The Istanbul Jazz Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), has issued a call for amateur or semi-professional young jazz bands that wish to participate in the 24th Jazz Festival program.
The young jazz concerts of the festival will be organized forthe 15th time this year and aim to encourage young musicians and prepare them for professional music life.
Young musicians can attend the selections with the classical or contemporary jazz works as well as fusion, jazz, rock, funk jazz, Latin jazz, pop jazz, blues, soul, R&B and electronic jazz.
Musicians under the age of 30 who have never released a professional album can enter the selection process.
Eight bands to be selected by a selective committee will be invited to a concert to be held on May 28 at Salon İKSV. The concert will be open to the public, while the selection committee will evaluate 15-minute live performances by the bands.
Finally, four bands will be selected to take the stage at the 24th Istanbul Jazz Festival.
The selection committee includes musicians Aycan Teztel, Cem Tuncer, Cenk Erdoğan, Ferit Odman and Hediye Güven; music writers Feridun Ertaşkan, Hülya Tunçağ and Sevin Okyay; as well as Istanbul Jazz Festival Director Pelin Opcin.
The deadline for applications is May 12.