OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with Pierre Dugelay, Jazz Connective

Pierre Dugelay is one of the founders of Le Périscope, jazz club and creative artistic scene in Lyon, France. He is a active member of the Europe Jazz Network and vice-president of Association Jazz Croisé. Pierre led the creation and funding of Jazz Connective, and told us something about the idea behind it, its progress so far, and his perspective on the European jazz scene generally. 

Can you tell us something about how the idea for Jazz Connective came about?

The idea for this project began in 2013 with a first European cooperation project with cities in Austria and London. With a delegation of musicians and promoters, we were able to discover these two very active artistic scenes with a mixture of artists' collectives, underground or more recognized places, an collective initiative that made the musical and creative dynamism of these cities.

It is always these discoveries that are the main driving force behind our projects, the discovery and sharing of experience between the actors of these scenes. This was still the case with an exchange with Bogota in 2017. We always find great similarities with our counterparts, but also differences in context and culture. That's what motivates me.
It is also a story that has been built in the long-term, meetings and collaborations with colleagues, for example with Oliver Weindling director of the Vortex in London who found the name of the project - Jazz Connective - and all the others from Dublin to Lodz via Helsinki, Ljubljana or Birmingham.

Q. What, to you, is the most important thing in a musical performance?

The question may be too broad, it's more a set of things. There's the music of course, and where it takes us - between known or recognized elements, surprises, shocks, lyricism, rhythmic... it's a multiple experience. But also the place and time, the setting of the live experience.

Q. What have been some of your favourite moments of Jazz Connective so far?

Jazz Connective is not finished, the best time may be in Dublin this week... For the moment there are many, from Jim Black's master class conference in front of young musicians to the discovery of Mopo in Ljubljana or the creation in Helsinki of a new trio between Sylvain Darrifourcq, Verneri Pohjola and Eero Tikkanen.
But it is also a set of informal moments, of discovering unusual places, or the simple fact of exchanging with all those actors who are involved in and for creative music.

Q. What is your favourite thing about working in jazz and improvised music?

It is a world in perpetual movement, music and musicians move according to the evolution of the world but also the professionals who surround them.
It is an artistic universe in the sense that it echoes the world, just like the plastic arts or cinema but focusing exclusively on sound. This remark is of course more general in the world of music but the universe of jazz and improvised music may be one of the starting points where as many musical things as possible converge.

Q. Where would you like to see the European jazz scene in 20 years?

I don't necessarily care what happens in 20 years. I focus on today or next year but no further. I would like to see what happens in 20 years' time not have much to do with what we could imagine. The world should have changed and the music we are interested in today will be quite different in 20 years, like all artistic movements.


Thanks Pierre!

Jazz Connective Dublin takes place from
11-12th December at 
Project Arts Centre Dublin

Jazz Connective includes two nights of performances at the Project Arts Centre:
Opening Performance: Shane Latimer & Steve Davis, Wed 11th Dec, 5:30pm
Day 1 Wed 11th Dec: Izumi Kimura/Cora Venus Lunny, Laura Jurd, Mopo
Day 2 Thurs 12th Dec: Elliot Galvin, Shane Latimer/Steve Davis/Linda Fredriksson, Vula Viel
Buy tickets HERE

Jazz Connective's professional programme includes:
Workshop 'Space is the Place', Wed 11th
Workshop 'Developing jazz for young audiences', Wed 11th
Public Discussion 'Exploring Creative Communities - What makes a scene a scene?'

Workshops are limited to Jazz Connective delegates and invited guests, however, the Public Discussion is free to attend and open to interested parties. Register your attendance HERE.

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