The international fair jazzahead! will happen this week, from 24th to 27th of April in Bremen, Germany. Brasil Music Exchange will be present through International Relations Manager David McLoughlin who will do networking and meetings with business partners in potential for BME associates.
From 25th to 26th the fair will organize matchmaking meetings among business professionals. There will be more than 2.500 participants, only from Germany. From São Paulo, Brazil, we will have one participant: drummer, producer and composer Tuto Ferraz, known for his work with Grooveria Electro-acústica collective since 2001 and who has worked with Seu Jorge, Ed Motta, Toninho Horta, Marcelo D2, among other.
Tuto is on his way to Bremen and stopped by London to do some contacts. He shares a bit of his expectations towards the fair. ” Networking is the first step: to know partners in potential that listen to your workd and get interested. The work of an agent or label here in Europe is fundamental to start a movement, in the media as well”, he explains. “But this does not discard the possibility of a club or festival get interested right away. This has already happened to me back in 2010 with Grooveria when Festival Maré de Agosto has hired us for a concert after seeing us in Posto 9 website, which is an agency in Spain”, he recalls.
Tuto has just released his last record in the end of 2013 called Tuto Ferraz Funky Jazz Machine and is the editor of online magazine MUZK (muzk.com.br). He will take part of two matchmaking meetings, one on Friday and the other on Saturday. To take part of matchmaking meetings you need to be a registered exhibitor or professional participant. More information about the matchmaking meetings here.
Musical program of the festival opens with a Danish night, followed by a German one, which will show the actual jazz scenario of both regions. Then it will present the Overseas Night, with artists from different countries such Chile, Belgium, France, USA, Italy among others.
Festival will also present readings, theater plays and exhibitions, such as the one of the Danish photographer Jan Persson, who has registered good part of the jazz scene who has performed in his original country in the 60′s and 70′s. More information about the music program of the festival here.
The numbers of jazzahead!’s last edition show a growth in relation to the previous years. In 2013, the fair has gathered together 75 participants from 19 different countries (an increase of 20% in relation to 2012) and has organized 273 meetings (an increase of 26% in relation to 2012). More details about 2013 results here.