The European Youth Big Band 2008 on Tour

Swinging Europe - The European Youth Jazz Orchestra is an orchestra composed of professional musicians from European and North American countries, touring the Continent for three weeks - each year in the spring - presenting new written big band music under the aegis of the Danish-based organization Swinging Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Each year the band has a completely new line-up: new musicians, new composers and a new conductor. The actual tour: 22nd of April - 9th of May 2008. EYJO 2008 The German band leader and composer Niels Klein will lead the EYJO 08.

Musicians for the EYJO 08
Lead Trumpet: Christoph Moschberger - Germany
Trumpet: Eivind Nordseth Lnning - Norway
Trumpet: Konstantins Jemeljanous - Latvia
Trumpet: Kalevi Louhivuori - Finland
Lead Alto Saxophone: Tara Davidson - Canada
Alto Saxophone: Petr Kalfus - Czech Republic
Tenor Saxophone: Kristian Brink - Sweden
Tenor Saxophone: Jure Pukl - Slovenia
Baritone Saxophone: Kasper Wagner - Denmark
Trombone: Fidel Fourneyron - France
Trombone: Andreas Tschopp - Switzerland
Trombone: Antonis Andreou - Greece
Bass Trombone: Bernhard Neumaier - Austria
Guitar: Quentin Ligois - Belgium
Piano: Alexandru Racovita - Romania
Bass: Robert Landfermann - Germany
Drums: Matt Jacobson - Ireland

Tour plan EYJO 08
Tue. April 22nd: Arrival and rehearsals at RemisenBrande, Brande (DK)
Wed. April 23rd: Rehearsals
Thu. April 24th: Rehearsals
Fri. April 25th: RemisenBrande, Brande (DK) - Pre debut
Sat. April 26th: Silkeborg Jazzklub at Silkeborg Hjskole, Silkeborg (DK) - Debut Concert
Sun. April 27th: Gustav Heinemann Brgerhaus / KITO, Bremen-Vegesack (D)
Mon. April 28th: Studio 4 at Flagey, Brussels (B)
Tue. April 29th: Porgy en Bess, Terneuzen (NL)
Wed. April 30th: Heilig-Geist-Spital , Nurnberg (D)
Thu. May 1st: Kulturzentrum Tempel, Karlsruhe (D)
Fri. May 2nd: Jazzclub Regensburg, Regensburg (D)
Sat. May 3rd: Stadtgarten, Cologne (D)
Sun. May 4th: WDR - Klaus von Bismarck Saal, Cologne (D)
Mon. May 5th: Domicil, Dortmund (D)
Tue. May 6th: Abbaye de Neumnster, Luxembourg (L)
Wed. May 7th: Saarlndische Rundfunk, Studio 1, Saarbrcken (D)
Thu. May 8th: Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld (D)
Fri May 9th: Moers Festival, Moers, Germany (D)

The two people behind the whole project are Erik Moseholm and Birgit Vinge. In 2008 it will be the 11th time that they have organized the “Swinging Europe" concept. In 1998 they commissioned Pierre Dorge from Denmark to conduct, followed by Francois Theberge (France), Helge Albin (Sweden), Benjamin Herman (The Netherlands), Django Bates (UK), Bruno Tomasso (Italy) and Pedro Moreira (Portugal). Then in 2005 the EBU Big Band and “Swinging Europe" were merged. Since then the EBU's jazz producers have taken turns in choosing the composers and conductors - Vic Vogel (Canada) 2005, Barrie Forgie (UK) 2006 and Lars Moller (Denmark) 2007.

The project is kindly supported by the Culture Programme of the EU-Commission, the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Ikast-Brande Municipality.

EYJO is official partner of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 .

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