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Jazz Award 2019 - Opening Concert

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 – OPENING CONCERT.


In 2019, the annual BMW Welt Jazz Award will give outstanding representatives from the young jazz scene the opportunity to present their music in the unique setting of the Double Cone at BMW Welt. This promises to be a special experience for both the audience and the musicians alike.

A musical highlight awaits you in the form of modern danceable jazz at the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 opening concert on 17th January 2019.

Roman Sladek, winner of the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award, and the Jazzrausch Bigband.

Jazz Award 2019 - Opening Concert
Jazz Award 2019 - Opening Concert

With their powerful blend of big band jazz and electronic club music, the Jazzrausch Bigband has reached a large audience within just a short period of time. Their success, however, is not limited to Munich, where they regularly appear as the resident band of the internationally-recognised techno club Harry Klein; in recent years, the young ensemble has also played at the FM4 Frequency Festival in St. Pölten, the JZ Festival in Shanghai and at the world-famous Lincoln Center in New York. Projects such as “Bruckner’s Breakdown”, which reinterpreted the music of composer Anton Bruckner using elements from dubstep and jazz, created enthusiasm among jazz fans, passionate clubbers and critics alike.

With their fifth programme, “Dancing Wittgenstein”, the Jazzrausch Bigband combines traditional big band sounds with the creativity of jazz and the pulsating clarity of electronic dance music. Strong bass lines and inspired improvisations meet driving house grooves. The result is surprising, unique and will always get you on your feet. The Jazzrausch Bigband is also characterised by the power and joy of their live performances, which make it almost impossible to stay seated.

The “Dancing Wittgenstein” programme was composed by sound wizard Leonard Kuhn. Trombonist Roman Sladek, winner of the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award 2017, is the Jazzrausch Bigband’s producer and bandleader.

Jazz Award 2019 - Opening Concert

The BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 will then commence on 27th January 2019after the opening concert. The event’s focus this time around will be the saxophone. Under the title “Saxophone Worlds”, the most exciting young jazz artists of their generation will perform on six consecutive Sundays from 11.00 am to 1.30 pm. Admission to the six Sunday matinees is free of charge. A panel of experts will nominate two finalists who will then compete against each other as part of the final concert on 4th May 2019. There will also be an audience award.

Where: BMW Welt Double Cone.
Doors open at 6.00 pm. The concert begins at 7.00 pm.
Admission to the opening concert is free of charge. Please note that the capacity is limited.



To this day, the saxophone continues to shape jazz like no other instrument – from swing to bebop to nu jazz, from Coleman Hawkins to Sonny Rollins to Kamasi Washington. It is therefore about time that the BMW Welt Jazz Award took on “Saxophone Worlds”. 

Since its inception, the annual series of events has developed into an internationally renowned event. Again in 2019, six outstanding ensembles from the young jazz generation will be presenting their current projects live in BMW Welt’s Double Cone. An expert jury will select two bands to go through to the grand final concert and will then pick a winner. There will also be an additional audience award. 

Immerse yourself in the “Saxophone Worlds” of modern jazz and experience rousing concerts in a unique atmosphere, from intimate chamber music to an exciting groove. 

Admission to the six Sunday matinees is free.

The artists.

Final of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019.

At the grand closing concert of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 on Saturday 4th of May, the two ensembles nominated by the jury will enter BMW Welt’s auditorium. The awarding of the prize will then take place. Tickets for the final concert will be available from BMW Welt or via “München Ticket” from the 27th of January 2019.  

The Jury. 

  • Oliver Hochkeppel (chairman of the jury, music and cultural journalist for the ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’).
  • Christiane Böhnke-Geisse (Jazz consultant, former manager of ‘Jazzclub Unterfahrt’, Munich, currently artistic director at the international jazz festival “Bingen swingt”).
  • Heike Lies (Musicology MA, Department of Music and Musical Theatre in the Cultural Department of the City of Munich).
  • Andreas Kolb (Editor-in-Chief of ‘JazzZeitung’ and ‘nmz – neue musikzeitung’).
  • Roland Spiegel (Music editor specialising in jazz at the Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR-KLASSIK).

Moderation: Beate Sampson, jazz editor at the Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR-KLASSIK.