The current worldwide situation is unique, and so will be this Jazz à Vienne Season! With the festival cancelled last summer, we could not sit back and do nothing until next summer. We need music, we need audiences, meetings, clapping hands, solos and improvisation… For the 8th year in a row, Jazz à Vienne carries on its musical adventure with 8 concerts scheduled throughout the year in different locations in the area. We are very pleased to host you again for the concerts of this 2020-2021 Season, in strict accordance with the sanitary standards and in a warm and joyous atmosphere.
This Jazz à Vienne Season will be intense and filled with emotions. The Auditorium of Lyon will host five concerts: a tribute to Michel Petrucciani with the cream of French jazz, a special project by today’s biggest Cuban pianist, Chucho Valdés, who will present a solo and band performance, a beautiful show by the Malian star Fatoumata Diawara, the Jazz à Vienne orchestra and a jazz adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by the Amazing Keystone Big Band. Last but not least, in June, the Auditorium will vibrate to the sound of one of the greatest voices in today’s jazz, Gregory Porter. Initially scheduled on November 27, 2020, this concert was rescheduled for June 14, 2021 because of the current sanitary situation. It will be a taster for the 2021 summer edition of the festival. When we announced the cancellation of the 40th edition of Jazz à Vienne, we were moved by the solidarity and support of Jazz en Tête festival, which offered to co-organize one night during their festival. We are happy to announce a beautiful show with saxophonist Baptiste Herbin and guitarist Juan Carmona, who took to the stage of the Roman Theatre in 2019. We will also host the brand-new project of Sarah Lenka at the François Ponsard Theatre in Vienne, with special guest Naïssam Jalal, a French-Syrian flutist. And as is traditional on April 30, we will celebrate the famous Jazz Day in the whole metropolitan hub.
In times of adversity, we need to stay united, careful and close to one another. In such peculiar times where social link, a key pillar in our industry, is impacted, we need to create unifying events such as jazz concerts to offer precious moments between audiences and artists. These events will warm our hearts and bring us the strength we need! Take good care of yourselves!
The team of Jazz à Vienne