The Montreux Jazz Festival, that 15-day slice of jazzophile heaven, is in full-throttle scat and improvisation mode until July 20. Again this year, Shure is proud to be the official technical supplier of microphones and wireless systems, as well as the sponsor of the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition.
If you’re not in Montreux, you can enjoy the festival vicariously via Shure Europe’s Montreux Jazz Festival blog. Our European team is posting videos, images, and stories about the larger festival on a daily basis. Plus, the blog will feature live streaming of the Jazz Voice Competition’s semifinal and final rounds on July 15 and 16.
[Drumroll] Behold, the wireless gear breakdown at the festival:
- 16 Channels of Axient® Wireless Management Network
- 50 Channels of UHF-R® Wireless Systems
- 22 Channels of PSM®1000
- 4 Channels of PSM®900
- 8 Channels of ULX-D™ Digital Wireless
This adds up to over 1500 individual pieces of gear. Whew!
[Cue music] And now for the artistic portion of this post…
This year, 101 singers age 35 and under from 34 countries submitted applications to the Jazz Voice Competition. The Montreux Conservatory of Music selected nine semifinalists to compete. Criteria for evaluation include vocal and musical quality, originality of interpretation, improvisation skills, interplay, and stage presence. Youn Sun Nah will head up the jury, which will include Yilian Cañizares, Wendy Oxenhorn, Jean-Claude Reber, and Solam.
In the July 15 semifinal, contestants will perform two songs for the jury and a live audience. Their second song choice is up to them, but for their first song, they must choose from the following standards:
- “So What” by Miles Davis
- “Four” by Miles Davis
- “Boplicity (Bebop lives)” by Miles Davis, Ray Passman, and Holli Ross
- “Groovin’high (Whispering)” by Dizzy Gillespie and Kirby Stone
- “Fascinating Rhythm” by George and Ira Gerschwin
- “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell
- “I Get a Kick Out of You” by Cole Porter
- “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II
- “Nica’s Dream” by Horace Silver
- “You’re Everything” by Chick Corea
See the semifinals and finals streaming live on July 15 and 16 on Shure Europe’s Montreux Jazz Festival blog.
This year’s contestants are:
- Franzisca Brücker (Switzerland)
- Rugile Daujotaite (Lithuania)
- Paula Grande (Spain)
- Eszter Munka’csy (Hungary)
- Wojciech Myrczek (Poland)
- Walter Ricci (Italy)
- Emma Smith (UK)
- Anastasiya Volokitina (Russia)
- Kenny Wesley (USA)
(Not to rub it in, but here’s where the action is…)