EJN presents: let’s talk about Green

Europe Jazz Network wants to develop a network response across artists, venues, and promoters, explore how the EJN membership can transform its working practices, and create new collaborative approaches to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing environment.

Take the Green Train was initiated in 2015 to foster collective action, exploring the environmental issues facing the arts and cultural industries, and how the jazz sector can respond as part of a global movement addressing climate change practically and inspirationally. Europe Jazz Network has partnered with Julie’s Bicycle, the pioneering charity working on environmental sustainability in the arts, for this Creative Europe funded programme.

The EJN Green Rider has evolved from the technical rider that Julie’s Bicycle first developed in 2017. This was adopted in the same year for a solo “green pilot tour” of saxophone legend Evan Parker by train in Europe. Since then, this initial version of the rider has been discussed and developed through different working groups of EJN members, and at their events, conferences and seminars. The EJN Green Rider has now taken its final shape, which will be introduced by Giambattista Tofoni, EJN’s General Manager.

On 16 May the third and final call for an EJN-supported Green Pilot Tour has been launched. A Green Pilot Tour is a tour of a single artistic project/band between at least four different venues or festivals and involving at least two EJN members. It should focus on innovative touring models based on the principles of sustainable touring and fair and balanced practices in the music sector. In 2023, inJazz has successfully applied for Green Pilot Tours of the Guy Salamon Group (across Catalonia in March) and the North Sea String Quartet (Swedish tour planned in November/December), who performed at inJazz in 2019 and 2022, respectively. Guy Salamon will join the talk, as well as Rosa Galbany, who organized the first Green Pilot Tour with the Tal Gamlieli Quartet in 2022 and who partnered with inJazz in the tour of Guy Salamon.

Guy Salamon (artist, NL/IL) 
Rosa Galbany (Taller de Músics, ES) 
Giambattista Tofoni (EJN, IT) 

Europe Jazz Network (EJN) is a nonprofit Europe-wide association of producers, presenters and supporting organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music created from a distinctly European perspective.

Thursday 22 June | 15:00 – 15:50 | Batavierhuis – Theater room