Musik Akademie Basel
Musik Akademie Basel

Focusyear Band 17

Live at the Jazzcampus

In action with Django Bates!

Yumi Ito (CH/voc), Sergio Wagner (ARG/tp, Enrique Oliver (E/ts), Paco Andreo (F/tb), Szymon Mika (PL/g), Olga Konkova (N/p), Danny Ziemann (USA/b), Marton Juhasz (H/dr), Django Bates (comp)

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Focusyear is a one-year course for an internationally assembled ensemble of nine people, who will be coached in a regular cycle by acknowledged masters of the international Jazz scene.

The students selected for Focusyear receive a full scholarship covering tuition and the cost of living, in order to allow them to focus on music exclusively.

Over the course of the year, the ensemble creates concert programs and records an album, which will be produced in the school’s own recording studio. The band will perform regularly in the school’s Jazzcampus Club. A club tour is being organized for spring and a festival tour for the summer.

Applications for Focusyear 2018/19 are welcome in September 2017.



Audition 2018

We had a wonderful three day audition to put together the next Focusyear Band for the season 2018/2019.


Dave Holland

We are delighted to add Dave Holland to our great group of coaches for the FocusYear.


Focusyear Band

We are excited to introduce the first Focusyear Band.
Please meet a truly international ensemble:
Enrique Oliver Danny Ziemann Marton Juhasz Sergio Wagner Szymon Mika Olga Konkova Paco Andreo and Yumi Ito.


Becca Stevens and Lionel Loueke

We are delighted to add two wonderful musicians to our great group of coaches for the FocusYear:
Becca Stevens and Lionel Loueke

Both of them have created a distinctive sound that is welcomed all over the world by both audiences and musicians.


First Audition

The first audition for Focusyear was a blast. So many great musicians and open hearts. Making it very hard for the jury to select the band.

Thanks to all who participated and made it a great weekend!


Wolfgang Muthspiel about Focusyear

For Focusyear, up to nine extraordinarily talented musicians will be chosen.
Applications can be sent for the following instruments:
saxophone / trumpet / trombone / horn / flute / clarinet / piano / guitar (electric, acoustic) / bass / vibraphone / violin / cello / drums / percussion / vocals



Application Process

— The Focusyear Auditions will be held on February 23 – 25, 2018. 

— Applicants should be aware that the Focusyear is a one-year engagement, September-July, which takes priority over other musical activities.

— Focusyear does not set a minimum or maximum age limit and admits students of any nationality. 

— Please be aware that we are looking for a level of musicianship that is comparable to master students or above. This program is also intended for professional musicians who want to refocus their own musical scene. 

— Deadline for Applications is December 31, 2017.   



— Please chose two tracks from your personal Jazz repertoire. A recording should be chosen which showcases your quality as a performer and soloist (improvisation). 

— Please send a link so we can listen to your music without having to download it. Either via Soundcloud (in "private" mode), via Youtube ("not listed" mode) or via Dropbox.

— As a studio-quality recording is not necessary, live recordings of a rehearsal or a concert can be used. 

— Please add one recording of your own compositions. 


Required written information

— Personal details (CV, musical biography)

— Cover letter/Motivation letter (why do you want to participate in Focusyear)

— Previous musical activities, list of musical works, link to artist website

For applying please use this form.


Please fill in all the *neccessary details.
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Artistic Director
Wolfgang Muthspiel

Office & Organization
Sarah Chaksad


Musik-Akademie Basel
Leonhardsstrasse 6
4009 Basel 

Barbara Frey Grafik

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Organization & Office Focusyear

Concept / Programming
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Audition 2018