The Gezmataz Festival & Workshop is a jazz festival created as part of the events for Genoa 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is a cultural event dedicated to different expressions of music, which combines a high quality concert program with an educational project (workshop) conducted by international teachers. The aim of the workshop, held during the days of the festival, is the diffusion of jazz music and its different forms of expression through live performances and teaching. In the evenings, on the stage in Piazza delle Feste in Porto Antico, a diverse array of world famous artists perform; confirming Gezmataz’s desire to bring the best of the international jazz scene to Genoa.
Over the years, the Gezmataz Festival & Workshop has hosted, among others, the likes of: Pat Metheny, Steve Coleman, Joshua Redamn, Dave Holland, Avishai Cohen, Esperanza Spalding, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Gary Burton , Ornette Coleman, Dave Douglas, Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield, Andy Sheppard, Brad Mehldau, Gianluca Petrella; achieved by obtaining sponsorship and patronage from public and private organisations.
This year Gezmataz Festival & Workshop reaches the 16th edition and is dedicated to percission. The concert program is closely linked to an intense didactic activity, carried out through workshops, ensemble music lessons, and concert performances,which the participants of the courses give on the stage in Piazza delle Feste.
Together with Donato Aquaro, photographer and partner of the Arci Zenzero of Genoa, there will be a stills photography workshop, which will take place in parallel with the festival. The workshop will focus on the narration of live music; students will have the opportunity, every evening, to put into practice what they learn during the theory and revision sessions.
This year, the Festival has been made possible thanks to the support of Compagnia di San Paolo as part of their aid to “Performing Arts” . With this festival Gezmataz Association has become part of PERFORMING +, a project for the triennial 2018-2020 launched by Compagnia di San Paolo and the Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo in collaboration with the Osservatorio Culturale del Piemonte, which aims to strengthen the skills of those working in the non profit field in live performances in Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta.