“#JazzHome: Jazz shall not be quarantined. A diary of a Jazz musician under lockdown days in Italy” is a new daily serial by the Italian composer, drummer and musician Cecilia Sanchietti and it is entirely dedicated to jazz (17-30 April 2020).
#JazzHome arises from the difficulties that musicians are forced to deal with in this particular period. As Italy shuts down, jazz and its artists transform, renew themselves, find solutions and news opportunities. Concerts, festivals and events are cancelled as venues close and music schools suspend all activities. Human and economic effects of this pandemic are huge. Problems arise easily as well as sometimes sorrow and dejection. People cannot meet to play professional music nor for fun. Now, more than ever, people understand how music is a vital source.
However, thanks to its inner strength, jazz music finds its way out. Musicians start thinking how to survive lockdown, to make use of their time and play their music. Music is life and thus vital for people, who listen to it. Jazz music adapts to the lockdown and moves towards people. It finds new ways to shorten distance and transmit emotions, information, culture, education. More than any other music genre, jazz has a creative, interpersonal and a human nature. A computer or a smartphone become an instrument to get involved and keep people together.
“In vain close your ears to jazz. Jazz is life. It is art. It is the melancholy of the passions. It is us today” (André Coeuroy and André Schaeffner)
The 7th of March 2020 it will take place the second edition of the #wijfsweden.
The 2020’s program highlights musicians from Japan, Canada, Denmark and Sweden. Sisterhood, connection and friendship are the keywords that characterise this year’s festival which returns to TeaterStudio Lederman for another great night of Jazz!
Thanks to the support of Musikverket, Kulturrådet, Stockholm Stad, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of Denmark and Kulturens.
Malin Wattring Lisbeth Diers SWIJF
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Our festival is all about fostering these values of collaboration, connection and sisterhood. This year we open with two incredible jazz artists in a First-time-ever combo. Malin Wättring, one of Sweden's most interesting young jazz artists, acknowledged both as a saxophone player and a composer, invites the brilliant percussionist Lisbeth Diers(DK), who during most of the 30-year career has blasted most musical boundaries.
A special collaboration for #WIJFSWEDEN
Being the producer of the “Matera dreaming” project is something I am very proud of.
An amazing job done to celebrate Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, with the poetic and visionary Nils Berg Cinemascope .
Thanks to the precious collaboration with Onyx Jazz Club Matera . Stay tuned, since this mesmerizing video made by the excellent Mike Højgaard it’s only the ‘starter’. The ‘main course’ is yet to come.
LUSOFONI FESTIVAL 2019 – We’re preparing for the edition 2020. In the meantime, check out the highlights of the greatest celebration of Portuguese-speaking music & culture at Stockholms Kulturfestival!
Big success for the first edition of the Stockholm Women’s International Jazz Festival, produced by Semente, cultural productions! Last Saturday, 9th of March, the Teater Studio Lederman was SOLD OUT. Dagens Nyheter, one of the most important national newspaper in Sweden, and Orkester Journalen, the biggest Jazz magazine, reviewed the event: DN: “Is it really relevant to point out that Sanchietti and Øiseth are also women? Usually, not at all. They are musicians and should not be reviewed based on their gender belonging but because of how they play. – …female musicians are still disadvantaged in the entire music industry . Considering the initiative, Stockholm Women’s International Jazz Festival concerns almost exclusively with this.” OJ: “What a luck to be there, because it was a nice Festival!”