Finalist for the BMW Welt Jazz Award

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Monday April 01, 2019

From BMW Group

BMW Welt Jazz Award finalists 2019 announced
By: Thomas Girst

After six spectacular matinees, the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019 enters its final round on 4 May, with a play-off between the Maciej Obara Quartet and Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet. Taking to the stage in the auditorium of the BMW Welt, they will perform their interpretation of this year’s theme, Saxophone Worlds, before the renowned jury decides which of them will take home the award. Created by BMW Design, the accolade will be accompanied by prize money of 10,000 euros for the winner, with 5,000 euros for the runner-up.

Jazz fans have been experiencing first-hand the musical skills of this year’s performers in six free matinees between January and March. The audience award, presented by Schloss Elmau, will be handed over at the final, along with an invitation to play at the Schloss.

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet
At the heart of the international acclaim for the jazz artist Rudresh Mahanthappa are his passion for Carnatic music and his Indian roots. The work of this talented musician is already well-documented by a string of awards. On 24 March Mahanthappa captivated his audience with a fusion of rhythmic structures and contemporary jazz. Accompanied by Rez Abbasi on guitar, Bobby Avey on piano, Fran├žois Moutin on bass and Rudy Royston on percussion, the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet presented the successful Bird Calls album. Mahanthappa’s very personal, highly virtuouso interpretation of original compositions by saxophone legend Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker saw him reinterpret the arrangements, themes and solos of the godfather of modern jazz in a new context to reflect the theme of this year’s BMW Welt Jazz Awards. Their inexhaustible joy at playing and their powerful output won the quintet a place in the final.

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