36th International Saalfelden Jazz Festival: 27 to 30 August

Known as a playground for free spirits, the Saalfelden Jazz Festival has been a fixture on the international jazz circuit and one of the most experimental festivals of its kind for more than three decades. Each year at the end of August, musicians from all over the world gather in the small town of Saalfelden, Austria, to delight listeners with refreshing and colorful sounds with the Steinernes Meer as a spectacular background. 31 concerts, 4 days and 6 stages – the Jazz Festival Saalfelden has something to offer for everyone.

From August 27 to 30, 2015, Saalfelden will once again become the center of the European jazz world. Over a period of four days, 32 concerts will take place at seven venues. Once again, artistic directors Michaela Mayer and Mario Steidl have put together a diverse musical program. Slovenian-born artist Maja Osojnik will perform a work especially commissioned by the festival directors. A resident of Vienna, Osojnik draws musical inspirations from jazz, contemporary music, free improvisation, and composition.

Other names of the line-up are Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP, Chris Lightcap's Big Mouth, Donkey Monkey, Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance, Angelica Sanchez Quintet, a solo by Matthew Shipp, Fire! Orchestra, JÜ with Kjetil Møster, and many many others.

Headed by interim president Katharina Auer, the Saalfelden Tourism Board will handle the administration and finances of the festival. Cultural manager Daniela Neumayer will assure that operations run smoothly. International Jazzfestival Saalfelden is a member of the Europe Jazz Network.

For more information and the complete programme: www.jazzsaalfelden.com/en