For its third edition, from 3 to 10 March 2017, the Montreux Jazz Academy will host ten talented young musicians in the vibrant Flon area of Lausanne. The public will be able to enjoy the event free of charge through concerts, jam sessions, and workshops featuring the Academy's prestigious mentors: Yaron Herman (musical director), Trilok Gurtu, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Ziv Ravitz, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
The activities of the Montreux Jazz Academy will for the first time be centralized in the facilities of the University of Music Lausanne (HEMU) and of the Ecole de Jazz et de Musique Actuelle (EJMA), in a location that is both steeped in learning and bubbling with music, a perfect fit with the philosophy of the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation.
The virtuosos will bring together their multiple influences during this week of exchanges and learning. A tenth participant will be chosen among the students from HEMU. He will join the nine finalists from the piano, guitar, and voice competitions at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival. The ten virtuosos, aged from 14 to 29, will have the honor of being guided by 6 prestigious mentors: pianist and musical director Yaron Herman, percussionist Trilok Gurtu, singer Al Jarreau, bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Ziv Ravitz and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel.
EXCEPTIONAL CONCERT AT BCV CONCERT HALL
The traditional closing concert of the Montreux Jazz Academy will be on March 10th. Enriched by a week of musical encounters, the young virtuosos will present their sparkling talent and their different sensibilities, and will be joined on stage by their mentors. This evening, the sole ticketed Academy event, will take place in the excellent acoustics of the HEMU’s BCV Concert Hall.
Full program & tickets on www.mjaf.ch
FREE PROGRAM IN 4 ACTS
The public is also invited to the party! The Montreux Jazz Academy offers the public a rich and extremely engaging lineup of free program. This will unfold in 4 parts each day:
5pm : A workshop will be presented by an Academy mentor or by an invited guest, like film music composer John Altman.
6pm: Montreux concerts by artists like Nina Simone, Ray Charles, or Marvin Gaye will be brought back to life in an archive concert screening.
8pm : A thematic concert will be held based on a different music style (funk, latino, electro...).
9pm : Jam sessions after the concert.