Editorial 2018

Dear audience,

We are entering the 11th round. So one could surmise that slowly but surely the festival might have become more predictable, routine. But that’s not the case!
As we remain true to our motto quality before quantity, each year we face the challenge of delighting you with exquisite music, without repeating ourselves or drifting off into the mainstream. Bezau Beatz stands for unique musical moments, for surprise, excitement and the enjoyment of a collective musical experience. The unique atmosphere in the shed of the ‘Wälderbähnle’ has proven itself to be a fantastic location for our festival- which we will be enjoying for the fifth time this year.

The side program in locations as beautiful as Schönenbach, Kaspar’s Alter Säge or in the church of Reuthe offers attractive highlights during the daytime, mostly within walking distance and always close to charming restaurants. This year, we will also visit the Werkraum Bregenzerwald – and in our festival café in the Alte Krone there will be great sound all day (live and DJ), drinks, snacks and a good time. In addition, we were able to win the Jogi (Johannes Bischof) as our local caterer – he cooks and barbeques with the same passion as we put together our music program. Martin Fink and his family will again be responsible for the welcoming service at the bar.

Because the Bezau Beatz are known for their musical diversity, this year we will even be dancing to the beats of BECK to BECK. With Michi Beck from the Fanta4 we were able to win a dazzling figure of the German hip-hop scene for our festival (the avowed Bregenzerwald fan said it is an honor and pleasure for him to drop the beat together with his wife Ulli …).

Adam Schatz and his band Landlady from New York delight with a music that somehow reminds us of David Bowie or maybe even Frank Zappa. Paal Nilsen-Love is bringing 12 musicians to the stage with his large-unit – we’ve already experienced his high-energy game in the past with THE THING. Wayne Shorter, Jack Dejohnette or Esperanza Spalding swear by Leo Genovese – the Argentinian is coming to Bezau exclusively from New York with his own band (jazz legend Jeff Williams on drums). Last but not least, John Parish, the longtime guitarist and producer of PJ Harvey or the Eels, will take us into his very own music cosmos.

In other words, in Bezau, musical nobility meet the underdogs of the international, artistic music scene. An ideal combination for an inspiring weekend in the Bregenzerwald, seasoned with musical and culinary highlights, interesting encounters, talks, surprises and discoveries of all kinds – for this what we need above all else is: the audience. People with a desire for good, analogue music, fun and a lively exchange.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bezau.

Alfred Vogel & the team of BEZAU BEATZ