Jazz Re:Fest festival goes online with MQA and Bluesound

Jazz Re:Fest festival goes online with MQA and Bluesound

Music and arts organisation Jazz Re:Freshed is staging its annual festival Jazz Re:Fest online this weekend (Sunday, August 23).

It is part of a digital strategy to keep UK jazz thriving while venues are closed, and continuing to support musicians who have lost out on performance opportunities as a result of the global pandemic.

Jazz Re:Freshed won the Best Independent Label award at the AIM Awards earlier this month. Artists on the roster including Golden Mean will perform at Jazz Re:Fest.

Staged in association with MQA and Bluesound, Jazz Re:Fest will be taking place between 5-9pm BST on Sunday, August 23. The virtual showcase, held at The Mill studios in London behind closed doors, will be streamed on the Jazz Re:Freshed YouTube channel.

The performances will also be broadcast, at the same time, in MQA studio-quality audio via Bluesound’s BluOS Controller app directly into the homes of Bluesound’s hi-res speaker owners. Owners of other BluOS enabled devices from NAD Electronics, DALI Loudspeakers, and Monitor Audio, will also be able to enjoy the exclusive MQA audio stream through the BluOS Controller app. 

The four-hour show will feature performances from breakthrough and established acts including Binker Golding, Sahra Gure, Steam Down, Ms Maurice, Golden Mean, Jas Kayser (pictured) and Anthony Joseph. Musicians will be socially distanced and one stage will be sanitised while a second stage is being used.

Jazz Re:Fest is an annual one-day festival celebrating jazz and jazz-inspired music and culture. Usually hosted at Brighton Dome, the festival was recently cancelled due to Covid-19 related venue closures and will now take place behind closed doors at The Mill studios in London. As a not-for-profit organisation, Jazz Re:Freshed will be encouraging donations on its YouTube channel from festival viewers.

Adam Moses, co-founder of Jazz Re:Freshed, said: “Despite barriers, we are still on a mission to celebrate a genre and musicians whose performance opportunities are severely reduced right now, and to showcase the incredibly diverse, colourful, expressive and creative world of jazz music and alternative culture. The festival has been the perfect launchpad for pioneering artists such as Moses Boyd and Seed Ensemble, and it’s great to return with a mix of fresh talent and established acts, and with the support of MQA and Bluesound to deliver the performances remotely in studio-quality resolution.” 

Mike Jbara, MQA CEO, added: “MQA is committed to helping artists connect with fans by allowing them to hear the full musical performance, as if they were there. The performers showcased at Jazz Re:Freshed events are brimming with originality and energy, and their artistry is fully revealed in this way. We are proud to be a small part of the events imagined by Jazz Re:Freshed.” 

Gord Simmonds, CEO and President of Lenbrook International, parent company of Bluesound and BluOS, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support this unique event as it demonstrates the power of BluOS platform as more than just a hi-res multiroom audio distribution system that happens to be inside a growing number of high-end audio brands. The ability to stream a music festival, in studio and life-like quality, directly into many thousands of users’ living rooms around the world is an extraordinary way for artists to connect with their fans, and for the fans to be able to enjoy live performances again.”

The full festival will be streamed live via YouTube.com/jazzrefreshedtv and in MQA audio to Bluesound speaker owners and BluOS Enabled devices.

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