First European Jazz Festival in Guangdong to kick off

BY :Molly Wong, Louis Berney

UPDATED :March 20, 2019

The first European Jazz Festival in Guangdong will open on March 28 at the Xinghai Concert Hall. Twenty-two musicians from eight European countries will bring the colorful sounds of jazz to the province over four days, at no cost to the audience.

The festival, co-organized by the Guangzhou consulates general of the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, France and Poland, aims to promote cultural exchange between Europe and the Pearl River Delta.

Some 70 guests, including the CGs and officers from the eight European Consulates General in Guangzhou and representatives of the media attended the press conference of the festival at JZclub on March 14.

The festival will take place through March 31 at sites in Shenzhen, Foshan, Zhuhai and Zhongshan, as well as in Guangzhou.

The musical line-up is diverse, both in style and in composition of the bands, ranging from solo to quintet. And in order to let everyone enjoy the intriguing sounds of jazz, all the concerts will be open to the public, free of charge. Moreover, performances will be highly interactive, breaking down the traditional 'we play, you listen' ritual by encouraging interaction between the bands and the audience.

The eight bands are as follows:
Bernd Ammann (Austria)
Butter in My Brain (France)
Jullian & Roman Wasserfuhr (Germany)
Duo Marco Vezzoso & Alessandro Collina (Italy)
Kika Sprangers (the Netherlands)
Espen Berg Trio (Norway)
Michal Milczarek Trio (Poland)
Claude Diallo & Patrick Bianco (Switzerland)

Where and when will they perform?