Focus on Danish jazz at Jarasum International Festival. Supported by Augustinus Foundation, Beckett Foundation, Knud Højgaard Foundation, and the Danish Ministry of Culture.
For several years, JazzDanmark has been focusing on the East Asian jazz market, which has shown much interest for Danish jazz music and is also seen in the increasing number of Danish jazz musicians touring in the region, mainly Japan and China. In 2019, we also looked towards Korea, and together with REN Production CPH we initiated the project Korea 2019.
The project was a direct result of two former Asia projects; Danish Music in China, which had its 10 year anniversary in 2018, and the 2017 project Opposite, where the now-defunct venue Jazzhouse moved to Tokyo for 10 days to present a wide selection of Danish jazz musicians for the Japanese audience.
Co-producing this project in Korea was Martin Røen from REN Productions CPH, who has more than 10 years of experience in working with Danish music for Asia's music market.
At the core of the project was a collaboration with one of Asia’s largest jazz festivals; the Jarasum International Jazz Festival. In 2019, the festival had a specific focus on Danish jazz music, which made it possible for JazzDanmark and REN Production CPH to send 4 Danish music acts to Korea to perform at the festival and play gigs at other venues in the region.