Young Talents

Youth Application 2023 .

Auditions on January 14, 2023 in Aarau

For musicians 16 - 26 years of age

Application Closing Date: January 2, 2023

Attention: All communication will be in English. Participants are required to have a good command of the English Language

Selected participants engage in a week-long rehearsal in one of the two ‘Bandstand Learning with Role Models’ productions playing new compositions and arrangements for one or more live performances.

The productions are supervised and accompanied by an international all-star cast. Both programs are to be premiered in Aarau with one eventually doing follow-up concerts in other Swiss towns.

Auditions will be held in Aarau for Swiss applicants and online for international candidates. Participants will be selected based on their level of musicianship and enthusiasm for jazz and crossover projects.

Participation (Rehearsals & Performance): FREE OF CHARGE

Organized Lunch and Hangout (optional): Extra Costs (TBA)

Jazzaar celebrates the 30th anniversary of the ‘Bandstand Learning with Role Models’ platform this year!

More Info on Auditions 2023

Production #1

Cuban Spirit - the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO)

April 17 - 25, 2023

For youth musicians between the ages of 16-26 years old

The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra will be accompanied by the following guest artists:

– *Wayne Bergeron – Ltp (USA)
– *Paquito d’Rivera – as (CUB)
– *Chucho Valdez – p/keys (CUB)
– *Oscar Stagnaro – b (USA)
– *Roberto Vizcaino Jr. – perc (MEX)

Youth musicians that play the following instruments and doubling may apply for this production.

For the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) applications for the following instruments are open:

  • Vocalists 
  • Trumpets
  • Trombones
  • Tenor Saxophones
  • Alto Saxophones
  • Baritone Saxophones
  • Guitar
  • Accordion
  • Piano
  • Electric Bass
  • Drums/Percussions

Workshops, rehearsals, and jam sessions are open to the public respectively in:
The Alte Reithalle Aarau, Alte Kantonsshule Aarau (Aula) and the  Restaurant Einstein Aarau.
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*subject to change.

Production #2

The Swiss Youth Funk Ensemble (SYFE) with Steve Gadd

April 17 -25, 2023

For youth musicians between the ages of 16-26 years old

The Swiss Youth Funk Ensemble directed by Fritz K Renold will play the repertoire of Steve Gadd Band featuring international guest artists as role models such as:

– *Louis Dowdesdwell – Ltp (UK)
– *Walt Fowler – tp (USA)
– *Rick Margitza – ts/ss (USA)
– *Michael Landau – g (USA)
– *Jimmy Johnson – b (USA)
– *Steve Gadd – d (USA)

For the Swiss Youth Funk Ensemble (SYFE) application for the following instruments and doublings are open:

  • Alto Saxophones
  • Tenor Saxophones
  • Baritone Saxophone/bass clarinet
  • Trumpets
  • Trombone
  • Tuba / Euphonium
  • Hammond B3 Organ
  • Piano,
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Percussions (not drums)

Workshops, one rehearsal, and jam session are open to the public in:
Alte Reithalle Aarau (Ost Eingang), Alte Kantonsschule Aarau (Aula) and Restaurant Einstein Aarau
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*subject to change

Online registration .

Jazzaar Application Form

Please fill out the Application Form. Fields with asterisks (*) are required.

    Please choose your preferred ensemble. However, the jury reserves the discretion to place you in the other ensemble.
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