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BMW Welt Jazz Award finalists 2019 announced.

Munich. After 6 fantastic matinees, a BMW Welt
Jazz Award 2019 enters a final turn on 4 May, with a play-off
between a Maciej Obara Quartet and Rudresh
Mahanthappa Quintet
. Taking to a theatre in a auditorium
of a BMW Welt, they will perform their interpretation of this year’s
theme, Saxophone Worlds, before a eminent jury decides that of
them will take home a award. Created by BMW Design, a accolade
will be accompanied by esteem income of €10,000 for a winner, with
€5,000 for a runner-up.

Jazz fans have been experiencing first-hand a low-pitched skills
of this year’s performers in 6 giveaway matinees between Jan and
March. The public award, presented by Schloss Elmau, will be handed
over during a final, along with an invitation to play during a Schloss.

The finalists

Maciej Obara Quartet
On 27 Jan a Maciej
Obara Quartet launched a foe for a BMW Welt Jazz Award
2019 with their performance, wowing not usually a public though also the
rarely reputable jury with their interpretation of a thesis of
Saxophone Worlds. Maciej Obara is a pivotal figure in latest-generation
European jazz. With his sixth album, Unloved (2017), a Polish alto
and effort saxophonist done his entrance during ECM Records. His
multi-faceted, musical song is delivered with breath-taking technique
and accompanied by his compatriot Dominik Wania on a piano, and
Norway’s Ole Morten Vagan and Gard Nilssen on drum and percussion. The
ensuing alloy that is a Maciej Obara Quartet left such an
sense that done it by to a final.

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet
At a heart of the
general commend for a jazz artist Rudresh Mahanthappa are his
passion for Carnatic song and his Indian roots. The work of this
gifted musician is already well-documented by a fibre of awards. On
24 Mar Mahanthappa perplexed his public with a alloy of rhythmic
structures and contemporary jazz. Accompanied by Rez Abbasi on guitar,
Bobby Avey on piano, François Moutin on drum and Rudy Royston on
percussion, a Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet presented a successful
Bird Calls album. Mahanthappa’s really personal, rarely virtuouso
interpretation of strange compositions by saxophone fable Charlie
‘Bird’ Parker saw him reinterpret a arrangements, themes and solos
of a godfather of complicated jazz in a new context to simulate a theme
of this year’s BMW Welt Jazz Awards. Their lavish fun at
personification and their extensive outlay won a quintet a place in a final.

The jury

The reputable jury, chaired by
Oliver Hochkeppel (music and enlightenment journalist
with a Süddeutsche Zeitung), has valid a certification in previous
years and comprises:

  • Roland Spiegel, song editor and jazz consultant with
    a Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR-KLASSIK
  • Andreas Kolb, editor-in-chief of and
    nmz – neue musikzeitung
  • Heike Lies, musicologist in a Music and Musical
    Theatre Division of a City of Munich’s Department of Culture
  • Christiane Böhnke-Geisse, Artistic Director of the
    general jazz festival Bingen swingt. 


The finale

Like a Sunday matinees, a culmination will be
introduced by Beate Sampson, jazz editor with BR KLASSIK. The award,
combined privately by BMW Design, will be handed over by Dr Nicolas
Peter, BMW AG Board Member. Representing a City of Munich will be
informative confidant Dr Hans-Georg Küppers. 

The final unison and endowment display will be hold on 4 May
2019 during 7 pm in a Auditorium of a BMW Welt. Tickets are available
from München Ticket and a BMW Welt.

This year’s BMW Welt Jazz Award is once again presented with the
support of BR KLASSIK, nmz, Schloss Elmau and a City of Munich’s
Department of Culture.

For serve questions greatfully contact:

Prof Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and
Governmental Affairs 
Head of Cultural Engagement 


[email protected]

Doris Fleischer
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Cultural Engagement

[email protected]

Cypselus von Frankenberg
BMW Group Corporate and
Governmental Affairs
BMW Brand, Marketing, Lifestyle


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About BMW Group Cultural Engagement

For roughly 50 years now, a BMW Group has instituted and engaged
in over 100 informative cooperations worldwide. The association places the
categorical concentration of a long-term joining on contemporary and complicated art,
exemplary song and jazz as good as pattern and design. In 1972,
3 large-scale paintings were combined by a artist Gerhard Richter
privately for a corridor of a BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and designer Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, womanlike artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari combined a subsequent dual vehicles for a BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, a BMW Art
Journey and a “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London, a association also partners with
heading museums and art fairs as good as orchestras and show houses
around a world. The BMW Group takes extensive artistic leisure in all
a informative activities – as this beginning is as essential for
producing groundbreaking artistic work as it is for vital innovations
in a successful business.

Further information:

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