Artists

2021 selection

Footprints selected 6 artists out of the 50 artists selected at Intl Jazz Platform 2021 in order to specifically support in their European career. This promotion will benefit from a tour organized by Footprints agents and partners mentorship so that they can reach new networks and audiences. Their training programme at Intl Jazz Platform will help them to approach new perspectives in their artistic creation but also raise awareness on ecological, social and economic issues related to their activity. Together with agents, partners and european cultural organizations they will experiment, learn and develop strategies for better artistic circulation. Next call for applications for agents will be launched in spring 2022.

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Veronika Kumar

Slovenia

Veronika is a vocalist and composer from Slovenia.

She started studying piano in Ljubljana and made her way to Amsterdam, where she finished a bachelor’s degree in jazz vocals. Currently, she is programming her way through a master’s degree in Live Electronics.

Working on different projects and exploring frequency and movement, she is curious to develop her sound and style of writing, which is constantly shaping and fluctuating — gaining inspiration from nature and driven by questions unanswered.

She is a bandleader of K: collective and MaLinE, where she tries to bring her vision into being.

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Simon Raab

AUSTRIA

Pianist, composer. He studied at Anton Bruckner University in Linz as well as at the University for Music in Basel, Switzerland and at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. In the past few years Raab gained a lot of experience being a sideman in bands and projects in various musical areas. Since 2016 he has been leading his own Jazz-quartet “Purple is the Color”. The group won the central European Jazzcompetition in 2018 and got into the most wanted ‚New Austrian Sound of Music‘ Programm. Since 2020 Simon Raab has been working on his debut Solo-Piano Album.

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Amalia "Umeda" Obrebowska

POLAND

The improvising violinist, composer, arranger. Her adventure with improvisation started at the end of 2013 and a year later she discovered her enjoyment and drive towards creating and performing her own works. The main objective of her music is expressing various emotional states. The leader of the Amalia Umeda Quartet. Since 2017 she’s been studying at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in a class of  Mateusz Smoczyński (Jazz and World Music faculty). She is the recipient of the audience award and a special award at the International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. The winner of the second prize (soloist category) at the Blue Note Poznań Competition, and honourable mentions, and at Novum Jazz Festival.

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Thibault Gomez

FRANCE

Pianist, improviser, composer, arranger. Student of Conservatoire De Paris in the Jazz and improvised music class.

Active on the jazz scene with his quintet (winner of the Avignon springboard 2015, Jury and public prize), as well as on the more alternative scenes.

His first album was recorded at the studio de la Buissonne with Gerard Deharo. At the initiative of the collective “mineurs de fond”, he organizes evenings around different arts such as theaters, fine arts, and free improvisation.

Thanks to his activity he was able to perform with famous artists such as Elise Caron, Susanne Abbuehl, Eve Risser, the Bela quartet, and many others.

He is very interested in the freedom of creation and the creativity of everyone in art or not.

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Teis Semey

Netherlands

Danish guitarist and composer. He graduated from Conservatorium van Amsterdam, spending one semester in Los Angeles in USC Thornton School of Music. He has won the first prize of the Princess Christina Jazz Concours, been featured as the Next Generation Talent at the InJazz Conference and released eight albums as a sideman and performed along Joshua Redman and David Binney in venues such as Blue Whale Los Angeles and Nieuwe Luxor Theater in Rotterdam. Teis also won the Best Coltrane Arrangement in the finals of the Keep An Eye Jazz Awards 2017. Teis has released two albums as a leader, and the album Vigil: 19 artists from 11 countries over 4 continents providing unreleased music for raising money for women’s struggle in Mexico.

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Liv Andrea Hauge

NORWAY

Pianist, composer. Always eager to learn and explore, she just finished a piece written for symphony orchestra – inspired by both jazz music and classical composers like Mahler and Stravinsky. Still, jazz is closest to her heart and she finds it interesting to play composed material with an open and free approach. Together with Veslemøy Narvesen on drums and Øystein Østensen on bass she explores this in Kongle Trio, inspired by the Norwegian jazz scene with bands like Moskus, Maria Kannegaard Trio and Close Erase.