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Bands named for German Jazz Meeting / Late Night Programme finalised

Bremen, December 3rd, 2009 — There was a lot to listen to, a lot to discuss, and a lot of to discover, too, but the jury has now finally agreed on the ten bands that are to perform at the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof in the context of the second European Late Night Programme. Professional participants and confir-med jazz enthusiasts can look forward to a dazzling variety of musical genres. And the jury of the German Jazz Meeting that will be taking place already for the third time has made its choice, too: twelve of the 150 nominated formations are to be given their big chance to present 20-minute showcases on Germany’s only export platform to international festival directors, programme designers and press representatives who will be coming to Bremen especially to hear them. jazzahead! will take place for the fifth time from 22 to 25 April 2010 at the Bremen Congress Centre.

None of the selection committees had an easy job: the jury of the German Jazz Meeting (GJM) alone is made up of 18 independent experts: five programme managers of well-known German jazz clubs, five jazz producers from state radio stations, five print journalists, and three members of the Goethe Institute’s Music Committee. The result of their deliberations is a comprehensive, high-quality, international programme that could go on tour tomorrow: it includes, for example, the young and spectacular twenty-piece Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra or the experienced musicians from the max.bab quartet. ”We are particularly pleased that in addition to the State of Bremen, the Initiative Musik gGmbH is sponsoring the meeting this year as an infrastructure measure” says Arnd Weidler, the Chairman of the German Jazz Meeting. ”And that’s not all: With Reinhard Schwederski and his Heidelberg company Baufix we also succeeded in finding a sponsor from the private business sector. We want to expand this direction further.“

The four jury members whose task it is to put together the Late Night Programme in Schlachtfof had 70 bands to choose from. “The selected bands give an outstanding overview of the current quality of European jazz”, says jury member Michelle Kuypers from the North Sea Jazz Festival. “The music varies from beautiful acoustic jazz to progressive jazz with electronic components and jazz that integrates elements of folk and world music.” jazzahead! organiser Sybille Kornitschky is very impressed by the international composition of the programme, too: “It is particularly worth noting that this time we have ensembles from seven nations participating, among them Turkey, Finland and Italy – We haven’t had that before.” The organisers had responded to the growing interest in these showcase concerts as a presentation platform for new exciting European projects by bringing the starting time forward, continued Kornitschky. On Friday the concerts will begin at 21:30 and on Saturday at 20:00. For a list of participants and more detailed band information please visit the website.

jazzahead! will take place at the Bremen Congress Centre, Hall 4.1, Musical Theater Bremen, and Kulturzentrum Schlachthof from 22 to 25 April 2010.

German Jazz Meeting – the bands

German Jazz Meeting / Part 1
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
Congress Centrum Bremen, Salon Borgward

- 14:30 to 14:50: Pablo Held Trio
- 15:00 to 15:20: Max.bab
- 15:30 to 15:50: Silke Eberhard Potsa Lotsa
- 17:00 to 17:20: Soko Steidle
- 17:30 to 17:50: Hans Lüdemann
- 18:00 to 18:20: Nils Wogram Nostalgia Trio

German Jazz Meeting / Part 2
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Congress Centrum Bremen, Salon Borgward

- 14:30 to 14:50: Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
- 15:00 to 15:20: Michael Wollny/Tamar Halperin
- 15:30 to 15:50: Arne Jansen Trio
- 17:00 to 17:20: Julia Hülsmann Trio
- 17:30 to 17:50: Henning Sieverts Symmetry
- 18:00 to 18:20: Das Kapital

jazzahead! 2010 Late-Night-Programme

Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Findorffstraße 51, 28215 Bremen, Germany
Friday, April 23rd, 2010

- 21:30 to 22:00: Flat Earth Society, Belgium
- 22:15 to 22:45: Stéphane Kerecki Trio, France
- 23:00 to 23:30: Triphase, France
- 23:45 to 00:15: Ilhan Ersahin´s Istanbul Sessions, Turkey

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

- 20:00 to 20:30: Eve Beuvens Trio, Belgium
- 20:45 to 21:15: Bosso-Salis Duo, Italy
- 21:30 to 22:00: Kouyaté-Neerman, France/Mali
- 22:15 to 22:45: Schneeweiss und Rosenrot, Denmark
- 23:00 to 23:30: Juhani Aaltonen Quartet, Finland
- 23:45 to 00:15: Emilio Solla & Afines, Spain


Photograph by Messe Bremen / Frank Pusch.
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