Focus on Spain and Portugal
The Südtirol Jazzfestival will kick off on the last Friday in June and come to a close ten days later, on the first Sunday in July. Nothing has changed for 2019: the opening of what has become a veritable marathon of concerts takes place on 28 June and will wrap up on 7 July. The Festival has always stood out from others for its focus on showcasing specific countries, and this year won’t be any different as it continues its voyage across Europe. Next stop? The Iberian Peninsula. The previous editions welcomed the young jazz scene from France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, the Nordic countries and Benelux. Such a trait cemented the Festival’s position as a showcase for innovative and unique, genre-defying music set against the backdrop of one-of-a-kind locations off the beaten track.
The Südtirol Jazzfestival hops across the Pyrenees and dives headfirst in exciting soundscapes. Already back in the 60s, English musician and jazz critic Leonard Feather once famously said that Spain is ‘a desert for jazz.’ Fast-forward to our times and you’ll see how the colourful Spanish scene is influenced by international contemporary jazz as well as flamenco, pop and rock, north African ethnical music, and folklore music from Catalonia or the Basque Country.
Take a plunge further east and land on the shores of Portugal where the Hot Clube de Portugal – one of Europe’s first jazz clubs – opened in Lisbon in 1948, a legendary institution which is still alive and kicking to this very day.
The Südtirol Jazzfestival will be performing across the whole region during the summer of 2019. This edition will feature new locations such as BASIS – the Innovation and Entrepreneurship centre in Silandro –, the Ansitz Velseck in Tires, the Hotel am Wolfsgrubener See, Appiano Castle, or the Alperia power station in Bressanone. And there’s more! Jazz enthusiast can swoon over the new sunrise concert at the Gabler (Plose mountain) and concerts performed at the Speikboden ski resort in Campo Tures.