Euroradio Jazz Competition
Copenhagen, Saturday 13 July 2019
And the winners are...
Nefertiti from France for best ensemble and Pierre Demange, drums, from the same group for best soloist! Thanks to France Musique and producer Alex Dutilh who proposed them, and to our international jury for their great work: Chair Hugo Sekoranja (RTVS), Lotte Anker (saxophonist, founder of Copenhagen Art Ensemble), Janne Lindvall (SR), Jens Rasmussen (DR P8 Jazz) and Kathrine Windfeld (Copenhagen Jazz Festival).
Finally, a big hand for the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, JazzDanmark, DR P8 Jazz and Fimmer Engel for their huge contribution!
The Euroradio Jazz Competition is aimed at promoting young jazz musicians through broadcasts by EBU Members. Up-and-coming artists are therefore given exposure to a wide audience of radio listeners and jazz aficionados to whom they would otherwise not have access.
Formed in 2013, the Nefertiti Quartet is made up of pianist Delphine Deau, saxophonist Camille Maussion, drummer Pierre Demange and Pedro Ivo Ferreira on bass. Because each of the musicians also plays with other groups, they typically get together once every three months. While their training has been in classical jazz, their repertory is much broader, a blend of collective improvisation, lyricism and polyrhythms. Their First Prize at the 2015 Oloron Jazz Festival opened doors for them, including support for their first album, "Danses Futuristes".
Since then, the band has become a fixture on the French jazz festival scene, but also abroad, for instance at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, where they won 2nd Prize in the Conad Jazz Contest. Their second album, "Morse Code", appeared in October 2018.
Immediately after their prizewinning performance in Copenhagen, Nefertiti will go on tour in France, culminating in an appearance at the Avignon Jazz Festival on 4 August. Their plans for next year include extensive touring in France and throughout Europe, as part of their selection in the "Jazz Migration" competition. The band will also be featured on France Musique's "Jazz Club" on 31 August, presented by Yvan Amar.
Each summer since 1979, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes over the Danish capital as one of Europe’s most important international jazz events. The ten-day festival offers a sumptuous musical feast to the 250,000 guests who enjoy live jazz on the streets, in clubs, cafés and concert halls, and at open-air night venues, all in the heart of historical Copenhagen.
Copenhagen’s status as a European jazz capital can be traced back to the 1950s and 1960s, when a whole host of leading American jazz icons had their creative base in the city: Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, Ed Thigpen, Thad Jones and Kenny Drew. Each drew inspiration in turn from Denmark’s jazz scene and the era’s most important jazz club: Jazzhus Montmartre. This was also the time when some of Denmark’s best musicians had their international breakthrough: Alex Riel, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Palle Mikkelborg.
The Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes pride in reaching many – and new – audiences, with tailor-made programmes for pensioners and teenagers, kids and their families, as well as catering for jazz enthusiasts.