Preview: Ystad Jazz Festival 2018




The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival ranges from Monty Alexander to a sunrise concert by Nils Petter Molvaer at the standing stones of Ales Stenar

The ninth Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival will be held from 1 - 5 August 2018. During the five-day festival there will be over 50 events – a jazz parade, the traditional fanfare from the church tower, 40 concerts, two free JazzKidz concerts, two jazz breakfasts (with interviews), three jam sessions and an exhibition by this year’s jazz artist, Angelika Wiik.

The festival presents world stars, young up and coming Swedish and European artists and Swedish legends. There will be more than 200 artists at this year’s festival, including The Manhattan Transfer, Monty Alexander (pictured right), Youn Sun Nah, Omer Klein, Avishai Cohen, Wolfgang Haffner, Paolo Fresu, Bill Evans, Lizz Wright, Phronesis and Nils Petter Molvær. Among the Swedish stars taking part are Jan Lundgren (the festival’s artistic director), Nils Landgren, Ulf Wakenius, Jan Allan and Georg Riedel.

Vocalist Trudy Kerr and her quartet (Tom Cawley on piano, Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Seb de Krom on drums) will be joined by alto saxophonist Jukka Perko for Sings Paul Desmond. Claire Martin and Jim Mullen join forces to present Celebrating The Music Of Wes Montgomery.

Choirs feature in two of the festival’s major concerts: Gunnar Eriksson & RilkeEnsemblen, a 17-member choir, celebrate the music of Lars Gullin with Georg Riedel, Jan Allan, Joakim Rolandsson and Mats Eriksson, and Jan Lundgren & Hans Backenroth meet Ratinger Kammerchor, a 21-member choir led by Dominikus Burghardt, in a concert featuring music by Albinoni, Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

The festival begins with the jazz parade, which is expected to attract thousands of jazz lovers to the centre of Ystad. Most events take place within this historic centre, with a few events taking place at venues a few kilometres outside the town.

A unique sunrise concert by the Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær (pictured left) takes place at 5.20am on 5 August at Ales Stenar (Ale’s Stones, pictured below), an Iron Age stone monument in the shape of a ship. Festival organisers promise “a magical experience”. The festival’s grand finale concert featuring Jan Lundgren Trio, the Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Musica Vitae and Paolo Fresu, Wolfgang Haffner and Jukka Perko closes the festival later that evening at Ystad Arena.

For further information and to book tickets please go to the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay


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