Soweto Kinch (GB)

Fri. 29.09.2017 | 21:30

Kulturzentrum Leibnitz, Hugo Wolf-Saal

Soweto Kinch – alto & tenor sax / vocals
Fergus ireland – bass
David Hodek – drums

Day pass Fri. 29.09.2017
2 concerts: € 29,00 / 24,00*


No, the gentleman is not from a South African township! But yes, Soweto Kinch is a phenomenon, a one-off. The 39-year-old saxophonist plays bebop & hip hop on a stamp, or rather: he epitomises the smallest common multiple of jazz, rap, and spoken word. A distinctive trademark, intertwining virtuosity and message. Kinch demonstrates what the Brits can teach the Americans on the subject of narrative hip hop.
In recent years, Soweto Kinch has been showered with awards as a saxophonist and MC in both the jazz and the hip-hop scenes on either side of the Atlantic.
His star came to the fore in 2002, when he won the Saxophone Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Shortly after, his debut album Conversations With The Unseen came out.
Then everything happened fast: two Mobo Awards, two Urban Music Awards, the prestigious BBC Radio Jazz Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, the Peter Whittingham Award for Jazz Innovation, and many other awards he got to take home to Birmingham. Together with the well-known Jazz Jamaica All Stars he also won the BBC Radio Award for Best Band of the Year (2004).
With his trio, Soweto Kinch moves from fast bebop passages to groovy hip hop beats as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Soweto’s rap performances leave even people such as Mos Def or Q-Tip in the dust.
And Amy Winehouse would have loved the fast-paced saxophone player to contribute to her next, “purist” jazz CD.


Jazz in a bargain pack!

Festival pass: take 4, pay for 3! Weekend pass: take 3, pay for 2! 1 free festival day with both passes.

4-day festival pass
€ 83.00 / 66.00*

Weekend pass Fri – Sun
€ 58,00 / 48,00*

*Concessions for: Ö1, Arbeiterkammer, students, young and senior citizens

Further concessions:

Pupils aged 6 to 14 get a 50% concession on LeibnitzKULT events (excluding children's events).

  • Pupils aged 15 and older, apprentices, students, those performing community or military service (up to the age of 27 with valid ID) get a 30% concession on LeibnitzKULT events.
  • wheelchair users accompanying persons (one per wheelchair) get a 50% discount.

Concession tickets can be obtained from LeibnitzKULT

Tickets available at:

KULT-Büro (im Kulturzentrum)
Kaspar-Harb-Gasse 4, 8430 Leibnitz
Phl: +43.3452.76506
Opening hours:
Tue. and Thur. 09:00−15:00, Wed. 9:00−18:00, Fri. 09:00−13:00

Tickets for the Jazzfestival Leibnitz, Jazz & Wein are also available at Naturparkzentrum Grottenhof, at the  Leibnitz Südsteiermark tourist association und bei allen weiteren Ö-Ticket offices.



Everyday free shuttle service Graz-Leibnitz-Graz Registration required at +43(0)3452 76506 or
Departure: Graz, Andreas Hofer Platz

Thu 28 September 17:45
from Graz, Andreas Hofer-Platz

Fri 29 September 17:45
from Graz, Andreas Hofer-Platz

Sat 30 September 17:45
from Graz, Andreas Hofer-Platz

Sun 1 October 11:00
from Graz, Andreas Hofer-Platz


Programme overview Jazzfestival Leibnitz 2017

28 September 2017

Venue: Wine Cellar Schloss Seggau
Tori Freestone Trio (GB)
Yves Robert Trio (F)
Day pass Thu 28.09.2017
2 concerts: € 25.00 / 18.00*

29 September 2017

Venue:  Kulturzentrum Leibnitz
11:00 and 15:00
Concert for children,
The Liberation of Instruments
Concert for children Fri 29.09.2017
€ 5,00
Sexmob (US)
Soweto Kinch (GB)
Day pass Fri 29.09.2017
2 concerts: € 29,00 / 24,00*
Venue: Marenzikeller Leibnitz
Café Drechsler (AT)
Free for holders of 4- and 3-day passes as well as of day passes for 29 September.
Numbered tickets are required
Tel: +43.3452.76 506

30 September 2017

Venue: Kulturzentrum Leibnitz
Émile Parisien Quartet & Louis Sclavis (F)
Ola Onabule Quintet (NGR/GB)
Day pass Sat 30.09.2017
2 concerts: € 29,00 / 24,00*

1. Oktober 2017

Venue: Vineyard Hotel Harkamp
Die Enttäuschung (D)
Axel Dörner - trumpet, Rudi Mahall - Bassklarinette / bariton sax, Jan Roder - bass, Michael Griener - drums
Jazz brunch So, 1.10.2017
starts at 11:00 € 48.00 / 43.00 concert + brunch
13:00 , Konzert € 20,00 / 15,00*

Venues of the Internationalen Jazzfestival Leibnitz

Wine Cellar Schloss Seggau

Kulturzentrum Leibnitz

Vineyard Hotel Harkamp

Marenzikeller Leibnitz

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