But... what does the audience want?

During April, May and June, Europe Jazz Network held online think-tank talks with its members. InJazz assembled the Dutch jazz sector to discuss the crisis and its consequences. In both cases ‘the audience’, that elusive entity that is such a great part of the business, came up regularly. Now that Europe is starting to ‘open up’ again, what does the audience want? How do venues, festivals and artists deal with the ticket buyers’ wishes – and their critique? Can the customer still be king in the new situation?

By the end of June there will be a little more insight in the subject, with many countries having experienced limited openings and first audience responses. Radio journalist Mijke van Wijk will talk about this matter with an international panel of professionals who have started experimenting with new club set-ups and who are re-thinking festival programming.

Jan Ole Otnaes, Managing Director, Nasjonal Jazzscene – Victoria (NO)
Piotr Turkiewicz, Director, Jazztopad Festival (PL)
Michelle Kuypers, program manager/talent booker, North Sea Jazz Festival (NL)

Mijke van Wijk, radio journalist (NL)

Jan Ole Otnaes is managing director of Nasjonal jazzscene – Victoria in Oslo. He has promoted jazz since 1969, when he presented Keith Jarrett Trio in his hometown. He was the artistic director of Molde Int Jazz Festival from 2001 to 2013 and from 2013 on the managing director of Nasjonal Jazzscene – Victoria in Oslo. He is board member of the Norwegian Arts Council and member of the board for Europe Jazz Network since 2015 and president since 2019.

Piotr Turkiewicz has been the artistic director of he Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland since 2008. Since 2018, Piotr has been the curator of Jazz and Improvised Music at Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Additionally, Piotr is responsible for International Development and Programming (jazz, world music, dance, special projects) at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland. From 2012 until January 2020 he was on the Board of Directors of ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) and served as a co-chair of the Programme Committee and a Chair of Pitch New Works of that organization. Between 2014 and 2018 he was the Vice-President of the Europe Jazz Network.

As a mainstay of Dutch concert promoter MOJO, Michelle Kuypers has worked for the North Sea Jazz Festival since 1995, both in Rotterdam and Curacao. In addition to booking artists, she is responsible for the peripheral programming, such as North Sea Jazz Kids, the festival’s visual art exhibitions and the decoration. During ESNS 2020, Michelle was awarded as Best Programmer for her work on NN North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Transition Festival in Utrecht and So What’s Next in Eindhoven.

Mijke van Wijk is a journalist and presenter. For years she presented the program Mijkes Middag on Radio 6 Soul&Jazz. She is currently working at the KRO-NCRV’s research program De Monitor and doing research for a new podcast series. She is also a stage presenter at jazz festivals throughout the country.

The online inJazz conference is English spoken.

This session takes place online via the platform NetworkTables. Please note that seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Save your seat now.

Photo: inJazz 2019, by Maarten van Haaff