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The BMW Welt Jazz Award 2016.
Thu Jan 07 11:54:26 CET 2016 Press Release
Dieter Ilg and the Oded Tzur Quartet to perform on January 24 and 31, 2016, following the theme “Inspired by Legends.”
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Munich. The 8th season of the BMW Welt Jazz Award will start off on January 24 and 31, 2016. A total of six free Sunday matinees, January to March 2016, will see the presentation of international jazz ensembles following the theme “Inspired by Legends.” The programme includes live performances by musicians from the US, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. In addition, this season will see the inauguration of the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award, a project presented in collaboration with the city of Munich. Following the Sunday matinees, a panel of expert jurors will nominate two finalists to compete for the award on May 7, 2016, at the auditorium of BMW Welt.
On January 24, bassist Dieter Ilg will star as the opening act of this year’s series of matinees. In “My Beethoven”, Ilg, as part of a trio including pianist Rainer Böhm and drummer Patrice Hèral, transformed Ludwig van Beethoven’s music into timeless jazz. Originally from the German city of Freiburg, this musician made his name alongside famous artists such as Randy Brecker, Albert Mangelsdorf and Charlie Mariano and as Till Brönner’s regular bassist. In 2010, he made his own wish come true by transforming Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello” into jazz. Ever since, Ilg’s trio has upheld this new outlook on classical music, leading to one of its recent projects, an album featuring Wagner’s “Parsifal”. For the recordings of “Otello” and “Parsifal” Dieter Ilg received the ECHO Jazz as “Bassist of the Year” in both 2012 and 2014.
During the second matinee on January 31, a performance of the Oded Tzur Quartet will be presented. The famous tales of “The Arabian Nights” is the theme of the debut album “Like A Great River” by Israeli saxophonist Oded Tzur. With melodies changing from meditative flow to rapid dynamism, he creates a musical link between the Orient, Occident and his chosen home of North America. In Munich, Tzur will present his unique sound accompanied by Shai Maestro, a pianist rumoured to be the next shooting star, and another fellow musician linked to numerous big stars of the New York scene, drummer Ziv Ravitz.
Programme of BMW Welt Jazz Award 2016
Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of BMW Welt:
January 24, 2016 Dieter Ilg: Mein Beethoven
January 31, 2016 Oded Tzur Quartet
February 14, 2016 Stefano Battaglia Trio
February 21, 2016 Stucky-Doran-Studer-Tacuma: Play Hendrix!
February 28, 2016 Latham-Carniaux-Egan: Constellations
March 20, 2016 Indra Rios-Moore
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
May 7, 2016 Final concert featuring the two nominated finalists
Tickets for the grand finale on May 7, 2016, will be available as of January 24, 2016, 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” and co-publisher of the new music magazine “SILBERHORN“
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 the BMW Welt Jazz Award will once again enjoy the generous support of BR-KLASSIK, the new music magazine SILBERHORN, resort Schloss Elmau and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the city of Munich.
About BMW’s Cultural Commitment
For more than 40 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 modern and contemporary art, jazz and classical music 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, Roy Lichtenstein, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Koons, Zubin Metha, Daniel Barenboim and Anna Netrebko have co-operated with BMW. The company has also commissioned famous architects such as Karl Schwanzer, Zaha Hadid and Coop Himmelb(l)au to design important corporate buildings and plants. In 2011, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a global initiative of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Guggenheim Museum and the BMW Group celebrated its world premiere in New York. 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.
BMW Welt – at the heart of the brand, on the pulse of the city
With more than 3 million visitors in 2014, BMW Welt in Munich is Bavaria's most visited attraction and has become a real magnet for visitors since its opening in 2007. With its pioneering architecture, BMW Welt is the heart of all the brands in the BMW Group – BMW, the sub-brands BMW M and BMW i, MINI, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad, which are impressively presented in their own worlds of experience. But it is not only the exhibitions and the collection of new vehicles that are highlights for car lovers from all over the world. Visitors can enjoy a year-round programme of varied events covering culture, art and entertainment along with culinary delights in several restaurants. Whether it's a jazz concert, clubbing event, a film première, gala event or panel discussion – BMW Welt is the perfect platform for innovative events. In the BMW Welt Junior Campus, children and youngsters can enjoy exciting guided tours and workshops on the themes of mobility and sustainability.
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