Festival & Workshop

Gezmataz Festival & Workshop is the jazz festival created as part of the events planned for Genoa 2004 European Capital of Culture. 
It is a cultural event dedicated to different expressions of music that combines high-quality programming with an educational project led by international teachers.
The objectives of the workshop, held during the days of the festival, are to spread jazz music and its different forms of expression through live performances and teaching.
In the evenings, world-renowned artists take turns on stage in the Piazza delle Feste in the Old Port, reconfirming Gezmataz's desire to bring the best of the international jazz scene to Genoa.

Over the years, Gezmataz Festival & Workshop has hosted, among others, the likes of Pat Metheny, Steve Coleman, Joshua Redman, 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 managing to obtain the contribution and patronage of public and private entities.
The programming of the Gezmataz Festival & Workshops is closely linked to an intense educational activity carried out by means of workshops, ensemble music lessons and concert performances by the participants of the courses on the Piazza delle Feste.

The photography workshop "Telling Jazz" aims to provide the technical and compositional tools for a personal interpretation and narration of the GEZMATAZ Festival in Genoa, thus enabling each student to develop his or her own mode of expression and improve technique. Photographers will be able to follow all stages of its realization, from soundcheck to performance, consistent with the arrangement of the artists on stage.

Specifically, the workshop will cover the following topics: What it means to photograph music and jazz How to move during shooting sessions: respect for the artists and the audience Great jazz photographers: viewing and discussion of images preparatory to photo sessions Viewing, analyzing and discussing shots taken at concerts and selecting the most representative shots

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Festival Gezmataz 2023

In the summer of 2023, the Gezmataz Festival&Workshop, a well-established event in the area that reaches its 20th edition this year, returns to Genoa.
The goal of the Festival, led since its founding by Marco Tindiglia, is to combine jazz education with quality concert programming, spreading it as widely as possible in Genoa and Liguria.
he theme of this year's concert programming will be "contaminations": it is inspired by the city of Genoa, a port city that welcomes and mixes cultures, bringing together the qualities of tradition and the insights offered by innovation. This
has in fact always been the main feature of the Gezmataz Festival, which throughout its history has placed side by side authoritative names from the international jazz scene with young and emerging artists.


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