The part of Euroradio Jazz Orchestra 2017 

Every year, the Euroradio Jazz Producers put together a European jazz big band under the name of the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra (EJO), a project that can trace its roots back to 1965. Each EBU Member may send one musician under age 30 to perform in public with the EJO, with two Euroradio Public Jazz Concerts organized by the host broadcaster. One concert is always recorded by the EBU host broadcaster, who is responsible for the rehearsals as well as its logistical and promotional planning. 

The EJO concerts are being organized this year at the kind initiative of Radio France, thanks to the efforts of the Jazz Producers' Chair, Hugo Sekoranja, and of Alex Dutilh from Radio France. The music director is the young French trumpeter, composer and arranger Airelle Besson (pictured). 

This year's line-up is now complete as follows: 

Allan Järve, trumpet/flugelhorn (Estonia) 
Sigurd Evensen, trombone (Norway) 
Corentin Billet, horn (France) 
Quentin Coppalle, flute (France) 
Vincent Pongracz, clarinet (Austria) 
Maria Dybbroe, alto saxophone, bass clarinet (Denmark) 
Helena Kay, tenor saxophone (UK) 
Dimitri Howald, guitar (Switzerland) 
Kristina Barta, piano (Czech Republic) 
Vid Jamnik, vibes, marimba, xylophone (Slovenia) 
Kaisa Mäensivu, bass, bass guitar (Finland) 
Cornelia Nilsson, drums (Sweden) 
Alba Nacinovich, vocals (Croatia) 
Airelle Besson, conductor, composer, trumpet (France) 

Performance dates/venues: 
Saturday, 11 November, Radio France, Paris 
Sunday, 12 November, Coutances (Normandy) 
Monday, 13 November, Festival Djazz, Nevers 
Tuesday, 14 November, Festival Jazzdor, Strasbourg

DVD Kristina Barta is OUT 

All music written by Kristina Barta. Produced by Kristina Barta in cooperation with FAMU film production and HAMU record studio in Prague. Kristina Barta Trio (Marek Urbanek on drums & Jan Feco on bass) with Miroslav Hloucal on trumpet, Krystof Tomecek on guitar, Petr Kalfus on tenor saxophone, David Friedman on vibraphone and singer & sister Martina Barta.   

Watch the videos on official YouTube channel

Album EMA29 has been released (Alessa Records, Austria, 2017) 

EMA29 debut album was released in 2017 by Kristina Barta at the Austrian Alessa Records in cooperation with the Austrian promoter Peter Guschelbauer (among others in the years 2002 - 2007 he was the promoter of the Austrian Joe Zawinul).  
The steady trio Barta, Fečo, Urbánek on the album expanded with distinguished guests. Trumpeter and composer Miroslav Hloucal, guitarist Kryštof Tomeček, saxophonist and producer Karel Růžička jr. and American vibraphonist David Friedman, a professor at the Jazz Institute in Berlin (David Friedman worked with musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver and Chet Baker. He was a member of the New York Philharmonic and also taught at the Manhattan School of Music in New York). 


Kristina Barta Trio is the finalist of Euroradio Jazz Competition 2016 

The finals in 2016 will take place Wednesday July 6 at the prestigieus Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

Official Czech press

Official website

EBU European Jazz Competition 

The European Jazz Competition was initiated in the fall of 2006 by the cooperation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Dutch Foundation of the European Jazz Competition. The yearly (since 2014) European Jazz Competition offers worldwide support in the promotion, increase of the international appearances and identity of European jazz talent. 

In 2016 the name is changed to Ëuroradio Jazz Competition.  This name better reflects the connection with Euroradio, the department of the EBU that is participating in the EJC. 

Jan-Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival: “Over the years we’ve seen a change in regard to the origin of jazztalent, the normal overflow of American groups made way for more European input. That makes it great to welcome the finals of the competition with best young talent from all over Europe” 

Pierre-Yves Tribolet, former Secreatary and Manager of Euroradio and Music programmes of the EBU: “Attracting young listeners and promoting young talents are mottos for Public Service Radios, but not enough is done in the jazz field. Therefore, besides the European Youth jazz Orchestra, the EBU European Jazz Competition is a unique opportunity to complete the mandate of radios Member of the European Broadcasting Union. 

The EBU (Euroradio management) produces the qualifying (preliminary) rounds of the European Jazz Competition. European member (public broadcasting-) organizations of the EBU could participate by nominating one or two local groups and send in recent live recordings of these groups. These groups should be made out of musicians with an average age not over 30 years.  

The EBU -jury, consisting of jazz radioproducers from all over Europe, selects in a blindfolded way four finalists.  

The Dutch Foundation of the European Jazz Competition is responsible for funding and organizing the finals of the competition. Each finalist presents an adequate performance of 30 minutes. The EBU, the best media partner you can come accross, will organise radio broadcasts of these finals at their affiliated radio stations all over Europe.  

In addition to the European radio promotion, winning the European Jazz Award means also that the group is invited to play on main jazz festival(s) in Europe.


The winner of the 2015 Jazz Prix Competition (Bohemia Jazz Fest) 

Every year, musicians residing in the Czech Republic and under 35 years of age are invited to apply to Bohemia JazzFest’s Competition, JazzPrix.  
This year’s international jury was comprised of three heavyweights in the jazz world: Ralf Dombrowski, German jazz journalist of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Rudy Linka, Czech jazz guitarist, and Gunter Schroder, the European agent at Ted Kurland Associates.   

¨For the jury, it was not easy to select one winner from a pool of such high quality applicants, but at the end all three jurors unanimously selected Kristina Barta for her fresh approach to the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves” and the great interaction within her band members.¨ Rudy Linka, director   
Official website Bohemia Jazz Fest