Saalfelden International Jazzfestival

The Jazzfestival of Saalfelden has been in existence since 1978 and will take place in 2017 for the 38th time. Along with the Festival an arts centre has been established in 2002 called Kunsthaus Nexus. At this cultural / arts centre the programming concept reaches a wide range of musical styles, art movies, children's programs, theatre, discussions, lectures as well as art exhibitions in the great exhibition hall. Our main focus in the main performance space Black Box are jazz concerts since this has been the original core of the organisation that established and used to organize the festival for many years. Since 2006 the Tourist Bureau of Saalfelden has taken over the official promoter-ship for the jazz festival: gathers the funds, takes care of the administrational work and carries the entire financial risk. Our organization does the programming of the Festival as well as runs and programs the Kunsthaus Nexus arts center. For the jazz festival as well as for the club at the Nexus our concept for jazz is to present new interesting bands and musicians within the improvised music scene.

Thereby our main focus is to present living composer who play their original music. With rare exceptions we stay away from presenting "... plays the music of..." concerts. We support jazz music and artists who we think contribute to the development of music and improvisation. Part of our concept is to commission and finance artists to write new music and perform it with musicians (number and origin) of their choice. This is a risk we think a promoter has to take in order to support the development of music. At least half of our programme at the jazz festival are European bands/musicians.

Artistic Director:
Michaela Mayer
Am Postplatz 1
5760 Saalfelden
Phone: +43 6582 74963
Fax: +43 6582 74963-4


"3 days of Jazz" winter Festival in Saalfelden

by Saalfelden International Jazzfestival on Fri, 23/12/2016 - 10:54
3 Days of Jazz, 20th – 22nd of January 2017, Saalfelden, Austria Friday, 20.01.2017, 08.00 pm - Kunsthaus Nexus Ulrich Drechsler Trio “Beauty doesn’t ask for attention” - Austria Ulrich Drechsler – clarinets Judith Ferstl – double bass Judith Schwarz – drums When words lose their power, the limitless, unequivocal world... read more

37th International Jazz Festival Saalfelden

by Saalfelden International Jazzfestival on Tue, 23/08/2016 - 11:06
Saalfelden Jazz Festival and Rahofer present a new visual leitmotif The Saalfelden Jazz Festival will take place from August 25 to 28, 2016. We are delighted to present to you the 2016 visual leitmotif as well as the opening act, for which, as in previous years, artistic directors Michaela Mayer and Mario Steidl have chosen an... read more

Saalfelden 3 Days of Jazz - Winter Festival

by Saalfelden International Jazzfestival on Thu, 21/01/2016 - 10:55
“3 Days of Jazz” includes seven concerts from January 22 to 24, 2016. Saalfelden’s annual August jazz festival has garnered excellent reviews in the international jazz world. Starting in January 2016, visitors will also be able to listen to a vibrant array of bands in the winter. From January 22 to 24, 2016, Saalfelden... read more

36th International Saalfelden Jazz Festival: 27 to 30 August

by Saalfelden International Jazzfestival on Thu, 20/08/2015 - 10:59
Known as a playground for free spirits, the Saalfelden Jazz Festival has been a fixture on the international jazz circuit and one of the most experimental festivals of its kind for more than three decades. Each year at the end of August, musicians from all over the world gather in the small town of Saalfelden, Austria, to delight... read more