A place like Bezau in the heart of the Bregenzerwald is not necessarily synonymous with provincial but can instead be the temporary centre of an entire musical cosmos when stars from abroad and friends from next door can play such stylistically diverse music as has been performed for 10 years at the festival hosted by Alfred Vogel and the entire community of Bezau.
With “Music for people with an open mind” , Bezau Beatz attracts an audience with increasing attention and presents artists from the genres of jazz, singer/songwriter, and world and pop music from beyond the mainstream. The goal of the series of events is the collective enjoyment of musical delicacies beyond normal conventions.
The wide valley of Bregenzerwald extends from Bregenz on Lake Constance to Hochtannberg am Arlberg and authentic culture has developed here in this wonderful natural environment for centuries: Agriculture, architecture, creative crafts, timber construction, art and tourism exist here in symbiosis with a combination of Alpine idyll and globalised networking. Bregenzerwald is also a step ahead in terms of musical and cultural events. No matter whether it is the famous Bregenz Festival, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Werkraum in Andelsbuch run by Peter Zumthor or the music festival Bezau Beatz - the creativity of the metropolis is clearly brought to the province with a great deal of joy. This does not cause any issues such as a loss of quality, but rather a tangible and fertile coming together of opposite.
Alfred Vogel is an ambassador. One who, with his ambitious vision, ensures unique musical highlights time and again. For over 15 years now, he has played in a wide variety of pop, rock and jazz formations, has managed his own label Boomslangrecords since 2004 (www.traps.at), has contributed to the production of experimental films and performances and works as a producer at Tonschmiede Bezau, where he has carried out selected projects with numerous musicians from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Finland, Ghana and the USA.
Under the artistic direction of Bezau Beatz, each year a successful combination of intercultural repertoire and the local way of living is created, guaranteeing an intensive artistic experience. As in previous years, the Bureau for Economy and Tourism, WITUS for short, the market community of Bezau and the numerous voluntary helpers also play a huge role in the organisation. They will all ensure that, for the 11th time, Bezau Beatz 2018 is once again an unforgettable, musically mesmerising and diverse three-day event.