In 2018, Dutch festival Amersfoort Jazz celebrates its 40th anniversary. Over the last decade the event, which started as a main stream jazz festival in 1978, developed into a breeding ground for new and actual, dynamic, adventurous and synergetic music from all over the world, summarized and defined as World Jazz. This should be understood as music from from all corners of the world, music that crosses borders, styles and genres, but with one major denominator in common: improvisation. Dutch artists like Eric Vloeimans, Paul van Kemenade, Jasper van ‘t Hof, Oene van Geel and Izaline Calister are known for their artistic integration of influences from everywhere. The same goes for the nationally known Hind Akki, David Golek, Wieke Garcia, Stormvogel and Thijs Borsten. In 2018, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band form a unit with Hungerian Söndörgö, while Bombay Connection Orchestra fuses Indian music with western techniques and Sound of Siam mixes funk with Thai tradition. Spanish World Jazz artists featured at Amersfoort Jazz are pianist Marco Mezquida, with his trio as well with singer Silvia Perez Cruz, and upcoming pianist Daahoud Salim with his quintet.
Amersfoort Jazz also presents international laureates, doing the same: Laura Perrudin from France, Thandi Ntuli from South Africa, Ivan Mazuze from Norway (Mozambique), Jazzamboka from Canada (Congola), next to other adventurous laureates from Thailand, Russia, Israel, Australia, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands. The laureates perform with their own groups as well as soloists, participating and jamming with open minded Dutch World Jazz artists, again with one major denominator in common: improvisation. From focus land Belgium some notable artists from the New Wave of Belgian Jazz perform at the festival, like Jef Neve and Walter Hus, also De Beren Gieren, LABtrio en SCHNTZL, comprised of young and talented globe-trotters with a sophisticated World Jazz attitude.
This way, Amersfoort Jazz strives to become and be a meeting place for artistical surprise and musical connection, in stead of yet another event with the usual headliners and gig hoppers. All together, this results in a four days pandemonium in the beautiful historic inner city of Amersfoort, one of the oldest cities in the centre of the Netherlands. Read more about the line up of Amersfoort Jazz 2018.