Cool … Support for Scottish jazz talent


The Scottish Government is supporting some of Scotland’s most talented musicians to develop links with European music festivals, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said today.

The government has awarded £155,000 towards the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival’s work in 2013 to unite musicians from Scotland and around the world in a series of collaborative concerts.

The funding has supported the development of nine international collaborations that will perform in Edinburgh and across south and central Scotland over the next fortnight as part of this year’s jazz festival. Two collaborations will go on to perform at festivals in Italy and Lithuania and work is ongoing to secure international links for several of the others.

Speaking as the 2013 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival got underway on Friday, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said:

“The Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund ensures that Scotland’s own exceptional talent is placed at the heart of our world-renowned festivals and our artists can benefit from the global exposure the festivals can bring. Through the fund, we are exploiting every opportunity to develop important cultural links with other countries. The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is delivering on each of these important aims through its unique programme of international collaborations.

“We’ve awarded the festival more than £750,000 since 2009 and we’ve seen that money make a real and lasting difference to the growth and reach of the festival and to the many musicians its Expo projects have promoted and supported along the way.

“The festival has a proven track record of bringing some of the very best musicians to Scotland from across the globe, attracting audiences from far and wide to experience for themselves, Scotland’s rich culture, heritage and distinct identity.

“This year’s programme of high-quality collaborations will enthral and delight audiences and raise the profile of some of Scotland’s best jazz musicians to audiences in Edinburgh, around Scotland and in Europe.”

Roger Spence, Producer of Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, said:

“The ongoing Expo funded programme has seen Scottish musicians linking with musicians from many parts of the world and creating projects which have long term impact. It allows for collaborations and ties to be created with countries in Europe and beyond that would otherwise simply not have been possible.

“And for the first time, in 2013, we have been able to present some of our extraordinary international collaborations in other towns and cities around Scotland, too. It looks set to be a big success.”

The Scottish Jazz and Blues Festival 2013 runs from 19-28 July.

Highlights of the 2013 Scottish Jazz Expo programme include:

  • Brian Kellock Copenhagen Trio – featuring the Scottish piano maestro and two renowned Danish musicians, Danial Franck (bass) and Niclas Carnapgnol (drums). Performing in Stirling and Edinburgh.
  • Sue McKenzie Dark Grooves and Michel Reis Trio – the outstanding Scottish saxophonist fronts her own band with Canadian star cellist, Lucio Amanti and great Luxembourger bassist, Marc Demuth. Performing in Edinburgh.
  • Konrad Wiszniewski Quartet and Euan Stevenson Vilnius Quartet – Leading Scottish saxophonist, Konrad, performs with pianist Euan Stevenson who leads a band of top Scottish and Lithuanian musicians. Performing in Edinburgh and Vilnuis, Lithuania.
  • Stone Islands, Enzo Favata, Colin Steele, David Milligan – collaborative project with six Sardinian musicians and six Scottish musicians. Performing in Edinburgh and Santa Teresa Gallura in Sardinia.

This year’s Scottish Jazz Expo will deliver performances in Stirling, Linlithgow, Haddington, Peebles, Dunfermline and Edinburgh.

Since 2009, the Scottish Government has awarded £754,370 Expo funding to the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. This has supported the development of creative links between Scottish and Scottish-based musicians and events in Norway, India, Lithuania, Sweden, Italy, Germany and France.

For more information about the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival, including full details of this year’s programme, visit: