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Development

The project started at Hessentag 2007 in Butzbach: five musicians from our partner regions gave an outstanding concert in front of 5000 visitors ahead of the performance of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, who performed there with orchestra. The project began developing further into a jazz school for young musicians in 2008, with three days of instrumental lessons and a final concert at the Hessentag in Homberg. In 2009, five students from each partner region were invited to play music together in Hesse for the first time, and a CD with a bilingual booklet was produced from this concert. In 2010, the concept of the European Jazz School was changed. Instead of teaching groups in single instruments like drums, guitar, bass etc. they rehearsed in internationally diverse workshop bands. They met musically and humanly at eye level, which had a very positive effect on the feedback of the participants.

In addition, visits were made to all partner regions within Hesse in order to conduct direct talks about the necessary prerequisites for cooperation with the local music education institutions.

Since 2012, participants from the partner region Bursa of the Uludag University in Turkey have also joined. They often bring along other instruments like oud, baglama (saz), ney or zither. This instrumentation of the bands leads to a new musical experience for all participants, for even the musical background of the Turkish participants, who are not offered the opportunity to study jazz as an institutional subject, brings new, fertile, and creative elements into the project.

Feedback

Here is a brief selection of the consistently positive feedback about the European Jazz School to provide some insight:

J.B., Hesse:

„…….It is always like an extended family. I learned a lot again. Thanks to you, I got to jazz even faster. It's always fun - especially because the workshop is international and you get to know the music of other cultures live. Making music together connects..... “

F.A. ,Bursa:

„Firstly i would like to say that it was really perfect time and experience for me in Margburg. Good music, warm and helpful conductors (specially Anke was such an encouraging person and it was great to practise with her), beautiful Marburg that i wanted to see more,.. We ate together, we cleaned together and that's why we could talk to each other much more. I am very glad to know so many people from different contries, play with them. End of this organisation i was totally relaxed and satisfied. It's great to be a piece of this organisation…..

A.K., Polen

„It was great experience to me. Not only because of the great teachers and great lessons, but also because of  possibility to work in international bands. Time in Marburg gave me a lot of music tips for the future. The best point in this project is the atmosphere. It was so friendly and no one judges me, because of that I broke some of my psychical barriers. Workshops are recommendable experience. Thanks for the great time! „

A.L.
Hessen, Workshop-Organisation

..“Most don't know each other at the beginning but after the 3 days the group is so welded together, that one feels a family flair. Friendships have developed and contacts have been made.

The contact between the teachers and students is also special because of the family flair that is created. Encounters on such a personal level are generally not possible in a university context and enable a completely different learning experience.

In addition, the contact and cooperation with international teachers enables students to be exposed to completely new learning methods and forms of teaching."......

A.S, Emilia Romagna, Dozent

“Hello to all! yes, I totally agree with Dominique and Anke, it was a great meeting and enjoyed very much everything: the music, the students, you all! It’s an honor to have the chance to play together with you, and I always learn a lot when I come to the workshop, music but also life…...” S.Ö. Bursa, Dozent

….When we have started to send our students to this project, what I heard from them often after their return, that it was one of the best experiences they have ever had throughout their education. I can say that the experiences they have had are not only about their musicianship skills but also about their self developments. So, I strongly believe that this is not only a workshop for us. It is a real "life school" I can say…..


Workshops

The annually recurring workshops in Hesse usually take place in Marburg. From there, the participants took the train to the final concert in the respective Hessentag city. Since 2011, ten additional workshops have taken place in the following partner regions:

2011 in Poznan, in cooperation with Jan Paderewski Music Academy Poznan,

2011 in Bordeaux in cooperation with Conservatory Jaques Thibaud,

2012 in Poznan in cooperation with Jan Paderewski Music Academy Poznan,

2013 in Bordeaux in cooperation with conservatory Jaques Thibaud,

2013 in Bursa in cooperation with Uludag Universität Bursa

2014 in Poznan cooperation with Jan Paderewski Music Academy Poznan,

2015 in Faenza in cooperation with Scuola Musica G.Sarti Faenza,

2015 in Bordeaux in cooperation with Conservatory Jaques Thibaud,

2016 in Poznanin cooperation with Jan Paderewski Music Academy Poznan,

2017 in Santa Sofia in cooperation with Scuola di Musica Roveroni

This means that within the framework of this project eleven workshops have taken place in Hesse and another eleven in our partner regions. We were able to reach a total of about 450 students and performed in about 90 different band formations on international stages. Poznan Music Academy also released another CD as a live recording of a concert.



Involved lecturers and workshops

2007

Hesse

Michael Sagmeister, guitar Hesse

Piero Odorici, sax, Emilia Romagna

Felice del Gaudio, bass, Emilia Romagna

Stephane Mazurier, piano, Aquitaine

Michał Dąbrówka, drums, Wielkopolska

 

2008

Hesse

Micheal Sagmeister, guitar, Hesse

Piero Odorici, sax, Emilia Romagna

Felice del Gaudio, bass, Emilia Romagna

Stephane Mazurier, piano, Aquitaine

Cezary Konrad, drums, Wielkopolska

 

2009

Hesse

Micheal Sagmeister, guitar, Hesse

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Jean Marie Ribis, piano, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

2010

Hesse

Micheal Sagmeister, Guitar, Hesse

Achille Succi, Sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Tony Russo, trumpet, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

Antonella Dorio, Voice, Italy, Hesse

 

2011

Hesse

Micheal Sagmeister, Guitar, Hessen.

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Jean Marie Ribis, piano, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

Workshop in Poznan

Zbigniew Wrombel, bass, Wielkopolska

Wojciech Olszewski, piano, Wielkopolska

Dominique di Piazza, bass, Frankreich

Michael Sagmeister, guitar, Hesse

 

Workshop in Bordeaux

Julien Dubois, sax, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

2012

Hesse

Micheal Sagmeister, guitar, Hesse

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, Bass, France

Yoann Loustalot, Trumpet, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

Workshop in Poznan

Zbigniew Wrombel, bass, Wielkopolska

Shaun Mahoney, guitar, Texas

Wojciech Olszewski, piano, Wielkopolska

Eric Unsworth, bass, Texas

Sala Marszalkowska,  Wielkopolska

Ricky Malichi, drums, Texas

Piotr Banys, trombone, Wielkopolska

Mack Goldsbury, sax, Texas

 

2013

Hesse

Micheal Sagmeister, guitar, Hesse

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, Bass, France

Yoann Loustalot, Trumpet, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

Workshop in Bordeaux

Dominique Di Piazza, Bass, France

Frederic Borey, sax, France

 

Workshop Bursa:

Fatih Erkoc, voice, trombone, piano, Bursa

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna


Concert for the opening of the multi-regional house in Brusseles

 

Ricarda Hagemann, sax;Hesse

Alessandro Cianferoni, bass , Emilia Romagna

Dawid Kostka, guitar, Wielkopolska

Vincent Vilnet, piano, Aquitaine

Adam Zagorski, drums, Wielkopolska

 

2014

Hesse

Anke Helfrich, piano, Hesse

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Rija Randrianivosoa, Guitar, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

Workshop in Poznan

Anke Helfrich, piano, Hesse

Maceij Kocinsky, sax, Wielkopolska

Katarzyn Stroinska, piano, Wielkopolska

Krzysztof Dys, accordion, Wielkopolska

Maciej Fortuna, trumpet, Wielkopolska

 

2015

Hesse

Anke Helfrich, piano, Hesse

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Paola Bottomley, Voice, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

Workshop in Faenza

Daniele Santimone, guitar, Emilia Romagna

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Tiziano Negrelli, bass, Emilia Romagna

 

 

Workshop in Bordeaux

Julien Dubois, sax, Aquitaine

David Patroi, vibraphone, Aquitaine

 

A concert in Eberbach Monastery on occasion of twenty years of Hessian partnership with Aquitaine, ten years with Wielkopolska, and five years with Bursa.


Omer Tayib Borazan, tanbur, Bursa

Jan Becker, guitar, Hesse

Lorenzo Serasin, bass, Emilia Romagna

Andrzej Konieczny, drums, Wielkopolska

Robin Magord, piano, Bordeaux

 

2016

Hesse

Anke Helfrich, piano, Hesse

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Julien Dubois, sax, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

Workshop in Poznan

Patryk Piłasiewicz, composition, Wielkopolska

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Maciej Fortuna, sax, Wielkopolska

Zbigniew Wrombel, bass, Wielkopolska

Dominique die Piazza, bass, Frankreich

Anke Helfrich, piano, Hessen

 

2017

Hesse

Anke Helfrich, piano, Hesse

Achille Succi, Sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Julien Dubois, Sax, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska

 

 

Workshop Santa Sofia

Fabio Petretti, sax, Emilia Romagna

Achille Succi, sax, Emilia Romagna

Hugues Mathe, bass, Nouvelle Aquitaine

Alessandro Giachero, piano, Emilia Romagna

Stefano Paolini, drums, Emilia Romagna


2018

Hesse

Anke Helfrich, piano, Hesse

Achille Succi, Sax, Emilia Romagna

Dominique Di Piazza, bass, France

Julien Dubois, Sax, Aquitaine

Krzysztof Przybylowicz, drums, Wielkopolska


Workshop in Poznan

Achille Succi – sax

Maciej Kociński – sax

Katarzyna Stroińska-Sierant - piano

Dirik Schilgen - drums

Jakub Kraszewski –  bass