Jazz Connective is a collaborative project between different European institutions, born from a thorough observation of the jazz and innovative music sector. Faced by new issues, many artists and organisations are now making a common statement that reflects the new challenges arising within their practices: a lack of promotion, difficulties in defining their careers and their relationship to institutions, and a feeling of remoteness from audiences.

Faced with these questions, we believe that a European approach can contribute to building new strategies to defend and promote this aesthetic. Based on transnational mobility, the Jazz Connective project aims to generate a common reflection on these changes and to promote a culture that is both more inclusive and influential.

Jazz Connective is a project built to strengthen our artistic scenes sustainably. It is made up of promoters and producers, musicians and professionals, and explores these issues on a Europe-wide scale. The project is supported by the European Union as part of Creative Europe (Cooperation Project) and will take place in several stages and in several European cities.

7 “Focus” events will take place in 7 European cities with the help of our partners:

  • 21 – 24 May/Druga Godba (Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a major festival in Central Europe. Their concept – finding and presenting lesser-known music, from jazz to world music, through innovative artistic performances – is unique in this part of the world.
  • 22 – 25 July/Wytwórnia Foundation (Łódź, Poland) The Wytwórnia Foundation is the organiser of the annual Summer Jazz Academy festival and the educational program for professional artists Intl Jazz Platform. In recent years, Summer Jazz Academy has presented figures from the Polish and international jazz scene.
  • 28 – 29 October/Vaapat äänet (Helsinki, Finland) – Free Voices and Sounds in Finnish – is an agency weaving links between broadcasters in the simmering hotbed of jazz and innovative music in France, Finland and the Nordic and Baltic countries.
  • 4 – 7 December/Improvised Music Company (Dublin, Ireland) is an organisation operating in jazz and related musical forms. Their festival “12 points” invites young European artists to perform in Dublin and partner cities, alternatively each year.
  • March 2020/Performances Birmingham (Birmingham, United Kingdom) manages the Town Hall and the Symphony Hall. Jazz takes an important place in the concerts they host, along with an arts education program.
  • March 2020/The New Vortex Jazz Club (London, United Kingdom) is one of the most emblematic jazz clubs in Europe since its creation 27 years ago. This venue is an important platform for jazz, improvised and experimental music in Europe.
  • April 2020/Le Périscope (Lyon, France) gathers and collaborates with innovative music artists and leads a reflection on music – improvised, amplified and contemporary – from jazz, to participate in its production, promotion and dissemination. http://www.periscope-lyon.com

GO NORTHWARD: Jazz Connective in Helsinki (FIN)


Monday, October 28th / WHS Teatteri Union / 19:00

iT: Another Crying Game (SI)
Irena Zagoričnik Tomažin vocals, loops
Elodie Pasquier SOLO (FR)
Elodie Pasquier clarinet, bass clarinet

Tuesday, October 29th / Koko Jazz Club / 19:00
Joanna Duda TRIO (PL)
Joanna Duda piano, electronics
Sławek Koryzno drums 
Max Mucha double bass

Darrifourcq-Pohjola-Tikkanen (FR/FIN)
Sylvain Darrifourcq drums
Verneri Pohjola trumpet
Eero Tikkanen double bass

Wednesday, October 30th / Tenho Restobar  / 17:00
Joanna Duda SOLO (PL)
Joanna Duda keyboards, electronics

Wednesday, October 30th / WHS Teatteri Union / 19:00
Elodie Pasquier & Gilles Coronado (FR)
Elodie Pasquier clarinets
Gilles Coronado guitar
Insufficient Funs & Mikko Innanen (IRL/FIN)
Sam Comerford bass saxophone 
Matthew Jacobson drums
Guest: Mikko Innanen alt and bariton saxophone

Artistic program curating:

Sakari Puhakka / Helsinki Jazz www.helsinkijazz.fi

Charles Gil / Vapaat äänet www.vapaataanet.fi

Concerts coproduced by Vapaat äänet and Helsinki Jazz.

Workshops and professional meetings produced by Vapaat äänet.

With the support of the European Union as part of the Creative Europe (Cooperation Project) and the City of Helsinki.

In cooperation with the AJC / French Nordic Jazz Transit: