3rd International Jewish Music Competition:
October 11-14, 2012 in a new location!
compagnietheaterphotoThe Third International Jewish Music Competition will be held at the Compagnietheater in the heart of Amsterdam’s old city center and on the edge of the city’s Jewish Cultural Quarter. Built in 1793, this classicist building is beautifully located on one of Amsterdam’s famous canals, and major tourist attractions such as the Jewish Historical Museum, the recently restored Portuguese Synagogue and Dam Square are all within walking distance. The interior of the building was refashioned in 1995 to house a state-of-the-art theater. The large hall has a capacity of nearly 500, perfect for our competition. The two smaller halls, each seating around 100, and the foyer will be a great setting for our open podium, workshops and cultural marketplace. With its gezellig (Dutch for ‘cozy’) café, the theater is a popular home for major Dutch cultural festivals including the Holland Festival, the Canal Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival.
Registration is in full gear
Even before we announced registration, many ensembles wrote for information about this year’s competition. An unprecedented number of groups have already filled out the application form. Director Ken Gould is enthusiastic: “In the past, many ensembles have waited till the last minute. In 2010 literally half of the ensembles registered in the last week. If the same pattern occurs this year, we’ll get well over a hundred applications.” This year’s application deadline is set for July 1st. The selection committee will then review the submitted recordings and on August 1st they will announce the 24 ensembles to be invited to participate in the competition from October 11-14 in Amsterdam. What motivates these groups to come to Amsterdam? In 2010, bookings, recording contracts, agency representation, and prize money worth over €70,000 were awarded by festival directors and recording labels from around the world. Below are some of the presenters that scouted the last competition, either in person or online. We expect even more festivals and record labels to be represented this coming October.
Jury close-up: Dubi Lenz
compagnietheaterphotoAs in past editions of the competition, this year’s jury will be comprised of prominent figures from the music and recording industry, including Hankus Netsky, Gerard Edery, and Dubi Lenz. For fifteen years, Dubi was head of the music department of the Israel Defense Forces Radio (“Galei Zahal”) and for over three decades he has presented HaKol Zorem, a popular world music and jazz radio show. His in-depth knowledge of world music makes him a valuable addition to the 2012 IJMF jury. Since 1998 he has served as artistic director of the Hearing the World Festival in Tel Aviv and he is former president of the ‘Forum Worldwide Music Festivals in Europe’. Dubi Lenz is also artistic director of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, which takes place this year from July 30th through August 2nd and again and for its winter edition, at the end of January, 2013.
What ever happened to…?
compagnietheaterphotoIf you haven’t looked at our Facebook page lately, you might have missed our “alumni updates”. Every few days, we post news from one of the 48 ensembles that have participated in past IJMF Competitions. As of the end of this year, that number will climb to 72! Here’s one: Danish ensemble Mames Babegenush won the Audience Prize in 2010. What’s happened since? They toured Germany twice including a performance at the Fürth Klezmer Festival, thereby redeeming one of their prize bookings from the competition. They also toured Austria and Belgium and during IJMF 2011 they toured Holland, including performing in a live national broadcast from Amsterdam’s world famous Concertgebouw. The group also recently recorded and produced Full Moons & Pay Days. For this new album, they struck out on a new path, working together with assorted European DJs, producers and singers. A few weeks ago, band leader Lukas Rande wrote us: “High up on our list is revisiting the Netherlands, we love playing there and have just started to work with a great Dutch agency for booking as well as distribution. So, we hope to come back soon!” And we’re happy to announce that their wish will come true: we’ve invited them to give the kickoff concert in the monumental Portuguese Synagogue on the eve of the next competition, Wednesday October 10th.
Who? What? Where? When?
3rd International Jewish Music Competion - October 11-14, 2012
For individual musicians, ensembles and bands specializing in performing Jewish music and whose goal is an international career performing this repertoire.
Competition registration: open until July 1
Announcement of selected contestants: August 1
Ticket sales: starts in September
Festival opening concert: Wednesday October 10
Preliminary competition rounds: Thursday October 11 & Friday October 12
Finale: Saturday October 13
Winners’ Concert: Sunday October 14
More information & registration: www.ijmf.org
Location: Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam

IJMF Newsletter
May 2012


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