Four-Day EUropean Jazz @ UCLA Festival Set for Oct. 10-13

Ten artists from nine countries to perform at college

Emil Viklicky
Melanie O'Reilly

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Ten artists from nine different countries will participate in the inaugural EUropean Jazz @ UCLA festival, which will run from Oct. 10-13, at Schoenberg Hall on the UCLA campus. The festival will also feature an art exhibition, master classes and roundtable discussion. The centerpiece of the festival is a concert series showcasing artists from eight EU member states including Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Poland, plus Switzerland.

Evening performances will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 10, with Poland’s Janusz Prusinowski Trio and the Czech Republic’s Emil Viklický Trio. The series continues on Friday, Oct. 11 with Borna Sercar’s Jazziana Croatica, Swiss Intercontinental Jazz Factory, and Germany’s North Atlantic Jazz Alliance with special guest Almer Imamovic of Bosnia. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the program includes Melanie O’Reilly Celtic Jazz Ensemble and JazzIndeed with Michael Schiefel. The festival concludes with a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 13, with Hungary’s Orsi and Bálint Sapszon, Georg Breinschmid’s Brein’s Café of Austria, and Italy’s Dado Moroni, Marco Panascia and Andrea Marcelli.

EUropean Jazz @ UCLA is a collaboration between nine European consulates located in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the European Union Delegation to the U.S., and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, with support by the Joyce S. and Robert U. Nelson Fund, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz on the American side. European supporters include the Consulate General of Germany in Los Angeles, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Croatian by origin Grgich Wine Estates, and Kroll Vodka from Poland.

“The festival is a project initiated by Croatia, the newest member of EU,” said Consul Marijan Oresnik of the Consulate General of Croatia in a press release. European musicians participating in the festival will also hold master classes for UCLA students, discussing 20th and 21st century European jazz compositional styles and performance practices. A roundtable discussion by special musical guests and scholars will be open to students and the public on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Admission and information: Events are free and open to the public on a first-come basis, with priority given to those who RSVP in advance. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes prior to curtain, and seats may be released to stand-by patrons. Wristbands will be issued beginning at 6 p.m. for the evening concerts and at 1 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. For more information and to make reservations, visit For event updates, follow @EUJazzFestival

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Location and address: All events will take place in UCLA’s Schoenberg Music Building. Schoenberg Hall is located on the first floor of the Schoenberg Music Building at 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095.