How to strengthen ties across the Channel post-Brexit?

‘Going Dutch’ is a partner project between Jazz Promotion Network and Dutch Performing Arts. Amazing Dutch music in venues around Britain and Ireland. With the generosity of Dutch Performing Arts, the ‘Going Dutch’ scheme has been providing substantial support for PR and travel and accommodation costs for the past three years. This panel is the follow-up of the success of ‘Going Dutch’.

The Jazz Promotion Network aims to advance and support professional development, information exchange and partnership opportunities for the UK and Irish jazz industry, artists and audiences. A collaborative network that enables the diverse UK and Irish jazz sector to thrive, innovate and inspire.

Jazz Promotion Network is very pleased to be co-hosting a panel talk as part of inJazz’s virtual conference! The panel members will be discussing how UK and Irish jazz promoters and arts organisations can continue to build on the success of ‘Going Dutch’ and strengthen ties with cultural partners from the Netherlands post-Brexit.

The talk will include a video recap of the ‘Going Dutch’ project.

Tijn Wybenga, artist-composer-conductor, BIMHUIS Productions (NL)
Kim Macari, artist, programmer New Vortex Jazz Club, Chair Jazz Promotion Network (GB)
Kenneth Killeen, Director, Improvised Music Company (IE)
Nod Knowles, arts and music consultant and promoter (GB)

Mijke Loeven, Director, BIMHUIS (NL)

Tijn Wybenga is a jazz musician, composer and conductor. He is also the founder of orchestra AM.OK and BIMHUIS Productions’ first collaborator. As a creative in the intersection of modern classical music, jazz and electronics, Tijn brings together 14 musicians for his AM.OK, who all share a sound that is typical for Amsterdam in 2020.

Kim Macari is an artist and activist immersed in the world of jazz, improvised music and art. She is currently chair of Jazz from Scotland and board member of the Jazz Promotion Network. She is also programmer for the internationally renowned Vortex Jazz Club & is frequently engaged as a speaker internationally, particularly on topics including diversity and gender politics within the arts, international strategy and talent development.

Kenneth Killeen is the artistic director of Improvised Music Company, Ireland’s leading promoter of jazz and ethnic music and a dedicated resource organisation for Irish jazz musicians. Kenneth has been professionally involved in the music industry since the mid 90’s as a musician, teacher, promoter and producer and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many great artists from Ireland and abroad. The online inJazz conference is English spoken.

Nod Knowles, former President of Europe Jazz Network, has had an international career including as Head of Music at Scottish Arts Council, CEO and Programme Director of Bath Festivals, founding organiser of JPN and of the Going Dutch project. He has held various advisory roles and now works in consultancy with a wide range of artists and organisations in research, review, funding, project management and artistic direction. He is currently working to develop the new European Folk Network.

Mijke Loeven is director of Amsterdam’s famed jazz venue BIMHUIS. The venue has started BIMHUIS 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’. Needless to say that BIMHUIS has been supporting artists from the realm of the JPN on a regular basis.

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: Kenneth Killeen and Mijke Loeven, inJazz 2019, by Maarten van Haaff