53rd International Jazz Week Burghausen a complete success with over 7,000 visitors!

With the "Next in Jazz" concerts on Sunday, March 17, the 53rd International Jazz Week Burghausen came to an end after six festival days dedicated to good music! IG Jazz counted around 7,000 visitors this year and the increased demand for complete festival passes shows that the rich and sophisticated program was well received by music lovers from near and far.

The competition, which took place in Burghausen for the 14th time, should also be mentioned. The five-member jury of the Burghausen Young Jazz Artists Award - Ralf Dombrowski, Reinhard Köchl, Roland Spiegel, Nils Kugelmann as a representative of last year's winning ensemble and, for the first time, pianist Johanna Summer - did not find it easy to make a decision on Tuesday, March 12. "The musical range of the competition was impressive - from rock to chamber music. It was an exciting final and more international than ever before. A small anniversary, the 15th competition in 2025, could be in the offing! - said jury member Ralf Dombrowski.

The first prize of 5,000 euros went to Italian pianist Simone Locarni, who took up the challenge as a soloist. The second prize of 3,000 euros went to the Polish Horntet Quintet and the third prize of 2,000 euros to the Norwegian Bliss Quintet. For the first time, the fourth- and fifth-place ensembles, the Loek van den Berg Quintet from the Netherlands and the Tamás Jurisits Group from Hungary, also received cash prizes. Percussionist Rino Sivathas of the Bliss Quartet was honored as outstanding soloist.

Whether solo performances like those of the young prizewinner Simone Locarni or large formations like the Orjazztra of the Austrian Christian Muthspiel, whether quieter sounds like the a cappella group Of Cabbages And Kings or the musical tour de force of the big band Monika Roscher - the audience was open and curious.

Very impressive was the concert of Ron Carter, who led us in a wonderfully creative and conscious way through the history of jazz, across the canon of composition, instrumentation and interpretation, honoring the past and at the same time emphasizing the modern elements of improvisation with great precision.

Laura Jurd and her band, made up of young stars of the current London scene, delighted the audience with emancipated, colorful music full of free, subtle improvisations. On the last day of the festival, Emma Rawicz enchanted the audience with her music and a band made up of some of the biggest names in British jazz.

The new JUZ venue, which appeals to a younger audience and provides a counterpoint to the established Wackerhalle and Stadtsaal venues, also proved a success: "We wanted to make jazz attractive to young people, and now people in their mid-forties are coming to the JUZ. We want to be open to developments, just as our music is open," says Andreas Bentlage of IG Jazz.
Read the full article...