The JazzVocals are a group of chaotic-creative individualists of very different ages: Around 25 singers are part of the Berlin based a cappella choir. The ensemble rehearses since 1991 at the music school Béla Bartók in Pankow-Weißensee, Berlin.
For us Jazz is more of a universal idea. It describes everything that has a groove to it – be it songs by The Beatles, funk or world music. Our repertoire is quite colourful, ranging from jazz standards to pop and folk music as well as our own arrangements. We perform with passion and joy and our concerts are filled with improvisations mouth percussion and sound experiments.
The JazzVocals participated in numerous festivals and workshops throughout Europe and Latin America. We tied many connections as well as organizing and participating in exchanges with international choirs – always searching for unique harmonic compositions, eager to share experiences and to build new friendships all over the world.
Friendship is the center of the JazzVocals and that’s what you can hear, see and feel. The fun we have at our concerts is contagious.
After being honoured with outstanding achievements and the first place at the Berliner Chortreff in 2013, JazzVocals won third place at the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb 2014 in the category Jazz and Pop Music and merely two weeks later first place at “Cracovia Cantans” the International Choir Festival in Kraków, Poland.
On this occasion the choir was invited by the chair woman of the jury, Irina Roganova, to the International Choir Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, which she is presiding over as Artistic Director.
Naturally, JazzVocals accepted the invitation and visited this breath-taking city in March 2015 and once again won over the Jury and took first place in the competition.
The collective would like to thank Goethe institute for the financial support which made its participation possible
In June 2015 conductor Susanne Faatz and four members of the choir once again travelled to St. Petersburg and gave a master class for other conductors and choirs. It was a resounding success and so the choir is delighted to be invited to the “Young Voices” Festival 2016 in Nizhny Novgorod as the special guests of the festival.
After working as an academic high school teacher for many years our conductor Susanne Faatz now fully dedicates her time and passion to music and especially choral singing and is a freelance conductor at the music schools Treptow-Köpenick and Pankow-Weißensee in Berlin. Besides conducting the JazzVocals and other choirs she is attending national and international jazz and choir workshops and is herself organizing workshops since 2001, training other teachers and working as a Juror. She is a member of the music committee for the Berliner Chorverband.
During her years as an active teacher she initiated various musical projects with her students. In her free time she was a member of the Berliner Singakademie and its chamber choir.
In 2013 Susanne Faatz received the Geschwister-Mendelssohn-Medal acknowledging her extraordinary achievements for the choir community in Berlin.