The second month of the BMW Welt Jazz Award kicks off with the “Stefano Battaglia Trio” on February 14, 2016. On the following Sunday, February 21, it’s the turn of the “Stucky-Doran-Studer-Tacuma: Play Hendrix!” ensemble to give a free matinee concert in the Double Cone at BMW Welt. Musicians from Italy, Switzerland and the USA will be presenting their exciting interpretations of major artists based on this year’s motto of “Inspired by Legends”. After the last matinee in March a jury will decide which two of the six participating acts will perform in the final concert in the Auditorium on May 7 for a chance to win the 10,000 euro first prize.
The Italian “Stefano Battaglia Trio”, consisting of pianist Stefano Battaglia, bass player Salvatore Maiore and drummer Roberto Dani, will be performing on February 14 in the Double Cone at BMW Welt. The trio share a fascination for film scores and setting literary works to music. In their latest album, “In the Morning”, they devoted their energies to the musical legacy of Alec Wilder, the late American theater and film composer. This continues the success of their “Songways” album in which they impressed the public and critics alike with interpretations of great authors – from Homer to Edgar Allan Poe – and with the compositional signature of the Italian writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini.
On February 21 the spotlight moves onto the American-Swiss quartet “Stucky-Doran-Studer-Tacuma: Play Hendrix!” with their Hendrix project, which has become something of a landmark on the European scene. The initiator and heart of the project, which has seen several lineups over the years, is guitarist Christy Doran who has been fusing the influences of rock legend Jimi Hendrix with complex jazz rhythms for almost 25 years. At BMW Welt he will be joined by the charming singer and performer Erika Stucky, American bass player Jamaaladeen Tacuma and powerful drummer Fredy Studer from Switzerland in their attempt to reach the final. The group promise a mixture of grooves and avant-garde jazz.
Programme of BMW Welt Jazz Award 2016
Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of BMW Welt:
January 24, 2016 Dieter Ilg: Mein Beethoven
January 31, 2016 Oded Tzur Quartet
February 14, 2016 Stefano Battaglia Trio
February 21, 2016 Stucky-Doran-Studer-Tacuma: Play Hendrix!
February 28, 2016 Latham-Carniaux-Egan: Constellations
March 20, 2016 Indra Rios-Moore
Admission is free of charge but seating is limited. Tickets are subject to availability. Doors open at 10.30 am.
Grand finale at the auditorium of BMW Welt at 7 pm
May 7, 2016 Final concert featuring the two nominated finalists
Tickets for the grand finale on May 7, 2016, will be available as of January 24, 2016, 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 co-publisher 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”
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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