The European Jazz Workshop in Concert
By now a well-established institution, the European Jazz Workshop is a laboratory for new practice in European jazz. The project brings together music schools and local festivals: in this case, the ELBJAZZ Festival has partnered with the Jazz Department of Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Both sides benefit from the cooperation: under the theme “Connecting the Dots”, seven composition students from Glasgow, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Oslo and Parma are creating a joint work that will be premiered at this year’s ELBJAZZ Festival. The monumental piece created specially for this occasion is brought to life by a large ensemble made up of musicians from the same five cities, with jazz and classical musicians given equal consideration. The fusion of individuality and the collective, going beyond all apparent boundaries, is symbolically foregrounded – while young graduates are offered the opportunity to demonstrate their skills before a knowledgeable audience.