Monday, February 22, 2016

The BMW Welt Jazz Award 2016

On February 28 and March 20, 2016, the BMW Welt Jazz Award will present the final two of a total of six free Sunday matinees at the Double Cone of BMW Welt. Featuring Latham-Carniaux-Egan: Constellations and Indra Rios-Moore, both hailing from the USA, this event will showcase two top acts of the international jazz scene. Following the final matinee, a panel of expert jurors will select two of a total of six ensembles to perform at the grand finale on May 7, 2016, at the auditorium of BMW Welt.

Latham-Carniaux-Egan will dedicate their concert on February 28 to Icelander Björk, whose inimitable voice and unconventional performances made her into her country’s most famous musician and generated fans from outside the pop music scene worldwide. Among them is 54-year old American drummer Karl Latham, who was joined by bassist Mark Egan, trumpet player Ryan Carniaux and keyboarder Nick Rolfe to form a quartet and to interpret and record an entire album of songs written by Björk. “Constellations” brings together Björk’s unique musical cosmos and her typical timbre creating a broad range of synthetic sounds reminiscent of Japanese Isao Tomita or Miles Davis’ electric bands.

For singer Indra Rios-Moore, who grew up in New York as the daughter of a Puerto-Rican social worker and jazz bassist Don Moore, her new album “Heartland” is an exploration of her roots. With her reduced retro sound, she refers to icons of the pop and rock world such as David Bowie or Pink Floyd. She currently lives in Denmark with saxophone player Benjamin Traerup, but for the recordings under the direction of star producer Larry Klein she made her way back to the USA. This quartet, winner of the Danish Music Award 2012, is completed with bassist Thomas Sejthen and guitarist Uffe Stephen and will perform on March 20 at BMW Welt.

Program of BMW Welt Jazz Award 2016

  • Matinees: 11 am to 1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of BMW Welt:
  • January 24, 2016         Dieter Ilg: Mein Beethoven
  • January 31, 2016         Oded Tzur Quartet
  • February 14, 2016       Stefano Battaglia Trio
  • February 21, 2016       Stucky-Doran-Studer-Tacuma: Play Hendrix!
  • February 28, 2016       Latham-Carniaux-Egan: Constellations
  • March 20, 2016           Indra Rios-Moore
Admission is free of charge but seating is limited. Tickets are subject to availability. Doors open at 10:30 am.

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