jazzahead! digital 2021 –
What to expect: Professional program and participation
Video meetings for everyone
interested on 30 and 31 March
There are only five
weeks left until the start of jazzahead! digital 2021! The
program of 32 showcase concerts, special events,
conferences, matchmaking, professional program and
networking is filling up and we are happy to
publish the complete program soon. You can read the first
contents in this newsletter. It will be four great days
where the jazz world will come together digitally, the
motto “Close together from afar” will accompany us on the
way. Become a part of it and register now for the digital
Here you can find information on the participation options
2021. Get to know our platform and
discover the digital possibilities of jazzahead! 2021 in
video meetings. Join us on
30 March at 11am CET(click here for
zoom link) or on 31 March at 3pm CET (direct
link to meeting). We look forward to seeing you!
Exhibitor registration possible until 31 March
If you would like to participate as an
exhibitor, you should hurry: these options can only be
booked until 31 March. As an exhibitor, you
will receive four days of jazzahead! digital
including a conference program, showcases, networking
with your own extensive company profile including
media gallery, video integration, chat and video call
function. In addition to the above-mentioned
services, the Plus Package offers the opportunity to
host your own digital session (panel, presentation).
Places for this package are limited and there is
currently a waiting list. As a professional
participant, you can still register after 31 March.
All participation options and prices can be found
Professional program I: jazzahead! panels
Organizers and their concerns are one
focus of our professional program: online
marketing, streaming income and the development of a
playbook for hybrid concerts and industry events
during and after the Corona period will be part of the
We will also focus on the topic of music
export: especially regional initiatives and
festival associations have taken over national export
roles in Southern Europe in recent years. Using Italy
and Spain as examples, we will shed light on this
Professional program II: Sessions of our exhibitors
Our exhibitors will present their work during
their own sessions in the jazzahead! program,
among others these will be from national and regional
scenes, e.g. from Latvia, Denmark, Catalonia and Canada,
Cuba and others. The German Jazz Union will present
results of a study on the impact of the Corona pandemic
on the professional and personal lives of jazz musicians.
The panel of the Initiative Musik will deal with a club
study and the peculiarities of the German venue culture.
Trade fair opening with special program: 29 April at
Also the jazzahead!
Opening Ceremony will be held under the motto “Close
together from afar”: the jazz world is getting especially
close together this year, as we celebrate a cooperation
with International Jazz Day for the first time. As a
special guest, Dee Dee Bridgewater will speak on behalf
of the UNESCO initiative. Further words of welcome will,
among others, come from Prof. Monika Grütters, Federal
Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
ceremony will be musically accompanied by the Markus
Stockhausen GROUP. The opening ceremony of the 15th
jazzahead! will be broadcast live on www.jazzahead.de and
on the jazzahead! Facebook page for all fans.
jazzahead! X International Jazz Day
Two greats of global jazz, the UNESCO-proclaimed International Jazz
Day and the international jazz trade fair jazzahead! are starting a cooperation.
With this, we want to join forces and send a positive signal together in these
difficult times: in normal times, jazzahead! has an annually changing partner
country. With International Jazz Day, the whole world is now our partner.
jazzahead! will bring artistic content into the program of the UNESCO action
day, so events with various acts will complement each other and celebrate jazz
More information will be available soon on our
Virtual Session #7: Country portrait Canada
Our Virtual Session today 25 March 2021 at 4 PM CET
is all about our 2022 partner country: Canada’s jazz
scene is the focus of this 45-minute panel.
will be Maurin Auxéméry (Montreal International Jazz
Festival), Rainbow Robert (Vancouver Jazz Fest), Danielle
Lefebvre (Danielle Lefebvre Artist & Concert Agency,
Board member CAPACOA), Kodi Hutchinson (Chronograph
Records), moderators: Heather Gibson (National Arts
Centre), Sybille Kornitschky (jazzahead!). The panel
will be available live to all registrants via Zoom and to
anyone interested on the jazzahead! Facebook page.
Greeting from Canada: Kris Davis & Kaie Kellough FYEAR
A special greeting from Canada awaits our fans this year: pianist
Kris Davis and Kaie Kellough & Jason Sharp with their new project FYEAR
will be represented in the program with concerts from the National Arts Center
in Ottowa and let jazz from the future partner country of jazzahead! take over
some parts of the program already this year. The concerts will be shown
on 29 and 30 April in our livestream for registered participants, on the
jazzahead! website and on our Facebook page.
Podcast #3: The Age of DIY: Musicians led labels
Musician-led labels are not a new thing – but in
the last decades more and more active musicians have
started their own labels. In the third
jazzahead! podcast, Uli Beckerhoff talks to three
musicians who have founded their own labels:
Robert Landfermann from the Cologne-based label KLAENG
records (Germany), Tobias Meier from Wide Ear Records
(Zurich, Switzerland) and with Heinrich von Kalnein,
founder of Natango Music from Graz (Austria).
Expect individual stories and personal insights into
the lives and work of these musicians and their