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Elbphilharmonie Jazz Academy Workshops and Performances
August 14 - August 21
The Academy’s Artistic Director is the jazz musician Anat Cohen, who has been crowned Clarinettist of the Year by the »Jazz Journalists Association« numerous times. Besides her, the workshops will be led by a top-class teaching team made up of international jazz greats. These include the saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who became known far beyond the jazz scene with his performances on David Bowie’s final record »Blackstar«, the percussionist Matt Wilson (»There is almost nobody in Wilson’s peer group with a broader grasp of jazz history, or a more natural sense of time«, Jazz Times), and the Grammy Award-winner Sullivan Fortner on the piano. The German bassist, composer and arranger Martin Wind, who teaches at New York University (NYU), will share his expertise, as will the Brazilian musician Clarice Assad. She initially gained fame as a singer, but has since long made a name for herself as an exceptional composer and multi-instrumentalist who pays no heed to genre boundaries. That characteristic fits in perfectly with the Academy’s interdisciplinary approach: the focus lies firmly on collaborative work in various sound constellations. The practical musical element is complemented by expertise from the Elbphilharmonie’s Education department.