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Last two concerts of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020

Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen and Giovanni Guidi Quintet to interpret “The Melody at Night” for the last time.

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Munich. For the remaining concerts of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020, the Double Cone of BMW Welt will host two further internationally known ensembles. On February 25, the young trio Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen from Luxembourg will interpret this year’s theme “The Melody at Night”, followed by the Giovanni Guidi Quintet on March 10. It is then up to the expert jury of the BMW Welt Jazz Award to choose two finalists from a total of six participants competing in the final concert in the auditorium of the BMW Welt on May 9, 2020. In addition to that, the winner of the audience award will be announced.


The Luxembourgian trio Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen featuring pianist Michel Reis, bassist Marc Demuth and drummer Paul Wiltgen will perform at the fifth concert on

February 25. Alongside vibraphonist Pascal Schumacher the three musicians are considered to be the most famous Luxembourgian representatives of a new generation of musicians successfully working on developing a young, open European jazz. After each having worked on their own successful projects, the three musicians, who have known each other since their school days, formed their trio in 2011. Michel Reis studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and has since been living and working in both Luxembourg and the US. Marc Demuth studied in Brussels, The Hague and Boston; in 2004, he was chosen to represent Luxembourg at the European Jazz Orchestra. Paul Wiltgen studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, founded the American Band The Paislies in 2004 and has since been working with many renowned jazz musicians from Europe and the US. In a strict sense, the trio Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen has existed since 1998, but its members only made the trio their professional priority in 2011. Since then, the trio has published three critically acclaimed albums; The most recent being “Once In A Blue Moon”, which will be presented at the BMW Welt: Surprising, gripping music that excites its audiences and being carried by the confident interpretation of its three musicians.


At the last concert prior to the finale, the Giovanni Guidi Quintet can be heard in the Double Cone of the BMW Welt on March 10. As a teenager, pianist Giovanni Guidi was discovered by trumpeter Enrico Rava, Italy’s jazz icon, and has been Rava’s accompanist on the piano ever since. With this work, and increasingly with projects of his own ensembles, Guidi has continuously gained international fame. In 2006, he presented his first own album “Tomorrow Never Knows”, quickly followed by “Indian Summer” and “The Unknown Rebel Band” featuring a large orchestration. Since 2011, Guidi has been working with legendary Munich label ECM. Initially performing as accompanist, he has since published three albums of his own. Usually performing together with bassist Joe Rehmer and Portuguese drummer João Lobo, Guidi added two prominent names of the Italian jazz scene to his trio for his current programme “Avec le temps”: woodwind player Francesco Bearzatti and guitarist Roberto Cecchetto. The quintet favours impressionist, lyrical and bluesy sounds when paying hommage to the poet, composer and chansonnier Léo Ferré or the recently deceased Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko. With this programme, one of the most creative musicians of the European jazz scene will showcase his talents at BMW Welt.


Programme of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020


Concerts from 7.00 pm to about 9.30 pm at the Double Cone of the BMW Welt:

January 14, 2020         Cecilie Grundt Quintet

January 21, 2020         Andrea Hermenau Quintet

February 11, 2020       Adam Bałdych Quartet

February 18, 2020       Peter Gall Quintet

February 25, 2020       Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen

March 10, 2020           Giovanni Guidi Quintet


The concerts are offered free of charge; however, seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Doors open at 6.00 pm.


The final concert featuring the two shortlisted finalists will be at the auditorium of BMW Welt on May 9, 2020 at 7.00 pm. Tickets are available at BMW Welt and München Ticket.


This year’s events will be hosted by Hannah Weiss, winner of the BMW Welt Young Artists Award 2019.



The distinguished jury of expert jurors, that proved success in previous years, will be headed by Oliver Hochkeppel (Music and cultural affairs journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung) and will include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, Editor and jazz expert at German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR‑KLASSIK

Andreas Kolb, Editor-in-chief of 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 BMW Welt Jazz Award will once again enjoy the generous support of neue Musikzeitung and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Munich. For the first time, the Munich hotel Bayerischer Hof will be partner of the BMW Welt Jazz Award where the winners of the audience award will perform at the festival “Jazz Sommer 2020” hosted by the hotel. In addition, the radio station egoFM will also join the ranks of new partners and broadcast all concerts.


For further questions please contact:

Daria Nikitina

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Corporate and Cultural Communication

Telephone: +49 89 382 60340



Prof. Dr Thomas Girst

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49 89 382 247 53



Christophe Koenig

Spokesperson BMW Brand und Marketing

Telephone: +49 89 382 56097




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