Conference Programme

Centro Cultural de Belém, Praça do Império, Lisbon, Portugal

Thursday 13 September 2018
13.00, Registration opens
15:00 - 15:15, Welcome of EJN members and celebration of EJN Award for Adventurous Programming 2018 / Announcement of EJN Award for Social Inclusion
15:15 - 16:15, 6 parallel working groups on progressing EJN activities:
  • Social Inclusion
  • Gender Balance
  • Jazz for Young People
  • Digital tools / Streaming group
  • Artistic Exchange Platform
  • National Organisations
16:30 - 18:30, Formal EJN General Assembly
22:00 - 23:30, Opening Gala Concert: Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos with guests: Maria João (voc), João Paulo Esteves da Silva (piano), João Mortágua (sax) and João Barradas (accordion)

Friday 14 September 2018

10:00, Registration opens
10:30 - 11:00, Opening ceremony and welcome addresses  
11:00 - 11:45, Keynote speech #1, Maria João (PT): “Journeys on the Edge”

In her keynote speech, Portuguese singer Maria João will talk about her career on the edge of music genres and definitions, and more in general about the creativity and innovation that spurs from the intersections of different cultures and the added value that this bring.
11:45 - 13:00, Portuguese jazz in the European context, open panel debate

The panel debate will discuss how Portuguese jazz musicians / promoters position themselves in the overall European context and how they deal with other countries of Europe in terms of collaborations and artistic exchanges and which trends and opportunities exist for the future.
  • Beatriz Nunes (musician, PT) 
  • Pedro Guedes (Director of the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, PT)
  • Pedro Costa (Clean Feed label manager and promoter, PT)
  • Rui Eduardo Paes (author, journalist and promoter, PT)
  • Pedro Cravinho (author and researcher, PT)
  • Moderator: Francesco Martinelli (author, jazz historian, Siena Jazz Archive Director, IT)

13:00 - 14:00, Lunch at CCB
14:00 - 14:40, Portuguese Showcase Festival #1: 
15:00 - 16:30, 5 parallel discussion groups on sharing expertise and knowledge between music professionals:
JAZZ AND THE CITY: Developing a jazz strategy within an overall music strategy for a city
  • Azucena Mico (Sound Diplomacy, ES)

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES: What’s new in approaches to jazz programming worldwide.
  • Adam Schatz (NYC Winter JazzFest, USA)
  • Jan Bang (musician/Punkt Festival, NO)
  • Paul Mason (Australia Council for the Arts, AUS)
  • Moderator: Jan Ole Otnæs (Nasjonal Jazzscene - Victoria, NO)

JAZZ RESEARCH: WHAT’S BEEN DONE AND WHAT’S NEW? The impact of Jazz Festivals - presentation of existing works plus new areas of research underway
  • Tony Whyton (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK)

JAZZ- WHO’S COMING? What do our members know about their audiences and does the picture vary across Europe?
  • Tina Heine (Salzburg Jazz & the CIty, AU)

JAZZ- THE MEDIUM AND THE MESSAGE: What are the latest marketing trends across Europe and what will things look like in 10 years’ time? How do we harness new technology to promote our music? 
  • Scott Cohen (The Orchard, UK)

16:30 - 18:00, 6 parallel "Heritage Walks" in the area of Belém
After the successful experience at the European Jazz Conference 2017 in Ljubljana, and on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, participants will split in 6 parallel groups that will walk to a museum/heritage space in the area of Belém where a storyteller/musician will do a small performance or tell a story on the theme of “ON THE EDGE”. After this the groups will go back to CCB for the showcase programme.
  • Francesco Martinelli (autor and jazz historian, IT) to Popular Art Museum
  • João Seixas (geographer, PT) to Jardim do Império 
  • Miguel Seabra (actor and director, PT) to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
  • Silvia Sardeira (promoter, Jazz i Parken, SE/PT) to Museu de Marinha
  • Manuel Graça Dias (architect, PT) to Teatro Lu.Ca 
  • Alyn Shipton (author and BBC Radio 3 presenter, UK) to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
18:30 - 19:50, Portuguese Showcase Festival #2:
  • Bode Wilson trio
  • Axes
20:00 - 21:30, Dinner at CCB
21:30 - 02:00, Fringe programme & events happening around the city

Saturday 15 September 2018

10:00, Registration opens
10:30 - 11.15, Keynote speech #2, Kelly Snook (USA/UK): “Concordia: A future of music as a tool for investigation”
11.15 - 12.45, Panel discussion: “Leading From The Edge: How technology will affect creators, consumers and companies in the Digital Age”

This Panel will discuss how technology is fundamentally changing both the traditional dynamics of the music industry, as well as our fundamental interaction with it as creators, curators, custodians and consumers. It will plot a course for industry members through these paradigm shifts, focusing on some key inevitable changes that we will all face over the next 10 to 20+ years. Audience expectations are also changing, particularly amongst ‘digital natives’. Acknowledging that we must be as innovative in our presentation as the music that we represent, this panel will look steadfastly forward to equip ourselves for some potentially seismic shifts across the music industry.
  • Kelly Snook (music producer and technologist, USA)
  • Scott Cohen (The Orchard, UK)
  • Moderator: Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company, IE)

12:45 - 13:00, Group photo
13:00 - 14:00, Lunch at CCB
14:00 - 14:40, Portuguese Showcase Festival #3, Small Auditorium:
  • Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Ensemble
14:45 - 15:15, A bit of tai chi
15:30 - 16:00, Free networking time to continue the discussions of the previous days
16:00 - 16:15, KIDS CAN concert

A European Jazz Tour for young musicians and journalists from Portugal, Estonia and Denmark aged 9-17. On stage, you’ll find the young musicians from Hot Clube de Portugal’s Escola de Jazz, who took part in Kids Can 2018. Kids Can was initiated by JazzDanmark and developed in collaboration with Hot Clube de Portugal's Escola de Jazz Luiz Villas-Boas in Lisbon and JazzKaar, Tallinn. The project is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

16:30 - 17:00, Public presentation of EJN Activities: official launch of the book: "The History of Jazz European Jazz - The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context" (Equinox Publishing), and adoption of the EJN Manifesto on Gender Balance in Jazz and Creative Music
17:00 - 17:30, Final Plenary and presentation from EJC 2019 hosts
18:30 - 19:50, Portuguese Showcase Festival #4
  • Quarteto Beatriz Nunes
  • TGB
20:00 - 21:30, Dinner at CCB
21:30 - 02:00, Fringe programme & events happening around the city

Sunday 16 September 2018

10.30 - onwards, Cultural tours of the city of Lisbon, offered by the Lisbon Municipality (see specific web section)