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BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 in March.

“Jazz moves” with PUERTA SUR and Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO.

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Munich. In its tenth year, BMW Welt Jazz Award’s theme is “Jazz moves”. The third and fourth cost-free matinee of the competition will welcome PUERTA SUR – Tangomoods to perform on March 18 and Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO on March 25. These concerts again take place at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure. After the last two matinees in April, the BMW Welt Jazz Award jury will pick two ensembles, which will face each other in the finale on June 9, while the audience is free to decide their very own favorite’s prize.


A range of songs by the competing bands can be found via Spotify and the “BMW Welt Jazz Award” playlist:


Zurich-based trio PUERTA SUR with bassist Daniel Schläppi, violinist Andreas Engler and Argentinian singer Marcela Arroyo uses tango as an inspiration for their world music. The trio combines European roots, such as found in Arroyo’s voice schooled in traditional Portuguese Fado and Engler’s classical sounds and add the fascinating instrumental improvisations and New Tango arrangements by Schläppi to create their unique sound. “Tangomoods” - understated, reduced to its essence and filled with suspense, this musical concept will once again delight the audience at BMW Welt on March 18.


Born in Bonn and teaching at Munich’s conservatory, pianist Andreas Kissenbeck is one of Europe’s leading Hammond organ players. His band named Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO has recorded three albums by now and takes a new look at the musical tradition of Spanish Harlem, a version of hard bop featuring Latin influences. He is accompanied by guitarist and singer Thorsten Goods, drummer Tobias Backhaus and saxophonist Karel Ruzicka. On March 25, the audience at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure will be experiencing the band’s multi-faceted program with its take on exploits in funk music by Jimmy Smith, torrential after-beats of Joey DeFrancesco and “Boogaloo” as it was interpreted by Lee Morgan.


BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 dates


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
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-247 53

Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382


Micaela Sandstede

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Spokesperson BMW Welt

Telephone: +49-89-382-61611



About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment
For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group's Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a successful business.


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