With successful Norwegian presence

Jazzahead 2011

by Webmaster, 10.05.2011

Jazzahead was a positive and fruitful experience for the Norwegian participants.

Jazzahead 2011 took place in Bremen 27. April – 1. May. A total of five Norwegian jazz artists showcased, and about 20 Norwegian delegates were represented at the Norwegian stand organized by Music Export Norway and umbrella organisation Jazzforum.

Leader of Jazzforum, Vidar Bråten, thinks that Jazzahead is a leading place for the Norwegian jazz music industry to seek out European partners:

- Jazzahead has become the main meeting place for the international jazz community. That’s why Norsk Jazzforum is represented there, to be sure that jazz from Norway is a central part of the international jazz scene, he says.

Successful showcase

The stand was highly frequented and busy during the convention, and the feedback on the artists thoroughly positive. Again it is proven that Norwegian music is appreciated and in demand in the international music industry.

- The Jazzahead showcase with Randi Tytingvåg was a great succsess! A new venue at Jazzahead, but the audience and international delegates had already decided that they would like to see this norwegian artist. Thanks to MEN and Norsk Jazzforum who did a great job promoting the norwegian artists and made a good foundation for a wonderful concert. We had a great experience and can already conclude on that the meetings and showcases will make a difference for the international market and new territories for the artists we work with, says Katrine Høksnes of Musikkprofil.

Applauded back

On April the 29th Mathias Eick performed with his Quintet at Jazzahead. The concert took place at the venue Sendesaal-Bremen, which is a nice old radio recording studio. The show was almost sold out, even though this venue is located far from the main congress center where Jazzahead takes place. The concerts was a success and the band was applauded back on the stage two times, according to manager Per-Kristian Rekdal.
- Two weeks after the show we can now report that the band has been offered performance slots at four festivals and has got offers for six club gigs in Europe. We have also got new booking agents for Spain and for Benelux as a direct result of the performance at Jazzahead. Being the management for the band, we appreciate all the kind assistance and funding from MEN , which contributed in making this possible, he says.


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