About JM Jazz World
The JM Jazz World program is JMI's international platform for jazz and youth. It covers the JM Jazz World Orchestra, international summer jazz camps, projects, other ensembles, tours and exchanges between JMI member countries. Its objectives are to increase youth participation in and outreach of JAZZ music (in its broadest sense). The program also aims to provide young jazz musicians with the possibility to gain experience working under the highest professional standards, to perform at major concert halls, theatres and festivals, and to collaborate with outstanding jazz musicians from around the world.
About the JM Jazz World Orchestra
The JM Jazz World Orchestra (JMJWO) is Jeunesses Musicales International’s premier international jazz ensemble, bringing together the world's best young jazz talents each year under the artistic leadership of the planet's coolest cats for a one-of-a-kind tour to knock your socks off!
Officially formed in 2012, the orchestra brings together annually, 20 of the world’s top young professional jazz musicians to form an amazing big bang with an internationally diverse repertoire. Aiming at the highest artistic level, young musicians from all around the world are selected through an open global audition by a professional jury.
The JMJWO works with a different internationally renowned artistic director each year, guiding the orchestra and shaping it with their own unique approach. Previous artistic directors include Sigi Feigel/Austria (2012), Frank Vaganée/Belgium (2013), Erlend Skomsvoll/Norway (2014) and Luis Bonilla/USA (2015).
Each JMJWO session begins with an intense week of rehearsal and workshops where band members get to know one another and the artistic director through a process of artistic and personal discovery. After fusing creativity and cultures the orchestra sets off on a tour to perform at some of the best gigs there are.
With an artistic scope that is in itself a major achievement, the JM Jazz Orchestra also represents a unique experience in terms of personal relationship building, intercultural learning and exchange.
Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) is the largest youth music NGO in the world, created in Brussels, Belgium in 1945 with the mission to "enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries". With a vast array of activities, JMI has established four priority activity fields: Young Musicians, Young Audiences, Youth Empowerment and Youth Orchestras & Ensembles.
With member organizations currently in 45 countries and contact organizations in another 35, JMI is a global network providing opportunities for young people to engage with music. The JMI network reaches over 5 million young people aged 13-30 per year through some 36,000 activities, which embrace all styles of music, and coordinates cross-border exchange opportunities on the international level.
JMI places empowerment, with its emphasis on social inclusion and cohesion, at its core. For over 60 years, JMI has been 'Making a Difference through Music', using the power of music to bridge across social, geographical, racial and economic divides and creating a platform for intercultural dialogue.
The JM Jazz World is a collaboration between the following JMI members: