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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.

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    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 and at Nordwest-Ticket.

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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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  • 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 (b-g)her rombonist 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.”


    Carrier, Lambert, Edwards

    François Carrier (as), Michel Lambert (dr), John Edwards (ac-bg)

    “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)


    François Bourassa Quartet

    François Bourassa (p), André Leroux (sax, fl, cl), 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)


    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.


    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.


    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)


    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.


    Steph Richards

    Stephanie Richards (tpt), Andrew Munsey (dr), Cathlene Pineda (p), Sam Minaie (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“.


    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.


    Hendrika Entzian+

    Andreas Haderer (tpt), Felix Meyer (tpt), Bastian Stein (tpt), Heidi Bayer (tpt), Klaus Heidenreich (tb), Shannon Barnett (tb), Janning Trumann (tb), Jan Schreiner (tb), Matthew Halpin (sax), Sebastian Gille (ts), Julian Bossert (sax), Theresia Philipp (sax), Heiko Bidmon (sax), Simon Seidl (p), Sandra Hempel (g), Matthias Nowak (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.


    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.


    Nau Trio (DE)

    Henrique Gomide (p), Jean Cammas (b-g), 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.“ (



    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)  


    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.


    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.


    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)


    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)


    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.”



    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“.


    Etuk Ubong (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)


    Faraj Suleiman Trio (PS)

    Faraj Suleiman (p), Emmanuel Forster (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.


    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“.


    Ron Minis Trio (IL)

    Ron Minis (p), Daniel Harlev (b), Yogev Gabay (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.


    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.


    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.


    Guy Salamon Group (NL)

    Guy Salamon (dr), Alistair Payne (tpt), Ian Cleaver (tpt), José Soares (as), Lucas Martínez (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.



    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) internal


    KAMA Kollektiv (NL)

    Kirsi-Marja Harju (tpt, voc, mbira), Jetse de Jong (p), Jonathan Nagel (db), Yoad 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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)


    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.


    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. vTVCCQf4EIuUQjRPX4KVtzfGz7AU


    Red Kite (DK/GB)

    Fulvio Sigurta (tpt), Ross Hughes (bcl, sax), Hannes Riepler, (g), Esben Tjalve (p, key), Jasper Høiby (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)


    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).


    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.

    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)


    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.


    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).


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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.

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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 or online at

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