April 24 – 27, 2014
This April the German city of Bremen will once again turn into a global meeting spot for the international jazz scene. Taking place from the 24th to 27th of April, the now ninth edition of the music fair and showcase festival jazzahead! offers a varied program and gives agencies, labels, media representatives, producers and event organizers the opportunity to establish new contacts and expand their networks.
Selected by an expert jury and featured in this year’s line-up are the Austrian jazz acts Kompost 3 and Rom/Schaerer/Eberle. For both combos the jazzahead! festival is an excellent opportunity to perform in front of an international audience and get their names out there.
jazzahead! Key Figures 2013:
- 646 exhibiting companies from 33 countries
- more than 2,500 registered delegates from 48 countries
- over 80 concerts and showcases on more than 25 stages throughout the city
- over 11,000 concert and showcase visitors
- close to 200 registered media and press representatives
Date & Time: Saturday, April 26| 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Halle 2
Martin Eberle (trumpet, horn), Benny Omerzell (organ, rhodes), Manu Mayr (electronics, bass) and Lukas König (drums, samples), the four heads of Kompost 3, are experts in bridging musical gaps. Representing a young generation that has defied and overcome old-school thinking patterns, the quartet treads a musical path that leads them to a very distinctive and unique overall sound. All of their pieces sound very innovative, imaginative, complex, varied and refreshingly non-dogmatic. The music is based on jazz elements, but also includes funk, bombastic art rock, sound art, trip hop, minimal techno and various forms of club music. A mix that is definitely not very common.
Date & Time: Saturday, April 26| 10:00 p.m.
Venue: Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
A guitar, a trumpet and a speaking and singing organ are all Peter Rom, Martin Eberle and Andreas Schaerer need to realize their sonic visions and ideas, which are settled somewhere between beatboxing, crazy vocal art, rocking jazz elements, pop and African sound traditions. Listening to the tracks of Rom/Schaerer/Eberle, you sometimes get the feeling as if the songs were recorded on the fly at one of their jam sessions. Of course, this is not the case, but the music has such a fluency and easiness, which you don’t come across that often. Hence the music of this trio always feels very spontaneous and never tediously constructed.
Text: Michael Ternai (translated from German)
Photo Rom/Schaerer/Eberle: reto andreoli
Photo Kompost 3: Astrid Knie