Image Credits: Bogdan Benigar, Ljubljana © Nada Zgank.
I’d wish it to be the oldest but also the one having the coolest novelties. I love to follow tradition as well as to propose a powerful programme, representing what is happening in the jazz world.
Exactly, we want this festival to connect the different generations. This year in particular we have invited Archie Shepp, that hadn’t played in Slovenia for 30 years, and simultaneously many Slovenian musicians, living both abroad, for example in Amsterdam or New York, and living here as well, but with international projects.
Each year we try and give a different focus; this year the attention is focused on the cities, there are three projects from Berlin, three from London, some others from Sweden. Thanks to a series of coincidences, another important theme will be the trumpet.
We sketch out the programme by trying and obtaining the best possible combination of artists. Once we have realised the programme, we then check if it really works. We love to create a community, to set the preconditions, so that the people can live the event in a certain way, they stop and talk even after the end of the gigs, and so on.
Yes, it is, and this is also because Ljubljana has become like that; we must also say that we try and make people not to come here for the “star”, but because they know the kind of atmosphere that there will be.
One thing is sure: we invited John Zorn to the 50th anniversary, and we thought that we would have liked to have him again for the 60th edition; that’s why I really hope that he will join us.