The Umeå Jazz Festival continues to attract the best of the world's jazz and improvisation musicians. And, of course, there is a special focus on artists from Europe during Umeå's year as a European Capital of Culture in 2014.
This 47th jazz festival is still a strong and vital venue for artistic development. We continue to experiment with core values such as tradition, creativity, curiosity and accessibility in our efforts to offer an artistically challenging meeting place.
The common denominator for all the performers on our stages is great passion and a big creative urge. In the force field between young unknown artists, experienced improvisation artists, esoteric expressions and well-known songs, unique and memorable experiences are created. Deep connections with the roots systems of various traditions and our time's proximity to all continents are important starting points that have shaped the Festival's artistic vision and enrich the Festival's palette of colours and subjects.
My hope is also that the festival will fill an important function for the young jazz scene, as it encounters new music and new people to be inspired by here. As usual, there is also a focus on a series of seminars and workshops on the improvisation musician's regeneration and renewal in terms of ideas, form and expression. And I no longer think very much about what is and isn't jazz.
You can follow the progress of programming on our website, where we will gradually be presenting this year's programme and artists, ticketing information and other useful information.
Welcome to Umeå Jazz Festival 2014!
/Lennart Strömbäck, Artistic Director