The Central European Jazz Competition Seeks Talented Musicians. Closing Date for Applications Approaches

12 October 2018, 1:00
The Central European Jazz Competition Seeks Talented Musicians. Closing Date for Applications Approaches

JazzFestBrno and Poysdorf Jazz Wine invite talented young musicians to participate in the Central European Jazz Competition. Only a few days are left to the closing date for young Czech and Austrian bands. The competition is being organised jointly by the festivals JazzFestBrno and Poysdorf Jazz & Wine.

For the victors participation in the competition could easily be a turning point in their musical careers. The main prizes, aside from significant amounts of money, also include coaching from selected professionals and above all their own concert at both of these festivals. Applications will be accepted by the organisers up until 15 October using the online form at jazzcompetition.cz.

Out of the bands taking part on the basis of musical samples and other materials the jury will choose a maximum of eight finalists who will play in the competition concert on 1 December in Brno’s Alterna. “All who make it into the final round will gain not only experience and new contacts, but also feedback from a jury made up of Czech and Austrian jazz figures,” says the artistic director of JazzFestu Brno Vilém Spilka. The jury will be include experienced composers and musicians – the bassist and multi-instrumentalist Jiří Slavík, the pianist Milan Svoboda, the saxophonists Luboš Soukup and Bernhard Wiesinger and the dramaturge Peter Polansky.

Jazz bands with any kind of line-up can take part. The ages of most of the members must be under 35. The band leader must be a Czech or Austrian national as must be a majority of the band’s members, or they should have permanent or temporary resident status in those countries.

Photo JFB 2017 – JAMU Department of Jazz Interpretation

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