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The BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 Edition | Saxophone Worlds

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BMW Welt marked its 11th edition of the annual BMW Welt Jazz Award in 2019, focusing on one of the most iconic jazz instruments to date: the Saxophone.

Since the idea launched during the winter of 2007/2008 following successful jazz performances in the BMW Welt, the event came to attract international attention and talent, steadily establishing itself as a world-renowned celebration of jazz in all its forms.

The “Saxophone Worlds” theme aims to showcase the endless creative varieties that such a historic instrument can bring to jazz lovers. From traditional, melodic classics to contemporary jazz fusion, the six international ensembles performed their uniquely immersive interpretations in front of five of Germany’s most prominent jazz connoisseurs.

As the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 enters its final stages, two more ensembles are set to dazzle audiences with their interpretation of this year’s motto: “Saxophone Worlds”. The two final matinees taking place in the double-cone structure of the BMW Welt will be: Machina by Maria Faust on March 10th 2019 and the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet on March 24th 2019. The expert jury will then name the two finalists entering the jazz-off on May 4th 2019 in the BMW Welt Auditorium. The winner is set to receive €10,000 in addition to a trophy designed by BMW Design, while the runner-up will receive a cash prize of €5,000.

The “Saxophone Worlds” theme aims to showcase the endless creative varieties that such a historic instrument can bring to jazz lovers. From traditional, melodic classics to contemporary jazz fusion, the six international ensembles performed their uniquely immersive interpretations in front of five of Germany’s most prominent jazz connoisseurs.

As the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 enters its final stages, two more ensembles are set to dazzle audiences with their interpretation of this year’s motto: “Saxophone Worlds”. The two final matinees taking place in the double-cone structure of the BMW Welt will be: Machina by Maria Faust on March 10th 2019 and the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet on March 24th 2019. The expert jury will then name the two finalists entering the jazz-off on May 4th 2019 in the BMW Welt Auditorium. The winner is set to receive €10,000 in addition to a trophy designed by BMW Design, while the runner-up will receive a cash prize of €5,000.

The Estonian saxophonist and composer Maria Faust is among the most outstanding jazz discoveries of the last few years. She will perform on March 10 th , delivering an eclectic fusion of jazz, classical and alternative rock that defies categorization. The extraordinary lineup will include bandleader Maria Faust on alto saxophone, Ned Ferm on tenor saxophone, Ida Nørholm on cello, Jacob Anderskov on piano and Nils Bo Davidsen & Adam Pultz Melbye on double bass. Mixing traditional, experimental and natural sounds, their chamber music is characterized by powerful, haunting improvisations and enchanting melodies.

An innovative and creative jazz artist of the younger generation, Rudresh Mahanthappa is an alto saxophonist, composer and educator. Widely known as one of the premier voices in jazz of the 21st century, he enjoys international acclaim with numerous awards as a testament to his work. On March 24 th at the BMW Welt Jazz Awards, the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet will feature Rez Abbasi on guitar, Bobby Avey on piano, François Moutin on double bass and Rudy Royston on drums. Together, they will revisit the critically acclaimed Bird Calls album, in which Mahanthappa leans toward the music of saxophone legend Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker to deliver a unique, signature performance.

May 4 th 2019 will be a remarkable day, as it will witness the final concert featuring the two shortlisted finalists. The final concert tickets already went on sale on January 27 th 2019, and they are available for purchase at the BMW Welt or via “München Ticket” (muenchenticket.de)