BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 in February…

Munich. In February, the next ensembles taking part in the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 will be exciting the audience at the double-coned structure of the BMW Welt, as they interpret this year’s theme “Saxophone Worlds”. The third and fourth matinee will welcome Géraldine Laurent Quartet on 17 February 2019 and Matthieu Bordenave Archipel on 24 February 2019.

The third round of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 will showcase the Géraldine Laurent Quartet. The French Musician Géraldine Laurent made a point of acquiring a deep knowledge of jazz traditions, which led to her becoming a much sought-after accompanist of artists including Antoine Hervier, Aldo Romano and singer Romeyn Adams Nesbitt. From 2005, Laurent became famous in France for her own projects. In 2006, she won the “Django d’Or” for best emerging artist and the “Prix Révélation” at the jazz festival at Antibes. Featured on the title page of the New York Times in 2007, she went on to win the “Prix Django Reinhardt” in 2008, and all of her albums have won numerous awards. At the BMW Welt Jazz Award she will be presenting her album “At Work” on 17 February 2019 together with pianist Paul Lay, her long-time partner bassist Yoni Zelnick and drummer Donald Kontomanou.

The 35-year-old tenor saxophonist Matthieu Bordenave is regarded as one of the most outstanding performers of European jazz. His lyrical, nuanced playing is immediately recognizable throughout his numerous recordings. On 24 February 2019 he will present his latest project, Matthieu Bordenave Archipel, performing with Florian Weber and Patrice Moret. Florian Weber already reached the finals of the first BMW World Jazz Award with his trio Minsarah and is today one of the most successful German jazz pianists; the Swiss bassist Patrice Moret is known as a member of the Colin Vallon Trio. Whit them, through his own compositions Matthieu Bordenave traces the poetic work of René Char the great French poet of the 20th century whose idiosyncratic and difficult to grasp work still fascinates today.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019

Matinees from 11 am to 1.30 pm in the double-cone of the BMW Welt:
27 January 2019       Maciej Obara Quartet
3 February 2019       Céline Bonacina Crystal Quartet
17 February 2019     Géraldine Laurent Quartet
24 February 2019      Matthieu Bordenave Archipel
10 March 2019          Maria Faust Machina
24 March 2019          Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet

The matinees are offered free of charge, however seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Doors open at 10.30 am.

Final concert at the auditorium of BMW Welt at 7 pm:
4 May 2019                Final concert featuring the two shortlisted finalists

Tickets for the final concert will go on sale on 27 January 2019, at the BMW Welt and München Ticket.

As in previous years, the event will be hosted by Beate Sampson, Editor of the jazz desk at German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR-KLASSIK.

The distinguished panel of expert jurors will be headed by Oliver Hochkeppel (Music and cultural affairs journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung) and will include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, Editor and jazz expert at German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR-KLASSIK

Andreas Kolb, Editor-in-chief of and neue musikzeitung

Heike Lies, Musicologist, Music and Music Theatre Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich

Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the international jazz festival “Bingen swingt”.