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BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 in April.

Beady Belle and BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna conclude matinees under “Jazz moves” theme.

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Munich. The last two cost-free matinees of the tenth BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 invite guests from Norway and Austria to play at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure. Norwegian ensemble Beady Belle will perform on April 8, Austrian duo BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna on April 22. Afterwards, the expert jury of BMW Welt Jazz Award will nominate two ensembles to compete in the finale concert on June 9 at BMW Welt’s auditorium. The audience will also have the chance to vote for their very own favorite.

 

A range of songs by the competing bands can be found via Spotify and the “BMW Welt Jazz Award” playlist: spoti.fi/2EvfUj7

 

The concept band Beady Belle of singer Beate S. Lech and bassist Marius Reksjø first saw the light of day in 1999 with keyboarder and head of label Bugge Wesseltoft. The band’s seven very successful albums featuring guests such as Jamie Cullum and India.Arie, are a testament to its creative potential and continued progress. Its program for a trio, “On My Own” is an intimate work centered around Lech’s powerful voice and her stunning ability to modulate. On April 8, Beady Belle will delight its audience with a grooving sextet, set up to also perform vocal arrangements. Lech and Reksjø will be accompanied by keyboarder Bjarne Gustavsen, drummer Bjørn Sæther and background singers Anja Martine Mørk as well as Sofie Tollefsbøl.

 

With their powerful rock fusion, cellist Matthias Bartolomey and violinist Klemens Bittmann will show how to combine and further develop traditional Austrian string music and jazz improvisation. Hailing from the Austrian city of Graz, Bittmann studied classical violin as well as jazz violin with Didier Lockwood and made his name as a creative mind willing to transcend borders as founder of the ensembles Beefólk und Folksmilch. Vienna-born Bartolomey is generally known for his classical work including as solo cellist of Concentus Musicus – this collaboration “is a release of energy nursed over a long period of time”. At BMW Welt, the duo BartolomeyBittmann will showcase its outstanding and progressive skills as string players on April 22.

 

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, are 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.

 

Jury

 

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

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