Following the extraordinary success of last year’s festival, JAZZMI is back, galvanising serveral venues across Milan from the 2nd to 12th November. Conceived and produced by the Triennale Teatro dell’Arte and Ponderosa Music&Art, in collaboration with Blue Note Milano, the festival will take place yet again thanks to Milan City Council’s Office for Culture, with the backing of the Ministry for Cultural Affairs and Activities. Corporate partners are Intesa Sanpaolo, Flying Blue and Hamilton, and artistic direction is by Luciano Linzi and Titti Santini.
Designed from the start to be a major-league and many-faceted event, JAZZMI has proved to be a resounding success, hugely admired and enjoyed by the public, so much so that as last year’s festival ended preparations began on this year’s, with the intention of making it a firm date in Milan’s autumn calendar.
JAZZMI will offer the city more than 150 events: concerts featuring celebrated performers, recently discovered talent and passionate innovators, side by side with numerous initiatives, such as films and up to now unreleased documentaries, photographic exhibitions, encounters and masterclasses. Among the ‘new entries’ this year are many events aimed at children, thanks to Massimo Nunzi’s “Giocajazz” and “Jazzdo.it”, a unique project in Italy, made possible with a grant from SIAE, with classes on the themes and examples of jazz.
Teatro dell’Arte and Blue Note Milan will be the two main focal points of the festival, but the vast number of events will also be held in unusual venues, such as theatres, museums, bookshops, cinemas, historic buildings and archaeological sites.
“Blue Note Milano is a leading player in the scene of world jazz”, say Andrea De Micheli and Luca Oddo, respectively CEO and President of Casta Diva Group. “Our home base in via Borsieri in the Isola district of Milan, puts on approximately 300 shows a year, fully representing the variety and influence of contemporary jazz. It is therefore the natural partner to host an event of this significance, created to draw the public, including young people, to this musical genre.”
“Last year we witnessed the enthusiasm of an audience much larger then we expected,” confirm Titti Santini and Luciano Linzi, artistic directors of the festival. “The objective for this year is to make JAZZIMI develop even more and expand its coverage from the centre to the outskirts of the city.”