There are many prodigies in the classical field - talents are discovered early, promoted, presented in competitions. In jazz, this happens less often. Maybe because it takes a certain maturity to discover the childlike joy of improvisation after classical lessons and not to forget the learned technical skills, but to subordinate them more to intuition and stubbornness. Joey Alexander, who was born Josiah Alexander Sila in Bali in 2003, saved himself these detours: when he was six years old and a high-spirited child, his parents gave him a keyboard, and within no time he was playing pieces by Thelonious Monk by ear - his father had a lot of jazz in his record collection. The boy couldn't read music, it just danced in his mind's eye. The family moved to Jacarta and Joey was already considered a genius in the Indonesian jazz scene. When he played at a Unesco concert - at the age of eight! - Herbie Hancock took notice of him and praised his talent. Wynton Marsalis was also amazed when he saw YouTube recordings of the swinging primary school pupil. In 2014, he invited him to a Jazz at Lincoln Center gala: The ten-year-old played an incredibly multi-layered version of "Round Midnight", the members of the big band listening in the background almost dropped their jaws, and host Billy Crystal didn't want to let him leave the stage, as the audience rose from their seats both enthusiastically and reverently. Now Joey Alexander is actually in his mature teens, has released five records (the last one "Warna" 2020 with Larry Grenadier, Kendrick Scott, Anne Drummond, Luisito Quintero), has been nominated several times for the Grammy, has stood on several big festival stages and is slowly outgrowing the status of a child prodigy: In the meantime, he has become a rather shrewd, harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated jazz musician who is also proving himself as a composer and whose career can be predicted to be quite long.
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- EITHER proof of a personalised, daily negative rapid antigen test conducted by medical professionals (e.g. at a testing centre).
- OR proof of a complete vaccination (at least 14 days after the second vaccination)
- OR a convalescent certificate (not older than 6 months)
- a medical respirator to be worn during the whole event
- On-site registration via Luca app or registration form.
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