Yes, that’s Jazz:

Lech beckons with a new festival

From August 13 to 15 the first ever jazz festival will take place at Postgarage Lech. Three concerts with international stars will delight jazz fans. LA LOUPE spoke with the organiser Philip Waldhart about the festival’s programme.

L.L.

What made you organise a jazz festival?

P.W.

Well first and foremost it was my passion for the music. The festival is not just a tourist attraction; we’re not just following a trend here. We’re actually looking to make this something that is well established. A musical event in winter would also be interesting, as well as an open-air event.

Philip Waldhart
Philip Waldhart

L.L.

Jazz and Lech – does that even go together?

P.W.

Lech is a unique place. In the preliminary talks the musicians emphasized how much they are looking forward to being able to play in a special place right in the middle of the Alps. And there even are internationally renowned musicians, I am really looking forward to the event, it’s going to be a feast for the ears.

L.L.

Is there a particular framework programme?

P.W.

No, but I’m sure there will be after jazz parties in the evenings – completely relaxed. A warm thank-you to Lech’s innkeepers who are going to take care of our artists. And during the event they are also going to take good care of us.

L.L.

liro Rantala is a true piano-sensation who will go on stage here…

P.W.

Exactly. He is going to play pieces from his solo album “Lost Heroes”. The newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” spoke of a true masterpiece, the German record critics awarded Lost Heroes the title jazz album of the year and Rantala was honoured as best international pianist by ECHO Jazz.

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L.L.

Up next is the Marcin Wasilewski Trio and Joakim Milder on the sax…

P.W.

Marcin received the FRYDERYK award 2015 as JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR in Poland and with his trio the same prize for JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR!

L.L.

And for the grand finale the Benedikt Jahnel Trio will visit Lech…

P.W.

Benedikt is one of the most versatile pianists of today’s German jazz scene. In March 2014 Munich’s Merkur wrote about “exploding sound patterns” and how “all the things that come together here are amazing. Rhythmically precise calculations are truly noticeable.”

Programme:

13 Aug, 2015: Iiro Rantala
14 Aug, 2015: Marcin Wasilewski Trio and Joakim Milder
15 Aug, 2015: Benedikt Jahnel Trio

All three concerts take place at Postgarage Lech.
Doors open at 8 pm, concerts start at 8.30 pm.
Tickets: Hypo Bank Lech and Tourismusbüro Lech Zürs. One admission costs € 30 and those who would like to see all three concerts pay € 80.