12:15 – 14:30
Showlabels is a new JAZZ I AM activity featuring different record labels that select and mix music from their catalogues to present them to the audience. In an entertaining format, they are accompanied by short explanations and, in some cases, screenings. A space that celebrates club culture and encourages networking.
[Clean Feed Records, Portugal]
Pedro Costa has been a jazz and improvised music programmer since 2000. He has worked at major festivals such as LX Meskla and Multi Musicas. In 2001 he founded his company Trem Azul and his label Clean Feed, which he combines with his work as a programmer at major musical events in Portugal.
Internationally, Pedro Costa collaborates with the Ljubljana Jazz Festival (Slovenia), the oldest of its kind in Europe. In 2017 he won the Europe Jazz Network’s prize for the most daring programming with this project.
He also promotes Clean Feed festivals and Clean Feed nights, which have been held for many years in different cities around the world, such as New York, Chicago, Berlin, Oslo, Madrid and Barcelona, among others.
At the same time, his company Clean Feed Records has become one of the most influential labels in the world, having been voted best jazz label by All About Jazz and nominated four times as best label by the Jazz Journalists Association. In its 23 years of existence, it has released more than six hundred records. They aim to release music that could only be made today, whether it’s improvised, composed or mixed, made in all parts of the globe. Every year, many of its releases are included on lists of the best records of the year in magazines and on websites around the world.
[BMC Records, Hungary]
Tamás Bognár has been the label manager at BMC Records since its inception, with an extensive 25-year tenure at the independent Budapest-based company. Previously, he held the position of import label manager at MCD Hungary, working with influential labels such as ECM Records. A devoted music aficionado, Tamás’s connection to music transcends boundaries. At BMC Records, he oversees the release of innovative contemporary jazz albums, fostering the label’s reputation as a home for new and adventurous musical expression, as well as creating a European jazz hub at the Budapest Music Center, where artists are free to create and take risks. Tamás’s influence and expertise resonate deeply in shaping the label’s identity within the vibrant soundscapes of modern jazz and contemporary classical music.
[Berthold Records, Germany]
Anton Berthold started his musical life at an early age. In 2008, he completed his diploma in mathematics at the University of Bremen and in 2009, he became a member of Dogma Chamber Orchestra. One year later, in 2010, he founded in Bremen Berthold Records. Since then, on this label have been released more than 80 albums of around 50 artists from all over the world. Artists like Ganna, Markus Becker, Timo Vollbrecht, Xavi Torres, Mirna Bogdanović, OZMA, Malstrom, Nefertiti Quartet, Kuhn Fu and many more have been contributing to the highly acclaimed profile of one of the most daring and venturous labels in the European jazz scene.
The label sets itself apart with its concept of topicality and contemporaneity, without committing itself to specific stylistic guidelines. The main focus is on the “Generation Jazz”, which is fully committed to the current zeitgeist of music without boundaries. The label focuses on versatile musical encounters without clinging to historical or regional ties. The selection of talents is as diverse as it is surprising.