Innovatively working to keep UK Jazz thriving while venues are closed, on Sunday 23rd August, our annual one day festival JAZZ RE:FEST returned as a virtual festival. Supporting musicians whose performance opportunities have dwindled as a result of the global pandemic we teamed up with MQA and Bluesound to present JAZZ RE:FEST 2020 – ONLINE.
The amazing four-hour show featured performances from BINKER GOLDING, SAHRA GURE, STEAM DOWN, MS MAURICE, GOLDEN MEAN, JAS KAYSER and ANTHONY JOSEPH, bringing the festival’s signature atmosphere and excitement directly into your homes, and it was all FREE!
The virtual showcase, was streamed via our YouTube channel and the performances were 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, could enjoy the exclusive MQA audio stream through the BluOS Controller app.
Despite the barriers everyone is facing right now, 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.
Mike Jbara, MQA CEO adds: “MQA is on a mission to help 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: “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 was streamed live Sunday 23rd August.
Watch again via YouTube.com/jazzrefreshedtv .
To check out the artists, select an image below.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Bluesound giveaway winners!!
1st – Laura Mills
2nd – Kevin Gilligan
3rd – Unnita Chambers
They have won an amazing selection of home audio from Bluesound! Now they can listen to MQA in HiRes!