The BMW Welt Jazz Award – Fo­cus­ing its Ninth Sea­son on the Bass

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The BMW Welt Jazz Award will en­ter its ninth sea­son in Jan­uary 2017. Fol­low­ing the motto “Amaz­ing Bass!”, a range of out­stand­ing in­ter­na­tional en­sem­bles will per­form at the dou­ble-coned struc­ture of BMW Welt in a to­tal of six free Sunday mati­nees be­tween Jan­uary and March 2017. The fea­tured mu­si­cians hail from Den­mark, Swe­den, Switzer­land, France, USA and Ger­many. The fi­nal con­cert of BMW Welt Jazz Award and the com­pe­ti­tion for its prize money to­talling 15,000 Euro will take place on May 6, 2017 at the au­di­to­rium of BMW Welt. This year, the bass will take cen­tre stage – an in­stru­ment that plays an im­por­tant and sig­nif­i­cant role in jazz. Dur­ing their live per­for­mances, the artists will show just how ver­sa­tile this in­stru­ment re­ally is and they will elec­trify the au­di­ence with their cre­ativ­ity. Af­ter the sixth and last mati­nee, a panel of ex­pert jurors will nom­i­nate two of the par­tic­i­pat­ing en­sem­bles to per­form at the fi­nal con­cert at BMW Welt’s au­di­to­rium. In ad­di­tion to a prize of 10,000 Euro, the win­ner will re­ceive a tro­phy de­signed spe­cially by BMW De­sign; the run­ner-up will re­ceive 5,000 Euro. The ensemble with the best com­bined av­er­age of all con­certs will re­ceive the au­di­ence award, which in­cludes an ap­pear­ance at Jazz Clas­sica Fes­ti­val 2017 at re­sort Schloss El­mau. Max­i­m­il­ian Schöberl, head of BMW Group Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Pol­icy, said, “Year af­ter year, the BMW Welt Jazz Award of­fers a unique ex­pe­ri­ence. It is a plat­form for artists to present them­selves and their artis­tic cre­ativ­ity to both ama­teur au­di­ences and renowned jury mem­bers alike. I am con­vinced that our au­di­ence will once again be very ex­cited. We would like to thank not only the mu­si­cians but also the city of Mu­nich and our part­ners for the long-stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion.” “BMW Welt Jazz Award’s mati­nees are leg­endary and year af­ter year, they up­hold their out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion as pre­sen­ters of in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­si­cians. I am pleased to see that the bass will take cen­tre stage in this year’s edi­tion – an in­stru­ment that be­cause of its di­verse ex­pres­sions pro­vides the musical foun­da­tion of many en­sem­bles. Both the in­ter­na­tional BMW Welt Jazz Award and, since 2016, the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award for emerg­ing tal­ents from Mu­nich are an au­di­ble as well as vis­i­ble sign of the

out­stand­ing com­mit­ment of BMW Group to the cul­tural life of our city and it is an ab­so­lute must of our event cal­en­dar,” added Di­eter Reiter, mayor of the state cap­i­tal Mu­nich. The up­com­ing year will also see the sec­ond sea­son of the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award, which is awarded to­gether with the city of Mu­nich. In ad­di­tion to prize money, the win­ner will be in­vited to hold a con­cert at Un­ter­fahrt Jaz­zclub as well as ap­pear at the Leipzig-based Jaz­ztage fes­ti­val.

Pro­gramme Mati­nees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the dou­ble-coned struc­ture of BMW Welt:

Jan­uary 22, 2017 Chris Minh Doky & New Nordic Jazz Fe­bru­ary 5, 2017 Lars Daniels­son plays Liberetto feat. Gré­gory Pri­vat Fe­bru­ary 12, 2017 Hen­ning Siev­erts: Sym­methree Fe­bru­ary 19, 2017 Rauned Gar­cia-fons: Revoir Paris March 5, 2017 Linda Oh: Sun Pic­tures March 12, 2017 Eva Kruse: On the Mo

Grand fi­nale at the au­di­to­rium of BMW Welt at 7 pm May 6, 2017

Fi­nal con­cert fea­tur­ing the two nom­i­nated fi­nal­ists Tick­ets for the grand fi­nale on May 7, 2017, will be avail­able as of Jan­uary 22, 2017, at BMW Welt and München Ticket. As in pre­vi­ous years, the pro­gramme will be hosted by Beate Samp­son, jazz ex­pert and ed­i­tor at the Ger­man broad­cast­ing sta­tion “BR-KLASSIK”.


The dis­tin­guished panel of ex­pert jurors will be headed by Oliver Hochkep­pel (jour­nal­ist for mu­sic and cul­tural af­fairs at the Ger­man daily “Süd­deutsche Zeitung”) and will in­clude the fol­low­ing mem­bers: Roland Spiegel, ed­i­tor at the mu­sic desk and jazz ex­pert at the Ger­man broad­cast­ing sta­tion Bay­erischer Rund­funk “BR-KLASSIK“; An­dreas Kolb, ed­i­tor-in-chief of the mag­a­zines “Jazzzeitung” and “neue musikzeitung and cop­ub­lisher of the new mu­sic mag­a­zine “SILBERHORN“; Heike Lies, mu­si­col­o­gist, Mu­sic and Mu­sic The­atre

Di­vi­sion of the Depart­ment of Cul­tural Af­fairs of the state cap­i­tal Mu­nich; Chris­tiane Böhnke-geisse, Artis­tic Direc­tor of the in­ter­na­tional jazz fes­ti­val “Bin­gen swingt”.

Artists and En­sem­bles Chris Minh Doky & New Nordic Jazz

In Dan­ish jazz, bassists have a long-stand­ing tra­di­tion as band lead­ers. Con­tin­u­ing this tra­di­tion in a con­vinc­ing and unique man­ner is Chris Minh Doky, son of a Dan­ish pop singer and Viet­namese doc­tor and gui­tarist. As a teenager, he stud­ied pi­ano at the Royal Dan­ish Academy for Mu­sic be­fore turn­ing to the bass age 15. He went to the US, where he be­came an in­te­gral part of the young New Yorkean Scene of the early 90s. Whether play­ing along­side the likes of Larry Gold­ings, Mike Stern or Randy Brecker or to­gether with his brother, pi­anist Niels Lan Doky as part of Doky Brothers, his ren­di­tions al­ways com­bine East Coast grooves with the lyri­cal sounds of Scan­di­navia. With his cur­rent trio New Nordic Jazz, Chris Minh Doky once again gives a taste of this spe­cial mix.

Lars Daniels­son & Gré­gory Pri­vat

For many years, Swedish bassist Lars Daniels­son has been one of the ma­jor voices in Euro­pean jazz. Orig­i­nally a cel­list, he pro­duces a more melodic, warmer sound than most of his col­leagues. Add to this mix the “Nordic sound” with which Daniels­son joined in his own way the modern, open style Euro­pean jazz that in­cor­po­rates both clas­si­cal and pop mu­sic. With his quar­tet and its mem­bers in­clud­ing David Lieb­man, Bobo Sten­son and Jon Chris­tensen alone he recorded ten al­bums. Other than de­vel­op­ing projects with his singer wife Cae­cilie Norby, he favoured work­ing with pi­anists as of late – he recorded sev­eral al­bums with Pol­ish mu­si­cian Leszek Mozder and for “Li­bretto” I and II, he formed an en­tirely har­mo­nious duo with Ar­me­nian mu­si­cian Ti­gran Ha­masyan. Afi­ciona­dos hold Gré­gory Pri­vat, a young mu­si­cian from Martinique in high re­gard, and it is with him that Daniels­son will per­form at BMW Welt for the very first time.

Hen­ning Siev­erts

This in­hab­i­tant of Mu­nich holds a spe­cial place among Europe’s top bassists as he also holds a de­gree of the Ger­man School of Jour­nal­ism and works as ra­dio host. He is fea­tured on more than 120 al­bums and con­tin­u­ously makes ap­pear­ances with his own remarkable projects. Sym­me­try plays an im­por­tant role in Siev­erts’ musical world, some­times ex­clu­sively as mir­rored com­po­si­tions, some­times with in­trigu­ing rhyth­mi­cal and har­mo­nious num­bers games with which this Ber­lin-born mu­si­cian turns his pas­sion for chess, Sudoku, Scrab­ble and rid­dles of all kinds into mu­sic. To­gether with his trio, which in­cludes star trom­bon­ist Nils Wo­gram, who won the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2011, and gui­tarist Ronny Graupe, Hen­ning Siev­erts will present his brand new, sec­ond project “Sym­methree” at “Amaz­ing Bass!”.

Re­naud Gar­cia-fons

The Ibero-french­man Re­naud Gar­cia-fons might just be the great­est vir­tu­oso among jazz bassists. Aged 53, he turns what is of­ten reduced to a rhyth­mic hum­drum of a bell metronome into a lyri­cal, singing and poly­phonic cor­nu­copia of bouncy stac­cato and legato strokes in the high­est ranges oth­er­wise known only from vi­o­lin or gui­tar per­for­mances. For many years Gar­cia-fons has been us­ing this unique tone for his pro­gramme fea­tur­ing Mediter­ranean jazz in­flu­enced by Ital­ian, south­ern French, Span­ish and even Ara­bic and south east­ern Euro­pean folk mu­sic. In his new trio, to­gether with ac­cor­dion­ist David Ven­tucci and vi­bra­phon­ist and per­cus­sion­ist Stephen Caracci, he now turns back to the ur­ban­ity of his na­tive Paris. This re­union, named “Revoir Paris”, cov­ers a broad range in­deed – from Musette to hot jazz, from chan­sons in the tra­di­tion of Charles Trenet to folk­lore imag­i­naire, from “Mont­martre en courant” to “Rue du Dragon”.

Linda Oh

Bassist Linda Oh grew up in West­ern Aus­tralia as the daugh­ter of Malaysian im­mi­grants and has been liv­ing in New York, the Mecca of Jazz, since 2008. To the faith­ful mem­bers of the BMW Welt Jazz Award au­di­ence, she is no stranger – in 2015, she ac­com­pa­nied gui­tarist and singer Camila Meza in such an im­pres­sive man­ner that ev­ery­one un­der­stood why this win­ner of many new­comer’s com­pe­ti­tions (in­clud­ing the ASCAP Young Jazz Com­poser‘s Award 2008) as well as schol­ar­ships in the USA is cur­rently one of the most sought-af­ter bassists. She played along­side a range of mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Joe Lo­vano, Vi­jay Iyer, Dave Dou­glas and Kenny Bar­ron and just be­came a mem­ber of the Pat Metheny’s new quar­tet. She has made her name not only as an in­stru­men­tal­ist but also as a com­poser for a broad range of en­sem­bles and short film projects. At BMW Welt, Oh will per­form as part of a quar­tet along­side sax­o­phon­ist Ben Wen­del, gui­tarist Matthew Stevens and drum­mer Justin Brown and to­gether they will present her third al­bum “Sun Pic­tures”.

Eva Kruse

Bassists and drum­mers typ­i­cally act as the sup­port­ing acts of jazz. Which is why it is all the more remarkable when the ca­reer of a fe­male bassist is linked to a sin­gle ensemble, as is the case for Eva Kruse and Trio [em]. Ever since the early stages

of the new mil­len­nium, she has sym­bol­ised the new be­gin­nings of young Ger­man jazz to­gether with Michael Wollny and Eric Schae­fer (also as the win­ners of the very first BMW Welt Jazz Award 2009). Af­ter her parental leave, Kruse changed di­rec­tions, moved to Swe­den, played with star trom­bon­ist Nils Land­gren and fi­nally brought her very own projects to fruition. Fol­low­ing “In Wa­ter”, which won the Echo Jazz, she will present “On the Mo”, her next fas­ci­nat­ing pro­gramme, at BMW Welt. Ar­ranged for a quin­tet, its out­stand­ing qual­i­ties are the re­sult of a some­what un­usual or­ches­tra­tion: Eric Schae­fer on the drums, Chris­tian Jormin on the pi­ano, Uwe Stein­metz on the sax­o­phone and Tjad­ina Wake-walker on the oboe. This edi­tion of the BMW Welt Jazz Award will once again en­joy the gen­er­ous sup­port of BR-KLASSIK, the new mu­sic mag­a­zine SILBERHORN, re­sort Schloss El­mau and the Depart­ment of Cul­tural Af­fairs of the city of Mu­nich.

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