Kick off for the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2022. “Key Position” performed by the trios of Julia Hülsmann and Jacob Karlzon.

Munich. With the Julia Hulsmann Trio
to 8 March and the Jacob Karlzon Trio to March 22, the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2022 is launching its thirteenth season. A total of six free concerts given on Tuesday evenings from March to April 2022 will see international jazz ensembles perform this year’s theme “Key position” in the Double Cone from BMW Welt. After the concerts, an expert jury will choose two finalists to compete for the prize on July 9, 2022. Additionally, viewers can help their favorite ensemble win the audience award.

At 8 Marchthe whole german Julia Hulsmann Trio will kick off this year’s BMW Welt Jazz Award. The Berlin pianist Hülsmann is one of the selected German musicians “who are giving new impetus to the world of European jazz”, said the jury of the SWR Jazz Award back in 2016. Hülsmann first came to prominence with lyrical interpretations for the label ACT in collaboration with eminent singers such as Rebekka Bakken, Anna Lauvergnac and Roger Cicero. Since joining ECM in 2008, she has to date released seven albums, all featuring her inimitable, delicate and completely stripped down piano performances performing her own compositions. At the heart of each project is his trio with bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling, who have been performing in this constellation for 20 years. This year, the current German Jazz Prize winner and her trio will be on stage at the BMW Welt Jazz Award.

For the second concert of March 22BMW Welt will host the Jacob Karlzon Trio. Swedish musician Jacob Karlzon is one of the outstanding jazz pianists to emerge from Scandinavia in recent years. After a long period as an accompanist for singer Viktoria Tolstoy, Karlzon has made a name for himself on the international scene with numerous personal projects. Combining his passion for improvisation with unexpected rock rhythms and an open style characteristic of Scandinavian jazz, he prefers the term “alternative artist” to that of jazz pianist. True to his own style, Karlzon’s albums to date show influences ranging from Ravel to hard bop, metal to EDM, fused effortlessly by his preference for minimalist melodies. He is currently in Munich to promote his new album “Wanderlust”, released by Warner and with the other members of the trio, bassist Morten Ramsbøl and drummer Rasmus Kihlberg.

Evening concerts of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2022

March 8, 2022 Julia Hülsmann Trio

March 22, 2022 Jacob Karlzon Trio

April 5, 2022 Anat Fort Trio

April 12, 2022 Giovanni Guidi Quintet

April 19, 2022 Marco Mezquida Trio

April 26, 2022 Ashley Henry Quartet

Concerts in the Double Cone at BMW Welt are offered free of charge; however, places are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., concerts start at 7:00 p.m. BMW Welt is following the latest social distancing and hygiene rules that apply to events. Current information on the BMW Welt Jazz Award concerts can be found at

the last gig showcasing the two shortlisted finalists will be at the BMW Welt auditorium on July 9, 2022 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at Ticket Munich from March 8, 2022.

This year’s events will once again be hosted by Hannah Weiss, winner of the 2019 BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award.

The jury, chaired by Olivier Hochkeppel (journalist for music and cultural affairs, Süddeutsche Zeitung), consists of Heike is lying
(Musicologist, Music and Musical Theater Division of the Cultural Affairs Department of the State Capital Munich), Christiane Böhnke-Geisse (Director of schwere reiter Musik),
Roland Spiegel (editor and jazz expert at the German broadcasting station Bayerischer Rundfunk BR‑KLASSIK) and
Andreas Kolb (Editor of and nmz – neue musikzeitung).

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