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BMW Welt Jazz Award 2017 kicks off.

“Amazing Bass!”: Chris Minh Doky & New Nordic Jazz and Lars Danielsson plays Liberetto feat. Grégory Privat.

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Munich. With two guests from Scandinavia, the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2017 kicks off its ninth season. Chris Minh Doky & New Nordic Jazz will showcase at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure on January 22nd, why in Danish jazz contrabassists tend to be the leader, while Swedish Lars Danielsson will share the stage on February 5th for the first time with young musician Grégory Privat from Martinique. Until the mid of March four more cost-free matinees will follow. The BMW Welt Jazz Award jury will pick after the last matinee two ensembles, which will face each other in the finale at the beginning of May, while the audience is free to decide their very own favorite’s prize.


Chris Minh Doky, son of a Danish pop singer and Vietnamese doctor and guitarist, studied piano as a teenager at the Royal Danish Academy for Music before turning to the bass age 15. He went to the US, where he became an integral part of the young New Yorkean Scene of the early 90s. Whether playing alongside the likes of Larry Goldings, Mike Stern or Randy Brecker or together with his brother, pianist Niels Lan Doky as part of Doky Brothers, his renditions always combine East Coast grooves with the lyrical sounds of Scandinavia. With his current trio New Nordic Jazz, Chris Minh Doky once again gives a taste of this special mix, proving this January 22ndat BMW Welt.


Lars Danielsson plays Liberetto feat. Grégory Privat on February 5thwill produce a more melodic, warmer sound than most of his colleagues, since he’s coming from cello. Add to this mix the “Nordic sound” of many Scandinavians with which Danielsson joined in his own way the modern, open style European jazz that incorporates both classical and pop music. With his quartet and its members including David Liebman, Bobo Stenson and Jon Christensen alone he recorded ten albums. Other than developing projects with his singer wife Cæcilie Norby, he favoured working with pianists as of late – he recorded several albums with Polish musician Leszek Mozder and for “Libretto” I and II, he formed an entirely harmonious duo with Armenian musician Tigran Hamasyan. Aficionados hold piano player Grégory Privat in high regard, and it is with him that Danielsson will perform at BMW Welt for the very first time.


Programme of BMW Welt Jazz Award 2017


Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of BMW Welt:

January 22, 2017         Chris Minh Doky & New Nordic Jazz

February 5, 2017         Lars Danielsson plays Liberetto feat. Grégory Privat

February 12, 2017       Henning Sieverts´ Symmethree

February 19, 2017       Rauned Garcia-Fons: Revoir Paris

March 5, 2017             Linda Oh: Sun Pictures

March 12, 2017           Eva Kruse: On the Mo


Admission is free of charge but seating is limited. Tickets are subject to availability. Doors open at 10.30 am.


Grand finale at the auditorium of BMW Welt at 7 pm

May 6, 2017               Final concert featuring the two by the jury nominated finalists


Tickets for the grand finale on May 6, 2017, will be available as of January 22, 2017, at BMW Welt and München Ticket.


As in previous years, the programme will be hosted by Beate Sampson, jazz expert and editor at the German broadcasting station “BR-KLASSIK”.




The distinguished panel of expert jurors will be headed by Oliver Hochkeppel (journalist for music and cultural affairs at the German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung”) and will include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, editor at the music desk and jazz expert at the German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk “BR‑KLASSIK“;

Andreas Kolb, editor-in-chief of the magazines “JazzZeitung” and “neue musikzeitung;

Heike Lies, musicologist, Music and Music Theatre Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich;

Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the international jazz festival “Bingen swingt”.


This edition of the BMW Welt Jazz Award will once again enjoy the generous support of BR-KLASSIK, “nmz”, “nmz-online” and “” as well as resort Schloss Elmau and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the city of Munich.


Photographic material is available at BMW PressClub (

and via LoeschHundLiepold Kommunikation GmbH

on behalf of the department for public relations of BMW Welt.

Telephone: +49-89-720187-15



For further questions please contact:


Dr Thomas Girst

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-24753


Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382


Bernhard Ederer

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Spokesperson BMW Welt

Telephone: +49-89-382-28556



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