So What’s Next? festival is a 3-day music evolution with groundbreaking concerts of jazz & beyond artists of the new millennium. Jazz is the starting point but surely not the only frame of reference.

On October 29, 30 & 31, 2021 – the 9th edition of So What’s Next? festival will take place with live concerts, at last! In the Main Hall we present a show, especially created for the festival by the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Jacomo Bairos + José James + Gaidaa + Nana Adjoa.

For the 5th time, So What’s Next? presents an extensive showcase program with the most exciting upcoming talents from the USA and Europe, on Sunday afternoon on many surprising locations in the city of Eindhoven. This program focuses on representatives from the lively jazz scene of New York and Los Angeles. The West Coast scene that produced artists like Kamasi Washington and Flying Lotus is one of the most important jazz hotspots in the world today.

“So What’s Next? is primed to become a major new destination in the international jazz ecosytem”

John Murph, Downbeat

History

In 2013, the So What’s Next? adventure started from its home base Muziekgebouw Eindhoven with a fantastic line up containing José James, Joshua Redman, Gregory Porter en Snarky Puppy. After a successful first edition a sequel had to come. From a 1-day festival So What’s Next? emerged into a 3-day festival that fanned out over the city of Eindhoven on the Sunday.

A close collaboration with music scouts from New York was extended to Los Angeles in 2019. The West Coast scene grew into one of the leading jazz hotspots around the globe. The festival invited sounding examples of that to play in Eindhoven, like the charismatic vocalist Michael Mayo, drummer Myele Manzanza and the duo Fractal Limit. Due to this the showcase program was opened by American music journalist/publisher Nate Chinen, who’s most recent book ‘Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century’ is considered to be the ultimate guide for jazz of the 21st century.

So What’s Next? is organised annually by Stichting So What’s Next? in collaboration with partners Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and North Sea Jazz / Mojo Concerts.

A hospitable Eindhoven

Since the beginning, Eindhoven has been the home base of So What’s Next?. Collaborate, renew, surprise and accomplish new engagements is the central idea of this festival. We accomplish this together with the entrepreneurs, residents and visitors of the city. We emerge everywhere, make the city glow and sparkle in neon light. In those 3 days there is not just a party going on in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven but all around town, in the streets, shops, hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Previous guests of So What’s Next?

Aaron Parks, Aart Strootman, Aeris Brassband, Afrikaboomnada, Ala.Ni, ALEXANDER, Algorythm, Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Anna Serierse, Any Vegetable, Aruán Ortiz, Avishai Cohen Quartet, Baskar, Becca Stevens, Ben LaMar Gay, Ben Ratliff, Ben van Gelder Quintet, Benjamin Herman, Benjamin Mørk, Berenice van Leer & Lorijn van Piekartz, Blue Sands, Bram Stadhouders & The Bid Barrel Organ, Brandee Younger, Brass Rave Unit, Braxton Cook, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cameron Graves, Cast Glass, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Céu, Chelsea Foreman, Chloe Charles, Chris Dave & Drumhed, Christian Scott, Claire Parsons, Claudio Jr. De Rosa Quartet, Colin Stetson, Collective Consience, Convoi Exeptional, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, D-Felic New Quintet, Dalduro, Daltones, Dan Berglund, Dan Tepfer, Dans Dans, Das Sound Kollektiv, David Hordijk, David Virelles, David Virelles’ Antenna ft. Marcus Gilmore, Dawn of Midi, Day Fly, Daymé Arocena, DAYO, De Beren Gieren, De Raad van Toezicht, Derrick Hodge & Alan Hampton, DHD Trio, Diego Pinera, Dinosaur, Donny McCaslin, Doppler Trio, Dorian Concept, Dr. Brass, Dr. Meraki, Ebbo Kraan, Eran Har Even Duo, Eran Har Even World Citizen, Eric Vloeimans Gatecrash, Eveline Vroonland, Evensanne, Ewout Dercksen, Fergus McCreadie, Foresight, Fractal Limit, FRÉ, Fresku, Fridolijn van Poll, Funky Miracle, Gabriel Garzón-Montana, Gabriel Royal, Gallowstreet, Gary Crosby, Gary Lucas, Georgia Anne Muldrow & the Righteous, Ghost-Note, Gideon van Gelder, Gijs Idema, GoGo Penguin, Gregory Porter, Greyheads, Guy Salamon, Handsome Couple, Henrik Schwarz, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ibrahim Maalouf, Ildo Nandja Trio, Immanuel Wilkins Quintet, Ingen Navn Trio, Jacob Collier, James Brandon Lewis, James Brandon Lewis UnRuly Quintet, James Farm, Jameszoo, Jameszoo Quartet, Jamie Branch & Ava Mendoza, Jamie Woon, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, Jasper Hoiby’s Fellow Creatures, Javier Subatin, Jazz Junkies, JEFF, Jessica Wilde, Jett Rebel, Joel Ross, Jono McCleery, Joris Roelofs ‘Rope Dance’, Jorrit Westerhof, José James, Josef Leimberg, Joshua J, Joshua Redman Quartet, Juanfer Marrero Group, Jungly by Night, Kairos Quartet, Kamasi Washington, Kandace Springs, Kapok, Kassa Overall, KNOWER, Kovacs, Kruidkoek, Kuhn Fu, Labtrio, Lars Dietrich Trio, Laura Mvula, Laurent Coulondre, Lawrence, Leonard Luka, Liberati Quartet, Linda May Han Oh, Luchtman, Lydian Collective, Maarten Hogenhuis Trio, Madison McFerrin, Maisha, Makaya McCraven, Manu Delago, Marcel Fokker, Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life, Marius Neset Quartet, Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, Mark Turner Quartet, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Marta Arpini Forest Light, Marutyri, Matteo Myderwyk, Matthew Stevens, Mela, Melanie Charles, Melissa Aldana, Michael Bhaskar, Michael Mayo, Mininova, Mn’JAM experiment, Molino, Mørk, Moses Boyd Exodus, Moses Sumney, Motion Complex, Mungo Bungo, Myele Manzanza, Myrthe van de Weetering, Nana Adjoa, Nick Hakim, Nick Mulvey, Niels Broos, Nik Bartsch’s Mobile, Non Melting Ice Cream Band, Nona, Noname, Noordpool Orkest, Nubya Garcia, O-Jàna, Oscar Jerome, Pablo Martinez Flamenco-Jazz Band, Paul Berding, Perhaps Contraption, Peter Willems, Philipp Rüttgers, Poppy Ajudha, Rambags / Lijbaart Stadhouders, Re:Freshed Orchestra, Reinier Baas, Robert Glasper Experiment, Rudresh Mahanthappa ‘Bird Calls’, S’yo Fang Octet, Sabrina Stark, Samuel Blaser Trio, Sarenville, Sebastiaan van Bavel Trio, Selah Sue, SFJAZZ Collective, Shabaka & the Ancestors, Shai Maestro & Camila Meza, Simio Jazz Trio, Sirintip, Snarky Puppy, Steve Lehman Sélébéyone, Strootstad, Sullivan Fortner, Supernova, Swamb, Tank and the Bangas, Taylor McFerrin, Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds, Teus Nobel Radio 6 Quartet, Theo Croker, Theon Cross ‘Fyah’, Thomas Enhco Trio, Thus Owls, Tigran Trio, Tin men and the Telephone, Tino Derado, Tom Beek, Tommy Moustache, Toon Meijer, Traumatize, Trempera!, Typhoon, UMBRA Falstrwti, Valvetronic Brassband, Vernon Chatlein, We Are Leif, Whiff, Whocat, WILD Organ and Drums, Windkracht 7, XamVolo, Xavi Torres Trio, Xenia Rubinos, Youngwoo Lee Quartet, Zapp 7 & Jan Bang, Zara McFarlane en vele anderen.

Partners

So What’s Next? wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door:

Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven
Provincie Noord-Brabant
Fonds Podiumkunsten
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Stichting Dioraphte