Boasting many innovations, the Saalfelden Jazz Festival is building a bridge to the future
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the Saalfelden mega-event is getting a revamp as several performance spaces are being added and the number of concerts is also increasing to more than 70. On the town square, a festival center with a novel culinary concept is being built.
New concert series and “artists-in-residence”
Artistic director Mario Steidl describes the reasons for launching an “artist-in-residence” program as follows: “There are so many outstanding artists whose projects call for smaller, more intimate spaces. I also wanted to create a new framework for artists to engage in spontaneous musical exchanges.” The 2019 artists-in-residence—Slovenian singer, flutist, and composer Maja Osojnik and Austrian percussionist Lukas König—will showcase several projects in the Fuchs bookbinding shop and in an unoccupied building that formerly housed the district court. Additional concerts will take place in a bookstore and at the Ritzen Castle Museum. Performance spaces on the surrounding alpine pastures will also offer surprises such as full-day hiking tour concerts with Austrian artists. Within the scope of the “Nexus+” series, the number of free concerts at Kunsthaus Nexus will also increase. For three days, a park in the center of Saalfelden will serve as a verdant musical meeting place.