Euroradio Jazz Competition
Marciac, Tuesday 31 July 2018
The Euroradio Jazz Competition (EJC) showcases the best young jazz talent from across Europe.
This event is aimed at encouraging and promoting young jazz musicians and ensembles by giving them the possibility to perform on stage at established international festivals, thus bringing them to the attention of a wide audience of enthusiastic listeners at the event and on the airwaves via broadcasts on EBU radio organization networks.
At the 2018 EJC, held on the afternoon of 31 July in Marciac, in southwestern France, as part of the prestigious Jazz in Marciac Festival in partnership with Radio France/France Musique, the top prizes went to Max Zenger Globus from Finland for Best Ensemble and to the same group's Mikael Myrskog, piano and keyboards, for Best Soloist. The artists were proposed by YLE and producer Markus Partanen.
The winners were announced at an award ceremony the same evening after deliberations by an international jury made up of EBU, Radio France/France Musique and Jazz in Marciac representatives and well-known jazz musicians: Hugo Sekoranja, Chair (Slovenia), François Jeanneau (France), Heather McDougall (United States), Fimmer Engel (Denmark) and Josep Cardona (Spain). The other finalists were the Lisa Wulff Quartet (proposed by NDR), P4CTET (proposed by SRF/France Musique) and the Schime Trio + Two (proposed by RTS/Belgrade). Recorded by France Musique, the Finals will be available shortly as a Members Selection offer.
Finally, a big hand for the Jazz in Marciac Festival and to France Musique and Alex Dutilh for their huge contribution!
The 2018 Finalists were selected by a "blind vote" conducted online earlier this year by a jury including Andreas Felber (ORF, Austria), Fimmer Engel (DR, Denmark), Alex Dutilh (SRF, France), Janne Lindvall (SR, Sweden), Hugo Sekoranja (RTVS, Slovenia)
The Finals jury will consist of Josep Cardona (Tarragona Radio), Fimmer Engel (DR, Denmark), Hugo Sekoranja (RTVS, Slovenia), Heather McDougall (WFMT, United States) and François Jeanneau (saxophonist and composer).
The winner of the Grand Prix received EUR 3,000. The winner of the Best Soloist Prize receive received EUR 1,000.
The "Jazz in Marciac" event in south-west France is a three-week festival which celebrated its 40th edition in 2017. The 2018 line-up welcomes some of the biggest names in jazz including Gregory Porter, Wynton Marsarlis, Pat Metheny and Mowgli.
Diverse, ground-breaking, high level and discovery are the key words for the 2018 festival, whose theme commemorates the the birth of New Orleans 300 years ago.