Amersfoort Jazz Online
The annual Amersfoort Jazz festival took place on November 20-22 this year. The organization proudly and confidently presented a varied program of 19 Dutch World Jazz concerts, live streamed from Theater De Lieve Vrouw and De Observant in Amersfoort: Living Legends and Next Generation, three winners of the Boy Edgar award, a National Artist in Residence and various ‘Festival Creations’. The streams were viewed by an international audience online and free of charge.
The annual Amersfoort Jazz festival (which could not take place in May due to the corona measures) took place on 20-22 November this year. Festival director Alexander Beets says:
“Amersfoort Jazz is primarily a musicians paradise; an event in which the artist and music are central. When it became clear that the festival could not take place in May, we did everything we could to offer the musicians a stage where they can perform for their audience. We thought an online edition would be a good alternative. We think that this kind of signal is very important at a time when almost all concert opportunities for musicians disappear like snow in the sun.”
Normally, Amersfoort Jazz invites musicians and professionals from more than 25 countries. Now, with this online edition, over 100 professionals participated in the online edition of the World Jazz Conference; Wynton Marsalis spoke to Amersfoort from New York; Johannesburg tuned in for a shared broadcast; festivals endorsed their laureates.
We did something completely new, something we never did before,” says Beets, tired but satisfied. “We’ve enlarged our reach. Our friends from the network supported us from abroad; many viewed the concerts. Our Dutch World Jazz artists took the spotlight in front of an international scene. Some festivals promised to book one or more acts from our online line-up for their own festival. So, we look back with satisfaction, but from here on we are moving forward to the next edition… The dates are (deo violente) May 27-30, 2021.”
Due to COVID-19 we are not allowed to have a live audience during the broadcast
The World Jazz Conference, which takes place annually alongside the Amersfoort Jazz festival will hold its first online edition from Friday the 20th to Saturday the 21st of November between 13:00 – 16:00 CET. More than 100 international music industry professionals from all over the world come together to brainstorm about the current crisis and how collaboration, sharing and exchange can contribute to an initial recovery. The conference will physically take place in two TV studios, one in Amersfoort and one in Johannesburg South Africa. During the conference, foreign festivals can present their special talents and laureates for the Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival.
This year, due to the COVID measures, the conference will take place online. Representatives of the international World Jazz scene come together in a virtual room to exchange experiences and talk about challenges of the future. Participants (who have registered in advance) can participate in the conversation; it may be interesting for World Jazz professionals to attend the conference online.
The key topic is the ‘The World Jazz Festival Network – Impact Survey Report’ about the consequences of the pandemic for the global jazz ecosystem, a study that IKS (South Africa) has conducted worldwide on behalf of Amersfoort Jazz and JazzNL.
More info: www.jazznl.com