The thing that makes the Austrian jazz scene stand out days, for which it is known and valued even beyond its borders, is the immense musical diversity. Whether in traditional formats, large or small ensembles, experimental or avant-garde, in every part of the jazz scene is quite apparent how the scene is developing in the middle of a lively and innovative creative climate. It is happening at an artistic and a technical level, that can hold its own at an international level.

It is particularly (although not only) the experimental representatives of the younger generation that can take the credit. A generation that doesn´t shy away from a challenging crossover, a generation that has conceived daring instrumental combinations and successfully created new and exciting hybrids as a result. A generation that has not only redesigned the garden of Austrian jazz but contributed to enter new breeds of beauty and international fame.

The number of recordings that have received excellent reviews in the international press continues to grow, as do the number of awards Austrian musicians and bands receive, and the festivals that invite them to perform. The Austrian jazz scene has come of its own, as a part of the larger continental culture.

Then there are the clubs and festivals. A lively scene needs to be seen, and successful and well-run clubs and festivals provide the stage for these talented musicians to present themselves within an international programming. International well-known spots like Porgy & Bess, International Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Jazz & the City, Inntöne aren´t just places for music to be consumed. They provide the setting for musicians, promoter and audience to meet, discuss, enjoy, and play an important role in the foundation of a living scene.

Compiled by MICA (Music Austria)