Young Talents

Bandstand Learning with Role Models .

Jazzaar’s 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 and ‘standards’ that are specifically arranged and orchestrated for this orchestra for a final performance often as premiers before a large audience.

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.

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Project Details .

Production #1

Funky Weather with the Swiss Youth Funk Ensemble

12. - 16 April 2021

‘Funky Weather’ celebrates the music of “Weather Report”, the the 70s – 80s funk quartet. It features WR’s founding member Miroslav Vitous and top international soloists to work together with the Swiss Youth Funk Ensemble directed by Gil Goldstein on the Jazzaar Festival bandstand.
The SYFE will present a repertoire of Weather Report hits along with original compositions in the style arranged by Gil Goldstein, Tim Akers, Christian Jacob and Adi Yeshaya for an extended Gil Evans like orchestra complete with flutes/clarinet, brass quartet and saxophone quartet combined with harmonica and accordion!

Funky Weather – the Swiss Youth Funk Ensemble (SYFE)

Directed by Gil Goldstein – acc/k (USA)


Bill Evans – ts (USA), Gregoire Maret – Harm. (CH), Anders Bostrom – fl (SWE), Criseyde Holman – fl, Julia Morsten – cl, Ned Wilkinson – tub (USA), Felix Niggli – tp, Lino Hofstetter – tp, Reyan Chaaban – fh, Marina Iten – as, Sara El Hachimi – as, Sofie Schindelholz – bcl/ts, Robert Soltermann – ts, Samuel Welter – g, Levent Basharan – g, Daniel Bopp – p, Miroslav Vitous – b (CZE), Luzi Niederhauser – b, Michael Baker – d (USA), Leo Giger – d

Premier Concert:
Friday, April 16, 2021 in the Kultur & Kongresshaus, Aarau (KuK)

Rehearsals are open to public on Wednesday, April 14 at 11:00 – 12:00 on in the Alte Kantonsshule Aarau (Aula).

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Production #2

Tribute to Maynard Ferguson with the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra

12. - 20 April 2021

A tribute to Maynard Ferguson, the stratospheric trumpeter and renowned band leader brings the occasion for the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Fritz K Renold the opportunity to work with a number of eminent MF alumni, together with 3 stellar trumpet players from the UK. The repertoire consists of jazz standards and original MF Big band arrangements.

Tribute to Maynard Ferguson – the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO)

Directed by Fritz K Renold


Ryan Quigley – tp (UK), Louis Dowdeswell – tp (UK), Andy Greenwood – tp (UK), Samir Rachide – tp, Tom Garling – tb (USA), Sebastian Wey – tb, Moritz Renner – tb, Sal Giorgianni – as (USA), Mattia Facchini – as, Baptiste Pfaff – ts, Felix Piringer – ts, Filippo Valli – bs, Merlin Breij – g, Christian Jacob – p (FRA/USA), Gildas Boclé – b (FRA), Amelio Tambini – b, Peter Erskine – d (USA), Sebastian Wells – d

Concert in Aarau:
Saturday, April 17 at the Kultur & Kongresshaus (KuK)

…and on the road to the following destinations.

evt. 18.4.21 TBA

19.4.21 Conza, Lugano

20.4.21 TBA

A rehearsal is open to the public on Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 – 12:00 in the Alte Reithalle Aarau (Ost Eingang).
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Bandstand Learning With Role Models

Musical Objectives .

Musical & Educational objectives:.
➤ Funky Weather – SYFE

1. Playing with professionals to observe and learn how to prepare and interpret original music (for a premiering performance)

2. Playing the music of past legends in the most authentic manner under the coaching of living legends or surviving band members/alumni

➤ Tribute to Maynard Ferguson – SYJO

– Playing the music of past legends in the most authentic manner under the coaching of living legends or surviving band members/alumni

Intensive Immersion

Jazzaar Week Schedule .

Basic schedule for Jazzaar 2020 productions.


➤ Daily activities
09:00h – 19:00h during the week, (compulsory for every participant)


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


➤ Concerts

Wed, 15/04 at 21:00h – 24:00: Jam Session at Restaurant Einstein


Thu, 16/04 at _:_: TBA


Fri, 17/04 at 14:00h: the SYFE Sound Check in the KuK
                    at 20:00h: the SYFE premier concert in the KuK


                    at 15:30h: the SYJO Sound Check in TBA
                    at 20:00h: the SYJO concert in TBA


Sat, 18/04 at 14:00h: the SYJO sound check in the KuK
                    at 20:00h: the SYJO premier concert in the KuK
                   morning: the SYFE depart for home


Sun, 19/04 at 14:00h: the SYJO sound check in Lugano
                     at 17:00h: the SYJO concert in Lugano


Mon, 20/04 at 15:30: the SYJO sound check in TBA
                             at 20:00: the SYJO concert in TBA


Tues, 21/04 morning: depart for home


Public Seminars

Daily Workshops .

Jazzaar Workshops are open to public and participants.

Learn from international jazz stars in a workshop setting.

Workshops – Schedule

Monday, 13. 4. 2020

➤ 18:00 h  Arranging Workshop with Tom Garling


Tuesday, 14. 4. 2020

➤ 09:00 h Improvisation Workshop with Gregoire Maret

➤ 18:00 h Improvisation Workshop with Bill Evans


Wednesday, 15. 4. 2020

➤ 09:00 h  Ensemble Workshop with Miroslav Vitous


Thursday, 16. 4. 2020

➤ 09:00 h  Workshop ‘Music Business’ with Michael Baker

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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