Stockholm Women ́s International Jazz Festival & Conference on Gender Balance 2021

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 MAY 2021 @ Konserthuset Stockholm Grünewaldsalen Stream LIVE ON STAGE!

Stockholm Women ́s International Jazz Festival is back! 2 DAYS and 2 NIGHTS of the best music and active discussion on Gender Balance in Jazz! IT IS TIME! The third edition of the festival presents some of the most creative bandleaders and composers women musicians in modern jazz. 2021 hosts Netherlands/South Korea, Portugal, Germany, Iceland and Sweden. Creativity, Diversity and Communication are the three keywords that characterize this year's program.

PROGRAM - 27 May -
On the 27 MAY morning at Konserthuset Grünewaldsalen, we will co-organize with the Europe Jazz Network (EJN) the first Jazzconference on Gender Balance in Sweden. In hybrid format you can see keynote speakers presentations and a Europe Jazz Network panel under the topic: "Gender Balance: numbers vs respect". The conference is open and free to everyone!

Music Festival
  • Linnea Jonsson Quartet (Sweden)
  • IdKa Jazz (Sweden)
  • Sun-Mi Hong Quintet (Netherlands/South Korea)
  • Maria João ~ Ogre (Portugal)
PROGRAM - 28 May -
  • Anna Lundqvist Quintet(Sweden)
  • Susanna Risberg band (Sweden)
  • Josefine Lindstrand band (Sweden)
  • PREMIERE! Piano-duo Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann (Iceland and Germany)

We will soon release the conference program and registration info. Exciting days ahead! Partners: Europe Jazz Network, Svensk Jazz, Keychange. Europe Jazz Network (EJN) is a network of producers, presenters and supporting organizations specializing in creative music, modern jazz and improvisational music. There are currently more than 150 organizations involved (festivals, clubs and concert venues) in 35 countries.


More info on
OBS! We follow the Swedish Public Health Agency regulations. Please follow our social media channels or Konserthuset Stockholm for news regarding the safety measures during the festival.


More about the international artists:

Sun-Mi Hong quintet (South Korea/Netherlands)
Sun Mi Hong was born and raised in In-Cheon Korea and has spent seven years in Amsterdam. She has created a place for herself on the Dutch jazz scene. By meditatively approaching the music, she is able to bring in something completely original in the moment. The turn is firmly anchored but with well-tempered outcomes. She won the Dutch Jazz Competition 2018 and won second prize at the Getxo International Jazz Competition 2017 (Sun-Mi Hong Quintet). In March 2020, she released a new album with her quintet 'Second Page: A Self-Strewn Portrait' and it is a sequel to her debut album, which was released in 2017 (The First Page). Sun-Mi plays both dramatically and emotionally, moving between the frugal minimalist and the wild and stormy.

"She is a fantastic drummer on her way to becoming phenomenal. Sun-Mi Hong gives us hope and faith for jazz in the future." -
"Sun-Mi Hong is one of the most promising young jazz artists in the Netherlands. Her music balances jazz and Korean tradition." - Bimhuis

MARIA JOÃO - OGRE (Portugal)
OGRE electric is a music project led by renowned jazz singer Maria João and her producer, musician and close friend João Farinha. The band started around 2009 and has undergone several different identities and formations. OGRE has released two albums "Electrodoméstico" in 2012, "Plástico" in 2015 and "Open Your Mouth" in 2020. Maria João's third project encourages daring: to sing, to speak, to love and to fight against the powers that be. Exploring, never giving up and always being open to new impressions will always be their motto, so it can sometimes be difficult to put a label on the music. But who needs labels?

PIANO-DUO Sunna Gunnlaugs (IS) & Julia Hülsmann (GER)
Sunna Gunnlaug's work has received overwhelmingly positive criticism since the album's release in 2000. ‘Mindful’ was selected in the top 10 by the Washington Post. Her 2003 album reached the top 10 on both Canadian and American jazz radio charts. Her 2010 album release 'The Dream' ended up at number two on the Canadian playlist and reached number 20 on the US. Her albums have received positive reviews in leading jazz magazines around the world such as Jazzthetik and Jazzpodium in Germany, Concerto in Austria, Jazzwise in Great Britain, Jazzman in France, Swing Journal & Tokyo Jazz Notes in Japan, Downbeat in the US, internet-based All About Jazz and many more. All her albums have been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards and in 2013 she became the artist of the year. She has performed at prestigious festivals such as JazzAhead in Bremen, the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool, the London Jazz Festival, The Oslo Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Rotterdam International Jazz Festival and the Belgrade Jazz Festival. She has also performed at jazz clubs such as Porgy & Bess in Vienna, Unterfahrt in Munich, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Sunset in Paris to name a few.

Julia Hülsmann's ECM debut The End of a Summer came in 2008, with band members Marc Muellbauer (bass) and Heinrich Köbberling (drums). The next album was Imprint and was released in 2011. In 2012, the trio became a quartet. The addition was the English trumpeter Arthurs and inspired Julia Hülsmann both as a musician and arranger. Singer Theo Bleckmann joined the group on A Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill and America (2015), an imaginative response to the composer's songs. John Fordham wrote in the Guardian: "This might just be one of the great jazz treatments of the songs of Kurt Weill [...] Not a sound is out of place on this beautifully crafted project." Julia has played internationally and she is undoubtedly one of the most renowned jazz composers in European jazz.