This year, and in line with its 25th anniversary, the Malta Jazz Festival will include Jazz on the Fringe. This will consist of four events aimed to stimulate the local jazz scene and expose the Maltese audiences to jazz beyond the confines of Ta’ Liesse, as well as create networks between the jazz scenes in Malta and abroad through various collaborations. Finally it will serve to fill a much needed gap in jazz education in Malta.

These events include:

The Fringe Youth Jazz Ensemble

The ensemble is part of the Jazz on the Fringe initiative to create networks with the international jazz scene. This project, conceived by Sandro Zerafa, will be in collaboration with renowned school Centro Didattico Produzione Musica (CDPM) in Bergamo and the Malta Jazz Festival.

The first edition of this ensemble features a performance by four of Malta’s youngest jazz talent and four musicians from the CDPM in Bergamo. They will perform for the first time at the Malta Jazz Festival under the direction of saxophone player Gabriele Comeglio, one of the most renowned musical arrangers in Italy and pianist/arranger Claudio Angeleri, Director of the CDPM. Both will be teaching at the Summer Jazz Camp.

Following the performance in Malta, the musicians will then perform at the Notti di Luce Festival in Bergamo, next September. This initiative will be pursued in future editions of the Jazz on the Fringe and will involve the participation of different countries.

Malta Summer Jazz Camp

This year there will be free masterclasses in piano, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone and musical arrangement. These masterclasses are generating great enthusiasm, especially amongst the younger generation of musicians in Malta.

Malta Jazz Contest

The third edition of this event will be held at Ta’ Liesse on the last day of the Jazz Festival, during the Commonwealth Jazz Day. The contest is open to jazz soloists of Maltese nationality, up to the age of 35.

Warren Galea, the winner of last year’s Malta Jazz Contest, has participated in the Festival ‘Les Sons d’Une Ile’ in Paris (organised by the Maltese Embassy in France). Carlo Muscat, who won the second prize, will participate in Bergamo Jazz 2015, in collaboration with the CDPM in Bergamo. Both musicians will participate in this year’s festival together with “The Fringe” Youth Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz on the Fringe gigs

These gigs will take place around the island in various venues, featuring local talent and collaborations with foreign musicians.

The Malta Jazz Festival is organised by Arts Council Malta and supported by CHOGM Malta 2015, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Phoenicia Hotel, Cyberpass, MTA and TVM.

For the more details and ticket prices, please visit maltajazzfestival.org

Full line up for The Malta Jazz Festival 2015