2019-03-25 17:00

Music Cities Network Jazz Residency Hamburg 2019

Music Cities Network Jazz Residency Hamburg 2019 w/ Clouds Hill Recordings Studio & Elbjazz Festival

The line-up of the first Music Cities Network Jazz Residency in cooperation with the Clouds Hill Recordings Studio and the ELBJAZZ has been decided: the jury of experts has selected Falko Harrie (bass guitar) from Hamburg, Frederik Bülows (drums) from Aarhus, Ingi Bjarni Skúlason (piano, Composition) from Reykjavik, MIMRA aka María Magnúsdóttir (vocals, composition) from Reykjavik and Tilman Oberbeck (contrabass) from Hamburg. As part of the one-week jazz residency, the five now meet in the Clouds Hill Recording Studio and may together create something new. The result will be presented at the closing concert on the ELBJAZZ Saturday. 

Learn more about all artists here


Brief project description:

The Music Cities Network Jazz Residency enables the member cities to set up a worldwide exchange of aspiring Jazz artists. Directly embedded in local networks within the respective host city, new relationships and thriving innovative processes will develop. The Music Cities Network Jazz Residency program consists of 1 week recording studio collaboration between 4-5 artists coming from MCN member cities at the Clouds Hill Recordings Studios plus the opportunity to present their work and the results of the collaborations at Elbjazz 2019, one of the largest European jazz festivals.



Clouds Hill Recordings Studio, Hamburg Rothenburgsort

Elbjazz Festival 2019, Blohm & Voss Shipyard Area


Longer project description:

The Music Cities Network, which functions as a framework for Music Cities Network Jazz Residency, was initiated in summer 2016 by the Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM) and Sound Diplomacy with the purpose to strengthen the communication and cooperation between global music cities. Additionally, to the founding member cities Aarhus, Hamburg, and Sydney, the network features Berlin, Bergen, Groningen, Nantes and Reykjavik within the network.

The fast and ongoing technical, medial and global developments are the main drivers of one of the biggest structural changes in the music sector. This development can be seen as well for Jazz artists and adjacent genres. Since its very beginnings Jazz has been a genre, which overcame boundaries and brought together artists regardless of gender, race, language, and social background. Nevertheless, in recent times these free, unconditional collaborations are only few and far between due to more and more condensed spaces of opportunity.

These spaces are fundamental to enable a joint learning and cooperation with the aim to create innovation and thus enhance its visibility in the modern multi-layered music scene. The Music Cities Network Jazz Residency will create these spaces of opportunity and intensify international cooperation and collaboration of participating artists with the Hamburg music scene and locally embedded institutions. 

How does it work?

  • A open call be addressed to the local music scene via MCN member cities in cooperation with local partner institutions.
  • Artists can explaining e.g. creative goals, reason for participation etc.
  • Every partner institution of the member cities creates a shortlist consisting of 2-4 artists.
  • Due to MCN regulations, only 70% of the selected artists from shortlist and final decision may belong to the same gender.
  • German jazz pianist Julia Hülsmann will be the mentor for the first MCN Jazz Residency.
  • The final decision will be taken by Julia Hülsmann and the Elbjazz curators.
  • The selected artists will be granted 5 days at Clouds Hill Recordings Studio. A professional engineer will be there the whole time and mentoring by Julia Hülsmann to encourage new ideas.
  • The final outcome is not predefined and is based on the autonomous development by the artists.
  • All artists will be mentioned in the official Elbjazz program.
  • The outcome will result in a joint concert as part of Elbjazz on Friday June 1st where not only regular attendees of Elbjazz but moreover professionals from the music scene will be invited.
  • Every artist will get a compensation for expenses.
  • Participants of the residency will play their new, collaboratively written songs as well as their own material.
  • Travel costs will be covered by the cities. The rest (accommodation in the Clouds Hill Recordings Studio facilities, food and production costs) are covered via a partial funding via the Musikstadtfonds of the Department of Culture and Media of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

The project is designed to further connect music cities with national and international actors in order to generate new ideas and genre overlapping cooperations for cities, economies and least for the artistic production. Furthermore, to achieve a sustainable implementation of the project, editions in other MCN member cities are planned.

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