Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Days 1-3, September 25-27, 2011
One of the key questions for European musicians/agents regards visa and work permit requirements across Asia. Augustin suggested that a tour of key European/American cities by a panel of Asia's jazz festival directors, in order to provide such information, might be of interest for musicians, their agents and managers trying to get a foothold in Asia. It wouldn't be difficult to imagine that such a panel would invite a lot of attention, and it's an idea which European and American jazz festival directors, funding bodiesas well as universities and colleges offering jazz programsmight consider.
What also emerged from the panel discussion was the difficulty in securing sponsors for jazz festivals, and how this has a strong hand in influencing the programming of festivals. Right across the board, throughout Europe and America and Asia, jazz festivals are including other styles of music, and greater diversity to gain broader appeal. Variety, as the saying goes, is the spice of life, and for jazz festivalsin particular in these uncertain economic timesvariety may well mean their very survival, wherever they may be.
Coming up in days four, five and six of the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival: In The Country; Maria João & Mário Laginha; the Dainius Pulauskas Group; the Emil Vikilicky Trio; and Blanca Gallice.
Aseana Percussion Unit: Ian Patterson Wison Lam: Felix Tam Arnaud Rouanet, Oscar Lorient, Alexander Rodriguez Cala: Felix Tam Sanjiv Daevin, David Victor: Felix Tam Simin Tander: The Mira Hong Kong All other photos: Ian Patterson
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