EJC 2023: Programme

9th European Jazz Conference
14 - 17 September 2023
Marseille, France


DOWNLOAD HERE (pdf) the conference brochure including the programme and the presentations of the event and the hosts.

Thursday, 14 September 2023

Palais du Pharo


15:30 - 16:00    Welcome of EJN members & celebration of EJN Awards

16:00 - 17:00    Presentation of EJN activities

17:00 - 18:00    Coffee break with group discussions about the EJN activities


22:45 - 23:30    SHOWCASE: Orchid Big Band
- Olga Amelchenko, Nora Kamm, Maxime Berton, Jeanne Michard, Julien Dubois: saxophones
- Gabriel Levasseur, Olivier Gay, Laure Fréjacques, Julie Varlet: trumpets
- Rozann Bézier, Sébastien Iep Arruti, Gabrielle Rachel, Sébastien Llado: trombones
- Mathilda Haynes: guitar
- Clément Simon: piano
- Nolwenn Leizour: double bass
- Thomas Julienne: direction

00:00 - 01:00    Afterparty and DJs

Friday, 15 September 2023

Palais du Pharo


10:30 - 11:00    Official opening & welcome speeches

11:00 - 11:45    Opening concert: Poetic Ways
- Raphaël Imbert: saxophone, bass clarinet
- Anne Paceo: drums
- Celia Kameni: vocals
- Pierre Fenichel: double bass
- Pierre-François Blanchard: piano

12:00 - 12:45    KEYNOTE SPEECH: Nicole Mitchell (artist & educator, US)

13:00 - 14:00    Lunch

14:30 - 15:00    SHOWCASE: Naissam Jalal & Claude Tchamitchian
- Naïssam Jalal: flute 
- Claude Tchamitchian: double bass

15:00 - 17:00    Six parallel DISCUSSION GROUPS on the Conference theme:

#1 - Non-academic education & talent development programmes: is there a recipe for success?

Outside of formal education settings, grassroots and non-academic organisations are creating successful models and programmes that offer a holistic approach to artist development: creative, professional and personal. How can we provide the right conditions to enable these non-academic pathways to an artistic and professional career to thrive, thereby ensuring a bright, cutting-edge and diverse future artist base?

- Ella Ronen (artist, IL/CH)
- Esther Weickel (NICA artist development/ Stadtgarten Köln, DE)
- MODERATOR: Julia Payne (The Hub, UK)

#2 - The future of music education: how should it be addressed?
How does music education relate to our ever changing society and musical practices? As our societies are becoming more diverse, enriched by different cultures, is there an opportunity for music education to diversify its approach? Is there a way to make it more creative, cross-genre, inclusive and welcoming to a diverse group of young artists? Do our conservatories need to be conservative, or is there a more ambitious approach to embracing the challenges society and musical practices offer them?

- Linda Bloemhard (Codarts, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, NL)
- Fabrizio Cassol (artist, BE)
- MODERATOR: Matti Nives (We Jazz, FI)

#3 - Succession & the next-generation of ‘off-stage’ roles: passing on the torch or blinded by the light?
How can we create welcoming entry points for people from diverse backgrounds to enter the ‘off-stage’ music workforce (artistic directors, producers, communicators, talent developers, festival assistants)? How can we provide the best environment for lighting up future career paths in jazz and creative music? What role can collectives play, with their collaborative strength-in-numbers approach? What can we learn from ‘maverick freelancers’ who shape their career working on multiple projects and in lots of different contexts?

- Judyth Babin (Manag'Art agency, FR)
- MODERATOR: Sophie Blussé (Music Meeting, NL)

#4 - How do we transform our approaches to engage new and diverse audiences?
Everyone in our festivals, clubs and concert halls should be embracing a proactive approach towards engaging communities who live in the places where we work. How can we actively and meaningfully involve them in our events and programming? What is the best way to invite diverse audiences to discover new music? When we present our music, are we creating invisible barriers that prevent some groups from discovering it? What are the most  effective and inclusive approaches to diversifying our audiences?

- Kamilya Jubran (artist, PS)
- Xavier Lemettre (Banlieues Bleues, FR)
- MODERATOR: Kevin Le Gendre (journalist, UK)

#5 - How can we work towards more sustainable touring circuits in Europe?
We want our music to thrive and develop internationally and artists to share their work across borders. To achieve this, while at the same time decreasing our carbon footprint, we need to work together to improve the way artists are touring. Sustainable touring is a solution to maintaining a flourishing international scene, while working towards a greener music ecosystem. How can we encourage programmers to work together to help artists organise sustainable tours? What are the benefits of cooperation and what are the economic and social implications of this way of touring? And what examples are there of good practice for sustainable touring in Europe?

- Garance Amieux (Periscope / Better Live, FR)
- Kjetil Mulelid (artist, NO)
- MODERATOR: Gwendolenn Sharp (The Green Room, FR)

#6 - Towards a fair practice charter for the creative music sector?
At our European Jazz Conference in Sofia in 2022, we started a collaborative process towards creating a common ‘values charter’ for our ecosystem where promoters, musicians, bookers, managers, labels, work towards a more sustainable relationship, according to the values we all cherish. In Marseille, we will continue the discussions and will identify some concrete steps for the development and the adoption of this potential new ‘manifesto’. The pandemic has highlighted the precarious nature of income for performing musicians, and for other roles in our sector. How can we help them to be better protected and the beneficiaries of fairer practices? 

- MODERATOR: Davide Grosso (International Music Council, IT)

17:00 - 17:30    SHOWCASE: House of Echo
- Enzo Carniel: piano, electronics
- Marc Antoine Perrio: guitar, electronics
- Simon Tailleu: double bass
- Ariel Tessier: drums

17:30 - 18:30    Free time / Networking

18:30 - 19:00     SHOWCASE: Papanosh
- Quentin Ghomari: trumpet, flugelhorn
- Raphaël Quenehen: saxophones
- Sebastien Palis: piano, keyboards
- Thibault Cellier: double bass
- Jérémie Piazza: drums

19:00 - 21:00    Dinner

21:30 - 22:00    SHOWCASE: Sarāb
- Climène Zarkan: vocals
- Baptiste Ferrandis: guitar
- Robinson Khoury: trombone
- Thibault Gomez: keyboards
- Timothée Robert: bass
- Paul Berne: drums

22:30 - 00:30    FRINGE -  Théâtre La Criée:

- Hélène Duret: clarinet, bass clarinet, vocals, compositions
- Benjamin Sauzereau: guitar, compositions
- Maxime Rouayroux: drums, compositions

Ludivine Issambourg Antiloops
- Ludivine Issambourg: flutes
- Nicolas Derand: keyboards
- Timothée Robert: bass
- Julien Sérié: drums

Saturday, 16 September 2023

Palais du Pharo

10:30 - 11:30     PANEL DEBATE: Everything is illuminated - How can we make music education more inclusive and, in doing so, contribute to a more inclusive society?
We are all teachers, and we are all students too. Through our actions, including the music we create and promote, we illuminate others and are illuminated by them in return. Education has an emancipatory role, it helps us to become more resilient and aware. Music has that same power, creating and experiencing music can be an empowering act. It seems only natural then that music education, especially for less represented communities, can make a positive change. Every new music project is a chance to learn something, to create some bridges and explore some uncharted territories. With our societies becoming more rich and diverse, and more in need of inclusion and fair representation, what can we learn from music projects that cross borders and connect different cultures? How can the formal education sector of conservatories and music schools learn from and contribute to these?

- Kamilya Jubran (artist, PS)
- Fabrizio Cassol (artist, BE)
- Raphaël Imbert (artist & Director of Marseille Conservatory, FR)
- Moderator: Anna Umbima (writer and broadcasted, UK)

11:45 - 12:30    ZENITH AWARD 2023 concert: Nout
- Delphine Joussein: flute, fx
- Rafaëlle Rinaudo: electric harp
- Blanche Lafuente: drums

12:30 - 12:45    Group photo

13:00 - 14:00    Lunch

14:30 - 15:00    SHOWCASE: Yessaï Karapetian Quintet
- Yessaï Karapetian: piano
- Norayr Gapoyan: duduk
- Avag Margaryan: blul
- Marc Karapetian: bass
- David Paycha: drums

15:00 - 16:30    Wrap-up & presentation of the European Jazz Conference 2024

16:30 - 17:00    SHOWCASE: Louise Jallu
- Louise Jallu: bandonéon
- Matthias Lévi: violin
- Grégoire Letouvet: piano, fender rhodes
- Karsten Hochapfel: guitar 
- Alexandre Perrot: double bass

17:00 - 18:30    Free time / Networking

18:30 - 19:00     SHOWCASE: Marion Rampal
- Marion Rampal: vocals
- Raphael Chassin: drums
- Simon Tailleu: double bass
- Matthis Pascaud: guitar

19:00 - 21:00    Dinner

21:30 - 23:00    GALA CONCERT: Michel Portal & guests - Théâtre La Criée:
- Michel Portal: bass clarinet
- Bojan Z: piano
- Yazz Ahmed (UK): trumpet
- Julien Herné: bass
- Eivind Aarset (NO): guitar
- Stéphane Galland: drums

23:30 - 01:30    FRINGE -  Théâtre La Criée:

Obradovic - Tixier Duo
- Lada Obradovic: drums
- David Tixier: piano

- Olivya Victorin: vocals
- David Kiledjian: sax, keyboard
- Greg Boudras: drums
- Raphael Philibert: saxophone, percussions

Sunday, 17 September 2023

10:00 - 13:00    Cultural tours & activities