This year’s event is overseen by new artistic director Nadine Deventer
Jazzfest Berlin runs from 1–4 November at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and the nightclub Prince Charles. This year marks the first in its 55 year history with a female artistic directer at the helm: newly appointed Nadine Deventer. Her priority, she says, is to open it up to a new audience while integrating political issues.
Jazzfest Berlin’s core themes for 2018 are Chicago, Afrofuturism and how jazz came to Europe. The programme includes a freshly commissioned audiovisual work by Jason Moran, and film makers John Akomfrah and Bradford Young on the life of US band leader and composer James Reese Europe. The KIM Kollektiv will showcase a new project at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, and Mary Halvorson has been invited to join the event as resident artist. Additional musicians include Camae Ayewa with Roscoe Mitchell, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Makaya McCraven, Rob Mazurek with The Exploding Star Orchestra, Freaks, Hamid Drake, Jaimie Branch and Julien Desprez.
More artists are still to be announced. Tickets go on sale from 8 September.