Poscards from Burghausen (2) Winners of the 2012 European Young Jazz Artists Award

What lasts from the Jazzwoche Burghausen? The winning band from the European Young Jazz Award can really make a reputation. A year ago, Beats and Pieces Big Band from Manchester won it. It marked a major turning point for them. The competition had 93 entrants this year.

This year the winners, Malte Schiller’s Red Balloon, an eleven-piece Berlin-based band with members from Germany, Austria and Russia, had walked away with this year’s EUR15,000 cheque before I got here. They are seen brandishing their cheque above.

The other finalists were:

Harmzone – A quartet led by saxophonist Markus Harm from Tuebingen (Germany)(Second Prize)

Rafael Jost & Band – Rafael Jost is a pianist/vocalist from near Schaffhausen in Switzerland (Audience Prize)

MiR – A Dresden-based piano trio led by Clemens Poezsch (Third Prize)

Olaf Lind – A Cologne-based German/French/Icelandic two sax plus bass and drums band who have a fine first album

Red Balloon on Myspace

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