Highlight and conclusion of the BMW Welt Jazz Award on Saturday evening was an explosive concert by the two finalists, the Franco-German-Swiss ensemble Samuel Rohrer Quartet – Daniel Erdmann w/ Frank Möbus & Vincent Courtois and the Ari Hoenig Quartet from New York. The ensembles competed against each other before an audience of 500 people at a completely sold-out BMW Welt Auditorium. During the event, the jury selected the quartet of jazzdrummer Ari Hoenig with guitarist Gilad Hekselman, Tivon Pennicott on the saxophone and bass player Orlando le Fleming as the winner of the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2013.
The BMW Welt Jazz Award 2013 celebrated its fifth anniversary following the motto “Leading Drums”. From January to March, a total of six renowned international ensembles demonstrated their abilities during Sunday matinees at the BMW Welt Double Cone. During the final concert it was announced that the successful series is to continue in 2014 following the motto “Sense of Humour”.
The jury under the chairmanship of Oliver Hochkeppel (music and culture journalist of the Süddeutsche Zeitung) and comprising Andreas Kolb (editor-in-chief of the “Jazzzeitung” and the “neue musikzeitung”), Roland Spiegel (music editor focusing on jazz at Bavarian Radio), Heike Lies (responsible for music and musical theatre in the culture department of the state capital of Munich) and Christiane Böhnke-Geisse (artistic director of the Jazzclub Unterfahrt Munich) explained their decision as follows: “The most recent innovations in Jazz come from outside. The Ari Hoenig Quartet plays amazing good old jazz, yet completely anew. Not only old and new blend together here, extraordinary technical precision liaises with deep emotion and warmth. All musicians possess unsurpassed individual strengths, orchestrated by a true 'leading drummer': Ari Hoenig plays the drums as melodic as no other.”