st century; but they never let their listener forget that they come from a distinctive, globally influential musical culture of their native country, incorporated in the global music scene and yet distinctly original and recognizable.

    https://www.lrktrio.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/LRKtrio/
    https://www.instagram.com/lrktrio/

     

    Luzia von Wyl Ensemble (CH)

    Luzia von Wyl (p),  Amin Mokdad (fl), Nicola Katz (cl), Marcel Lüscher (bcl), Maurus Conte (bsn), Vincent Millioud (vl), Jonas Iten (clo), André Pousza (db), Cédric Gyger (mba), Lionel Friedli (dr)

     “As a composer, the Swiss woman has her very own Handwriting – so convincing, stirring and delightful, that comparisons are superfluous.” (Jazzthethik)

    http://luziavonwyl.com
    http://luziavonwylensemble.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/luziavonwylensemble/

     

    Macha Gharibian (FR)

    Macha Gharibian (p, voc), Chris Jennings (db), Dré Pallemaerts (dr)

    Classically trained on the piano from an early age, singer, songwriter, performer, and a bold composer for the theater and cinema, Macha Gharibian has achieved a natural blend of all (…) influences mixing jazz, Armenian folk songs and other non-Western traditions in which she has forged her own style that is urban, crossover and modern.

    https://www.instagram.com/machagharibian/
    https://www.facebook.com/gharibian.macha/

     

    Nefertiti Quartet (FR)

    Delphine Deau (p). Camille Maussion (saxs), Pedro Ferreira (db), Pierre Demange (dr)

    With a common instrumental form, the quartet manages to find its originality through its compositions that combine polyrhythm and groove. All written by the pianist Delphine Deau, the tunes are mainly influenced by North American Jazz, with a large space for improvisation and interaction between the musicians.

    https://www.facebook.com/nefertitiquartet/
    https://www.instagram.com/nefertitiquartet/?fbclid=IwAR0-ZwD80OJX6ONnp93JvYCB3UzwH3 vTVCCQf4EIuUQjRPX4KVtzfGz7AU
    https://nefertitiquartet.com/

     

    Red Kite (DK/GB)

    Antoine Berjeaut (tpt), Ross Hughes (bcl), Hannes Riepler (g), Esben Tjalve (p, key), Adrian Christensen (db), Tim Giles (dr)

    From cinematic meditative soundscapes to groovy noir tunes the structure of the music allows for the improvised parts to interact and co-exist with the written (…). The music cannot really be defined by genre. “Pleasingly melodic but also deeply rhythmic, easily digestible yet subtly challenging, and just full of good ideas allied to exemplary playing.” (The Jazz Mann)

    http://esbentjalve.com

     

    Rembrandt Frerichs Trio (NL)

    Rembrandt Frerichs (p), Tony Overwater (ac-bg), Vinsent Planjer (dr)

    Rembrandt Frerichs Trio is internationally known for its high profile collaborations that have given jazz new directions. Labeled groundbreaking by the press is the album with Kayhan Kalhor “It’s still autumn“. “One of the highlights of the North Sea Jazz Festival” (Jazzism).

    http://www.rembrandtfrerichs.nl
    https://www.facebook.com/Rembrandt.Jazzpianist
    https://www.instagram.com/rembrandt_pianist_composer/

     

    Sun-Mi Hong Quintet (NL)

    Nicolo Ricci (ts), Alistair Payne (tpt), Young-Woo Lee (p), Alessandro Fongaro (db), Sun-Mi Hong (dr)

     With a keen interest in Korean Traditional Music, she is influenced by the percussions of her country. Alongside this, her compositional style is influenced by Impressionistic Classical Music. In short, Sun-Mi offers up an entirely original and extremely relevant artistic output.

    http://www.sunmihong.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/drummersunmihong/
    https://www.instagram.com/_sun_music/

    Synesthetic 4 (AT)

    Vincent Pongrácz (cl), Peter Rom (g), Manuel Mayr (b), Andreas Lettner (dr)

    An important part of their music are complex but catchy rhythms that originate from hip hop, contemporary groove and electronic music (…) “Dada-Rap“ and abstractly folkloristic melodies that are sometimes inspired by Olivier Messiaen harmonies are meant to leave a humoristic or even bizarre impression on the listener. “Less well known but more groundbreaking … pushed the boundary between Rap and Scat” (Jazzjournal)

    https://www.synesthetic4.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/Synesthetic-Octet-Synesthetic-4-266797033481999/

     

    Théo Ceccaldi Trio (FR)

    Theo Ceccaldi (vln), Valentin Ceccaldi (cl), Guillaume Aknine (g)

    The trio works with original compositions “under the influence” and revisited big classics associated with the great gipsy guitarist. With ist unorthodox orchestration (amplified guitar, cello …), the ensemble shifted towards a new form of “chamber jazz“ (…) while using all the expected attributes of gypsy jazz (rhythmic energy, melodic grandiosity) amplifying its virtue and modernizing its codes.

    https://www.instagram.com/theoceccaldi/?hl=fr
    https://www.facebook.com/theoceccaldimusique/
    http://www.theoceccaldi.com/projets/theo-ceccaldi-trio/

     

    Torun Eriksen (NO)

    Torun Eriksen (voc, p), Kjetil Dalland (el-b), Eivind Fossnes Dahl (sound)

    Torun (…) has since (her debut) made her mark as a unique voice, with an ever-growing audience on the Norwegian and international music stages. Fall 2018, Torun released her sixth solo album (which) received accolades in the Norwegian and German press, with critics describing it (…) “A Musical gem“ (Jazz Podium).

    https://www.toruneriksen.no/
    https://www.facebook.com/torunsongs/
    https://www.instagram.com/Toruneriksen/

     

    More Information: www.jazzahead.de

     

     

     

     

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  • jazzahead! | 08.11.2019

    jazzahead!: European Cultural Brand of the Year 2019

    jazzahead!’s innovative combination of an annual trade fair with a culture festival makes it unique in the world. On Thursday, 7 November 2019, it received the award as European Kulturmarke (cultural ...

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    Award citation calls trade fair/festival “the must-go event for the jazz sector”

    jazzahead!’s innovative combination of an annual trade fair with a culture festival makes it unique in the world. On Thursday, 7 November 2019, it received the award as European Kulturmarke (cultural brand) of the Year 2019 at  the award ceremony at the Zollverein in Essen. The European Kulturmarke is one of the highest-profile cultural awards in Europe.

    We were already very pleased just to be shortlisted for the 14th European Kulturmarken Award, commented Messe Bremen’s Managing Director and the founder of jazzahead!, Hans Peter Schneider. But  actually to receive the award constitutes a massive validation of our work.” Sybille Kornitschky who manages jazzahead! says: This award is a remarkable tribute to jazzahead!, which 15 years ago took the bold decision to make jazz the central focus of a music fair for the first time, and since then has developed into a leading global cultural brand.Messe Bremen is now hoping to keep building jazzahead!’s profile further within the European cultural sphere, and also to put in place more international cooperations and partnerships.

    Alongside jazzahead!, the State Palaces and Gardens of Baden-Württemberg and the bauhaus 100 anniversary programme also had been nominated for the award. The Bremen event, among other things, impressed the jury with its innovative strength and willingness to take risks, according to the award citation. “That’s why people say ,Jazz we can‘, remarked Rolf Rische, head of the Culture/Living section of broadcaster Deutsche Welle DW, in his speech at the event. jazzahead!, he said, is the must-go event for the jazz industry and once a year turns Bremen into the jazz metropolis of the world.

    The 42 members of the jury from the culture, business and media worlds praised jazzahead! for the way it has managed and developed its cultural profile through consistent and sustainable brand management. Since 2006, the event has gathered together the international jazz scene in Bremen every year for four days in April. Initially it established itself as a trade fair and industry gathering for the national and international jazz scene, including 40 showcase concerts. A festival with a partner country programme and CLUBNIGHT were then added in 2011. The brand has also built a solid foundation and recognition in its region, its latest offspring being jazzahead! feat., which involves promoting concerts throughout the year.

    2020 will mark jazzahead!’s 15th anniversary, with the culture festival marking its tenth birthday. In recognition of this double anniversary, the event focuses for the first time on a partner country from overseas: Canada. The fair will take place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April, and the festival will begin on Friday, 17 April.

    The Kulturmarken Award was launched in 2006 by the Berlin-based cultural brands and sponsorship company Causales. For this year’s edition, the specialist jury received a total of 105 applications from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. Awards were made in a total of eight different categories.

    More information: www.jazzahead.de/en

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  • jazzahead! | 29.10.2019

    Global stars from Canada to perform at jazzahead! 2020

    In April 2020 Bremen’s jazzahead! trade fair will be 15 years old – and the annual festival which happens alongside it will have its tenth edition. This double anniversary is a cause ...

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    Gala with Rufus Wainwright; festival opening features Laila Biali and Tanya Tagaq

    In April 2020 Bremen’s jazzahead! trade fair will be 15 years old – and the annual festival which happens alongside it will have its tenth edition. This double anniversary is a cause for celebration: two Canadian singers, both with major international profiles, Laila Biali and Tanya Tagaq will give the opening concert of the culture festival on Friday, 17 April, at the Theater am Goetheplatz. Canadian artist Rufus Wainwright will perform at the jazzahead! gala concert at Bremen’s concert hall Die Glocke on Friday, 24 April.

    Laila Biali, an award-winning singer/songwriter and pianist, will be performing in Bremen. As recently as this spring she received a Juno Award for her latest album ‟Laila Biali”. The Junos are the Canadian equivalent of the US Grammys. The Washington Times has described the singer/pianist’s musical cosmos as “masterfully mix[ing] jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.”

    In the second part of the concert evening, the singer will be Tanya Tagaq. She is one of the most important representatives of the Inuit, an original people of Canada, and is also one of Canada’s most original and celebrated artists. “She has practically rediscovered the long-lost throat-singing of the Inuit, and has developed her completely independent form of it, with wide-ranging influences from pop music, traditional singing, rap and beatboxing,” says Peter Schulze, one of the artistic directors of jazzahead! “She is a performer of tremendous urgency and intensity and always sings with full physical commitment.” Tanya Tagaq toured the world with Björk in 2001 and received the Polaris Music Prize for her album “Animism” in 2014.

    jazzahead!’s gala  concert has singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright as its star. Rufus Wainwright is highly esteemed and acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and will be celebrating the German premiere of his new album, being released worldwide in 2020. Wainwright has released numerous pop albums, set sonnets by William Shakespeare to music for a play by playwright Robert Wilson, and has also completed two operas. The award-winning musician also contributed music to various blockbuster movies such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Shrek”. Elton John once described Wainwright as “the greatest songwriter on the planet.”

    Since 2006, jazzahead!  has gathered the international jazz scene together annually at Messe Bremen for the trade fair and festival, and since 2011 has put a particular focus each year on a new partner country. Next year, the trade fair will take place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April. The Festival begins earlier, on Friday 17 April. In this year of anniversaries, Canada will become the first jazzahead! partner country from beyond the borders of Europe.

    Tickets for all jazzahead! and festival events are available at nordwest-ticket.de/ or online at www.jazzahead.de

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  • jazzahead! | 15.05.2019

    Canada will be the focus of jazzahead! 2020

    The organizers of  jazzahead!, the world‘s largest jazz trade fair, announce today that they are breaking new ground in the choice of next year’s partner country. The focus ...

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    Trade fair with double anniversary – first ever partner country from outside Europe

    The organizers of  jazzahead!, the world‘s largest jazz trade fair, announce today that they are breaking new ground in the choice of next year’s partner country. The focus will be on Canada, which becomes the first partner country from outside Europe.

    „jazzahead! will be celebrating two anniversaries next year,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, jazzahead! project manager at Messe Bremen. „That’s why we are determined to offer something very special, and at the same time further expand our function as a valued intermediary for the creation and maintaining of business contacts between Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.“

    „jazzahead! has always had a strong European focus,“ comments Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of Messe Bremen. „But with more and more participants coming from countries outside Europe, we introduced the Overseas Night ten years ago. And it is logical that we should now be choosing a non-European partner country for the first time.“ The Artistic Directors of jazzahead!, Ulrich Beckerhoff and Peter Schulze remark: „For jazzahead! it is very obvious for us to want to choose Canada for this new departure. There is a very strong, impressive and self-confident jazz scene there. Canadian jazz is a unique and diverse expression of different influences.“

    „The Canada Council for the Arts is thrilled that jazzahead! will feature Canada as the country of focus during the Frankfurt 2020 Guest of Honour year“, says Simon Brault, Director and CEO. „Canada has a long-history of excellence in jazz – and its contemporary musicians are taking the language of jazz to new heights. jazzahead! attendees should prepare to be inspired by Canada’s jazz talent.“

    Since 2006, jazzahead! has been gathering the global jazz scene together at Messe Bremen. In 2019 there were 3,408 registered trade participants, a new record. In 2020 jazzahead! will be 15 years old, and for the tenth time the event will be accompanied by a festival focused on the culture of the partner country. The dates for jazzahead! 2020 will be 23 to 26 April.

    More information: www.jazzahead.de

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  • jazzahead! | 30.04.2019

    A great response to jazzahead! 2019

      The 2019 jazzahead! trade fair at Messe Bremen has come to its close, and there has been another year-on-year increase in the number of professionals attending. No fewer than 64 different ...

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    Visitors from 64 countries took part in the four-days event in Bremen

     

    The 2019 jazzahead! trade fair at Messe Bremen has come to its close, and there has been another year-on-year increase in the number of professionals attending. No fewer than 64 different countries were represented at this year’s event. From Thursday 25 until Sunday 28 April, the organisers’ statistics show 3,408 participants (2018: 3,282) trade participants. In total, 18,114 visitors (2018: 17,362) were present at the trade fair and the 100 concerts over the weekend.

    „jazzahead! is the largest gathering of the industry anywhere in the world,” says Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of Messe Bremen and founder of jazzahead! „For people who want to make and expand their international contacts, this is the right place. And the buzz about jazzahead! keeps reaching more new places and attracting more new people.”

    The organizers are not just looking back, because there will be good reasons to celebrate in 2020: jazzahead! itself will be 15 years old, and there will also be the tenth festival based around the culture of a partner country. And who is it going to be next year? „Because of the double anniversary we have something very special in preparation,” says jazzahead! Project Manager, Sybille Kornitschky of Messe Bremen. „However, since we are just dotting the final i‘s and crossing the t‘s on the contract, it is going to take a few more days before we can make an announcement.”

    Meanwhile, plans for jazzahead‘s anniversary year are already taking shape. „One focus will be a further expansion and development of our role as an intermediary in fostering international business contacts,“ says Sybille Kornitschky. „Musicians and other professional from overseas come here to gain a foothold in the European market, and those from Europe are also attracted to develop activity in other international markets. To coordinate these interests even better will be a guiding principle in our programme development.“

    Another plan for 2020: jazzahead!’s management team aims at bringing a clearer alignment with the priorities of international promoters and programme makers. It also wants to support an initiative by this year’s partner country Norway, to bring into existence an international network of young professionals5 working in the industry.

    Since 2006, jazzahead! has enabled the worldwide jazz scene to gather at Messe Bremen every year. Among the specialist participants this year there were 1,419 exhibiting companies, at 121 main and joint stands, (2018: 1,319). In 2020, jazzahead! will take place from 23 to 26 April.

    More information: www.jazzahead.de/en

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