The rain didn’t stop JazzAscona

Despite the evenings of harsh weather, the festival offered all of its vitality. The audience enjoyed and appreciated the festival. Randolph Matthews gets the Audience Award.

When the rain hit Ascona, the festival and its audience weren’t scared of getting wet. On the contrary, it danced to the New Orleans rhythm with more energy than ever. Yesterday the 33rd Edition, which brought for ten days the atmosphere of New Orleans in Ticino, got to an end – with a memorable evening. The very harsh weather made this edition the worst from the meteorological profile since the 1997 edition – it rained six over the ten evenings. Nevertheless the festival proceeded with vitality and solidarity, offering great music as always. More than 160 live concerts and a vast audience: the president of the festival Guido Casparis says he is satisfied. “The rain definitely didn’t help. We counted around 40.000 spectators, which means 10% less than last year. This decrease, due to the weather, is less the expected.  Despite all this JazzAscona reacted pretty well. The first weekend was very positive. Had not been for the weather we would have had a record turnout. I am therefore confident. All the hard work of the committee makes me look at the future with optimism.”

A very much lively festival, which, as every year, has spread the best of the black music. From Jon Cleary to the untamed energy of Glen David Andrews, as well as the bright sounds of band like The New Orleans Jazz Vipers: JazzAscona has not let down the expectations, offering shows stamped Big Easy. But we also had artists such as Paolo BelliOpé SmithNina Attal, and the english revelation Randolph Matthews, winner with his Afro Blues Project of the Audience Award. The art director Nicolas Gilliet was able to create a n explosive mix: “Neither the cold weather nor the rain turned the audience’s smile off. This was my goal. The music was perceived positively. The variety of the music genres that we offered paid off. We opened new horizons without abandoning the strong connection we have had with New Orleans, bringing to Ascona different shades of sounds from the Crescent City, as well as artists of great depth.”