Young Talents

Bandstand Learning with Role Models .

This gifted youth development and cultural exchange project was developed in Aarau, Switzerland in 1992 by Fritz K Renold & Helen Savari.

The concept is such that professional musicians of high caliber in the international music scene are put together with selected young emerging artists between the ages of 16 and 26 years old to study and prepare a musical work, originals specially composed or ‘standards’ that are specifically arranged and orchestrated for this orchestra for a final performance often as premiers before a large audience.

A ‘situated learning’ platform is created for young talents as they work together with professional coaches who impart the tools of their trade to bring a musical production to completion!

Besides equipping young musicians for a professional career, this programme also provides a reality check for talents not destined for the road to re-direct their focus early in life on careers other than music performance for better job satisfaction in future, while maintaining the love of music as a hobby.

Young Talents

Lineup 2019 .

Baritone Saxophonist - Jazzaar Big Band

Youth Coordinator / Social Media

Youth Coordinator / Social Media

Trumpeter - Jazzaar Global Ensemble

Youth trumpeter - Jazzaar Big Band

Project Details .

Production #1

Ron Carter & the Jazzaar Big Band

08. - 12 April 2019

In line with Jazzaar’s bandstand learning concept of offering aspiring young talents the opportunity to perform with living legends, it will be the utmost honour for the Jazzaar Big Band to collaborate with Ron Carter in playing some of the most enchanting jazz standards and a couple of originals too as a tribute to the late Bob Freedman, a renowned arranger who has worked with Mr. Carter and Jazzaar in this capacity extensively in the past.

The Jazzaar Big Band (JBB) directed by Christian Jacob (USA/F).

Antonio Hart – as (USA), Mathieu Bitz – as, Casimir Ekman – ts, Felix Piringer – ts, Robert Soltermann – bs, Ryan Quigley – Ltp (SCT), Felix Niggli – tp, Samir Rachide – tp, Elwin Stephan – tp, Jason Jackson – tb (USA), Sebastian Wey – tb, Aarni Häkkinen – tb, Donald Vega – p (NIC/USA), Andrea Caneva – g, Carl Allen – d (USA) and the legendary Ron Carter b (USA) himself.

Premier Concert:
Friday, April 12, 2019 in the Aeschbachhalle, Aarau

An open rehearsal is available for public attendance at 11:00 – 12:00 on Wednesday, April 10 in the Alte Kantonsshule Aarau (Aula).
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Production #2

'Abraham' with the Jazzaar Global Ensemble

08. - 16 April 2019

The Abraham project celebrates the uniqueness of the Abrahamic faiths through the language of music. For this, 3 composers – Gil Goldstein, Fritz K Renold and Mehmet Sanlikol, have written the music specially for this occasion. As the multi-ethnic genres would span between Jewish, Middle-Eastern, Jazz/Funk, contemporary and Gospel styles, the Jazzaar Global Ensemble will have the privilege to explore together with their role models the stylistic secrets and skills to master the performance of these new works.

The Jazzaar Global Ensemble directed by Fritz K Renold

Lydia Renold – voc (CH), Gabriela Grossenbacher – voc, Adrianne Kyjovsky – voc, Nico Norton – voc, Milad Khawam – tp (SYR), Dmitry Zinakov – tp, Lino Hofstetter – tp, Tommy Smith – ts (SCT), Criseyde Holman – fl, Sofie Schindelholz – bc,  Mattia Facchini – as, Sara El Hachimi – as, Mehmet Sanlikol – zurna, ney, keys & vocals (TUR/USA), Norayr Gapoyan – duduk (ARM), Gil Goldstein – acc/kbd (USA), Mauro Nocito – g, Kabir Sehgal – acb (USA), Sharon Renold – eb (CH) and Billy Cobham – d (USA) & Lucas Wohlhauser – d.

Premier concert:
Saturday, April 13 at the Aeschbachhalle in Aarau

…and thereafter on the road to the following destinations.

14.4.19 Conza, Lugano

15.4.19 Flon, HEMU, Lausanne

16.4.19 X-tra, Zürich


An open rehearsal is available for the public to attend at 11:00 – 12:00 on Tuesday, April 9 at the Alte Reithalle Aarau (Ost Eingang).
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Bandstand Learning With Role Models

Musical Objectives .

These are the musical objectives to prepare the young artists for the professional world.
Abraham – Playing with professionals to observe and learn how to prepare and interpret original music (for a premiering performance)
Ron Carter & the JFBB – Performing with legends in presenting a tight and professional act.

Intensive Immersion

Jazzaar Week Schedule .

Here is a basic schedule for the productions.
➤ Daily activities
09:00h – 19:00h during the week, (compulsory for every participant)


Mon 08/’4 – Fri 12/04 (Rehearsal days)
09:00: Workshop
10:00:  Rehearsal Sectional/Tutti
13:00: Lunch break
14:30: Rehearsal Tutti
17:30: End of Rehearsals
18:00:  Workshop


➤ Concerts

Wed, 10/04 at 21:00h – 24:00: Jam Session at Restaurant Einstein


Thu, 11/04 at 20:15: Kappeler / Zumthor in Jazz Club Aarau


Fri, 12/04 at 14:00h: the JBB Sound Check at Aeschbachhalle
                    at 20:00h: the JBB premier concert at Aeschbachhalle


Sat, 13/04 at 14:00h: the JGE sound check at Aeschbachhalle
                    at 20:00h: the JGE premier concert at Aeschbachhalle
                   morning: the JBB depart for home


Sun, 14/04 at 14:00h: the JGE sound check in Lugano
                     at 17:00h: the JGE concert in Lugano


Mon, 15/04 at 15:30: the JGE sound check in Lausanne
                           at 20:00: the JGE concert in Lausanne


Tues, 16/04 at 15:30: the JGE sound check in Zürich
                            at 20:00: the JGE concert in Zurich


Wed, 17/04  morning: depart for home


Public Seminars

Daily Workshops .

Jazzaar Workshops are open to public and participants.

A perfect opportunity to learn from international jazz stars and world-music artists in workshops.

Workshops – Schedule

Monday, 8. 4. 2019

➤ 18:00 h   Workshop mit Jason Jackson


Tuesday, 9. 4. 2019

➤ 09:00 Uhr  Workshop mit Antonio Hart

➤ 18:00 Uhr  Workshop mit Ron Carter


Wednesday, 10. 4. 2019

➤ 09:00 Uhr  Workshop mit Christian Jacob


Thursday, 11. 4. 2019

➤ 9:00 Uhr  Workshop mit Mehmet Sanlikol

Entrance fees
CHF 15.- /person per workshop


CHF 10.- /person per workshop


Participants, Association members, patrons and sponsors:
Free of charge

Alte Reithalle Ost, Aarau, Apfelhausenweg 20, 5000 Aarau
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Online registration .

Young Talents

Youth Application 2019 .

Apply Online to Participate at Jazzaar Festival 2019

For musicians 16 - 26 years of age

Auditions on January 26, 2019 in Aarau
Participation Cost: FREE OF CHARGE

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 on 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 programmes are performed in Aarau while the Abraham production continues on a mini tour with 3 additional concerts in Lugano, Lausanne and Zürich.

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

Click links below for more details.

Production #1

Ron Carter & the Jazzaar Festival Big Band

08. - 12 April 2019

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

The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra henceforth renamed The Jazzaar Festival Big Band directed by Christian Jacob is accompanied by Ron Carter – b (USA), Antonio Hart – as (USA), Ryan Quigley – Ltp (SCT), Jason Jackson – tb (USA), Donald Vega – p (NIC/USA), Carl Allen – d (USA).

We currently still seek the highlighted instruments for this production.

  • Trumpet
  • Bass Trombone
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Guitar
  • Piano/Keys
  • Drumset/Percussions

A rehearsal, workshops and jam sessions are open for Public in:
The Alte Kantonsshule Aarau (Aula)
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Production #2

'Abraham' by the Jazzaar Global Ensemble

08. - 16 April 2019

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

The Swiss Youth World-Music Ensemble henceforth renamed The Jazzaar Global Ensemble directed by Fritz K Renold is accompanied by Lydia Renold – voc (CH), Milad Khawam – tp (SYR), Tommy Smith – ts, ss (SCT), Mehmet Sanlikol – multi-instru. (TUR/USA), Norayr Gapoyan – duduk (ARM), Gil Goldstein – acc/kbd (USA), Kabir Sehgal – acb (USA), Sharon Renold – eb (CH), Billy Cobham – d (USA)

Youth players specialising on the highlighted instruments may still apply.

  • Vocals (male & female)
  • Flute/Alto Flute
  • Flute/Bass Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Euphonium
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Accordion
  • Guitar
  • Piano/Keys
  • Any middle-eastern instruments
  • Drumset/Percussions

A rehearsal, workshops and jam session are open for public in:
Alte Reithalle Aarau (Ost Eingang)
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Select one ensemble:
Jazzaar Festival Big Band – Ron Carter"Jazzaar Global Ensemble – Abraham