- The last two cost-free matinees of the tenth BMW Welt Jazz Award 2018 invite guests from Norway and Austria to play at BMW Welt’s double-coned structure. Norwegian ensemble Beady Belle will perform on April 8, Austrian duo BartolomeyBittmann progressive strings Vienna on April 22. Afterwards, the expert jury of BMW Welt Jazz Award will nominate two ensembles to compete in the finale concert on June 9 at BMW Welt’s auditorium. The audience will also have the chance to vote for their very own favorite.
The concept band Beady Belle of singer Beate S. Lech and bassist Marius Reksjø first saw the light of day in 1999 with keyboarder and head of label Bugge Wesseltoft. The band’s seven very successful albums featuring guests such as Jamie Cullum and India.Arie, are a testament to its creative potential and continued progress. Its program for a trio, “On My Own” is an intimate work centered around Lech’s powerful voice and her stunning ability to modulate. On April 8, Beady Belle will delight its audience with a grooving sextet, set up to also perform vocal arrangements. Lech and Reksjø will be accompanied by keyboarder David Wallumrød, drummer Bjørn Sæther and background singers Anja Martine Mørk as well as Sofie Tollefsbøl.
With their powerful rock fusion, cellist Matthias Bartolomey and violinist Klemens Bittmann will show how to combine and further develop traditional Austrian string music and jazz improvisation. Hailing from the Austrian city of Graz, Bittmann studied classical violin as well as jazz violin with Didier Lockwood and made his name as a creative mind willing to transcend borders as founder of the ensembles Beefólk und Folksmilch. Vienna-born Bartolomey is generally known for his classical work including as solo cellist of Concentus Musicus – this collaboration “is a release of energy nursed over a long period of time”. At BMW Welt, the duo BartolomeyBittmann will showcase its outstanding and progressive skills as string players on April 22.