WinJazz is an international project created and directed by the Italian association, Mulab, and funded by the MIBACT – Ministry of Culture of Italy – in order to promote the growth and the mobility of young women jazz musicians in Europe.
The project aims to stimulate and promote the integration of women in a male-dominated sector as the jazz world still is in Italy. It also aims to improve opportunities and creative sharing in different countries within the European Community, expanding on the best Jazz showcasing opportunities that each region offers.
The project consist of two parts: a national contest and an International Music Festival.
The contest is open to young Italian women aged between 18 and 29 who are jazz musicians and composers. They will be selected by a panel of judges and four winners will be given a date to perform within the WinJazz Festival.
The deadline to participate in the contest is September 2015.
The Women in Jazz Festival, second stage of the project, will be running between November and December 2015 in Rome (Italy), London (England), Rijeka (Croatia) and Katowice (Poland).
The young musicians will perform with other ensembles, who are well-known in Italy and led by women, such as Monica Demuru (voice), Milena Angelè (saxophone), Stefania Tallini (piano), Cecilia Sanchietti (drums) and Federica Zammarchi (voice).
The international partnership of WinJazz beyond Mulab (Italy) involves Collage Arts (UK), Prostor Plus (Croatia) and Arteria (Poland), all are founding partners of ECLN – the European Cultural Learning Network, and will be showcasing the work of the network at a large public festival in London on 5th September at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
The ECLN Network have connected these four organisations and through joint collaborative working, have enabled them to cooperate and create this new joint venture.
For that reason, as an added value and to generate new growth and opportunities for young people, in the concept, organisation and promotion of the new project, WINJazz will involve a group of young people, tutors and mentors in the creative sector, grown out of the Young Guru Project, the Italian test phase of the ECLN project.
Godmother and special guest in the project is the pianist and composer of international fame, Rita Marcotulli.