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

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



No comment added yet..

The Brno group Hrozně slowly approach forty years of age – they started to give concerts in 1982. After several cassettes and unofficial recordings, they released a CD with their debut album Už není čas [There Is No Time Left] in 2013. Their new album named Ticho [Silence], which the band was working on over the last two years in the Indies studio, brings a surprise with its cleaner sound and clearly audible tension in the structure of the songs.  more

Over the four years that divide the release of the first album Záhir, and the second one entitled O Písni [About the Song], Lee Band virtually moved on (previously they stated Adamov as their domicile, now it is Jedovnice), they got on a "wild card" to the Porta festival semifinals in Řevnice, and above all, they advanced slightly in their musical style. While the debut album was more about a folk-rock mainstream, benefiting from the sound of an electric guitar, the new album is dominated by acoustic guitars, often in combination with mandolin and other acoustic instruments.  more

As part of this year’s European Tour, Bobby McFerrin visited Brno’s Sono Centre, where he managed to perfectly use the brilliant acoustics and the close contact with the audience. The legend is back. Indeed, he comes back regularly, and not just to Brno.  more

This year’s eighteenth JazzFest Brno will exceptionally not close with a concert, but rather a unique (though not unusual for world festivals) series of musical and dance workshops, centred on children. On Saturday 4 May, in the pleasant environment of Café Práh, near Vaňkovka, the children students will be taken on board by the significant young personalities of the jazz scene: Beata Hlavenková (pianist and composition lecturer), Dano Šoltis (leader of the drum class) and the multi-instrumentalists Jiří Slavík and Marian Friedl (conductors of Wandering on Jazz Paths), who will be accompanied by Kateřina Hanzlíková with the Tancohraní lectures. With the exception of composition, where it is necessary for the participants to be older than twelve, all the other “classes” are open to everyone, including the youngest. We asked the co-author of the idea of the children’s workshop and director of JazzFest Brno, Vilém Spilka, for further information.  more

The musical Nine, based on the legendary film 8½ by director Frederico Fellini, was prepared under director Stanislav Moša as the penultimate premiere of the season at the Brno City Theatre. They prepared an at places almost erotic show, led by interesting scenography, well-made costumes, brilliant musical preparation and the energy of the female acting. The sensuality of some of the dance parts thankfully did not overshadow the central theme of the hero’s crises: mid-life, art and relationship.  more