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BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 starts off.
Wed Jan 31 09:46:00 CET 2018 Press Release
“Jazz moves” to be interpreted by LBT and Jukka Eskola Soul Trio.
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Munich. This year, the BMW Welt Jazz Award is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Under a yearly changing theme, six free Sunday matinees will take place at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure between February and April 2018. Afterwards, the expert jury will nominate two ensembles to perform at the finale concert on June 9, 2018. The audience will also have a chance to vote for their very own favourite. For the kick-off, two ensembles will compete in February: The German ensemble LBT on February 18, and the Finish Jukka Eskola Soul Trio on February 25. This year’s theme will be “Jazz moves”.
Together with bassist Maximilian Hirning and drummer Sebastian Wolfgruber, pianist Leo Betzl regularly performs as the rhythmic group known as LBT. They started their trio three years ago, while studying at the University of Music and Theatre Munich. Since then LBT has produced music that surprises its audiences with drama and excitement alike. The trio likes to experiment and as such has won various awards including Steinway’s young talent award, Kurt Maas Jazz Award and Hansjörg Henzler Jazz Award. With their new programme featuring a combination of techno and jazz, the trio is asking for a dance at the BMW Welt on February 18.
Over the past ten years, trumpeter Jukka Eskola demonstrated his versatility by joining renowned ensembles playing various kinds of music including dancefloor with Five Corners Quintet, expressionist jazz with the big band of Mikko Innanen and entertaining parodies of jazz with Jimi Tenor. Together with organist Mikko Helevä and drummer Teppo Mäkynen, the Jukka Eskola Soul Trio returns to the essence of jazz. Following its own rules and using a humorous approach, the trio will perform moving soul jazz as heard by Blue Note and Prestige in the 1960s and 70s, on February 25 at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure.
Programme of BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018
Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of BMW Welt:
February 18, 2018 LBT
Febuary 25, 2018 Jukka Eskola Soul Trio
March 18, 2018 PUERTA SUR – Tangomoods. Arroyo/Schläppi/Engler
March 25, 2018 Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO
April 8, 2018 Beady Belle
April 22, 2018 BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna
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:
June 9, 2018 Final concert featuring the two nominated finalists
Tickets for the grand finale on June 9, 2018, will be available as of February 18, 2018, 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.
For further questions please contact:
Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
Telephone: +49-89-382-247 53
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs
Spokesperson BMW Welt
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