In Search of Our Musical Roots

Grant Award

The Western Balkans Fund has supported Jazz Art’s new project “In Search of Our Musical Roots”. Beside Jazz Art, the project partners of the project are the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia, the University “Goce Delcev” Music Academy of Stip, North Macedonia, the Academy of Arts of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Syri Blu cultural organization, Tirana, Albania. We will implement the project within eight months, from April to December 2022.

Over 250 organizations from the Western Balkans applied and 30 Winning Projects are listed within the 4th Call for Proposals, the first to be co-funded by the European Union through IPA – Instrument for Pre -Accession Assistance.

Zajednička fotografija irana 13.04.2022.

At a ceremony in Tirana last week, Maja Popovic, President of Jazz Art, received the grant award.

Maja WBF

This is the second time that our organization has received a grant from the Western Balkans Fund. Last year, the Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra project was successfully realized.

The Western Balkans Fund is an inter-governmental organization, initiative of the ministries of foreign affairs of six regional countries; The Fund’s main objective is to boost cooperation between its members, to strengthen relations and regional cohesion, to advance integration into the European Union.

We thank to the Western Balkans Fund for their recognition and cooperation.


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JAM 2022

poster logo JAM 2022 generalni

Balkan Jazz Connections is the motto of our fifteenth annual Jazz Appreciation Month in Montenegro celebration, set to happen from 1 to 30 April. Guided by the experience we had with the Balkan Youth Jazz Orchestra last year, we wanted to showcase some of the composers and their ensembles and promote their music achievements. For the first time in Montenegro, we will have the chance to hear the concert performances of the Vocal quartet MING from Belgrade, with pianist and composer Nevena Pejcic at its helm; from Skopje, Gordan Spasovski Trio will present their successful debut album “Light Pillar”; Zagreb based Mimika Orchestra will also be here, guided by the multi-instrumentalist and composer Mak Murtic. And, this is not all. We are also looking forward to hear the Istanbul ensemble, Baturai Yarkin led jazz trio featured by Nagme Yarkin, a singer and player of the traditional Turkish instrument kemenche. Young Podgorica band Kuhinjazz will share their original music pieces with local audiences as well. To complement the youth, the group of experienced saxophone players from Subotica, Super Sax 4: Jasna Jovicevic, Adam Klem, Gabor Bunford and Maks Kocetov will promote their music and arrangements written for their saxophone quartet.

Our traditional accompanying series Jazz on Film will present two films this year: a 2006 Herbie Hancock documentary titled “Herbie Hancock: Possibilities”, directed by Doug Biro and Jon Fine, along with “Django” the French feature from 2017, directed by Etienne Comar and inspired by Django Reinhardt. Besides Podgorica, the map of festival events this year lists Cetinje, Bar and Pljevlja.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed and made the biggest jazz event in our country happen. Thank you to our partners: KIC “Budo Tomovic”, Secretariat for Culture and Sports of the Capital City, Tourism Organization of Podgorica, American Corner Podgorica, Museums and Galleries of Podgorica, Zetski Dom Royal Theatre, Cultural Center Bar, Pljevlja Municipality and Center for Culture Pljevlja, Institut Yunus Emre, Turkish Airlines and Institut Français.

During the final week of the festival we expect to be joined by the representatives of the French Couleurs Jazz Radio.

The International Jazz Day on 30 April with Mimika Orchestra performance on the Podgorica Summer Stage will round off the JAM 2022 in Montenegro.

For a detailed plan of JAM 2022 activities, take a look here.

Come and experience jazz with us!

poster JAM 2022 generalni program

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Jazz Art Partner in the Jazz Network-France/Balkans Project

We are pleased to announce that our organization is a partner in the new project “Jazz Network – France/Balkans”, which started in late 2021. The actors in the project are the French cities of Dijon and Ravoire and several cities of the Balkans: Bitola, Fier, Nis, and Podgorica. Assistants to the local governments are reputable jazz organizations from the following countries: Media-Music, La Dynamo, Occijazz, Couleurs Jazz (France), Syri Blue (Albania), Nishville Foundation (Serbia), Bitola Jazz Fest (Northern Macedonia), and Jazz Art (Montenegro).

The goal of the project is to build bridges between France and the Balkan countries of Albania, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Serbia through jazz music. Balkan jazz musicians want to expand contacts with their French counterparts to build a sustainable network that would allow for artist exchanges, youth involvement and joint activities. The project will contribute to strengthening cultural connections and cooperation between cities and jazz organizations in improving festivals and music seasons in these countries. The first meeting of project partners will be held in Dijon and Ravoire from February 24 to 26, 2022. We are looking forward to successful cooperation and expansion and strengthening of cultural and jazz links between the Balkan region and France.

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