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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 2020 with Jim Black!

This year the Criss Cross partners Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (Scotland), Improvised Music Company (Ireland), Paradox & AMPA (The Netherlands), Music LX (Luxemburg), Estonia Jazz Union (Estonia) and JazzLab (Belgium) are thrilled to announce that no one less than Jim Black will be the Criss Cross Europe coach 2020, and he has selected these amazing musicians for his band:

Ananta Roosens, violin and trumpet (BE)

Sanne Rambags, vocals (NL)

Chris Guilfoyle, guitar (IRL)

Michel Meis, drums (LUX)

Aleksander Paal, alto sax (EST)

David Bowden, bass (SC)

In October the musicians rehearse in Tallinn (Estonia) from 4 to 8 October 2020. The premiere concert at the end of their residency kicks off the tour, with the following tour dates: 

Estonia: Thursday 8 Oct 2020

Ireland: Thursday 3 Dec 2020

Scotland: Friday 4 Dec 2020

Belgium (Bijloke): Tuesday 8 Dec 2020 

Luxemburg (Dudelange): Wednesday 9 Dec 2020 

Netherlands (Tivoli): Thursday 10 Dec 2020 

Netherlands (Paradox): Friday 11 Dec 2020

Netherlands (Lantarenventer / TBC): Saturday 12 Dec 2020

Keep your eyes peeled for our next posts, where we will introduce all the musicians to you.

Photo credit: Schindelbeck

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