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Summer Session China

JazzDanmark’s traditional jazz rally Summer Session have launched a Chinese edition in Beijing. Supported by S.C. Van Foundation and Knud Højgaard Foundation.

For the past 40 years, Summer Session has built bridges between generations and countries. International famous jazz musicians have been invited to Denmark to work with Danish professional jazz musicians for a week. The purpose of the week is to create new international networks, inspire across cultural and musical origins, and continually secure Danish jazz’s position on the international scene. The project has come to East Asia, while has resulted in Summer Session Beijing. 


Summer Session Beijing is the result of a year-long cultural exchange between China and Denmark. For several years, China has been a focal point in JazzDanmark’s international work and therefore it seems only natural that Summer Session, one of our oldest projects, also sees the light of day in the capital of China. 


 The project is facilitated by JazzDanmark in collaboration with Martin Røen from the project Danish Music in China and is initiated by the internationally famous DJ and jazz editor at Radio Beijing, Zhang Youdai in collaboration with the organizations Beijing Muyun Art & Culture Foundation and Nova Land. 



The teaching faculty represents world-class Danish jazz music, as the Chinese participants have received education from trumpet player Kasper Tranberg, bass player Anders “AC” Christensen, and drummer Mikkel Hess. 


The faculty has organized a course based on the core values of Summer Session: networking, new musical meetings, and cultural exchange. 

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