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I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.
Nat King Cole

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The story of a successful Jazz Competition

I am proud to say that after only 8 years from its debut, Bucharest International Jazz Competition is ranked as the second jazz contest in Europe and the third in the world. The Competition contributes significantly to building a positive image of Romania in the world, allowing the inclusion of our country on the international map of major jazz events.

Dedicated to professional musicians, the event

successfully debuted in 2007, registering an unexpected participation for the first edition – 30 bands from 25 countries.
The trend was maintained, the popularity of the event increasing significantly, rightfully earning the title as the most visible and strong competition in the region. On her visit in Romania, Natalie Cole was delighted to find an event of this kind and welcomed the movement dedicated to the new jazz generation.

The 7th Edition will start on 17 May gathering 22 bands, 21 countries, 4 continents. Bucharest becomes the world capital of jazz.

Natalie Cole & Luigi Gageos, Bucharest 2009

Under the slogan "100% jazz and more" the public is invited to enjoy global trends, "creme de la creme" of major jazz centres worldwide, well defined concepts, daring ideas, in unique developments. The competitors' portfolio includes participation in prestigious international events as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Thelonius Monk Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival and Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival USA.
I am convinced that the jazz projects this year will keep the halls full as it was every time. We invite both genre lovers, and those uninitiated in the mysteries of jazz to enjoy evenings full of creativity and freedom of expression, an explosion of color and energy.

A whole week dedicated to jazz...concerts, jam sessions and workshops, at the end of which, on May 24 the best artists of the new generation of jazz will be known.


Bucharest International Jazz Competition takes place within the International Festival EUROPAfest, with a tradition of 21 years, developed under the High Patronage of Their Royal Highnesses Princess Margarita and Prince Radu.

Luigi Gageos
Director of EUROPAfest

The jury of Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2014 is international and it includes artists and teachers, recognized experts in the field, with experience in identifying new talents in the world of jazz.

Michael Davison / USA – Chairman

Professor of Jazz, Trumpet & Cuban Music University of Richmond

Performing Artist

Distinguished trumpeter Michael Davison is a legendary performer, respected professor, published composer, and ethnomusicologist. Davison’s love of music has shaped his life and career. He is in demand across the country as a performer and professor of classical and jazz music. As a performer, he has given jazz and classical recitals all over the United States as well as in many parts of France, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, China and Cuba. Davison has recorded four jazz CDs both as a leader and band member. His classical music CD, Fenster, received rave reviews from the International Trumpet Guild Journal.  Widely considered an expert in Cuban music, he performs and teaches Cuban music at the University of Richmond and worldwide.

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Regulation

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Application form

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General Rules 2014

The 8th Bucharest International Jazz Competition, 17 - 24 May 2014, is open to bands and vocalists of all nationalities.

Applicants must be born after 1st of May 1979.

Competition Procedure

Eligibility

Bands may have up to 6 performing musicians and they may include:

  •     instrumentalists and vocalists
  •     instrumentalists
  •     vocalists


1st Round - Selection of semi-finalists

The admissions panel and adjudicators will evaluate each application and CD. Recording must have been made within the past 12 months. The CD must include 2 - 3 pieces of different styles.

2nd Round - Semi-final on 17 - 23 May

  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 - 60 minutes in the competition’s concert hall
  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 - 60 minutes in an unconventional space


Competitors have complete freedom in choosing their repertoire.

3rd Round - Final / 24 May

Finalists will perform 20 minutes.

Competition Entry Requirements

Registration in the competition will be made based on:

1. CD – digital documents:
a. recordings for the competition
b. application form - Annex A, Annex B, Annex C
c. two different group photos, color, landscape format, min 1MB
d. short CV of the group - max. 10 lines

2. Printed documents:
a. application form - Annex A, Annex B, Annex C
b. copy of identity card / passport for all musicians
c. one photo, passport type for each group's member
d. two different group photos, color, landscape format, 10x15 cm
e. copy of the bank confirmation for the registration fee
f. technical rider
g. short CV of the group - max. 10 lines

All the above documents will be sent by mail, not by e-mail. The postal address is:
jmEvents
C.P. 13 - 63, Bucuresti 13, Romania

Please mention on the envelope:
"Application for jazz competition."

The registration fee for one application / group is 100 Euro and will be paid by bank transfer.

Amount: 100 Euro. The payment will be sent free of charge to the payee. Drafts are not accepted.
IBAN Account:  RO82 BACX 0000 0004 3583 4003
Bank name: Unicredit Tiriac Bank - Izvor Branch
Address: 20 Libertatii Blvd., 050707 Bucharest
Bank holder: jmEvents
Swift Code: BACXROBU
Subject: Registration fee for the Jazz Competition for...

 

 

The entry fee is non-refundable. The registration fee will be refunded only to those competitors who have complete application documents and are not accepted in the Semi-final based on the CD recording selection.
Drafts are not accepted.

Registration deadline is February 10, 2014 - date of postmark or courier service stamp at sender. Confirmation of the applicants' registration in the competition will be made before March 30, 2014.

The participants will have a professional technician and sound system along with back-line of drum kit, acoustic or digital piano, bass amplifier and guitar amplifier.

Organizers provide lodging for the first 5 registered musicians in the competition. Accommodation begins on May 17, 2014 and is ensured for the period the participants remain in contest. For the rest of the candidates, the organizers will make hotel reservations upon request, based on special accommodation packages offer.

Upon arrival in Bucharest each group / band should report to the Competition Secretariat and present a valid identity document ( identity card, passport ).

The total amount of the prizes is 7.000 Euro: cash, in Romanian currency and concerts engagements.

  •     Grand Prize Winner              1.200 Eur
  •     Special Prize - Best Band       400 Eur
  •     Special Prize - Best Vocalist   400 Eur
  •     3 – 5 concerts engagements for one or two finalist bands

The prize-winners will have priority in being included in the programs organized by jmEvents both nationally and abroad.

Final performers will receive diplomas. Prizes will be awarded by a Jury whose members are well known personalities of the jazz musical world. The Jury will use the standard criteria as:

  •     style / interpretation
  •     improvisation
  •     technique / diction / articulation
  •     musicality
  •     time and rhythm
  •     intonation

The public preference will be considered for the final decision. All the decisions of the Jury are final and non-appealable.

Each award-winner must receive his or her prize personally. The concerts will be broadcast by the Broadcasting Corporation or recorded for later transmission. A live or deferred broadcast by other Romanian or foreign Broadcasting Corporations is possible, as well as a complete or partial re-broadcast of the concerts on mass-media or online channels. By applying to take part in the competition, the applicants give their implied consent for this recording as well as for its transmission under the conditions mentioned above. The participants and the prize-winners have no claim to additional fees.


During the development of Bucharest International Jazz Competition, you are not allowed to perform in any other spaces except for those of this competition.
The infringement of rules has as consequence the exclusion from the competition, which is irrevocable, and/or taking pecuniary measures. 

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us !

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Performance was our main goal since the beginning.

We had thought everything we did as if we would have been on any of the great stages of the world. Even if it was hard, in a society in a continuous change, it was the only thing that we could have done. The results did not let themselves to be expected.

Today, Bucharest International Jazz Competition is a renowned brand in over 50 countries, and the best proof is the presence year after year, of musicians from all around the world, as well as the recognition of the Romanian values at a global level.


  • Luigi Gageos

    director

  • Petru Stoianov

    vice-president

  • Margareta Paslaru

    artist

  • Bogdana Horatiu

    event coordinator & management

  • George Man

    executive director flute competition

  • Daniela Lot

    organizing committee

  • Andreea Enache

    organizing committee

  • Vera Petrescu

    organizing committee

  • Bogdan Voiculescu

    graphic designer

  • Loredana Helgiu

    web development

  • George Nicoloiu

    official photographer

  • Volunteers Team

Artists

Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion.
Duke Ellington

In the Semi-final of Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2014 have been accepted 22 bands with musicians from 21 countries: Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, UK, USA.

2015 application

Program

We all do 'do, re, mi', but you have to find the other notes yourself.
Louis Armstrong

Tickets

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
Ornette Coleman

17

may

events
agenda
  • 100% jazz and more

    Excelsior Theatre

    Price: 32,40 lei 

    The tickets can be bought from Excelsior Theatre and bilete.ro

  • Caffe Festival

    to be announced

18

may

events
agenda
  • 100% jazz and more

    Excelsior Theatre 

    Price: 32,40 lei 

    The tickets can be bought from Excelsior Theatre and bilete.ro

  • Caffe Festival

    to be announced

19

may

events
agenda
  • 100% jazz and more

    Excelsior Theatre

    Price: 32,40 lei

    The tickets can be bought from Excelsior Theatre and bilete.ro

  • Caffe Festival

    to be announced

  • Jazz Workshop

    The entry is made based on a list. If you are interested please contact jmEvents.

20

may

events
agenda
  • 100% jazz and more

    Excelsior Theatre

    Price: 32,40 lei

    The tickets can be bought from Excelsior Theatre and bilete.ro

  • Caffe Festival

    to be announced

21

may

events
agenda
  • 100% jazz and more

    Excelsior Theatre

    Price: 32,40 lei

    The tickets can be bought from Excelsior Theatre and bilete.ro

  • Caffe Festival

    to be announced

  • Jazz Workshop

    The entry is made based on a list. If you are interested please contact jmEvents.

22

may

events
agenda
  • Caffe Festival

    to be announced

23

may

events
agenda
  • Jam Sessions

    to be announced

24

may

events
agenda
  • Final & Gala

    Odeon Theatre - Majestic

    Price: 31,80 lei / 15,90 lei

    Tickets on sale at Odeon Theatre.

Partners

Life is not about finding our limitations, it's about finding our infinity.
Herbie Hancock

Bucharest International Jazz Competition takes place within EUROPAfest, event organized under the High Patronage of Their Royal Highnesses the Princess Margarita and Prince Radu.

organizers

co-organizers

main partners

partners

special thanks

media partners

Media room

Jazz is music made by & for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions.
Johnny Griffin

Margareta Paslaru and the american jazz trumpetist Mike Davison hold 4 workshops during EUROPAfest 2014

EUROPAfest hosts this year 4 workshops held by 2 great personalities from the both the international and the local artistic world. Workshop: Margareta Paslaru 22 mai | “General Rehearsal“ 20:00 | Ibis Caffe Under the motto: “During our youth we strive t

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Bucharest International Jazz Competition begins So, you think you can jazz?

Between the 17 and 24 May, Bucharest will vibrate on jazz rythms in a unique and effervescent note, reuniting bands from USA, Germany, UK, Italy, Poland, Finland, Israel, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, and Romania. Bucharest International Jazz Competition, wh

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Europafest 2014, over 20 years of good music! It’s all about live quality music!

This year we celebrate 21 years of EUROPAfest. 21 years in which jmEvents offered to the large public a festival which distinguishes itself through live music, professionalism and elegance. Since 2005, EUROPAfest takes places under the Patronage of Their

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EUROPAfest – Bucharest International Jazz Competition 22 bands from 21 countries – Europe, SUA, South America Bucharest, the capital of world jazz

Between 17 and 24 May Bucharest will vibrate on jazz rhythms. Bucharest International Jazz Competition, taking place under the EUROPAfest brand brings on the Capital’s scenes 22 bands from 21 countries: Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Est

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Contact

I sing like I feel.
Ella Fitzgerald

Address       C.P. 13 - 63
                   Bucharest 13
                          Romania
           +40 720 316 162
           +40 213 236 600
       office@jmEvents.ro