BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 starts off.

Munich. This year, the BMW Welt Jazz Award is
celebrating its 10th anniversary. Under a yearly changing theme, six
free Sunday matinees will take place at BMW Welt’s double-coned
structure between February and April 2018. Afterwards, the expert jury
will nominate two ensembles to perform at the finale concert on June
9, 2018. The audience will also have a chance to vote for their very
own favourite. For the kick-off, two ensembles will compete in
February: The German ensemble LBT on February 18, and the Finish Jukka
Eskola Soul Trio on February 25. This year’s theme will be “Jazz moves”.

Together with bassist Maximilian Hirning and drummer Sebastian
Wolfgruber, pianist Leo Betzl regularly performs as the rhythmic group
known as LBT. They started their trio three years
ago, while studying at the University of Music and Theatre Munich.
Since then LBT has produced music that surprises its audiences with
drama and excitement alike. The trio likes to experiment and as such
has won various awards including Steinway’s young talent award, Kurt
Maas Jazz Award and Hansjörg Henzler Jazz Award. With their new
programme featuring a combination of techno and jazz, the trio is
asking for a dance at the BMW Welt on February 18.

Over the past ten years, trumpeter Jukka Eskola demonstrated his
versatility by joining renowned ensembles playing various kinds of
music including dancefloor with Five Corners Quintet, expressionist
jazz with the big band of Mikko Innanen and entertaining parodies of
jazz with Jimi Tenor. Together with organist Mikko Helevä and drummer
Teppo Mäkynen, the Jukka Eskola Soul Trio returns to
the essence of jazz. Following its own rules and using a humorous
approach, the trio will perform moving soul jazz as heard by Blue Note
and Prestige in the 1960s and 70s, on February 25 at
BMW Welt’s double-coned structure.

Programme of BMW Welt Jazz
Award 2018


Matinees: 11 am to c.1:30 pm at the double-coned structure of
BMW Welt:

February 18, 2018       LBT

Febuary 25, 2018        Jukka Eskola Soul Trio

March 18, 2018           PUERTA SUR – Tangomoods. Arroyo/Schläppi/Engler

March 25, 2018           Andi Kissenbeck’s CLUB BOOGALOO

April 8, 2018                Beady Belle

April 22, 2018              BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna

Admission is free of charge but seating is limited. Tickets are
subject to availability. Doors open at 10.30 am.


Grand finale at the auditorium of BMW Welt
at 7 pm:

June 9, 2018             Final concert featuring the two nominated finalists

Tickets for the grand finale on June 9, 2018, will be available as of
February 18, 2018, at BMW Welt and München Ticket.

As in previous years, the programme will be hosted by Beate Sampson,
jazz expert and editor at the German broadcasting station BR-KLASSIK.


The distinguished panel of expert jurors will be headed by
Oliver Hochkeppel (journalist for music and
cultural affairs at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung) and will
include the following members:

Roland Spiegel, editor at the music desk and jazz
expert at the German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR‑KLASSIK;

Andreas Kolb, editor-in-chief of the magazines
JazzZeitung and neue musikzeitung;

Heike Lies, musicologist, Music and Music Theatre
Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the state capital Munich;

Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the
international jazz festival Bingen swingt.

For further questions please contact:

Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49-89-382-247 53

Leonie Laskowski

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49-89-382-45382

Micaela Sandstede

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Spokesperson BMW Welt

Telephone: +49-89-382-61611



About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment

For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated
and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company
places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and
modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and
design. In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the
artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s
Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff
Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have
co-operated with BMW. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from
China and American John Baldessari created the next two vehicles for
the BMW Art Car Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate
Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin,
Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and
art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The
BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural
activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing
groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a
successful business.

Further information:





BMW Welt – at the heart of the brand, on the pulse of the city

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pioneering architecture, BMW Welt is the heart of all the brands in
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Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad, which are impressively presented in their
own worlds of experience. But it is not only the exhibitions and the
collection of new vehicles that are highlights for car lovers from all
over the world. Visitors can enjoy a year-round programme of varied
events covering culture, art and entertainment as well as a popular
event location for over 400 external events per year. The various
restaurants of the BMW Welt offer a variety of culinary delights up to
star gastronomy. In the BMW Welt Junior Campus, children and
youngsters can enjoy exciting guided tours and workshops on the themes
of mobility and sustainability.

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.





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