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35th International Jazzfestival Saalfelden
August 28 to 31, 2014
Fingerprint: Uniqueness and Individuality


For more than thirty years, the International Jazzfestival Saalfelden has been a stage for free spirits. Each year at the end of August, musicians from all over the world gather in this small town in Salzburg’s Pinzgau region to delight visitors with refreshing and colorful landscapes of sound. From August 28 to 31, 2014, it’s that time again, Saalfelden will become the center of the European jazz world. On four days, thirty-two concerts take place at seven venues.

As in previous years, the program is curated by artistic  directors Michaela Mayer and Mario Steidl, who have already commissioned the festival’s opening project. Salzburg-born Philipp Nykrin will kick-off the 35th Jazzfestival Saalfelden on Friday, August 29, with a world premiere featuring an international line-up of musicians.

Like every year, the administration and finances are handled by the Saalfelden Tourist Board and its director Stefan Pühringer. The team now also includes cultural manager Melanie Friedl, who is responsible for the organizational aspects of the festival.  

The idea behind this year’s graphic design theme
The new visuals for the International Jazzfestival Saalfelden emphasize the individuality of musical creativity. The design introduces a symbolism that is explicitly provocative since it makes reference to the recent public outcry over Edward Snowden and the exposure of surveillance practices.

Since we are so obviously transparent, we voluntarily choose to reveal ourselves. We show who we are by sharing something that makes us clearly identifiable. The concept developed by Ideenwerk, the graphic design team based in Salzburg, features actual fingerprints and hence reveals something very personal. In the same way, the musicians bare their personalities and emotions through their interpretations.

We all know that a fingerprint is something unique. No one is like another. This is exactly what makes the connection to jazz. The design concept epitomizes the nature of jazz and at the same time serves as a subtle protest, a quiet criticism of a system that attempts to control through surveillance, monitoring, and data storage. After all, protest and provocation are two of the most important purposes of art.

Sponsors and patrons
We would not be able to stage the festival without the support of all our loyal partners. Special thanks go to our sponsors including Zipfer, Raiffeisen, ÖBB, Volvo, and our many other partners as well as our public sponsors like the federal, state, and local governments.

Tickets already on sale
Tickets are already on sale. Book your tickets by phone at +43 (0) 6582/70660 or online at In 2014, discounts are available for Raiffeisen Club and Ö1 Club members and holders of the ÖBB-Vorteilscard or SN-Card.

Stefan Pühringer, TVB Saalfelden, Phone: +43(0)6582/70660,

Artistic Directors:
Michaela Mayer, Mario Steidl, Kunsthaus Nexus, Phone: +43(0)6582/74963,

Melanie Friedl, Phone: +43 (0)699/11109362,

Press Relations:
Daniela Neumayer, Phone: +43(0)664/8198562,

Stefan Pühringer, TVB Saalfelden, Tel: +43(0)6582/70660,

Michaela Mayer, Mario Steidl, Kunsthaus Nexus, Tel: +43(0)6582/74963,

Melanie Friedl, Tel.: +43 (0)699/11109362,

Daniela Neumayer, Tel.: +43(0)664/8198562,


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