Highlights from the special venues at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017

Abandoned abattoirs and progressive churches – there is no lack of unusual and fascinating venues at Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Here is a small selection – and a small selection of concert highlights – to help you get started on your adventure.

Kødbyen (The Meat Packing District, literally: The Meat City) on Vesterbro used to be home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses and still consists of three separate areas, referred to as the White, Grey and Brown ”Meat City” for the dominant colour of their buildings. In recent years, this has changed into a new creative cluster with a happening nightlife, excellent venues and a broad range of high quality restaurants. At Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, the Meat Packing District is home to several venues including KB18, Barefoot Records at H15 and ILK at 5e as well as curated line-ups at the local marketplace, Kødbyens Mad & Marked, and at the nearby Husets Teater. Expect experiments and new ways of defining jazz.

The panoramic lobby at The Royal Danish Playhouse is home to a series of free concerts during Copenhagen Jazz Festival as well as this year’s official opening concert on July 7. Known collectively as 21st Century Jazz, the series’ accompanying artists are all immensely talented musicians and composers, approaching their craft with a historical sense of upheaval. Composition, avant-garde and premeditated experimentation are all keywords here, often joining forces with untamed improvisation to offer a rare glimpse at a multitude of musical futures.

Located in the middle of hip Nørrebro, Brorsons Kirke (Brorson’s Church) is a progressive church and the only church in Denmark with a strictly non-classical musical profile. Brorsons Kirke is a brand new venue at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, making a grand entrance by hosting the recurring concert theme Something Else. Named after legendary Ornette Coleman’s debut album from 1958, Something Else (re)presents a transformative melting pot of genres. In Brorsons Kirke you will get the chance to experience a series of progres- sive Danish acts performing in a perfectly round, 360 degree stage set-up.

LiteraturHaus is home to Denmark’s first live venue for literature. Here, in an abandoned and rustic church on Nørrebro, audiences may expe- rience readings by writers, novelists and poets as well as listen to and participate in discussi- ons about literature led by critics, scholars and writers. Throughout the year and especially during Copenhagen Jazz Festival, LiteraturHaus also offers its audience a chance to experience performing musicians in an intensely intimate setting. This year, LiteraturHaus serves as the host of the theme Wild at Heart – two nights of female performers and composers with an experimental edge.

Giving the audience a unique experience of New Orleans culture, Fringe Jazz Fest presents more than 20 concerts at Pumpehusets Byhave during Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017. The line-up con- sists of some of the best international and local music sharing roots in ”The Big Easy”, split across two stages – one outdoor, one indoor. Fringe Jazz Fest also presents a wide range of workshops, artist talks, jazz quizzes and other activities at this wholehearted celebration of all things New Orleans.

Selected highlights

Jason Moran (US) / Official opening of Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017
7/7, 4:00 PM – Skuespilhusets foyer

Mardi Gras Indian Party 2017 feat. Jazz Five + Tanio Hingle + Michael Watson (US/DK)
7/7, 11:30 PM – Fringe Jazz Fest / Pumpehuset

Raga Meditation v. Lars Møller & Sanjeev Shankar (DK/IN)
8/7, 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM – Brorsons Kirke

Hess Is More (DK/US) + Listening Center (US)
8/7, 10:00 PM – Brorsons Kirke

Bowie Instrumentals 1977-1979
10/7, 8:30 PM – Brorsons Kirke

Solborg / Dörner / Toldam / Yoshigaki (DE/DK/JP)
11/7, 11:00 PM – ILK / 5e

Excelsior + Frk. Jacobsen
12/7, 9:00 PM – LiteraturHaus

Soma & Lil feat. Haruhiko Okabe (JP) + Matana Roberts & Jeppe Zeeberg (US/DK)
13/7, 9:00 PM – LiteraturHaus

Kasper Tom/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Rudi Mahall (DE/DK)
14/7, 8:00 PM – Barefoot Records / H15

MoGoToYoYo (JP)
15/7, 4:00 PM – Skuespilhusets foyer

Jazz Five feat. Michael Watson og Kevin Louis (US/DK) + Late Night New Orleans Party: Soul Brass Band (US) & special guests
15/7, 9:00 PM – Fringe Jazz Fest / Pumpehuset