Staged by the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation, “Autumn of Music”, a series of eight free concerts, aims to offer “significant support and visibility, as well as a stimulating space for expression” to budding artists.
The week will be musical in Montreux with “Autumn of Music”, a series of eight free concerts, workshops and jam sessions. These various events, scheduled at the Montreux Palace, aim to give a showcase to young Swiss artists.
Six young musicians from the country have been selected to participate in concerts from Wednesday to Friday. “These are six favorites discovered by the programmers of the Montreux Jazz Festival. They represent very varied musical styles, in the same protean spirit as the festival, ”explains its director Mathieu Jaton, contacted by Keystone-ATS.
Created by the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation, the operation aims to provide “significant support and visibility, as well as a stimulating space for expression” to budding artists. They will also leave with a recording of their performance to feed their promotion on social networks, specifies Mr. Jaton.
At the same time, six other talents are at work this week on the Riviera as part of the Montreux Jazz Academy, of which this is the sixth edition. The young people selected – two winners of a Montreux Jazz competition and four hopes of the Swiss jazz scene – are surrounded by several international artists, the New York collective Snarky Puppy, the drummer Anne Paceo, the singer China Moses and the guitarist John McLaughlin.
Alongside their mentors, the students of this sixth round of the Academy will participate in conferences and work on their own compositions. To round off the week, they will give two concerts on Saturday, also offered for free.
These eight concerts in all will be held in the presence of “a hundred spectators”, says Mr. Jaton. “The public responded,” he adds, adding that there were only a few places left for one of the concerts on Saturday.
Workshops and jam sessions
In addition to the concerts, various workshops are open to the public during the week. The mentors of the Academy and the famous Swiss electronic music duo Yello will come to discuss their career. Mathieu Jaton will also speak to talk about the concerts that have forged the legend of the festival.
In the evening and always within the Montreux Palace, the Funky Claude’s Bar – named after Claude Nobs, founder of the festival – will be hosted by DJs. Jam sessions are also planned for the end of the evening.
This “Autumn of Music” is a new initiative from Montreux Jazz to continue to exist despite the health crisis. This summer, the festival launched “Summer of Music” by broadcasting concerts taken from its archives on the internet.
Several scenarios for 2021
Mathieu Jaton does not rule out setting up new operations in the coming months. With his team, he says especially working on the 2021 edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF). If no decision has yet been taken, the director explains that several hypotheses are being examined and constantly adapted according to the evolution of the pandemic and political decisions.
Among these hypotheses, Mr. Jaton mentions a reduced number of seats in the halls of the MJF or “one-off” formats, ie the possibility of bringing in an artist from abroad for a few concerts only. This would make it possible to compose without major international tours, which will be “complicated” to achieve next year, he continues.
Mr. Jaton noted that no decision will be taken before the end of the year, and even the winter. “We want to keep as much flexibility as possible and see how the situation evolves,” he notes.