Jazz Connective network @ Intl Jazz Platform

Last year INTL Jazz Platform hosted the Polish edition of Jazz Connective project. It enabled them to create a space in Poland for professionals and artists where they can discuss the important issues of our sector. This initiative definitely needs a sequel to go on and develop the knowledge exchange platform. It is then with great pleasure that INTL Jazz Platform will again extend its programme and invite professionals from different European countries as part of the Jazz Connective network. Panel discussions, seminars and special business workshops will take place on Aug 10 - 13 and will be opened to Inlt Jazz Platform participants to attend.

Jazz Connective network @ Intl Jazz Platform

Intl Jazz Platform 

August 10 - 13, Klub Wytwórnia Łódź

This year INTL Jazz Platform will be held  in Wytwórnia for the eighth time! Once again, the best European jazz musicians will come to Łódź and work with international faculty. This edition will be unique because of many reasons. New faculty members are joining our team – representatives of top world’s improvised jazz scene. Moreover, exciting master concerts, seminars, workshops, concerts and meetings with promoters will take place in Łódź this year.

Deadline for applications is July 15.

More info here: http://letniaakademiajazzu.pl/index.php?pg=workshops

This year’s faculty members are world renown musicians who are going to share their knowledge and experience with 50 selected students. We INTL is especially proud that SUSANA SANTOS SILVA, who Downbeat magazine calls “one of the most exciting improvisers in the world” and AARON PARKS, American pianist and composer, considered as one of the most original pianists of his generation, will join this year’s faculty team. Moreover, EIRIK HEGDAL highly acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist and composer and MATS EILERTSEN, one of the finest and most distinct bass players on the Norwegian jazz scene and JIM BLACK, the most influential drummer of our time, will take part in the 8th edition of Intl Jazz Platform.


Susana Santos Silva is a Portuguese trumpet player, improviser and composer based in Stockholm, Sweden. With a singular artistic approach that comes out of a comprehensive spectrum of influences, from classical and contemporary music to jazz and textural sound art, she is interested in stretching the possibilities of the instrument, exploring new ways of expression within music, as well as dissolving the boundaries between composition and improvisation.  'One of the most exciting improvisers in the world' (Downbeat), her music has been described as intoxicating, intense, beautiful, overwhelming, mesmerizing, innovative, bold and creative. She leads her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms and co-leads duos with Kaja Draksler and Torbjörn Zetterberg - also in trio with Hampus Lindwall and Chris Pitsiokos (Child of Illusion) and the quartets Hearth and Here’s To Us. She has also been playing with Fire! Orchestra, Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble, Julien Deprez/Rob Mazurek’s T(ro)pic, Torbjörn Zetterberg och den Stora Frågan, Lisa Ullén’s Lost North, Hedvig Mollestad’s Ekhidna and ONJ. In 2018 she released her first solo album, All the Rivers (Clean Feed Records), recorded live at the National Pantheon in Lisbon and she is about to release her second solo album on the Belgium label Matiére Mèmoire. Much in demand she has played, among many others, with Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Mat Maneri, Paul Lovens and Hamid Drake.


Pianist Aaron Parks released his Blue Note debut “Invisible Cinema” at the age of 25 following three Blue Note releases with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. The BBC declared it “one of the great albums of 2008.” JazzTimes hailed him as “a new visionary.” The San Jose Mercury News named his “Alive in Japan” release as their 2013 Top Jazz Album of the year. He has released two albums on ECM including a solo piano recording and a trio record featuring Billy Hart and Ben Street. Parks has performed and recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dhafer Youssef, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott, and Marcus Miller among others. He is also a founding member of James Farm with Joshua Redman, Matt Penman and Eric Harland. His latest project “Aaron Parks Little Big,” hailed by PopMatters as “what jazz can be in the new century,” released their debut in late 2018; the follow-up will be released May 8, 2020. 


Eirik Hegdal is a highly acclaimed saxophonist and composer, living in Trondheim, Norway. He is leading several bands: Team Hegdal (with André Roligheten, Ole Morten Vågan and Gard Nilssen) Eirik Hegdal “Musical Balloon” (with Eivind Lønning, MaOas Ståhl, Nils-Olav Johansen, Ole Morten Vågan and Jon Fält), his folk band “Følk” (with Sofia Jernberg, Unni Løvlid, Gjermund Larsen and Hans Hul-bækmo), and the trio “en en en” (with Michael Duch and Tor Haugerud) for the moment including Johan Lindström.

He was the aristic leader for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra from 2002-2017, writing and arranging music for many editons of this ensemble, including great musicians as Joshua Redman, Maria Kannegaard, Pat Metheny and Dave Holland. He is a part of Martin Küchen’s “Angles 9”, Skarbø Skulekorps, Oscar Grönberg Trio, Alpaca Ensemble, Gard Nilssen’s “Supersonic Orchestra” and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.

Hegdal is an associate professor at NTNU / jazz studies in Trondheim. 

He has won a Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) for “best jazz album” with Team Hegdal, has been writing music for Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bodø Symphonic Orchestra, Alpaca Ensemble, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, commissioned work for Vossa Jazz (2018) (“Musical Balloon”) and he was granted the Kongsberg Jazz Festival’s (Norway) own musical award, resulting in three unique concerts at the festival in 2019.


Mats is a highly in-demand musician and plays in a number of different bands and constellations in Norway and internationally.

He composes for various ensembles and projects and has released 9 albums in his own name, the latest one being Mats Eilertsen “And Then Comes The Night” (ECM in 2019) and “Reveries and Revelations” (Hubro 2019).


"A complete musician and wonderfully fertile composer... Black has produced a masterpiece of future jazz." -Andy Hamilton, The Wire 

"Fluent in all languages." -Time Out NY "wickedly inventive... A revelation." -CMJ 

Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians bringing jazz into the 21st century. In addition to being one of the most influential drummers of our time, he is also the leader of one of the world's most forward-thinking bands, AlasNoAxis, featuring his longtime collaborators Chris Speed, Hilmar Jensson and Skúli Sverrisson. Based on the foundation of his virtuosic but highly personal approach to jazz drumming, Black's aesthetic has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes. Though he is revered worldwide for his limitless technique and futuristic concepts, what many listeners treasure in most Jim Black's work is the relentless feeling of joy and invention he brings to his performances. Jim Black's smiling, kinetic, unpredictable presence has enthralled and inspired audiences worldwide for over twenty-five years. 

Since the mid-90's, Black has played a major role in the incorporation of new sounds and techniques into the jazz/creative music context. As a member of the collective group Pachora (with Speed, Sverrisson, and guitarist Brad Shepik) Black was one of the leaders in the study and adaptation of Balkan music into jazz-based music. His advanced techniques abstracted the odd time signatures of the Balkans into a new polyrhythmic language equally informed by modern jazz, drum&bass and the dumbeks of the Balkans. Black has also been an innovator in the use of electronics in improvisation, bridging the gap between electro-acoustic improv and more jazz-based traditions. Today, Black's performances are just as likely to feature his laptop-based electronic textures as his drumming. 

Intl Jazz Platform is an educational scheme aiming at improving instrumental and professional competences of young artists. IJP is a response to the needs of musicians from all over Europe who are looking for creative staff, creative artistic environment and who would like to gain knowledge about international music markets and develop their network of international contacts. 

The IJP means sessions and seminars conducted by prominent representatives of the European jazz scene, as well as representatives of the music industry - festival directors and experts from Poland and Europe. IJP is all about free exchange of musical concepts and thoughts, about collective creation of music and peer-to-peer learning. Intl Jazz Platform is also a much needed bridge between study-time and professional life. For seven years Intl Jazz Platform has brought the most talented instrumentalists to Lodz. Thanks to this initiative, over 300 young artists from Poland and abroad have improved their skills during 28 days of workshops, which included move than 200 hours of artistic meetings, 21 jam sessions, 12 master concerts and 7 final concerts on big stage. Over the years, participants of Intl Jazz Platform have worked with such artists as Jon Falt, Sidsel Endresen, Ole Morten Vagan, Maciej Obara, Gard Nilssen, Tom Arthurs, Dominik Wania, John Escreet, Kit Downes, Thomas Stronen, Marius Neset, Jim Black, or Ingebrigt Haker Flaten.