Programmes

Germany’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Bundesjazzorchester, has since 2007 offered a new programme after each biannual rehearsal period. Here you can find all of our programmes since 2012, including those which are soon to be produced.

Klingende Utopien – #2021JLID

With "Sounding Utopias – #2021Jewish Life in Germany", the Bundesjazzorchester links the jazz avant-garde of today with the Jewish film avant-garde of yesterday in an exciting multimedia mix of silent films, jazz orchestra and vocal ensemble. Read more.

Directed by: Niels Klein

Dreams And Realities

This programme represents the first musical calling card of the new musical director, Ansgar Striepens, who took on the role as Jiggs Whigham’s successor in 2020. His works demonstrate his deep roots in the European musical tradition. Bach, Händel, Bartók, and Hindemith, amongst others, serve as his sources of inspiration. Striepens is fascinated by symmetry in all its forms, as well as other phenomena in mathematics and natural sciences. Furthermore, his interests in psychology, philosophy, visual art, and literature find their way into his music. Dreams and Realities – an exciting journey through the world of contemporary big band music that bears the torch of tradition and nevertheless remains open to looking beyond established boundaries.

Directed by: Ansgar Striepens

Forty Years Outside The Box

In the summer of 2019, the Bundesjazzorchester met and worked for the first time with the versatile English musician Django Bates. The multi-instrumentalist is known for his quirky big band music and highly virtuosic musical experiments. He has been writing for large ensembles since the early 1980s. His music addresses a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from Romanian or South African politics, to foxes in the night, to the circus. His arrangements are inspired from such diverse sources as Charlie Parker, The Beatles, and Beethoven. He put together this programme specifically for the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra, drawing upon key moments from his unconventional forty year career.

Directed by: Django Bates

A Tribute To The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band

In 1961, a big band was formed around the American drummer Kenny Clark and the Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland. The initiator and producer of this ensemble, which for years set the standard in Europe and developed its own unmistakable voice in jazz history, was the Italian Pierluigi “Gigi” Campi, who lived in Cologne. The programme is composed of exceptional pieces selected by Jiggs Whigham, with additional vocal arrangements having been written exclusively for the BuJazzO Vocal Ensemble.

Directed by: Jiggs Whigham

Sound Utopias - The 100th Anniversary of Bauhaus

Combining the jazz avant garde of today with the Bauhaus avant garde of yesteryear, this multimedia concert programme combines selected Bauhaus films with music for big band and vocal ensemble. In cooperation with the Eastman School of Music (USA) and the George Eastman Museum of Rochester’s Archives (USA), eight exemplary films from legendary Bauhaus figures or with a Bauhaus connection from the 20s and 30s were selected. A number of renowned jazz composers were then commissioned to write new works on the basis of the selected films.

Directed by: Niels Klein

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