The finalists of this year’s competition are in the International category: Marcin Pater Trio, Post Noisy Pots a Sneaky Jesus. In the Junior category: Acoustic Needles.
The finals of the 13th edition of the Jazzfruit Young Bands Competition will take place on 15 September in the UMPRUM Technology Centre (doors at 18:00, start of the event at 19:00)! Come to support the final bands, decide which band should be the winning one and enjoy an evening full of all kinds of jazz subgenres.
From all the entries received, an expert jury will select one best project from the Junior category and the three best projects from the International category, which will then go directly to the finals. This will take place on 15 September 2022 in Prague. By submitting an application to the competition, the band commits to participate in the final if selected. Selected finalists will be notified of their progress by 15 August 2022 via email and on the festival website.
The four finalist projects will compete for 1000 EUR and a concert at one of our partner festivals on 15 September 2022 on the roof of the new UMPRUM Technology Centre. The winner will then be decided by an expert jury and a vote of the audience, who will be able to cheer both live and watch the live broadcast of the final competition on our Facebook and Youtube channel.
The winner of the Czech category will get the opportunity to participate and win in the International category by means of a “wild card”.
Concerts abroad and in the Czech Republic
Recording of a well-crafted live performance by NAPA Records
Voucher for material prizes
Help with band promotion
Concert in the Czech Republic
Performance at one of the Czech jazz festivals (Jazzfest Brno, International Festival Česká Kamenice, Mladí ladí jazz).
Professional promo materials
Newsletter and press release sent to media partners, interview in partner media, presentation of music on air (review, possible inclusion in the music schedule), promotion of the band in the Czech Republic.
This is the thirteenth year of the Jazzfruit competition and each time we try to present the best young Czech and international talents performing the best jazz or, on the contrary, deepening the boundaries of what we consider as jazz. Not only the competitors but also the competition itself we are constantly trying to change and push. This year we are therefore returning to the model of two categories – Junior and International. The finalists of the International category will not only receive a financial prize of 1000 EUR, but also the opportunity to perform in the Czech Republic at one of our partner festivals and promotion in the Czech media. On the other hand, the winner of the Junior category will receive a professional recording of a live performance, a concert in the Czech Republic and abroad, and the opportunity to play alongside the finalists of the international category. This will give them a chance to win the international category as well. The finals will take place on the roof of the new UMPRUM Technology Centre in Mikulandska, which will be freely accessible to fans and supporters of the competition.
“Compared to other competitions, Jazzfruit is unique primarily in the freedom we give to bands and projects – it is not necessary to come to the competition with an interpretation of a specific song or specific styles, nor do we set requirements for instrumentation or the need to present only their own work, even though it is an asset. We do not set boundaries, on the contrary we want to break them down in the perception of jazz,” says Jan Gregar on behalf of the festival organisers.
The Jazzfruit competition introduces the international audience to young Czech and foreign talents playing the best traditional jazz or, on the contrary, musical projects pushing the boundaries of this genre. Jazzfruit gives bands the opportunity to make their musical endeavours bear fruit. In recent years, the finalists of the competition have appeared alongside international stars at the Open Air concert Mladí ladí jazz on Charles Square, recorded their debut albums in the legendary Svárov studio, performed at the Jazz Dock club, played to Parisian audiences, or had professional video footage made for them as a basis for successful booking. Last year, the final round took place on the waves of the Vltava River. The contestants had the unique experience of playing on a boat passing through the centre of Prague, where the legendary band -123minut finally played. Fans of the bands could cheer not only in the online environment, but also live from the embankment, the roof of the Jazz Dock or directly from the Charles Bridge.
For the period of the competition’s existence, Igor Ochepovsky (CZ), Nicola Guida (IT), Ľubomír Gašpar Cimbal Project (SK), Silva Šírová Sextet (CZ), D.A.S. Trio (HU), Jay Delver (CZ), and most recently Uthando (CZ) have all taken first place in previous editions.
Repeat the exciting moments from last year’s Jazzfruit 2021 final:
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