What's Going On? The Future of Jazz in Europe

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The panel aims at giving the best overview of the main challenges and strategies developed in the jazz sector amidst the covid-19 crisis.

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What's Going On?

The Future of Jazz in Europe: Challenges & Strategies

w/ Pelin Opcin (Serious - EFG London Jazz Festival), Jan Ole Otnaes (Nasjonal jazzscene / European Jazz Network), Andreas Brandis (ACT Music / Tambour Music Management), Réza Ackbaraly (Qwest TV) and moderated by Laurent de Wilde (musician, producer, writer and radio host)

Presented by Le Bureau Export as part of (From) Home Export Days, a new series of online events

Taking place during the week of the postponed Jazz Export Days, it aims at giving the best overview of the main challenges and strategies developed in the jazz sector to deal with the impacts of the crisis.

How are jazz professionals responding to the crisis and what are the short and long-term strategies being envisioned? How does international development continue in this context? What are the new tools, business models and opportunities being explored?

  • Pelin Opcin, Director of Programming, Serious - EFG London Jazz Festival

After running Istanbul Jazz Festival for 13 years (2005-2018), Pelin Opcin joined Serious in 2018 as the Director of Programming to lead on London Jazz Festival and year round jazz, contemporary and international music programming as well as supervising Talent Development programmes, delivering international events and new artistic strategies. Pelin has been in the music scene since 1997 and has a vast experience ranging from organising the Unesco International Jazz Day in Istanbul (2013) to lectures at Bilgi University (2015-2018).

EFG London Jazz Festival is London's biggest pan-city music festival, widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, internationally and locally. Festival takes jazz to a mass audience and is one of UK's landmark music events. The festival is produced by Serious, one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music.

  • Jan Ole Otnæs, Managing Director, Nasjonal jazzscene | President, European Jazz Network

Jan Ole Otnæs – Managing Director, Nasjonal jazzscene – Victoria, Oslo. From 2001 - 2013 Artistic Director of Molde International Jazz Festival. In August 2013 he started his work at Victoria, a 300 seats venue in Oslo presenting around 150 concerts per year. He has been on the board of the Europe Jazz Network for five years, and since 2018 as its president. He is a board member at the Norwegian Arts Council and has been active in the Norwegian community for fifty years.

Nasjonal jazzscene - Victoria a 300 cap venue in Oslo promoting concerts 4 days per week. Our vision is to be an arena with significance for the Norwegian jazz scene and one of Europe's most important venues for jazz. We present emerging artists and important names like Chick Corea, Sidsel Endresen. N P Molvær, Brad Mehldau, Josh Redman, Enrico Rava, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Frisell.

  • Andreas Brandis, Managing Director, ACT Music & Tambour Music Management

Andreas Brandis is Managing Director of the label ACT Music and Tambour Music Mgmt. He studied jazz drums and worked as a musician and composer in various national and international ensembles. After completing a master's degree in arts & media management Andreas has held various positions for well-known companies in classical, jazz and pop music (e.g. Universal Music, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon).

ACT Music has been one of the leading independent music companies in Europe for 27 years and accompanies artist careers that move in the jazz context and beyond. Tambour Mgmt is an agency with focus on artist management, concert booking and production of unique concert formats.

  • Réza Ackbaraly, CEO - Co fondateur, Qwest TV

Co-founded by music legend Quincy Jones and jazz impresario and producer Reza Ackbaraly, Qwest TV launched the world’s first subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform dedicated to jazz and related music on December 15, 2017. In its first year, Qwest TV has grown from a beta version of the platform to a full-fledged news media featuring articles written by international journalists and jazz experts, free of charge and accessible to all. In addition, in late 2018 Qwest TV opened its online shop featuring regular collaborations with notable artists and designers, exclusive collections and limited editions, all signed “Qwest TV by Quincy Jones”. Qwest TV is a privately-held company based in Paris (France) and Los Angeles (California, United States).

  • Moderator: Laurent de Wilde

After studying philosophy, Laurent de Wilde moved to New York to learn jazz piano, coming back to Paris eight years later as a professional musician. With more than 15 albums under his name, he has been exploring traditional acoustic jazz as well as its latest electronic revolution. Author of two books (Monk, Les Fous du Son) and two documentaries for Arte Channel (Monk, Mingus), he is presently heading Adami’s Finance Committee and hosts a weekly show at TSF Jazz Radio.

Le Bureau Export

Since 1993, Le Bureau Export has worked to develop popular and classical music made in France on an international scale. Thanks to financial resources from both professional and institutional partners, Le Bureau Export has built a worldwide network aimed at facilitating exchanges between French and foreign music professionals.

Le Bureau Export is a member of EMEE-European Music Exporters Exchange.

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