San Jose Jazz unveils ‘pop-up’ performance space at New Works Fest

San Jose Jazzwhich had to cancel its annual summer and winter concert festivals in 2020, pivoted to a new concept of live performances, with a “pop-up” filming and performing studio inside its San Jose siege that would be both streamed online and screen-mapped on screens outside for live audiences.

The nonprofit will officially unveil the space, “The SJZ Break Room,” during a four-day New Works Fest beginning April 29.ran Etkin and Vân-Ánh Võ, will be broadcast live for an admission fee and will be available for in-person audiences outside on San Carlos Street. The festival takes place over four days over a period of 10 days. It includes a free live performance on April 30, which is International Jazz Day.

Eventually, once pandemic distancing rules are relaxed, San Jose Jazz will be able to accept a small audience inside the SJZ break room.

State-of-the-art projection technology uses ultra-short-throw projectors, allowing people to get closer to the projection fabric, which is mounted on rollers and will be rolled up during normal business hours.

Tickets are $10 per broadcast, which includes up to four performances, or $20 for all four days of performances. They are available for purchase on the San Jose Jazz website. Outdoor viewing along San Carlos Street is free.

The full range, per day, includes:

  • Thursday April 29: Ian Santillano, Tammy Hall and Claudia Villela.
  • Friday April 30: Oran Etkin Project (free for International Jazz Day)
  • Thursday May 6: Robbie Benson, Justin Ouellet, Ten Spencer, Chris Cain
  • Saturday May 8: Howard Wiley, Vân-Ánh Võ, Javier Santiago, Kev Choice

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.

The 11 performers were among 33 who received a $1,000 grant through the non-profit organization’s SJZ Jazz Aid Fund, and they will receive an additional grant to perform.

After the festival, the projection screens will be used to enliven downtown San Jose street life and serve as a community bulletin board on which organizations can promote upcoming programs and community news.

“San Jose Jazz has always worked to energize downtown San Jose with music and to provide ways for artists to create and be heard,” SJZ Executive Director Brendan Rawson said in a statement. Press. “Over the past 12 months, our programs have highlighted how essential the arts are to people. It is part of their lifeline to live fully. We must be part of it. »