Synonymous with freedom, jazz, like all music, knows no borders. Such freedom has always been part of the European jazz festival.
The jazz festival in Chellah, the name of the splendid historical fortress hosting the event, shows that music is one of the best illustrations of intercultural dialogue between Europe and Morocco. Every year, European and Moroccan guest artists demonstrate this, treating the audience to a feast of musical expression, with a harmonious mixture of melodies and rhythms from both sides of the Mediterranean.
The 2007 edition or Jazz at Chellah, entitled European jazz – Moroccan music, celebrates the EU's 50th birthday to the sound of a musical fusion, the very foundation of jazz and a symbol of the diversity of the 27 EU countries. The EU will be widely represented: ten prestigious groups representing many EU countries will demonstrate their styles and colours in a programme which gets richer and more diverse each year.
Jazz at Chellah is also the symbol of openness and sharing. It offers the stage to young hopefuls on the contemporary Moroccan music scene and goes looking for new audiences, by inviting the musicians to take part in improvised, spontaneous musical events in a circus school for underprivileged children, a prison and a psychiatric hospital.
A lively example of the cultural partnership between Europe and Morocco, this year's Jazz at Chellah will certainly introduce some new tones.