#ATJF19 Review: Living and breathing jazz throughout the city for one week!

Technopolis City of Athens

19th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival:
living and breathing jazz throughout the city for one week!

1 festival | 19 years | 7 days | 21 musical ensembles
more than 45,000 visitors

Save the date:
#atjf2020 → May 25-31, 2020 → #JazzBeThere

The 19th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival came to an end on Sunday, June 2, having offered to all of us who flocked to Technopolis a chance to listen to wonderful tunes and watch memorable jazz performances for an entire week. One year before its 20th anniversary, which is expected to be more spectacular than ever, we got to live first-hand an event that demonstrated the necessary knowledge, experience, and willingness to work towards greater progress and...creativity! Artists from all over the world walked onto the city’s favorite stage, joined forces for a fantastic lineup, and took us for seven consecutive nights on a journey through the contemporary jazz trends around the globe.
The festival was once again hosted by Gautier Velissaris who presented and welcomed on stage 21 musical ensembles that left more than 45,000 visitors in awe of their live performances!

Following on from last year’s event, ATJF’s first day was dedicated to Greece’s contemporary jazz scene, in an effort to support it in a practical manner; the audience had the chance to enjoy the up-and-coming Yako Trio -the Festival’s pick-, the uniquely cinematic and innovative Grey Paris, and the Petros Klampanis Trio, which performed original compositions of the phenomenal double bassist Petros Klampanis.

We let ourselves be carried away by the eastern melodies of the Tunisian Wajdi Riahi, whereas the M. Messios Symmetry Band (Cyprus) performed original compositions of its talented double bassist, and the Gaspar Karoly Trio, featuring the stunning vocalist Krisztina Pocsai, gave us a taste of the contemporary Hungarian scene. The Spain-based duo created by pianist Clara Peya & bassist Vic Moliner, and the ingenious trumpeter Richard Koch from Germany, both will long be etched in our memory; the first thanks to their experimental sound and the latter due to his enthusiastic one-to-one interaction with the audience. Next up on the same night was the American Jaimeo Brown who presented his project “Transcendence”, which has been clearly influenced by the rhythms of African music and hip-hop, leaving, as expected, none but the best impressions.
ATJF also welcomed the Swedish Filip Jers Quartet, which moves towards a meeting between traditional folk music and contemporary jazz, the Austrian quartet Month of Sundays, which represented Vienna’s versatile music scene, and the exuberant Latin Jazz ensemble Septeto Internacional (Switzerland), which made the audience tap their feet and move along to its rhythms. Among those who delivered a captivating performance was the guitarist Marzio Scholten from the Netherlands, who played compositions from his latest album, called “Things I Can't Control”, and the sensational Alfa Collective from Estonia. Later that night, the groovy and vibrant Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet from Poland offered us an electrifying experience with creative arrangements of favorite tunes.

We got to meet, and we are very delighted about that, the Helge Lien Trio (Norway) and its contemporary – despite its 20-year presence on the jazz scene – rhythms, as well as the Dainius Pulauskas Group, comprising of some of Lithouania's very finest jazz musicians. On Saturday night, Mammal Hands (United Kingdom) were the last ones to perform but we know for certain that their melodies will stay with us for quite a while.

It goes without saying, that ATJF’s closing day was spectacular this year too! The unique show and dance routines performed by Ondrej Havelka & his Melody Makers (Czech Republic), the dynamic set of tunes by the Ernie Hammes Group (Luxembourg), and the rather ambient Girls in Airports (Denmark) marked the end of an undoubtedly amazing jazz experience.
During this past week, the festival-goers had the opportunity to stroll around the grounds of Technopolis and attend other festival events that were held simultaneously.

The jazz experience, however, does not stop here! The Meet Market booths were set up once again in Technopolis’ outdoor and indoor areas, creating a colorful, fresh and joyful setting to showcase hand-made creations of talented and ingenious artisans. Moreover, the extremely interesting exhibitions «Urban» and «Taksidi» presented by the photography group METAPolis left a positive impression on everyone. Young and old alike participated in a large-scale musical -among other things- celebration that signaled the start of summer.

Once again, the longest-running musical institution of Athens, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, came up to the expectations of even the most demanding jazz enthusiasts and lovers, whereas a festive atmosphere for the #20yrsTECHNOPOLIS could be felt everywhere! The 20th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival is on its way to occupy the very heart of the city, bringing along the experience gained throughout the years and a youthful excitement. The only thing we have to do is be there… jazziest than ever!
When? → 25 – 31.05.2020 → #JazzBeThere

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 20th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival. Don’t miss it!

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→ Artistic Director of Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival: Antonis Zouganelis

→ Special thanks to our sponsor Fischer Pilsner Beer and to Philippos Nakas Conservatory for their support.