07/05/2018 | Le Bureau Export Paris

Germany | jazzahead! 2018 Review

The 13th edition of European jazz fair “jazzahead!” came to an end the 22nd of April in Bremen, Germany. The event gathered 3.282 structures from 61 different countries. With more than 17.000 visitors, the festival and the professional fair offered a dense programme punctuated by packed concert venues and a relaxed atmosphere.

Hans Peter Schneider, the fair’s manager, was very pleased with the renewed success of the event:

“As an international experts gathering, jazzahead! is a true showcase for our city. It’s unique and has proved, again, that Bremen is the world’s jazz capital.”

France @ jazzahead!

Thanks to the partnership between Business France and Le Bureau Export, the “Pavillon France” (6D23) has achieved to gather 69 accredited French companies within a 70m² space – shedding light on ‘made in France’ musical creation. On Thursday the 19th of April at 5p.m., Business France and Le Bureau Export invited French and international delegates to a networking cocktail on the French stand.

3 French acts performed during this edition:  the trio Hermia / Darrifourcq/ Ceccaldi (Orotone) as part of the European Jazz Meeting, Justin Kauflin (Jazz Village) at the Overseas Night and nox.3 & Linda Oláh (Ilona Records / L’Autre Distribution) at the Insitut Français in Bremen on the occasion of the Clubnight.

Find further information on the French presence at jazzahead! 2018 on our dedicated page.

Listen to our “Kiss My Jazz” playlist


40 showcases that seduced an enthralled public

On saturday, the Overseas Night was fully-packed. New features – such as the extension of the hall 7 and the concerts broadcast outside the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof – met with the public’s expectations. Thanks to the summery weather, the outdoors scene pleased the visitors: 7000 people came to attend the concerts in the 30 different purpose-built places. If you could not attend th show, you can already watch the captures on jazzahead’s website.

Matchmaking sessions brought together potential professional partners in Bremen

For the 8th time, jazzahead! matchmakingallowed international professionals to benefit from 20 minutes individual meetings. With more than 150 attendees, participation grew by 70%. Bookers, managers, editors or journalists all took part in this operation that involved participants from 35 different countries – accounting for more than 350 meetings, all coordinated by Europe Network Bremen.

Focus: jazzahead! 2019

To follow Poland this year – that has proven its jazz scene to be  thriving – next year’s focus will be Norway. Artists such as Jan Garbarek, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen or Mathias Eick have all played a good part in the establishment of a “Scandinavian style” of jazz.

Watch the concerts of trio Hermia/Darrifourcq/Ceccaldi and Justin Kauflin at jazzahead! 2018 :

Save the date

  • jazzahead! Festival 2019 : 12 – 28 April 2019
  • jazzahead! Fachmesse & Showcase-Festival 2019 : 25 – 28 April 2019