Jazzaar Festival 2023
Jazzaar Festival returns in 2023 to the Kultur und Kongresshaus Aarau on April 21st and 22nd with two live concerts marking the 31st edition of its youth program, “Bandstand Learning with Role Models”.
On Friday, April 21 the Jazzaar Festival Latin Band led by Gil Goldstein presents a hot salsa evening called “Cuban Spirit”, a production presenting artists such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba – p, Johana Jo Jones – voc, Oscar Stagnaro – b, Paulo Stagnaro – Perc, Tony Martinez – as, Yuliesky Gonzalez – tp and 18 members of the former Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra.
On Saturday, April 22 the Jazzaar Festival Big Band under the direction of Fritz K. Renold with artists Ryan Quigley – Ltp, Tony Lakatos -ts, Ray Angry – keys, Mark Whitfield – g, James Genus – b and Gene Lake – d as well as 12 members of the former Swiss Youth Funk Ensemble will delight the audience with a “Funk-Jazz Extravaganza” in the KuK Aarau. Read more…
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Nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards
The Jazzaar Festival 2019 live recording of Remembering Bob Freedman with Ron Carter & The Jazzaar Festival Big Band received a Grammy Award nomination under the category of 'Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album".
Reto Peter was a drummer of the first iteration of Jazzaar (then called The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra), and through a connection to Fritz Renold he went on to go to Berklee College of Music to study Music Production & Engineering. Since then, he has been making records in Europe, NYC, and the San Francisco Bay Area and is credited on Gold and Platinum albums by Green Day, Modest Mouse, The Counting Crows, Flipsyde, and many chart-topping artists from his native Switzerland.
Phil Hilfiker, a saxophonist / composer & arranger / music educator is another of our alumni that we're most proud of. His talent, wit and hard work did not fail to earn him the well deserved success he enjoys as a musician. Besides that his humility and gratitude is something we also admire about him.
Mathias Kunzli – Drummer / Percussionist
Drummer/percussionist Mathias Kunzli is one of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra's earlier generations of young musicians that is successful in the international music scene. We're proud to feature him in this segment and wish him continued success that is well deserved.