Ireland at Jazzahead! 2017 trade fair begins this week
Culture Ireland is pleased to announce details of the delegation who will be travelling to Jazzahead! which takes place in Bremen, Germany from 27 to 30 April 2017.
Working with the Improvised Music Company and following an open call, bursaries have been offered to three individuals who will attend the event representing a range of artists and organisations. This should provide for enhanced international and networking opportunities.
The three delegates who have received Culture Ireland support are:
• Suzanne Savage – representing The Savage Five
• Jonathan Pearson – representing This is How We Fly and others
• Chris Guilfoyle – representing Umbra
The delegates will work with IMC to capitalise on this support.
Jazzahead! is now one of the most important international professional market for jazz and improvised music. The four-day event attracts more than 3,000 industry attendees from over 55 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media. Since its formation in 2006 Jazzahead! has become the principal annual showcase for the jazz industry throughout Europe and increasingly Asia, the US and Canada.
Culture Ireland is supporting this limited delegation in 2017 to allow for examination of a possible expanded presence at the event in 2018.
Kenneth Killeen, Director of IMC, commented: “This is an important opportunity for Irish jazz professionals. Ireland has a lot to offer musically across a wide range of genres. This delegation will increase the visibility of Irish jazz practitioners and, by association, the viability of securing work for them abroad. Thanks to the support of Culture Ireland, Irish musicians will benefit from the exposure required to capitalize on the sectors most important annual trade show and showcasing event. We look forward to working together with them to ensure Irish jazz is on an equal footing with its European counterparts.”
Further information on Jazzahead! is available here.
Image: Top: The Savage Five Bottom Left: Chris Guilfoyle Bottom Right: This is How We Fly