The Südtirol Jazzfestival features more than 50 concerts across 18 municipalities and focuses on specific countries which, this year, even happen to include an entire group of states, thus again configuring itself as a large shop window for innovative music, representing a highlight in the European festival landscape. This year’s slogan is ‘Exploring the North’, and the Festival will be showcasing solo artists and bands from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and the Baltics between 29 June and 8 July. Moreover, ensembles from France, Germany, and Italy will be joining them, together with many groups formed to create exclusive projects.

(Foto: Südtirol Jazzfestival 2018)

If the world is your oyster, then South Tyrol is your stage: a good 46 locations in the province will host the 2018 Jazzfestival. Roads and squares, hotels, parks, alpine huts and refuges, cable car stations, museums and shops will all turn into a glittering musical stage. Take the Museion and the Talvera promenade, for example, where art and jazz meet, or the Batzen Sudwerk which will host five late-night concerts; in front of the Comici Hut, at the bottom of the Sassolungo, Finn saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen will be directing seven percussionists at the same time, while the Parkhotel Laurin will be hosting its very own jazz party; and what to say about Finnish piano virtuoso and ‘wine composer’ Tuomas A. Turunen who will ‘translate’ the aromas of Val Isarco wines into melodies and harmonies in Novacella?

The calendar featuring all bands, line-ups, and dates can be viewed online at