Gezmataz Festival & Workshop is the jazz festival created as part of the events planned for Genoa 2004 European Capital of Culture. Riconfermatosi among the events of Genoa Estate from 2005 to 2017, is a cultural event dedicated to the different expressions of music that combines high quality programming with an educational project conducted by international teachers. The aims of the workshop, held during the days of the festival, are the diffusion of jazz music and its different forms of expression through live performances and teaching. In the evening, on the stage of Piazza delle Feste in Porto Antico, world famous artists alternate, reconfirming Gezmataz’s desire to bring the best of the international jazz scene to Genoa.
Over the years, Gezmataz Festival & Workshop hosted, among others, the likes of Pat Metheny, Lars Danielsson, Steve Coleman, Joshua Redamn, Dave Holland, Avishai Cohen, Esperanza Spalding, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Geri Allen Gary Burton , Ornette Coleman, Stefano Bollani, Danilo Rea, Dave Douglas, Paolo Fresu, Take 6, Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield, Andy Sheppard, Francesco Bearzatti, Enrico Rava, Karl Berger, Brad Mehldau, Gianluca Petrella managing to obtain sponsorship and patronage of public and private bodies.
This year Gezmataz Festival & Workshop reaches the 15th edition dedicating it to the voice as a tool belonging to everyone. All groups will have the voice as the protagonist of their project. Also the Workshop in Genoa will have for the first time a class dedicated to the voice. The programming is closely linked to an intense didactic activity carried out through workshops, lectures of ensemble music and concert performances of the participants of the courses both on the Millo stage and on that of Piazza delle Feste.
The idea for the fifteenth edition is to extend the festival from four to seven days and strengthen the ties with the city through concerts organized in the squares of the Historic Center in collaboration with Confesercenti, the CIV area and in partnership with Louisiana jazz Club and Il Circolo Count Basie.
Thanks to the relationships interwoven with other Genoese realities we are organizing collateral activities at the festival. It is our intention to organize a series of events held by the Italian Jazz Institute (Jazz Museum) at the Luzzati Museum dedicated to the artists who will perform during the festival to ensure that the public can enjoy the best of our musical proposals.
Together with Donato Aquaro, photographer and partner of the Arci Zenzero of Genoa, we will organize a scene photography workshop, which will take place in parallel with our 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 theoretical and revision phases.
For the younger audience and the very first childhood we will organize lectures- concert.