Jazz Meeting Berlin
The Jazz Meeting Berlin has existed since 1997 and was launched by Helmut Degner and Joe Kučera as a performance forum for German and Czech jazz musicians.
In 1997, well-known Berlin jazz musicians performed at the Karlovy Vary Jazz Festival in the Czech Republic with the support of the Berlin Senate Administration. From this successful performance the idea of a transnational, musical exchange arose. The festival was initiated by the native Prague musician Joe Kučera , who found an enthusiastic supporter in Helmut Degner, the former head of the protocol department in the Berlin Senate .
From the beginning, the ufaFabrik in Berlin-Tempelhof was the central festival location. Helmut Degner was very committed to the ufaFabrik in the 1970s and met with the great interest of those responsible there with his request. In 1997, a series of annual festival appearances began with a constantly changing program. Andreas Malliaris took over the organizational part from Helmut Degner in 2006 and shared the artistic direction with Joe Kučera for 2006/2007.
Expansion of activities
Initially, the focus was primarily on the joint presentation of jazz musicians from Germany and the Czech Republic . Later jazz groups from other nations also took part. The increased cooperation with media partners, European cultural institutes and international sponsors has turned the jazz meeting into a festival with a European character in recent years. The promotion of up-and-coming musicians and the “young generation of jazz” should also be an important focus of the artistic organization management in the future.
Program until 2007
As in previous years, exchange concerts were held in Prague until 2007 . The festival program of the Jazz Meeting 2007 included a. well-known German jazz musicians such as Heinz Sauer , Theo Jörgensmann, Torsten Goods and Michael Wollny performed. In previous years z. B. Miroslav Vitouš and Joe Muranyi as guests.
Program planning from 2008
Starting in 2008, mainly young jazz artists will be presented in Berlin under the motto “Young Generation Jazz” . Since the Jazz Meeting Berlin is also a festival partner of Popkomm in 2008 , “Young Generation Jazz” (10-15 October 2008) will take place shortly after the Popkomm music program (8-10 October 2008). Also included are u. a. Matthias Schriefl , Tineke Postma , Håkon Kornstad , Fredrika Stahl , Chris Gall , Yaron Herman and Jef Neve .
Jazz-Meeting Berlin is a member of the cooperation network of the Berlin music industry Berlin Music Commission .
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