Rainer Kern to curate Sopot Jazz Festival 2019
As the date of the festival is announced, so is the name of the new curator – Rainer Kern will be in charge of the programme of this year’s Sopot Jazz Festival, which will be held on October 10-13 2019 in Sopot.
The Sopot Jazz festival is among Poland’s oldest jazz festivals. Its guiding principle is quality music which is authentic and original. As the event is designed, efforts are made to make its content ambitious, presenting to the festival audience interesting artists from all over the world. While some of them enjoy international fame, others will bring an air of freshness to the festival stage. This will help to show jazz as rapidly developing global music, which fosters contacts and mutual understanding across cultures.
In 2011-2015, the festival had an artistic director – Adam Pierończyk, a jazz saxophonist. Since 2016, the programme of the festival has been the responsibility of the curator. In 2016-2018, it was Greg Osby – an American saxophonist, composer, producer and teacher. This year, Rainer Kern has been chosen for the job.
“The choice of the curator was not a matter of chance. This is a manager with many years of international experience,” deputy mayor of Sopot Joanna Cichocka-Gula explains. “I am convinced that the Sopot Jazz Festival under Rainer Kern’s wing will not only grow, but will show its new face already this year – not only with an interesting musical programme, but most of all with associated events meant for a wider audience.”
As a freelance cultural manager, curator and producer, Rainer Kern has managed projects in places like Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Kuala Lumpur, Yunnan Region China and New York. He was the initiator and is the director of the largest jazz festival in Germany ‘Enjoy Jazz – International Festival for Jazz and More’ in Heidelberg. He is currently a member of Mannheim's Agenda 2030 implementation and review team and is part of the group representing Mannheim in UN projects like HABITAT, the World Urban Forum and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations in New York.
“I fell in love with Sopot on my first visit here in December 2018,” Rainer Kern points out. “I am familiar with the history of Polish jazz, including the Sopot jazz festival back in 1956. For me, jazz is about more than performing music. It is about influencing all other artistic genres. In October 2019, it will be my pleasure to present in Sopot the face of jazz which brings history and modernity together.”
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