It is a huge pleasure for us to finally say: Welcome back to Surya Nepal Jazzmandu! In early 2020, soon after a spectacular Jazzmandu 2019, we were already dreaming and planning for another edition of Kathmandu’s beloved jazz festival. But then COVID hit and the world stopped, and the music stopped with it. We’ve all been through two crazy years of lockdowns and isolation, of too many lives tragically lost. And in the sudden silence we all learned a few things about what really makes life worth living. Today, together again, we honour all those we lost, and we come together to celebrate life and music—and live music!—again.
Jazzmandu 2022 is the eighteenth edition of the festival, and like all Jazzmandus before it this one would not be possible without our supporters and sponsors—especially our main sponsor, Surya Nepal, which has stood by the festival for over a decade now. We’re also blessed to have as partners a long list of great organisations and venues, many of them long-term friends and a few of them joining hands with Jazzmandu for the first time. We’ve been able to come back stronger after the pandemic thanks to the good people behind all the logos you’ll see on this flyer and on our stages, and also thanks to an incredible team of musicians, staff and volunteers who have worked hard to put the shows together. To all of them, and to all of you who come to listen, thank you!
Our program this year is packed with passionate, top-class musicians from across the globe and incredible, one-of-a-kind shows spread across the Kathmandu valley. We’re especially glad to resurrect the Jazz for the Next Generation competition, giving young local musicians the chance to showcase and develop their talents. The competition and the free show for school children that opens the festival every year are part of Jazzmandu’s long tradition of music education, part of our investment in the future of jazz and improvised music in Nepal. Our international acts this year include two returnees, Jamie Baum and Catia Werneck, who played at Jazzmandu many years ago and have long wanted to come back and play for the people of Kathmandu again. Jamie is here with her critically lauded sextet from New York City, and Catia with her Paris-based trio and its continent-spanning sound. From Switzerland, we welcome Yumi Ito and her trio, playing Yumi’s inimitable and deeply personal compositions. And we’ve got high-octane jazz-rock from Germany, brought to you by the rising stars of Jin Jim. Joining our international guests on Jazzmandu’s stages will be some of Nepal’s finest classical musicians, including the gifted Jonish Poudel, and the Nepali folk masters of Samundra Band. Plus, of course, the Jazzmandu stalwarts of Cadenza Collective.
So now you know who we’re bringing to the party. All we need is for you to be there too. Join us for seven spectacular days of music in this city unlike any other. We’ll see you out there!