25th Jazz Cerkno
international festival
17.-19. 9. 2020

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, we were forced to postpone our Jazz Cerkno anniversary edition – already its 25th – from May to September. This year, the festival will take place between 17 and 19 September, in accordance with the strict health measures of the National Institute of Public Health, that is taking into account the distance between visitors. Since with these measures far less than 100 listeners could listen to the festival at the traditional venue Stari plac, we decided to move the festival to a new location: the parking lot at the old ETA factory, where there is room for more jazz fans. However, the number of tickets is very limited. Similar to Stari plac, the new venue, which is only a few minutes' walk away from the previous, will be under a tent; the same applies to the catering part of the venue.
The program of the 25th edition of the festival – although created in a changed and, due to the limitation of international travel, especially hard circumstances – remains the same, meaning that the number of performing bands and their quality does not differ from previous years… We will hear ten international and Slovenian bands, and all six international bands will play their premiere Slovenian concert in Cerkno! As we like it in Cerkno, we will be listening to modern jazz and other inventive music that combine jazz with other genres, from avant-garde classical to American folk and blues music, to electronics and noise. In addition to the main program, the organizers have prepared a rich accompanying program, which will include a photo exhibition, additional concerts, workshops and a round table.
As this year the festival celebrates its 25th birthday, it is more than appropriate to start it in a big style. The RTV Slovenia Big Band and Kristijan Krajnčan aka DrummingCellist will take care of this. DrummingCellist is the Krajnčan's project, in which he plays simultaneously cello and drums, cleverly combining classical music, jazz, experiment and electronics. The big band will be conducted by Lojze Krajnčan (Kristijan's father), who has been the conductor of the big band for 30 years; the guests will be guitarist Jani Moder, Petra Vidmar on classical percussion and Vid Ušeničnik on percussion.
After the big band concert, we will continue the first day of the festival with the premiere Slovenian performance of the Slovenian-Italian Ombak Trio, in which cellist Giovanni Maier and drummer Stefano Giust will play alongside saxophonist Cene Resnik. The trio will present inspired and spirited music from this year’s debut Through Eons to Now. The first festival day will be concluded by the Italian band Silvia Bolognesi Young Shouts; the quartet led by double bassist Silvia Bolognesi plays her original compositions inspired by the life and work of Black American folk and gospel singer Bessie Jones.
Another international trio will perform for the first time in Slovenia – Mopcut, which brings together musicians from the USA, Austria and France. The music of the trio is a powerful and striking blend of improvisation, experimental electronics and noise. The trio will close the Friday's festival day, which will be started by another local ensemble, the Ground Rituals quartet, which consists of established Slovenian jazz musicians of several generations: guitarist Jani Moder, drummer Zlatko Kaučič, trumpet player Igor Matković and double bassist Jošt Drašler. The concert will be recorded and released as their debut. The concert of the local quartet, which “draws inspiration from the subconscious and nature” in research and music creation, will be followed by the premiere performance of the Swedish-Austrian tandem Falling. It comprises of Mats Gustafsson and Christof Kurzmann, who use a combination of voice and acoustic and electronic instruments to create a mixture of improvised and electroacoustic music, noise, free jazz, contemporary music, rock and more.
Saturday is traditionally the most eventful, as there will be a lot of events from the accompanying program, and this time Saturday's schedule also brings some changes regarding the venues. There will be no concerts at the Music School this year; performance of the band Tobija Hudnik Equilibrium as Insta_bility within the Young Researchers III. program will be broadcast at 5 pm via festival Youtube and Facebook channels. There will be two concerts in front of the Cerkno Hotel. At 11 am we will listen to a children's concert entitled J.C.T., performed together with Boštjan Gombač, Blaž Celarec and Žiga Golob. At the same venue, but on Friday at 5.30 pm, there will be a concert by the local Kar Češ Brass Band. Both concerts will be free; the number of tickets is limited. In case of bad weather, the concerts will be on the main stage. At the main stage, there will also be the presentation of sound installation, created at the Cerkno Sound Safari workshop led by Boštjan Perovšek.
A round table / podcast of Nova Muska magazine entitled “Live Music During The Corona” will take place in front of the hotel on Saturday at noon. During the festival and until 31 December, the Gabrijel bar will host the exhibition by Nada Žgank, our long-time official photographer, who will present a selection of photographs from previous editions of the festival. The schedule of accompanying events will be rounded off by Dario Cortese with his traditional workshop “Wild Food During Jazztime”.
Saturday evening will bring the finals of this year's festival anniversary edition. It will start at 7 pm with the screening of a video by the Slovenian band Container Doxa, which connects jazz with electronics, improvisation and visual arts. The Austrian-American duo Ingrid Schmoliner / Hamid Drake will perform for the first time in Slovenia at 8 pm; the pianist and percussionist play a suggestive blend of avant-garde classical music, jazz, traditional music and improvisation. This will be followed by a concert by the international ensemble Koma Saxo 4 under the direction of Swedish double bassist Petter Eldh, who wrote sparkling, rhythmically playful, energetic and sometimes celebratory sounding music for the ensemble, which will have its Slovenian premiere at the Jazz Cerkno festival. The local septet Oholo!, in which some of the most prominent protagonists of the Slovenian jazz and impro scene play, will provide a great conclusion with a striking mixture of old and new jazz, African music and improvisation.
You are invited to the 25th anniversary edition of the Jazz Cerkno festival, which will take place between 17 and 19 September, this time not at Stari plac, but in the parking lot at the old ETA factory and other locations. As always, Hotel Cerkno offers favourable jazz packages to our visitors, and the tickets are available from September 1 on mojekarte.si. The organizers additionally stress that the number of tickets is very limited and that the seating order will apply at the venue.

Jazz Cerkno at a new location on the new date from 17 to 19 September, but with a proven set of new jazz and daring new music!


25th JAZZ CERKNO 2020

Thursday, September 17

DrummingCellist & Big Band RTV Slovenija (SI)

Kristijan Krajnčan (drums, cello), Jani Moder (guitar), Petra Vidmar (classical percussion), Vid Ušeničnik (percussion), Lojze Krajnčan (conductor), Big Band RTV Slovenija

Ombak Trio (SI, IT)

Cene Resnik (tenor and soprano saxophone), Giovanni Maier (cello), Stefano Giust (drums)

Silvia Bolognesi Young Shouts (IT)

Emanuele Marsico (trumpet, voice), Attilio Sepe (alto saxophone), Silvia Bolognesi (double bass), Sergio Bolognesi (drums)


Friday, September 18


Ground Rituals (SI)

Jani Moder (guitar, effects), Zlatko Kaučič (drums, percussion), Igor Matković (trumpet, effects), Jošt Drašler (double bass)

Falling (SE, AT)

Mats Gustafsson (slide and baritone saxophones, flute, electronics, keyboards), Christof Kurzmann (electronics, voice)

Mopcut (US, FR, AT)

Audrey Chen (voice, analog electronics), Julien Desprez (el. guitar), Lukas König (drums, synthesizer)


Saturday, September 19


Dré A. Hočevar [Container Doxa] (SI)

Pia Reš (saxophone), Miha Gantar (laptop), Gašper Livk (laptop), Stella Ivšek (visuals), Dré A. Hočevar (.meta, music director)

Ingrid Schmoliner / Hamid Drake (AT, US)

Ingrid Schmoliner (piano, voice), Hamid Drake (drums, percussion, voice)

Koma Saxo 4 (SE, AT)

Petter Eldh (double bass), Lukas König (drums), Otis Sandsjö (tenor saxophone), Jonas Kullhammar (tenor saxophone)

Oholo! (SI)

Vid Drašler (drums, percussion), Jošt Drašler (double bass), Tomaž Grom (double bass), Andrej Boštjančič – Ruda (el. guitar), Marko Jenič (violin), Andrej Fon (tenor saxophone), Jure Boršič (alto saxophone)


I Hear, I See: Jazz Cerkno, photography exhibition by Nada Žgank
The Cerkno Sound Safari
, sound workshop; tutor: Boštjan Perovšek
Wild Food During Jazztime, culinary workshop; tutor: Dario Cortese
Kar Češ Brass Band (SI), additional concert
J.C.T. Concert for Children
Live Music During The Corona
, Nova Muska magazine round table
Young Researchers III. – Tobija Hudnik, music residence; artistic direction: Dré A. Hočevar

The organizer reserves the right to change the program by day and locations, as well as to change the program contents of the 25th International Festival of Jazz Cerkno 2020 (17-19 September).
Organisation and production:
Zavod Jazz Cerkno
supporters: Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, Občina Cerkno, Austrian Cultural Forum in Ljubljana, I-jazz, French Institute in Slovenia
sponsors: Pivovarna Laško, bar Gabrijel, Hotel Cerkno, GENERALI zavarovalnica, Šotori Petre, SAZAS, Elektro Primorska, Julius Meinl, Mesnica Žunar
cooperations: Glasbena šola Idrija, Ljubljanski grad, zavod Ape.parlour, Orodno kovaštvo Rovtar, Rokodelsko društvo DRIKLC
main media sponsor: VAL 202
other media sponsors: Mladina, Radio Študent, Primorske novice, Primorski val, rps.si, Nova Muska