Developing new creatives
A panel on talent and talent development seems to be a prerequisite for a conference for the European jazz sector. Jazz may be a century old, it is and remains an economically vulnerable genre. A jazz composer develops his craft in his own time, between ‘ordinary’ jobs, it seems. So how can the jazz industry – bookers, managers, programmers, labels – contribute to the future of the genre in a sustainable, artistically non-invasive way? This raises further questions, like: what is the nature of creation? What does it mean to be creative, to be working across creative disciplines, and build a career on that? This panel will discuss what is needed in terms of opportunity – and will therefore touch on money, time, space and people.
- Barbara Canepa, promotor jazz from Switserland, Swiss arts council Pro Helvetica (CH)
- Anne Erm, artistic director Estonian jazz festival Jazzkaar (EE)
- Mijke Loeven, director BIMHUIS (NL)
- Tijn Wybenga, a jazz musician, composer and conductor (NL)
- Moderator: Martel Ollerenshaw (GB)
Anne Erm has just celebrated her 30th year as the artistic director of Estonian jazz festival Jazzkaar last April. With each edition, Jazzkaar presents a Young Jazz Talent award to acknowledge the initiative and good skills of young musicians and to encourage their pursuits (this year’s winner: singer Karmen Rõivassepp). Together with JazzDanmark (leading partner) and Hot Club in Portugal, Jazzkaar features Kids Can Jazz, a “jazz caravan” kind of tour for young jazz talents to three different countries each year from 2018-2021.
Barbara Canepa works for Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia, where she is responsible for the promotion of jazz from Switzerland. Pro Helvetia’s High Priority Program (HPP) is a three-year programme for selected upcoming Swiss jazz bands that have already gained acclaim, undertaken international tours, and whose goal it is to enhance their presence globally. Since 2005 30 bands enjoyed HPP’s benefits for a period of three years each. Pro Helvetia is also supporting Suisse Diagonales Jazz (SDJ), a biannual club festival, with a focus on younger, talented bands with musicians under 30.
Mijke Loeven is director of Amsterdam’s famed jazz venue BIMHUIS, who have started BIM Productions in order to create room for “the development of relatively unknown but excellent talent, for new ensembles and brilliant compositions, for willfulness, virtuosity and great performances”.
Tijn Wybenga (1993) is a jazz musician, composer and conductor. He is also the founder of orchestra AM.OK, and BIM Productions’ first collaborator. His music finds itself at the intersection of jazz, electronics and contemporary classical, as he has proved with his first performance at the BIMHUIS on 29 April of this year. After recording his first EP with the 14-piece AM.OK last February, he is hoping to release their first album in the spring of 2020.
Moderating this panel is Martel Ollerenshaw, who has extensive experience in working with emerging creative jazz musicians and who is the driving force behind the new international talent program Sound Out (see the presentation at 2:30 in Room 5).
inJazz interviewed musician, composer and conductor Tijn Wybenga in the run-up to the conference. Read the article, an insight in talent development and BIM Productions.
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LantarenVenster - Room 5
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