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#jazzcomp JAZZ COMP GRAZ 2020

Ed Partyka; Foto: Johannes Gellner

71 young jazz composers from 26 different countries submitted their works for this year’s JAZZ COMP GRAZ. This competition, initiated by the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, presents Europe’s finest young jazz talent before an international jury chaired by Ed Partyka. The jury will decide which of the latest contemporary compositions will be performed at the grand final concert at MUMUTH, on 13 November 2020.

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With the competition for contemporary jazz composition JAZZ COMP GRAZ and accompanying live acts, the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz presents a triennial highlight in Graz’ vibrant and pioneering jazz scene.

The Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) has played a major role in establishing Graz as a hotspot for jazz in Austria. Ever since 1965, when it was founded as one of the first European training centers for jazz, the Institute has enjoyed recognition and acclaim throughout the world for its graduates and its study programme.

The composition competition JAZZ COMP GRAZ will be held again in 2020, despite the current challenging situation. Last Monday, 23 March 2020, was the closing date for entries for contemporary jazz compositions. 71 submissions were accepted from young, international jazz composers hailing from 26 different countries. These young musicians will be able to take part in the competition and present their works to an internationally acclaimed jury.

What makes this competition so special is that the jury will reach its final award decision on the basis of a live presentation of the finalists’ works at a public concert, which will also be recorded and released in a professional format. The international jury comprises the percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck (Schulich School Of Music, McGill University), principal conductor of the hr-Bigband Jim McNeely, conductor and composer Jörg Achim Keller (Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts), and trombonist, composer, conductor and head of the KUG Jazz Institute Ed Partyka (chairman of the jury).

Changes in view of the current situation

Because it is no longer possible to produce the recordings for the 2020 jury members as originally planned, the procedure was changed slightly at short notice: the 69 compositions will be forwarded to a selection committee, which will draw up a preliminary shortlist.

The works on this shortlist will be recorded in July. The recordings and scores will then be sent to the international jury members. They have until mid-September to decide which compositions will be accepted for the final concert at the MUMUTH, on November 13, 2020.

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