Iberian variations: Südtirol Jazzfestival 2019

The programme of the 2019 Südtirol Jazzfestival is now online
In 2018, the main design on the Südtirol Jazzfestival posters was a red ship opening a path through a sheet of ice, looking for new and unknown jazz sounds in an icy tundra. The sea is still a main theme this year, but everything else changes: the festival has migrated from northern Europe to the Iberian Peninsula, from Svalbard to Gibraltar or the barren Portuguese rocky coast near Sagres, where Europe ends and the Atlantic Ocean, covered by a pall of mist, begins. A sandy beach now replaces the sheet of ice; the ship, laboriously making its way through the ocean, is replaced by galloping horses, their hooves resounding off a floor of azulejos – colourful ceramic tiles which decorate churches, palaces, and homes in Portugal and Spain.
The Südtirol Jazzfestival is embarking yet again on a journey to discover new sounds, landing for this year’s edition on the Iberian Peninsula. On 28 June the Festival will kick off at the Waltherhaus in Bolzano. From that day onwards, more than 50 concerts will take place across the whole region until 7 July. You can view the concert calendar online at www.suedtiroljazzfestival.com

Countless stages feature for the first time ever on the festival programme, such as the Innovation and Entrepreneurial centre ‘BASIS’ in Silandro, the La Perla hotel in Corvara, Castel d’Appiano, the Alperia hydroelectric power station in Bressanone, the Hotel Am Wolfsgrubenersee, the Eisacktaler wine cellar in Chiusa, the Ost West Country Club located in the Marconi Park in Merano, or the Cantina Bolzano’s new building. Also add three concerts taking place in three huts on the Speikboden in Campo Tures and a jazz excursion to the Ansitz Velseck in Tires. Beautiful locations for exclusive musical experiences. In other words, New Sounds – Fresh Perspectives.
You could say the Südtirol Jazzfestival is the equivalent of a good bookshop. Customers will find what they’re looking for but also stumble upon exciting and surprising new finds. There’s plenty of interesting surprises across Spanish and Portuguese jazz: take pianist Marco Mezquida for example, who was awarded the title of Musician of the Year by the ‘Asociación de Músicos de Jazz y Moderna de Cataluña’ between 2011 and 2013, and who will be part of a variety of ensembles in South Tyrol in numerous concerts.
Incidentally, many outstanding musicians who were invited to the festival’s country-specific editions have become return guests and will cross the Brennero once again this year. These include guitarist Reinier Baas and saxophonist Joris Roelofs from the Netherlands, who will perform with Mexican bass player and singer Fuensanta Méndez, British marching band Perhaps Contraption, French singer Leïla Martial or the one-man-orchestra Lukas König from Vienna. Protagonists from the innovative European scene will perform in South Tyrol and, by the sounds of it, this summer will once again be one to remember.
2019 Südtirol Jazzfestival
28 June – 7 July