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Jazz Award 2019.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019.


Winner of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019: The Maciej Obara Quartet.

The Polish jazz musician and saxophonist Maciej Obara and his quartet have delivered the winning performance in the final round of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019. With ‘Saxophone Worlds’ as the theme, the competition transformed the Auditorium of the BMW Welt into a jazz experience unlike any other. In a play-off against the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet, the Maciej Obara Quartet was able to take the top prize, with Dominik Wania on piano, Ole Morten Vagan on bass and Gard Nilssen on percussion.

The award was presented by Dr Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance and City of Munich Cultural Adviser Dr Hans-Georg Küppers. Created specially by BMW Design, it was accompanied by prize money for the winner and runner up, with €10,000 awarded to the Maciej Obara Quartet and €5,000 to the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet.

Based on the theme of ‘Saxophone Worlds’, the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 centred on the instrument voted by the Association of Federal State Music Councils as Instrument of the Year 2019. The many facets of the woodwind instrument were demonstrated at six free matinee performances in the spring of this year, inspiring audiences of jazz lovers in the double cone at the BMW Welt.

The specialist jury commented: "Rusdresh Mahanthappa’s consistent and immersive combination of bebop and modern jazz informed by elements of Indian music and rock has enthralled the jury. At the same time, they were equally enchanted by the enormous amplitude of emotion, the dynamics and possibilities of expression, with which Maciej Obara and his quartet was able to surprise and fascinate its audience. Just as the lightness of his sound, the power of his composition and the spontaneity of his delicate lyrics as well as the unchained power of this outstanding ensemble’s improvisations turned the quartet into this year’s winner."

Dr Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance, praised the skill of the two ensembles that had made it through to the final round: "Both of them delivered emotional and passionate interpretations of the theme ‘Saxophone Worlds’. I would like to congratulate the Maciej Obara Quartet on winning the award. The language of jazz transcends cultures and unites people across the continents. Its power was very apparent today, palpable for us here in the Auditorium of the BMW Welt. This year the BMW Welt Jazz Award was a fitting celebration of the most significant instrument in jazz music. I look forward to the years ahead as well: in 2020 the theme of the awards will be ‘The Melody at Night’. For the first time, the competition will comprise a series of evening concerts. I would like to thank our long-standing partners for their support, especially the City of Munich."

Impressions BMW Welt Jazz Award Final.