The New Spark Jazz Orchestra – Balkan
Women in Jazz is an innovative artistic program which aims to facilitate access to gender equal professional opportunities and to strengthen and increase the number of women musicians and composers on the regional jazz music scene. The partners in the proj- ect are: from Serbia – NGO ARTRUST, from Macedonia- Goce Dolcev University, from Montenegro- Tivat Music School, as well as experts from France and Italy, and they form a strong, sustainable platform for cross-sectorial international networking in the field of music production, education, and promotion by opening new career and job opportunities for independent artists.
Through an open call, 15 Balkan emerging women musicians and composers are invited to participate in the 15 months long program and they are the members of the New Spark Jazz Orchestra. The program includes 2 one-week long music residencies with ensemble and big band workshops, an on-line educational web portal, and the promotion of new jazz learning methods via symposiums led by the Educational Team comprising of highly renowned music experts from the region (Jasna Jovicevic RS, Toni Kitanovski Macedonia, Vasil Hadzimanov RS and Antoine Simoni FR). With the new professional skills acquired, and the rehearsals with original music materials, the Orchestra will have 4 regional concerts in 3 countries, and publish a promotional CD/DVD of music composed by the participants. It will participate in open rehearsals and lectures, jam sessions with local musicians, and interactive discussions, which will promote and support the development of the contemporary Balkan cultural heritage.
This Project is supported by the Balkan Arts & Culture Fund and the Serbian Ministry of Culture.