29th Jazzaar Festival
in Aarau

Young people interpret jazz arrangements

The annual Jazzaar Festival with internationally known professional jazz musicians has been held in Aarau since the 1990s.

They teach young, talented musicians to professionally interpret jazz arrangements through coaching and workshops.

Founders and directors of the festival are the saxophonist and big band leader Fritz Renold, and his wife, the singer Helen Savari-Renold.

The couple was forced to break new ground for the 2021 festival because of the Covid pandemic and decided to hold a virtual festival using a mock-up process.

Virtual Concerts, April 12 – 21, 2021

The musical score is recorded by experienced mock-up musicians using software. The 28 participants can practice their voices individually or together with others.

They are supported by experienced professionals via Zoom until all voices have been recorded. The sound recordings are finally mixed and synchronized.

Arrangements by the band leader Maynard Ferguson, who died in 2006, are recorded.

The Swiss Youth Jazz Orcherstra makes a key contribution.

Concerts and workshops will be broadcasted daily from April 12 to 21, 2021, and a film about Maynard Ferguson will be shown in the cinema hall of the Aargau City Museum.

Information about the concerts can be found on the website www.jazzaar.com.

The Hirschmann Foundation committed itself with CHF 20,000.


Association Jazzaar, Schönenwerd.

Website: www.jazzaar.com