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Why we need platforms more than ever.

Why we need platforms more than ever.

What a strange time it’s been. I still remember the surreal feeling of our last Jazz Connective meeting in London and Birmingham, when the world was shutting down right …

Can musicians just be musicians ?

Can musicians just be musicians ?

Today, musicians are musicians-entrepreneurs: they are the unofficial bosses of a very small SME, and must therefore know all the ins and outs of how to carry out their project

Individualism as a fuel for the artists collective

Individualism as a fuel for the artists collective

Let’s start at the beginning: the year 2004. About fifteen musicians find themselves at the back of a bar with a slightly vague desire to do things together. Soon …

Reaching out to other communities

Reaching out to other communities

Let me start with a small story. I visited Istanbul for the first time in 2001. I was amazed by the vividness of the music scene. The diversity. The richness …

Carbon Accounting, a calculation method which gets everyone to agree

Carbon Accounting, a calculation method which gets everyone to agree

It was my intention in the introduction to this article to give it a polemical title since we are totally helpless in confronting one of the biggest issues of climate …

Brexit - some thoughts on how it might affect mobility of musicians between UK and elsewhere in the EU

Brexit - some thoughts on how it might affect mobility of musicians between UK and elsewhere in the EU

As Brexit looms closer, it is a good moment to assess how the relationship between musicians across Europe, as shown from the UK perspective, have grown and become intertwined over …

French and British Collectives

French and British Collectives

I have felt for some time that the system of musician collectives has provided an important step forward for musicians and for the development of the jazz scene.  At their …

Slow Touring - Savour the Journey

Slow Touring - Savour the Journey

Any musician will tell you that touring is a blessing for a band. "It's a special experience, absolutely essential for developing your artistry" states French cellist Vincent Courtois. Some …

Inclusion and inclusivity.

Inclusion and inclusivity.

A provocation by Oliver Weindling

Thoughts on European Jazz

Thoughts on European Jazz

As each european country seem to reflect a specific cultural and musical identity, the shape of european jazz seem to get clearer and richer with artistic circulation.