Jazzfest Berlin 2021: Scenes of Now
The members of Side Bar are not only widely respected figures on the local scene, but they have also made international inroads as The Ancestors, a project led by British reedist Shabaka Hutchings. Berlin’s Koma Saxo is the sound of surprise for jazz in 2021, viewing each performance as an opportunity to explore new terrain.
Jazzfest 2021 Berlin: Scenes of Now
After a digital New York-Berlin edition in the first year of the pandemic, Jazzfest Berlin 2021 traces the paths of improvised music to three more cultural hubs: Cairo, São Paulo and Johannesburg. Together with local partners, the festival team has developed a diverse programme of partly pre-produced, partly live concert formats that showcase the musicality, innovative power and affinity with interdisciplinary experimentation of the respective creative music scenes as well as the specific places they occupy in between a global jazz canon and their own region’s rich musical heritage.