POSTED: July 27th 2010

Annecy 2018 bid showcases Cultural Olympiad plan with CosmoJazz in Alps

CosmoJazz is the brainchild of French musician Andre Manoukian / Annecy 2018
CosmoJazz is the brainchild of French musician Andre Manoukian / Annecy 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/ANNECY, July 27: The French Alpine city of Annecy is preparing to host the first high altitude “CosmoJazz” summer music festival, bringing the sounds of cool jazz to the mountain peaks.

CosmoJazz is the creation of French musician and composer-songwriter André Manoukian and the free outdoor concerts will be held in key locations around the Olympic bid areas twinning mountain destinations with a taste of the bid’s potential cultural program for the 2018 Olympics.

The festival will take place in venues at between 2,000 and 4,000 meters in scenic areas such as Lac blanc, Aiguille du midi, Montenvers and the heart of the city of Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Artists from all over the world will perform during the three day festival.

Eric Fournier, the mayor of Chamonix Mont-Blanc, said: “CosmoJazz Festival is a unique experience. Free concerts will be held on various sites in altitude as well as in the city center. It carries on a strong message linking mountains and culture, and its success will be its capacity to gather artists from all over the world, as to rely on the strength of volunteers from the valley. So, from July 27-29, get ready to live an extraordinary human experience.”

The mountain concert venues have been specially chosen and matched with particular artists and music to animate the flavour and atmosphere of the natural settings.

Manoukian said: “With musicians from the Himalayas, the Caucasus and the Sinai, we decided from the roof of Europe, to invoke the spirits of the mountains to restore dialogue between man and nature.

“Welcome to this journey of initiation - because there is nothing more beautiful than a sunset on a glacier in summer; because musicians are happy when they are free; because they come from all over the globe to try to reconcile man and nature in a magical moment; because from up there, the view over the town is much more beautiful.”

Imagine the stage at 3842 m, from the Aiguille du Midi, of the panoramic view of Mont-Blanc and the dominant peaks of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps with live music flowing in the background. The music will reach toward the sky with a featured event to be held there on July 28 with artists from Nepal staging the "highest concert" in Europe.

Annecy is in the running for the bid race with PyeongChang and Munich to host the 2018 Olympic winter Games. The vote will take place at the IOC session in Durban at the IOC session next July.

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · CosmoJazz · Eric Fournier · Andre Manoukian · Chamonix · Mont Blanc

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