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A pan-European project featuring talents from 6 countries

If you don’t know what Criss Cross Europe is, here’s a brief summary: Criss Cross Europe brings together 6 promising young jazz and impro musicians from 6 European countries to form a band. During the residency period these musicians work together, guided by an artistic coach (this year’s coach is drummer Jim Black!) – a flag-bearer of the international jazz scene. The residencies are concluded by a concert tour that takes the band to prominent venues in the 6 countries involved in the project. Throughout the residencies the partners meet to investigate the ingredients that help build international music careers.

Next week, we’ll start sharing the individual artists portraits. Here’s our SCHEDULE in the meantime. For some concerts, tickets are already available!

10-15/10 – residency in Tallinn
15/10 – KUMU blackbox, Tallinn (premiere)(EST)
20/10 – opderschmelz, Dudelange (double bill with Melez)(LUX) – tickets
21/10 – Tivoli, Utrecht (NL)
22/10 – Lantarenvenster, Rotterdam (NL) – tickets
23/10 – Paradox, Tilburg (NL) – tickets
08/12 – De Bijloke, Ghent (double bill with Red Data)(B) – tickets
09/12 – Venue TBA (IRE)
10/12 – Venue TBA, Edinburgh (SCO)

Criss Cross Europe 2021… IS ON!

YES. Finally. It has taken us some time with youknowwhat, but now we’re back on track and confident we can turn this truly international project into something special. Behind the scenes, we are already working hard with the participating organisations, venues and of course the musicians (!) to make this happen.

From now on, we will keep you updated about our progress. We will share artists profiles with you, add more information about the upcoming concerts & venues and how putting all of this together actually works. When we bring the artists together for their residency, we’ll be able to really show you what happens. In times like these, international projects are quite challenging, and perhaps you even need to be a bit crazy, but… if we succeed, we’re confident the results will be truly rewarding.

If you want to keep up with what’s happening, just follow this website and/or our Facebook page.

On top of that, you can also follow the musicians and organisations & venues that are involved by checking out the tabs above.

Stay tuned for more!

Tour postponed due to Covid19 // New tour dates for 2021!

Unfortunately the Criss Cross Europe tour for 2020 has been postponed due to Covid19. That is sad news, because all the musicians were already looking forward to it.

The good news is that we have already found new tour dates for 2021! Check it out:

  • Monday 11 October to Friday 15 October 2021: Residency in Tallinn
  • Friday 15 October 2021: Premiere Tallinn
  • Wednesday 20 October 2021: Concert Dudelange Luxembourg (double bill with Melez)
  • Thursday 21 October 2021: Concert Utrecht Tivoli (The Netherlands)
  • Friday 22 October 2021: Concert Rotterdam Lantarenvenster (The Netherlands)
  • Saturday 23 October 2021: Concert Tilburg Paradox (The Netherlands)
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021: Concert Ghent Belgium (double bill with RED DATA)
  • Thursday 9 December 2021: Concert Ireland
  • Friday 10 December 2021: Concert Scotland

We realise it’s a long wait still, but we are looking forward to it! See you there!

Criss Cross Europe 2019 with Bojan Z!

The adventure starts again!

For the 6th year, the CCE project is embarking on a new adventure a little crazy: to meet young musicians from all over Europe.

This 2019 edition will bring together 5 young musicians from Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Luxembourg and France. They will meet for the first time during the creative residency which will take place during 5 days in Reims (France).

They will have the chance to benefit from the artistic advice of a major musician: Franco-Serbian pianist Bojan Z. You can then find them in concert in each of the countries participating in the project.


Virtuosity, classical knowledge, wit and entertainer’s instincts

– The Guardian

Based in Paris, originally from Serbia, Bojan Z’s (Zulfikarpasic) personal sense of style has been known to escape classification. With a background in classical music, rock, Brazilian music, blues, jazz and Balkan Folklore, Z harmoniously blends and twists his colourful musical baggage, innovating yet never losing his taste for melody and song form.

Starting with classical piano at the age of 5, moving toward the Belgrade rock scene as a youngster, Z obtained a scholarship at the age of 18 to study jazz with Clare Fischer in the US. Just a few years later he was awarded ‘Best Young Jazz Musician of Yugoslavia’. At the age of 20 he settled in Paris, establishing himself as an inevitable element of the French jazz scene. More than two decades later, Bojan Z has an impressive record to his name. A much sought-after sideman, he has collaborated with outstanding names like Henri Texier, Michel Portal and Julien Lourau. He has eight albums under his own name covering a wide range of styles and formations including his multi-ethnical project Koreni, which resulted in his status as the pioneer who brought Balkan influences into jazz.

Z has released two very successful solo albums. The first was Solobsession in 2007 (Label Bleu) with which he won Album of the Year for Xenophonia, Victoires du Jazz. His second acclaimed solo album Soul Shelter, (Emarcy/Universal) resulted in his title as Artist of the Year, Victoires du Jazz in 2012. On this album he plays both his beloved Fazioli piano and the customized fuzzy Fender Rhodes, also known as ‘xenophone’, which became one of his trademarks.

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