Gina is heartily enjoying the warm, late-summer period here in Berlin. She had a lot to celebrate in recent weeks and now prepares for the next garden party which will take place on Sunday in beautiful Rosenthal in Northern Berlin. She also slowly but surely changes her fur these days and helps reaping all remaining grapes, apples, plums, and tomatoes.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to the next Darmstädter Jazzforum in early October which this year is dealing with gender and identity in jazz. In the opening remarks to this year’s event, Wolfram Knauer, Jazzinstitut Darmstadt’s head, says: “The view of jazz musicians and their art may be distorted if we reduce them to any parts of their identity, be it their gender, their sexual orientation, their ethnicity, or anything else. However, to ignore these facets, be it in jazz history or today’s jazz scene, is a proof of neglect as well…We hope to contribute to a discourse which is and remains important in our changing modern world.”