Jazzfestival News 1 EN

Monday, 23.01.2017

Jazzfestival News 1 EN

Almost 40 years have passed since the today's Jazzfestival Saalfelden opened its doors in 1978 with the Name "3 Days of Jazz". Now in 2017 we were able to listen to the unconventional jazz tones for the second time in winter, so we presented a total of 7 concerts during the "3 Day Jazz" from 20 - 22 January 2017.

Four of them in the Kunsthaus Nexus in Saalfelden, two in the mining- and gothic museum Leogang and for the first time a free concert on the Stöcklalm amid the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. The festival was organized jointly by the Tourismusverband Saalfelden and the "Zentrum Zeitgenössischer Music". The directors Mario Steidl and Michaela Mayer provided a varied line up.

Opened on 20.01 traditionally by an Austrian artist, Ulrich Drechsler, who has supported himself for his performance. Judith Ferstl and Judith Schwarz, with their musical arts, provided the "feminine" spice. After this the Israeli pianist Anat Fort presented with her quartet a very light-footed yet powerful project. One of your "special guests" was Gianluigi Trovesi, a true master of contemporary jazz.

On Saturday in the middle of the skicircus Bluesrock was heard - on the Stöcklalm the Salzburg "Hotrods's Band" brought a lot of groove on the mountain and with its wit and passion for a bombastic mood. It was at 8 pm with Mario Rom's Interzone and the German saxophonist Johnny Schleiermacher, who truly electrified the Nexus with their music. This was followed by a concert by Giovanni Guidi / Gianluca Petrella, Gerald Cleaver and Louis Sclavis, in which they gave their extremely fresh and creative album "Ida Lupino".

On Sunday, the festival finally moved to the mining- and gothic museum Leogang, a very old-time building, which was characterized by its intimate character. At 11.00, Ulrich Drechsler again appeared, but this time with a solo with a very unusual instrument, a basset horn, which is almost exclusively known from the chamber music scene. The final concert was given by Jean Louis Matinier and Marco Ambrosini. There was an accordion and a Nyckelharpa, a Scandinavian violin. This duo moved between improvisation and composition and ensured a worthy ending to the Festival.