Saturday, April 10, 2010

Free and avant-garde jazz festivals

It is quite impossible to keep track of the jazz festivals around, although free and avant jazz festivals might be harder to find. I have no time to keep this list up-to-date so please post comments with suggestions below.

We will keep the links to the biggest festival websites throughout the years.

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March

Nozart Festival, Köln, Germany
Europa Jazz Festival, Le Mans, France
Jazz & Sounds, Ghent, Belgium
Altera! - Napels, Salerno - Sant'Agata de' Goti - Somma Vesuviana, Italy

April
Irtijal Festival, Beirut, Lebanon
Lublin Jazz Festival, Poland
Kaleidophon Festival, Ulrichsberg, Austria

May 
Freedom Of the City, Conway Hall, London
Europajazz, Le Mans, France
Angelica Festival, Bologna, Italy
Clean Feed Fest, New York
Clean Feed Fest, Chicago
Ring Ring Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
Cerkno Jazz Festival, Slovenia
Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival, St. Petersburg Russia
Victoriaville, Canada
Sonore Festival, Brest, France
Moers Festival, Germany
MIA, Atouguia da Baleia, Portugal
Uncool Festival, Valposchiavo, Switzerland

June
Jazzdor - Strasbourg - Berlin 
Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Montreal, Canada
Vision Festival New York
Ottawa Jazz Festival, Canada
Festival Jazz & Musique Improvisée en Franche Comté, Besançon and Doubs, France

July 
Warsaw Summer Jazz Days - Warsaw, Poland
 Sound Symposium, New Foundland
Albert Ayler Festival, New York
Konfrontationen Festival, Nickelsdorf, Austria

August
Jazz Em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal
Meteo Festival, Mulhouse, France
Freakscene's Summer Bummer, Antwerp, Belgium

Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria
Sant' Anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Sardinia, Italy
Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour (Summer Jazz Cycle Tour), Groningen, Holland

September
Ujbuda Jazz Festival, Budapest, Hungary
Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada
Crosscurrents, New York, US

October
Jazz and More Festival, Sibiu, Romania
Autumn Jazz Festival, Cracow, Poland
Jazzmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Skaņu Mežs Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, Riga, Latvia

November
Music Unlimited Festival, Wels, Austria
Umbrella Music Festival, Chicago, US

December 
dOeK festival, Amsterdam, Holland




© stef

30 comments:

Tom said...

1. Warsaw Summer Jazz Days (Warsaw, Poland, 01-04.07.2010) - Portico Quartet, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Pharoah Sanders, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa:

http://www.adamiakjazz.pl/indeks.php?co=11&nr=728&strona=&lang=pl

2. Enjoy Jazz in Germany:

http://www.enjoyjazz.de/content/

3. Lublin Jazz Festival in Poland:

http://www.lublinjazz.pl/

Mike said...

Also: North Sea Jazz (some free / avant), Victoriaville.

Anonymous said...

The Ottawa Jazz Festival has a very good Improv Invitational Series. This year including Globe Unity!!!

Some good mainstream jazz, as well, like Fred Hersch and Tom Harrell. Dates are June 24 to July 4.

Link:

http://ottawajazzfestival.com

Thanks for doing this, Stef.

Guy said...

Sonore Festival, 20-22 May
Brest, France, w/ Fred Frith & Peter Brötzmann Quartet
http://www.penn-ar-jazz.com/festivals/sonore-2010-2eme-edd

joesh said...

I think Chorus means :

Irtijal festival, Lebanon, Beirut
http://www.irtijal.org/

All the best.

stef said...

Guys, many thanks! what a fast and comprehensive list!

Chorus, special thanks to you, man!

cheers
stef

Anonymous said...

useful post!
now i need to find a cheap flight to london..

Tom said...

Look at this (I think the biggest and only FREE-JAZZ festival in Europe) - Krakowska Jesien Jazzowa (Autumn Jazz Festival, Cracow, Poland):

Fourth edition in 2009 (27.09-06.12):
http://www.krakow-info.com/7jazzfal.htm

Third edition in 2008:
http://www.alchemia.com.pl/id,564,notka.html

Great list of artists - 2008: Peter Brotzmann Quartet, Free Fall, The Thing, Gutbucket, Atomic, Mikolaj Trzaska, The Light, Charles Gayle, Fonda/Stevens Group, Brotzmann/Nilssen-Love, Oles Bros. with Rob Brown, Kazutoki Umezu, Matthew Shipp, Lou Grassi, Ken Vandermark, Szilard Mezei, Anthony Braxton, Sonore and many more.

2009: Lucas Niggli, New Fracture Quartet, Basement Research, Agusti Fernandez, Barry Guy, Tony Wrafter, Resonace Project (3 concerts), Lee Sloan, Valentine Trio, William Parker, Vandermark/Nilssen-Love, Victor Toth, Silke Eberhard, Larry Ochs, Ensemble 56 and many more.

I think, this year's festival will be the same - full of excellent concerts.

stef said...

Thanks Tom!

Zpoluras said...

Hello,

I would like to present you MIA 2010 in Portugal for your list:

http://mia-festival.blogspot.com/

The Atouguia da Baleia 1st Meeting of Improvised Music - MIA 2010 - will take place on 29 and 30 May in the Sociedade Filarmónica Auditorium of this historic village in the Portuguese West Side (near Peniche and Baleal beaches).

The event will turns into two aspects - artistic and educational - and will host several concerts, a workshop and a colloquium dedicated to the experimentation and innovation in the musical creation activity.

It’s already ensured the participation of about two dozens of musicians including some of the most required names on the improvised and electro acoustic Portuguese scene.

The German trumpet player Johannes Krieger will conducts a workshop on free improvisation, open to all kinds of musicians and experimenters on the May 30 afternoon.

On the opening day of the meeting we’ll got a symposium with Rui Eduardo Paes, journalist and writer with extensive experience in monitoring the avant-garde musical languages.

This meeting takes naturally as a strong act, given its novelty in the tradition of the area, but is intended as a first step towards its continuation in the future as enriching the local cultural movement.

Chorus said...

AMR Jazz Festival, Geneve, Switzerland
http://www.amr-geneve.ch/

Musique Action, Vandoeuvre, France
http://musiqueaction.com/Musique_Action/Edito.html

Taktlos Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
http://www.taktlos.com/

Jazz à Luz, Luz Saint Sauveur, France
http://www.jazzaluz.com/

Jazz Festival Kanjiza, Serbia
http://www.jazz.eutelnet.com/

Chorus said...

the NOW Now festival, Wentworth Falls, Australia
http://thenownow.net/2010-festival/

Jazzfestival Willisau, Switzerland
http://www.jazzwillisau.ch/

HumaNoise Kongress, Wiesbaden, Germany
http://www.humanoise.de/

Just Music festival, Wiesbaden, Germany
http://www.justmusic-festival.de/

Anonymous said...

Follow the Sound in october!

Matt Darriau Paradox Trio, Raymond Strid, Mats Gustafsson, Wilbert de Joode, Fred van Hove, Axel Dörner, Jacques Coursil, Barry Guy, Matthew Bourne, Ernst Glerum, Vincent Courtois, Wolter Wierbos and many more

www.desingel.be

Arcturus said...

too late to be of any use to anyone, but here:

In The Flow Jazz/Improvisational Festival

Sacramento, CA
May 14-17, 2010

http://www.intheflowsacramento.com/

This year's line-up included Vinny Golia, Gino Robair, Nels Cline, GE Stinson, Steuart Liebig, Rich Haley, Phillip Greenlief, Scott Amendola, Ben Goldberg, Darren Johnston & Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch among others

Benny said...

Is it possible to add Jazz Brugge Festival, which is taking place from thursday 30th of Septembre until Sunday the 3rd of Octobre 2010. More information on www.jazzbrugge.be

Furthermore there will be during the whole festival an unique vinyl fair who focuses only on jazz, free jazz and improvised music and jazz-affiliated music such as gospel, blues, jazzrock, jazzfunk, latin, ...

Anonymous said...

See our free jazz/improvisational music blog for articles and reviews:
jazzadvance.com.

Montreal Jazz Festival said...

Hi ! Don't forget the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
!

Anonymous said...

"biJAZZi" festival in squat Ambasada in city Beltinci, Slovenia

festival happened during a year
free jazz & avantgarde

Anonymous said...

1.Vilnius Jazz Festival-in October
2.Tampere Jazz Happening-in November

Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't know that Nepal has a jazz festival. I have always wanted to go there, now I have something to see for sure. Have you been to the Byron Bay Blues Festivals in Australia?

elia said...

CROSSCURRENT 3rd
8th to 11th september 2011 @ Le Poisson Rouge in NYC
info: http://rockethub.com/projects/1101-crosscurrent-3-new-york

>>>Wadada Leo Smith' Golden Quartet (feat. Angelica Sanchez, John Lindberg, Pheeroan akLaff)

>>>The John Escreet Trio

>>>Steve Lehman Octet

>>>Tyshawn Sorey "For Kathy Change"

>>>Wayne Horvitz New Quartet (feat. Briggan Krauss, Tony Malaby, Ches Smith)

>>>Book of Three (Taylor Ho Bynum - John Hébert - Gerald Cleaver) + special guest Craig Taborn

>>>Dave Burrell - Michael Formanek + special guest

>>>Matana Roberts' COIN COIN - chapter 6: "Papa Joe"

>>>Joe Bowie Defunkt Millenium

Bob said...

www.clearwaterjazz.com Clearwater Florida, USA -32 years of free jazz. Thought Id update your roster. Third weekend of October every year.

Lauren said...

Misericordia University in Dallas, PA is having a Jazz in July concert on July 18th, 2011 with Dan Levinson and his New Millenium All Stars. Featured artists are Bria Skonberg, Kevin Dorn, Gordon Webster, Molly Ryan, Cassidy Holden, and Matt Musselman.

Here's the website with more info:http://bit.ly/pgyxeD

Thanks for sharing!

idamahyp said...

Greetings

Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram and our whole team of participants - composers and players, have the pleasure to announce you the forthcoming edition of SPECTRUM XXI festival,dedicated to spectral music trends.
participants:
“HYPERION INTERNATIONAL”
Conductors : Iancu DUMITRESCU, Ana-Maria AVRAM
with:

Stephen O’MALLEY (el. guitar), Steve NOBLE (percussion)
Maya DUNIETZ (flute, electronics), Tzenka DIANOVA, Frédéric BLONDY (piano),
Dorin GLIGA (oboe) Orban GODRI (bassoon)
Tiberiu CENUSER, Emanuel VIERU (trombones)
Eran BRIL , Tim HODGKINSON, Yoni SILVER (clarinets and bass clarinets),
Haggai FERSHTMAN, Alex YUNOVICH (percussions),
Eran SACHS (no-input mixer), Diemo SCHWARZ (electronics)
Raùl Antonio SUAREZ, Jonathan TRUSCOTT,
Craig STRATTON (violins),
Elisa BERGERSEN, Ioan-Marius LACRARU (violas)
Clotilde LACROIX, Vasile COMSA, Chris WORSEY (cellos), Andrei KIVU (cello, trumpet),
Danny FELSTEINER, Adam SHEFLAN, Shmil FRANKEL, Vlad SILAEV (doublebasses)

Music by Ana-Maria AVRAM, Frédéric BLONDY, John CAGE, Costin CAZABAN, Marek CHOLONIEWSKI, Iani CHRISTOU, Chaya CZERNOWIN, Tzenka DIANOVA, Iancu DUMITRESCU, Maya DUNIETZ, Annette VANDE GORNE, GOL, Jonathan HARVEY, Florian HECKER, Tim HODGKINSON, Gyorgy LIGETI, Olivier MESSIAEN, Ake PARMERUND, Gérard PAPE, Horatiu RADULESCU, Eran SACHS, Giacinto SCELSI, Diemo SCHWARTZ, Giselher SMEKAL, Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN, Samon TAKAHASHI, Petru TEODORESCU, Alexandre TORRES PORRES, Ronny WAERNES, Iannis XENAKIS

Concerts will take place in Paris, London, Berlin and Bucharest as following

Paris, November 10th, 11th and 12th from 8.00 pm
in cooperation with Les Rendez-vous Contemporains de Saint Merry
in Saint Merry Church and at College des Bernardins

London, November 15th, 16th in Conway Hall, from 7.30 pm
London, The Warehouse, on November 18th from 7.30 pm
London, LSO St Luke's Jerwood Hall, November 20th at 7,30 pm

Berlin : NK Project, on 23d and 24th of November

Bucharest on 30th of November

all details about concerts, venues and participants can be found at
http://festivalspectrum21.orgfree.com


Please, help us to promote this major international musical event, led by Romanian artists.

With many thanks in advance
sincerely yours
Ana-Maria Avram
Iancu Dumitrescu

boldsouls said...

6. MADE IN CHICAGO Festival 2011
25.-27. November 2011
Poznan, Poland

Henry Threadgill & ZOOID
Tomeka Reid Trio
Improvised Soul Projekt
Tribute to Vonsky - Sax Summit
Jim Baker & THE LIGHT
Ritual Trio (possibly)
Hamid Drake’s BINDU (possibly)

http://www.madeinchicago.pl/index.php/pl/artykuly/5,1,4,historia

Anonymous said...

FREE JAZZ FESTIVAL IN ARGENTINA Buenos Aires Argentina ,12 October 2011

http://www.wix.com/rubenferrero/freejazzfestival2012

Anonymous said...

we will take all offers for festival performances.
http://www.solardynastymusic.com
our new CD, "One Day of Brahma," is now available on Itunes. search, solar dynasty.

Mark said...

This is a wonderful blog and great festival list!

Mark
www.FromArmstrongtoZappa.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Bucharest International JAZZ Competition & Festival
www.jazzcompetition.ro

EUROPAfest - jazz festival
www.jmEvents.ro

Michael said...

For three days of the last weekend of May, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival turns the streets of downtown into a vibrant street festival with multiple stages featuring some of the best performers jazz has to offer.

JaxJazzFest.com