No scene is an island
But what about scenes on an island? After several years of introducing the scenes from European countries, inJazz 2019 will focus on islands and what makes them so special to the players originating there. What does it mean if you have to grow and operate within natural boundaries when you consider yourself an open-minded, modern jazz musician? Will you leave your homeground behind? Is the internet the answer to every limitation? From Iceland to the Baleares and from Cape Verde to Cyprus you will find jazz in many colours and textures, with festivals and clubs to match. At the conference on Friday 28 June you can meet up with island musicians and business representatives that will certainly broaden your mind!
- Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir (IS)
- Kenneth Killeen, Improvised Music Company and 12 Points (IE)
- Giorgos Koulas, Paradise Jazz Festival (CY)
- Miguel Ramirez Rincon (ES)
- Maxwell Wright, Formentera Jazz Festival and Berklee Valencia Campus (ES)
- Moderator: Mijke van Wijk (NL)
Sunna Gunnlaugsdóttir is a jazz pianist from Iceland. After spending years studying, performing and living abroad, she settled in her home country in 2005 and has been involved in every aspect of the Icelandic jazz scene since then, including programming the renowned Reykjavik Jazz festival.
Kenneth Killeen is the artistic director of the Improvised Music Company (IMC), ‘an Arts Council funded resource for Irish musicians and a specialist music promoter for jazz and ethnic music in Ireland.’ As a guitarist, teacher, promoter and producer, Kenneth has worked in Ireland and abroad since 1995. One of IMC’s eyecatching projects is the 12 Points Festival, coming to BIMHUIS in Amsterdam in september of 2019.
Giorgos – George – Koulas is the artistic director of the aptly titled Paradise Jazz Festival on the island of Cyprus. He has studied drums and percussion and has graduated from Codarts in Rotterdam in 2002. Besides playing and working every other job in the Cyprus jazz scene, he has performed around the world for over 30 years.
Miguel Ramírez Rincon is the director of the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken, which is scattered across the islands of La Palma, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. The festival is celebrating its 28th edition in July of 2019.
Maxwell Moya Wright is the artistic director of small but sweet Formentera Jazz Festival, one of many Balearic events that draws visitors from all around the Mediterranean. Besides this, Maxwell is the Senior Coordinator at the International Career Center of the Valencia Campus of Berklee College of Music.
Mijke van Wijk has a long history with Dutch public (jazz-related) radio and is one of inJazz’s trusted moderators.
13:15 - 14:15
LantarenVenster - Room 4
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