Connecting European creatives after covid-19

During May and June, Europe Jazz Network hosted a series of public online webinars. They were developed and discussed by the Europe Jazz Network think-tank that has been meeting regularly since the beginning of the crisis. The think-tank served as a way for Europe Jazz Network members to stay connected, share information and think of common responses to the many challenges that the covid-19-crisis has created.

At inJazz, four Europe Jazz Network members will reflect on the past period and give an overview of how the jazz scenes in their respective countries are dealing with the new reality.

Giambattista Tofoni, General manager, Europe Jazz Network (IT)
Peter Dimitrov, Director, A to JazZ Festival (BG)
Oriol Roca, Assistant artistic Director, Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (ES)
Murat Sezgi, Chief executive officer, XJAZZ (DE), Bozcaada Jazz Festival (TR)

Giambattista Tofoni is one of the founding members of the Europe Jazz Network in 1987. He started his career as a musician and switched to the production field in 1985: as artistic director and producer he organised more than 2.000 concerts in the most important Italian Festivals (Ravenna, Verona, Mantova, Crossroads, TAM, the Venice Biennale, etc.). Since 2010 he is a Board member of I-Jazz, the Italian Jazz Federation. He has also a remarkable IT expertise, having worked for telecommunication companies from 1985 to 1992. He is responsible for EJN’s vision, strategy and work programme; overseeing the work of the staff/focal points/working groups; visiting and assessing EJN activities, suggesting and creating new projects together with the Board/staff/working groups, representing EJN and its interests with other organisations, political bodies including potential members, leading on relationships with other European cultural networks and other relevant bodies.

Peter Dimitrov has a master degree in trumpet (National Academy of Music, Sofia) and master degree in electronic media (Sofia University). He worked in Classic FM Symphony Orchestra (trumpet player, 2004 – 2016), Bulgarian National TV (co-author of cultural program, 2005-2009), Darik Radio (radio host of a music show, 2009-2011), Mediamixx International Media Festival, Bulgaria (festival director, 2007-2012). In 2011 he founded A to JazZ Festival, which is the most remarkable jazz festival in Bulgaria.

Oriol Roca
Artistic advisor for Catalan music industry event Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (MMVV) in the city of Vic since 2011; for Aphonica Voice Fest since 2017; Coordinator for Documentary Music Film Festival In-Edit since 2004. Director at Silenci ‘Music and Architecture Fest’ since 2018. Coordinator at Palau de la Música for Imesde. Previously Oriol Roca was a coordinator for Doctor Music Festival in the Spanish Pyrenees and a booker for Festival Mil.lenni and Jardins de Pedralbes. He has managed Catalan bands such as Ojos de Brujo, Dusminguet, Tonino Carotone, La Troba Kung Fu and others. He holds a degree in law for Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Murat Sezgi has been actively involved in music business since 2003. From large open air festivals to club shows, he took part in various types of events in the culture and arts scene. In 2015, he co-founded 3dots, an initiative based in Berlin and Istanbul. The company created brands such as Bozcaada Jazz Festival, International Bergama (Pergamon) Theatre Festival, XJAZZ Istanbul, Kaş Jazz Festival, Accessible Everything (Erişilebilir Her Şey – an accesibility project focusing on cultural events). Together with other risk takers and fellow festivals / venues in Turkey, he is one of the initiators to launch Turkey Jazz Network (online soon). He is also working as the CEO for XJAZZ, mostly busy with spreading XJAZZ love internationally to the cities such as Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Stockholm, Minsk and more to come.

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