Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2024 takes place from 28 June to 7 July

The 42nd edition of the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige will open in Bolzano on 28 June. Under the artistic direction of Roberto Tubaro, Max von Pretz and Stefan Festini Cucco, this important European music festival will offer more than 50 concerts throughout the region until 7 July, featuring numerous bands and soloists from the young and experimental scenes of Europe and beyond. The combination of unorthodox venues and an innovative, stylistically boundless sound will once again characterise the spirit of the festival, as can already be seen at the inaugural event. Estonian saxophonist Maria Faust and 20 singers will open the festival with her 'Mass of Mary'. This extraordinary project combines jazz with superb medieval vocal music and Estonian folklore. Following this highlight, the festival will host a techno night, as it did last year.

This year's programme is as exquisite as it is varied: the outstanding drummer, percussionist and composer Tilo Weber, who is as at home in chamber music as he is in free improvisation, electronic music or swing, will appear with several projects, while the French cellist Valentin Ceccaldi will perform with his quartet Bonbon Flamme - a wild mixture of progressive rock and jazz. Saxophonist Fabian Dudek will present his composition "Day by Day", first performed in 2023. The French band INUI plays a multifaceted and constantly surprising music between improvised jazz and electronic trance. The Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, who lives in the Norwegian jazz stronghold of Trondheim, and the American drummer Savannah Harris come with their project ØKSE, and the young Swiss jazz flutist Nancy Meier brings a rarely heard band format to the stage in South Tyrol: a flute quartet with drums.

The concerts often take place in places that aren't normally concert venues.

The festival's "base camp" will once again be set up in the Kapuzinerpark in Bolzano, and this year's programme includes many attractive venues such as the Novacella monastery near Brixen, the Bunker H in Bolzano, the Roner distillery in Tramin, the Ost West Club in Merano, the Mining Museum in Ridnaun, the Harpf bottle shop in Bruneck, the Stanglerhof in Völs, the Waaghaus and the parks of the Mondschein and Laurin hotels in Bolzano. New this year are the Ottmanngut in Merano, the Rittner Horn, the Gasthaus Jocher at the Vigiljoch in Lana and the town square in Sterzing. For the second time, the Sudwerk in Bolzano will host the "Kabarila" concert, a five-hour jazz ritual where the audience can dance or simply relax, listen and enjoy the music.