Programme Outline

The full programme brochure of the European Jazz Conference 2019 can be downloaded at this link (.pdf, 15 MB).

Wednesday 11 September 2019

21:30 - 22:15     FRINGE: Eloisa Manera "Duende" - Teatro Piccolo Coccia
22:30 - 23:15     FRINGE: Mirko Signorile "Trio Trip" - Teatro Piccolo Coccia

Thursday 12 September 2019

14:00                Registration opens - Galleria Giannoni / Broletto

15:30 - 16:00   Welcome of EJN members and celebration of EJN Awards - Sala Arengo
16:00 - 17:00   Working groups on progressing EJN activities:

  • Artistic Exchange Platform - Sala Arengo
  • Social Inclusion - H5
  • Gender Balance - H8
  • National Organisations - RH
  • Take the Green Train - H10

17:00 - 20:00   Formal EJN General Assembly - Sala Arengo

18:30 - 18:50   Music/Storytelling performance: Paola Balbi & Filippo Vignato - Sala Arengo

The result of a collaboration between two networks supported by Creative Europe - EJN and FEST (Federation for European Storytelling) - this performance by jazz musician Filippo Vignato and storytelling artist Paola Balbi, from Compagnia Raccontamiunastoria in Rome, emerged from developmental periods in Novara and Kerkrade (Netherlands) during the FEST annual conference back in July this year.

22:30 - 23:15   FRINGE: WE3 (Francesco Chiapperini, Luca Pissavini, Stefano Grasso)- Teatro Piccolo Coccia
23:30 - 00:15   FRINGE: Raffaele Casarano & Mirko Signorile - Teatro Piccolo Coccia

Friday 13 September 2019

10:00                Registration opens - Galleria Giannoni / Broletto
10:30 - 10:50   Official opening and welcome speeches - Teatro Coccia

11:00 - 11:45   Keynote speech #1: DU YUN "A Wild Vulnerability - Creating a Living Heritage Together - Teatro Coccia"

There is no such thing as ‘pure tradition.’ Borderlines – whether aesthetic, political, economic, or social – are all man-made, with the intention of delineating the layers of history embedded within a cultural zone. To be an artist is to share the divinity of what makes us human and to invite more people into a space of wild vulnerability.

11:45 - 13:00   Blindfold Test - Presentation on Italian Jazz - Teatro Coccia

During this plenary session, Italian jazz musicians from across the generations will listen and comment on some recorded materials from the vast Italian jazz repertoire. An expanded edition of the famous “blindfold test”, this will be an occasion to discover and to talk about the history, and the present, of jazz in Italy.

  • Eloisa Manera (musician, IT)
  • Gaia Mattiuzzi (musician, IT)
  • Ludovica Manzo (musician, IT)
  • Andrea Grossi (musician, IT)
  • Filippo Vignato (musician, IT)
  • Moderator: Francesco Martinelli (Siena Jazz Archive Director, IT)

13:15 - 13:45   Italian Showcase Festival #1: O-JANÀ - Sala  Borsa

14:00 - 14:45   Lunch at Castello Sforzesco

15:00 - 16:30   Parallel discussion groups on sharing expertise between professionals:

The Showcase Must Go On - Speakers: Nina Torske (Vestnorsk Jazzsenter / Nutshell, NO), Harun Izer (Istanbul Jazz Festival / Vitrin, TR), Tiphanie Moreau (Association Jazzé Croisé ​/ Jazz Migration, FR). Moderator: Susanna von Canon (artists' management, NL) - Sala Arengo
A discussion on the value and effectiveness of showcases and programmes built around them. What are the best models? What is their impact? How can they be improved? We are interested to discover what recommendations emerge from some of the best examples available in Europe and beyond.

Virtual Reality: New experiences for artists and audiences - Speaker: Ulrich Schrauth (VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival, DE). Moderator: Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company, IE) - H5
A timely presentation on the potential of immersive technologies to enhance live music presentation, create new artistic dimensions and enrich audience experiences in live improvised music.
Funding possibilities beyond Creative Europe - Speaker: Maïa Sert (On the Move, BE) - H8
A presentation of the cultural mobility information network On the Move and exchanges about funding opportunities for international projects in the field of music and culture beyond the Creative Europe scheme provided in its mobility guides and the Fund-Finder.

The mobility of artists: Brexit & other challenges - Speakers: Annamaija Saarela (Livelaboratorio Tampere, FI), Lee Paterson (GO gobetween, UK), Kim Macari (Jazz from Scotland, UK), Alexander Hawkins (Musician, UK), Roberto Ottaviano (Musician, IT), Moderator: Ros Rigby (Jazz Promotion Network, UK) - CL
When Brexit and other events are posing a threat to the mobility of musicians around Europe and beyond, what can music professionals do to ensure that this art form can still thrive and develop internationally?

Article 13/17 and the new European copyright regulations - Speakers: Federico Montesanto & Guido Dall'Oglio (MiA - Musica Independente Associata, IT), Moderator: Marco Valente (Auand Records) - RH
A presentation on the debate and possible outcomes of the new European copyright regulations and the effects it will have on the work of music professionals in areas such as marketing and live streaming of concerts.
Jazz research: what has been done and what's new? - Moderator: Nicholas Gebhardt (Birmingham City University, UK) - DH
Presentation of existing works plus new areas of research underway, including Craig Hamilton on Mobilising Festival Audiences, Sarah Raine on Keychange at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Pedro Cravinho on the challenge of maintaining National Jazz Archives and Petter Frost Fadnes on improvising the underground.

17:00 - 17:30   Italian Showcase Festival #2: PIERO BITTOLO BON “BREAD & FOXES” - Sala Borsa
18:00 - 19:00   Free Networking
19:00 - 19:30   Italian Showcase Festival #3: HOBBY HORSE - Sala Borsa

20:00 - 21:30   Dinner at Castello Sforzesco
21:30 - 23:15   GALA CONCERT - Teatro Coccia


23:30 - 00:30   FRINGE: Roberto Ottaviano "Eternal Love" - Teatro Piccolo Coccia


Saturday 14 September 2019

09:00               Registration opens - Galleria Giannoni / Broletto
09:30 - 10:00   FRINGE: Marco Colonna solo - San Gaudenzio Basilica

10:30 - 11:15   Keynote Speech #2: TANIA BRUGUERA "Political Timing Specific"- Teatro Coccia

Political Timing Specific is a term coined by Tania Bruguera to define a type of art that is created to exist at specific political moment which gives the art work potential political and social impact. As it is not enough anymore to make art as a posteriori reaction or comment. It is time to make art for the not yet and the yet to come.

11:15 - 11.30   Group photo - Teatro Coccia

11:30 - 13:00   Plenary Debate - Global Perspectives on New Ways of Programming - Teatro Coccia

This panel will explore new and innovative ways of music programming - regardless of style and genre - through examples of outstanding festivals and initiatives from across the globe. How do you create the right “chemistry” between all the components? Which audience do you attract and what relationship do you establish with them? 

  • Johan Gijsen (Co-founder and Director of Le Guess Who? Festival, NL)
  • Rainbow Robert (Managing Artistic Director of Vancouver International Jazz Festival / Executive Director of Jazz Festivals, CA)
  • Louis Rastig (Artistic Director of A L'ARME! Festival, DE)
  • Reiner Michalke (Managing Artistic Director of Monheim Trienniale, DE)
  • Moderator: Martyna Markowska (Artistic Director of Katowice JazzArt Festival, PL)

13:15 - 13:45   Italian Showcase Festival #4: ROSA BRUNELLO “SOLONUDE” - Sala Borsa
14:00 - 14:45   Lunch at Castello Sforzesco

16:00 - 17:00   Final Plenary session and presentation from EJC2020 Host - Teatro Coccia

17:00 - 17:30   Italian Showcase Festival #5: CAMILLA BATTAGLIA “EMIT” - Sala Borsa
18:00 - 19:00   Free Networking
19:00 - 19:30   Italian Showcase Festival #6 FILIPPO VIGNATO QUARTET - Sala Borsa

20:00 - 21:30   Dinner at Castello Sforzesco
21:30 - 22:15   FRINGE: XY Quartet (Nicola Fazzini, Alessandro Fedrigo, Saverio Tasca, Luca Colussi) - Teatro Coccia
22:30 - 23:15   FRINGE: Andrea Grossi "Songs & Poems" - Teatro Coccia
23:30 - 00:30   FRINGE: Enzo Favata "Crossing Quartet" - Teatro Coccia


Sunday 15 September 2019

11.00 - 13:00   Cultural tours and experiences around the city of Novara - Meeting point Broletto courtyard
13:00 - 14:00   FRINGE: Federica Michisanti "Horn Trio" - Canonica del Duomo