The 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival, organized by İzmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education (İKSEV) with the contributions of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, is taking place between March 03 and 22, 2018.

Pulsar Trio portrait farbe Andre Stiebitz

The festival organized in cooperation with İstanbul Austrian Cultural Office, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in İstanbul and Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland in İzmir, Goethe Institute İzmir, İstanbul Dimitrie Cantemir Romanian Cultural Institute, İzmir French Cultural Center, İzmir Honorary Consulate of Switzerland, Embassies of Spain and Estonia and İzmir Consulate of the Republic of Italy started with the opening of the exhibition at AASSM on March 3, 2018 Saturday and Emin Fındıkoğlu +12 Concert.

The 25th İzmir European Jazz Festival will bring a magnificent jazz festival to the people of İzmir with its program, which includes eleven concerts, two exhibitions, a seminar, a movie screening, workshops and events.

The Voice of Boundless Creativity: Leïla Martial Trio “Baa Box”

Leïla Martial, a voice of boundless creativity, a source of onomatopoeia which changes and transforms itself to adapt all soundscapes it browses. The trio will be at the 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival to jazz up the audience with their second album Baabel released on Laborie Jazz, which owes its richness to Pierre Tereygeol’s feverish guitar solos and Eric Perez’s changing rhythms into controlled waterfalls. Baabel delivers the most subtle and unexpected twists, switching from an urgent madness to serenity. The concert which will be held in collaboration with Izmir French Cultural Center on March 12, 2018 Monday at AASSM Small Hall will offer an outstanding music feast to the audience.

22 Years of Excellence: Bconnected Jazz Band

Bconnected Jazz Band, considered one of the best jazz-funk groups in Switzerland, will be at the 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival. Founded in 1994 by the Swiss guitarist Eugene Montenero, “bconnected” knew since its creation, to preserve a strong identity. With already 22 years of experience and their open-minded approach towards the world, bconnected is in perpetual evolution but keeping its roots in the tradition of the jazz music. The band consisting of Eugene Montenero (guitars, Bconnected founder), Fred Lopez (drums), Ivan De Luca (bass), Dominique Favre (keyboard, piano) and Philippe Sellam (saxophone) will capture the hearts of the audience at the concert to be held in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of Switzerland in Izmir on March 13, 2018 Tuesday at AASSM Small Hall.

Symphonic Bop From Vein Trio & Aarhus Jazz Orchestra

The VEIN meets Aarhus Jazz Orchestra Symphonic Bop program offers contemporary music of kaleidoscopic breadth and variety, developing the creative vision of VEIN’s albums The Chamber Music Effect and VEIN plays RAVEL. Both the compositions by VEIN musicians, and the classical repertoire programmed alongside, have symphonic architecture, but they also have characteristic jazz groove and improvisation, which drive the music with energy and dynamism. This irresistible juxtaposition of expansive symphonic expression with VEIN’s nimble and sensitive execution creates very diverse musical expression which nonetheless finds unity.  The concert to be held in cooperation with the Honorary Consulate of Switzerland in Izmir will present new horizons to the audience on March 15, 2018 Thursday at AASSM Small Hall.

Prominent Name of the International Scene: Iñaki Sandoval

Using his classic piano education as a basis for an extraordinary jazz career, Iñaki Sandoval proves his privileged place among Spanish jazz musicians at every concert. Sandoval, currently a professor and director at the University of Tartu Viljandi Cultural Academy in Estonia will at the 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival with his composition: bestesi “Estonian Suite: Live in Tallinn”. “Estonian Suite: Live in Tallinn” is inspired by Estonia: its people, traditions and culture, its beautiful nature and landscapes, forests, lakes and rivers, its peacefulness, winter, solitude and silence. The concert that will be held in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and Estonia on March 16, 2018 Friday at AASSM Small Hall, offers an extraordinary program that invites the audience to withdrawal, meditation and inner reflection, even to listen with closed eyes.

The Idol of Contemporary Jazz Scene: Max Ionata Hammond Trio

The Hammond trio of Max Ionata (saxophone) who is among the leading players in the contemporary jazz scene and one of the most demanded worldwide, along with Luca Mannutza (hammond organ) and Adam Pache (drums) is at the 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival. The group featuring an exceptional array of talents, comprised of master musicians of international stature with a remarkable synergy that they exhibited during their many concerts over the years will meet the audience at the concert held in collaboration with the Consulate of the Republic of Italy in Izmir on March 20, 2018 Tuesday at AASSM Small Hall. The trio will lead the traditional Open Jazz Orchestra Workshop after the concert.

Concert and Education at the same time

Max Ionata Hammond Trio that will perform at the 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival in collaboration with the Consulate of the Republic of Italy in Izmir will lead the traditional Open Jazz Orchestra Workshop on March 21 and 22, 2018. Participating young jazz musicians and the trio will perform Open Jazz Orchestra Final Concert on March 22, 2018 Thursday at 20.00 at AASSM Small Hall.

FESTIVAL WITHIN THE FESTIVAL – EVENTS

All events of the 25th İzmir European Jazz Festival will be open to public.

16. Jazz Poster Exhibition

The poster of Özlem Yılmaz who is a graduate student of Erzurum Atatürk University Fine Arts Faculty won the 16th Jazz Poster Competition which is organized by İKSEV to determine the poster of the 25th İzmir European Jazz Festival. Selective committee members gave the second place to Beyza Kara, senior student of Akdeniz University Fine Arts Faculty Graphics Department, and third place to Melih Kızıl, student of İstanbul Şehir University Graphic Design Department. The Jury Special Award was given to Leyla Yaramış, Graduate Student of Erzurum Atatürk University Fine Arts Faculty and Graphic Artist Gökhan Pahlı. A total of 28 posters will be exhibited along with the award-winning posters at the Ahmet Adnan Saygun Arts Center (AASSM) Lower Lounge between March 3 and 22, 2018.

History of Jazz in Germany Photography Exhibition

The second exhibition of the 25th İzmir European Jazz Festival will be History of Jazz in Germany Photography Exhibition in collaboration with Goethe-Institut İzmir. The exhibition is about history of jazz music, as well as about its contemporary scene from the clubs and festivals, it tells the role of record labels and radio, introduces individuals and their style tendencies. The exhibition under the management of Dr. Wolfram Knauer of Darmstadt Jazz Institute could be visited at the AASSM Lower Lounge between March 3 and 22, 2018.

Write Stuff – A Jazz Writer is Rising

Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education (İKSEV) will organize a "Write Stuff" about jazz writing for journalism students within the scope of the 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival. The workshop will be directed by Ümit Tunçağ one of the best people in this field, journalist Sirel Ekşi and jazz historian, writer and journalist Francesco Martinelli. The workshop began on Monday, March 1st, 2018 with general information on jazz music. Students who will attend the festival concerts will be notified again before and/or afterwards concerts. The selected evaluations written after the festival will be published on JAZZ, the only jazz magazine of Turkey.

Publik Market

Publik Market, which creates areas to bring local producers, craftsmen, designers and artists together, will bring jazz to the streets on March 10-11, 2018 between 13.00 and 19.30 at Edit & Chillwith special designs and activities for the festival.

Bconnected Jazz Band Jazz Workshop

Bconnected Jazz Band: Eugene Montenero, guitar, Fred Lopez, drums, Ivan De Luca, bass, Dominique Favre, keyboard, piano, Philippe Sellam, saxaphone will give a workshop on March 13, 2018 Tuesday between 15.00-17.00 at İKSEV, themed improvisation & rhythm -how to play in a band.

Vein Trio Jazz Workshop  

Vein Trio: Michael Arbenz, piano, Thomas Lähns, bass, Florian Arbenz, drums will give a workshop on March15, 2018 Thursday between 10.30 and 12.00 at İKSEV, themed the art of playing in a Rhythm-Section (Swinging, Grooving, Playing Forms, Interplay…).

The intersection of art, science and wisdom "Go"

IKSEV will introduce Go; one of the oldest mind games in the world on March 17, 2018 Saturday at 14.00 at IKSEV. İzmir Go Players Association will make an extensive presentation and talk about the principals of this game.

Tickets on Biletix

The tickets of the 25th Izmir European Jazz Festival will be available on Biletix box offices starting on February 16, 2018 Friday.

Tickets online: www.biletix.com