Introduction of JIM Festival 2019

Jim Festival goes to movies

After concerts and workshops in different Chinese cities, we stay tuned in to our “homebases” Shenzhen, Guangzhou and one concert and workshop in Beijing as “steady rocks” of the JIM-Festival 2019.

Our last editions included excursions into Electronic music, Progressive Rock , Jazz, Improvisatiion and Microtonality, this year we will present a focus on film music.

We therefore invited some of the finest musicians composing for different film and audible genres and contexts.

The questions we were asking ourselves are: what importance does music have in the movies? Is it important for tension, silence, dramatic and poetic expression? Would movies nowadays be able to exist without music at all? We can also experience that music sometimes is only a bit more than a sound snippet, which we normally may not pay too much attention to. So you as the audience should listen to the sounds and get flown away or taken into the music.

This time following artists will take you on this musical trip: Pianist and composer Ulrike Haage with guitarist and electronic musician Christian Meyer, who both work constantly as composers for radio, movies and of course their own musical projects solo, duo or in bigger formats. Their latest CD is called “Stills” which is speaking of photo stills taken from a movie. One picture that is supposed to raise interest for a new movie. The pieces will therefore be a musical expression of a moment, which sometimes lies in silence, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pure joy.

Additionally and to our greatest joy there is a new quartet by Christopher Chaplin, VJ Milosh, Rafal Mazur and Dickson Dee. This project will also show the interaction between moving pictures and music with instant composing, a frame composition and improvisation. Christopher Chaplin is an actor, composer and musician who concentrates on electronic compositions during the last years considering movie and opera elements for his works. Christopher grew up in an artistic family with his siblings being actors like him and actor extraordinaire Charlie Chaplin as his father. Rafal Mazur is a polish bassist who works in improvised music mainly. He collaborated with Francois Carrier, Agusti Fernandez, Raymond Strid and many others.

VJ Milosh has shown his incredible video installations last year already and is a much sought after Video artist, who has a long-term artistic relationship with spiritus rector Dickson Dee aka DJ Dee.

Last but not least there will be solo shows of Alfred 23 Harth. Difficult to tell about all his musical adventures he took in theatre, video, bands etc. His list of collaborations includes directors and musicians like Heiner Goebbels, Lindsay Cooper, Sally Potter, Paul Bley, Phil Minton, and many many more.

We, the team of the Jazz Improvise Meeting-Festival hope you will enjoy this years programme! Looking forward to see you!!