Suedtirol/Alto Adige Jazz Festival 2023: An Unforgettable Experience

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The Festival Experience

The Suedtirol/Alto Adige Jazz Festival, taking place from 30 June to 9 July 2023, promises to be an unforgettable experience. Under the leadership of its new president, Stefan Festini Cucco, the festival features 55 concerts in over 30 breathtaking venues scattered among the mountains of Suedtirol/Alto Adige. Centered in the picturesque old Italian city of Bolzano/Bozen and nearby towns, the festival aims to create memorable experiences for its attendees.

A New Direction

The festival has evolved over its 41 years of existence. For the past 18 years, Klaus Widmann expanded the festival’s reach, focusing on younger musicians and fostering new projects. The current festival team is committed to continuing this concept, making the event a meeting point for young talents and blending jazz with elements of rock, pop, and electronic music.

Mixing Established and New Talent

One of the festival’s strengths is its ability to combine established musicians with fresh talent. This year, for example, the lineup includes Austrian bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder, Italy-based US-born saxophonist Dan Kinzelman, Italian guitarist Francesco Diodati, and London-based, Suedtirol-born bassist/vocalist Ruth Goller. These artists collaborate with newcomers, giving them exposure and opportunities to participate in innovative projects.

Embracing Freedom and Diversity

This year’s festival isn’t constrained by specific themes, allowing for a broader range of musical styles. The opening night features artists like Spanish musician Juan Sais, French vocalist Leila Martial, and Berlin-based band Simularia, known for their heavy use of electronics. The night concludes with a massive electronic music event, demonstrating the festival’s commitment to engaging the local youth and fulfilling its cultural, political, and social responsibilities.

Stunning Venues

The festival’s unique locations are a significant draw, with concerts held in the mountains, remote towns, and various picturesque spots. The Parco Semirurali, for example, offers a beautiful mountain backdrop and attracts a diverse audience. The Fortezza Fortress, a historic site-turned-museum, hosts the sextet Ghost Horse for an acoustic guided tour of the structure, blending history and music in an immersive experience.

Success and Sustainability

The festival’s enduring success can be attributed to its programming, which has gained the trust of its audience. While some experimental acts initially drew smaller crowds, recent years have seen an increased interest in these projects. The festival’s focus on sustainability, combining international and local influences, and matching music with unique locations contributes to its unparalleled experience.

For more information and to plan your visit, check out the Festival website.

About Me

I’m Dr. Miles Beaumont from the charming town of York in the UK. I’ve spent over three decades as a medical doctor, helping people and contributing to important research. I graduated from Oxford University, and ever since, I’ve devoted myself to improving the health and lives of others.

When I’m not practicing medicine, you’ll find me soaking up the world of jazz music. It’s been a passion of mine since I turned 30, and I’ve been an active part of York’s jazz scene ever since. Whether it’s going to local gigs, listening to records at home, or just enjoying the rhythmic and improvisational magic of jazz, it’s a big part of who I am.