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BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 in March.

Competition enters final stages with Maria Faust Machina and Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet.

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Munich. As the BMW Welt Jazz Awards 2019 enter the final stages, two more ensembles are set to wow audiences with their interpretation of this year’s motto, Saxophone Worlds. The two final matinees in the Double Cone structure of the BMW Welt will be by Maria Faust Machina on 10 March 2019 and the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet on 24 March 2019. The expert jury will then name the two finalists entering the play-off on 4 May 2019 in the Auditorium of the BMW Welt.

The Estonian saxophonist and composer Maria Faust is among the jazz discoveries of the last few years. After her classical training at the Music Academy in Tallin, the 39-year-old turned her attention to jazz and continued her musical career in Denmark, melding different musical genres to create entirely new worlds of sound. On 10 March 2019 she will perform with the Maria Faust Machina Ensemble, delivering a fusion of jazz, classical and alternative rock that defies categorisation. The extraordinary lineup will include bandleader Maria Faust on alto saxophone, Ned Ferm on tenor saxophone, Ida Nørholm on cello, Jacob Anderskov on piano, and Nils Bo Davidsen and Adam Pultz Melbye on double bass. Mixing traditional, experimental and natural sounds, their chamber music is characterised by powerful, haunting improvisations and song-like melodies.

An innovative and creative jazz artist of the younger generation, Rudresh Mahanthappa enjoys international acclaim, with numerous awards as a testament to his work.  With roots in India, the talented musician discovered his passion for Carnatic music through a friend, the Indian saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath. His playing is characterised by a fusion of rhythmic structures with modern jazz. At the BMW Welt Jazz Awards on 24 March 2019 the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet will feature Rez Abbasi on guitar, Bobby Avey on piano, François Moutin on double bass and Rudy Royston on drums. Together, they will revisit the critically acclaimed Bird Calls album, in which Mahanthappa leans toward the music of saxophone legend Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker to deliver a performance that is his very own. His personal, highly virtuoso interpretations of the original compositions present the themes, solos and arrangements of the godfather of modern jazz in a completely new context. Mahanthappa couples powerful, passionate, modern jazz with an inexhaustible joy of playing.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019

Matinees from 11 am to 1.30 pm in the double-cone of the BMW Welt:

27 January 2019        Maciej Obara Quartet
3 February 2019        Céline Bonacina Crystal Quartet
17 February 2019      Géraldine Laurent Quartet
24 February 2019      Matthieu Bordenave Archipel
10 March 2019          Maria Faust Machina
24 March 2019          Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet

The matinees are offered free of charge, however seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Doors open at 10.30 am.

Final concert at the auditorium of the BMW Welt at 7 pm:

4 May 2019                Final concert featuring the two shortlisted finalists

Tickets for the final concert went on sale on 27 January 2019, at the BMW Welt and München Ticket.

As in previous years, the event will be hosted by Beate Sampson, Editor of the jazz desk at German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR-KLASSIK.


The distinguished panel of expert jurors 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”.


For further questions please contact:

Prof Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs 
Head of Cultural Engagement 
Telephone: +49-89-382-24753

Doris Fleischer
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-27806

Cypselus von Frankenberg
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
BMW Brand, Marketing, Lifestyle
Telephone: +49-89-382-30641

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
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, Moscow 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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