We are all dismayed and stunned: Martin Fuchs (born May 8, 1969, passed away December 22, 2020), who accompanied the Nexus and the festival for years as a sound engineer, passed away much too early just a few days before Christmas and after a severe short illness.
Last summer’s Jazz Saalfelden Weekender taught us to stage live events while paying the utmost attention to our audience’s safety. Aware of the beneficial effects of music on the soul in times like these, we decided to not let January pass by unnoticed, but to face the future with confidence. Based on the current situation, we assume that the 3 Days of Jazz Festival will take place while we follow our rigorous safety protocol.
After we learned that COVID-19 restrictions pertaining to artistic and cultural events were easing up, we immediately decided to show the world that the Saalfelden Jazz Festival is alive and well. That’s when the idea for the Jazz Saalfelden Weekender was born. Heralding optimism and confidence, this series of weekend concerts aims to delight music enthusiasts.
We have all been affected by the events of the past few weeks and months. In Austria, due to Covid19, all events are officially prohibited until August 31, 2020. We too have to accept the developments and decisions of the federal government and announce with a heavy heart that the Jazz Festival Saalfelden 2020 will be canceled.
We have all been overwhelmed by the events of the past few weeks and months. Many countries are in a state of emergency, and public life - and thus also cultural life - has almost come to a standstill as a result of Covid19.
It all started at this beautiful square: Entitled "3 Days of Jazz", the first festival took place from19 to 21 May 1978. At that time, about a dozen young music-lovers were working hard to turn this agricultural estate into a festival site. Around 800 paying guests from all parts of the country enjoyed the concerts during the three days.