Every year we carefully select international musicians to work with participants of Intl Jazz Platform paying attention to their openness, readiness to engage in creative dialogue with students and their activity on the European jazz scene.

INTL 2020 Jazz Connective

Our aim is to build a partnership relation between students and faculty members.

That is why we are departing from the master-student approach to artistic education by providing an opportunity for students to play and create music, share ideas, spend time together with their artistic heroes.

The faculty team includes well-known musicians of the young generation from Europe, who take part in many international projects and concert tours on a daily basis.

faculty members

Paal Nilssen-Love

- Polish Edition

Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the Norwegian jazz scenes most influential and hard working drummers. Through his work in several bands and ensembles and through corporation with several of the giants in free jazz and improved, he’s been one of the spear points of the raw and energetic Scandinavian free jazz scene. Since the mid 90s Nilssen-Love has figured on more than 260 albums - 50 on his own label! He has been a central part of bands like Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Atomic, The Thing, The Quintet, Scorch Trio, Frode Gjerstad Trio among a dozen others and an important musical collaborator for musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Akira Sakata, Arto Lindsay, Dave Rempis, Otomo Yoshihide, Michiyo Yagi.


Ole Morten Vågan

- Polish Edition

Ole Morten Vågan is one of Norway's most sought after bass players. Running his own quintet MOTIF since 1998 he has performed his own music all over the world, from Japan to Australia, Canada/US and Europe. In May 2014 he premiered his new work with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra at Trondheim Jazz Festival. The project was invited to the international jazz conference Jazzahead in Bremen in 2016. In 2017 TJO & Ole Morten Vågan will appear on several festivals both in Norway and Germany.



Django Bates

- Polish Edition

Django Bates is a pianist, Eb horn player, and composer, who credits the variety of musical influences in his work to his childhood. His father is a collector of Jazz, Romanian, and African folk music.

A founder member of Loose Tubes, Django was a leading light in the 1980s European jazz renaissance. As an internationally respected musician he has appeared alongside Bill Bruford, Dudu Pukwana, Sidsel Endresen, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Evan Parker, Ronnie Scott. In 1997 Django was awarded the prestigious Danish Jazzpar prize, dubbed the ‘Nobel Prize of Jazz’.

Django was the inaugural artistic director of FuseLeeds04: UK’s biennial new music festival. For the opening concert he composed ‘Umpteenth Violin Concerto’ for violinist Ernst Kovacic and, in honour of improvising saxophonist Evan Parker’s 60th birthday, Django commissioned sixty composers including Gavin Bryars, Laurie Anderson, Sir Patrick Moore and John Zorn to write one bar each. He then quilted these bars into the piece ‘Premature Celebration’ which was performed by The London Sinfonietta with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton improvising to music they had never previously heard.

In 2019 The IVORS Academy honoured Django Bates with The Ivors Jazz Award. A musical polymath and prodigiously gifted composer, Bates has been at the heart of Britain’s jazz scene for the last 40 years. The award acknowledged his unique and exceptional talent and his relentless drive to collaborate and seek out new possibilities to explore where jazz can go.

Django Bates is currently a professor of jazz at Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland.


Sissel Vera Pettersen

- Polish Edition

Sissel Vera Pettersen is a sound improvisor and composer who fuses highly creative vocal techniques with live electronic processing, and she is also a brilliant sax player. Her diverse recorded work can be heard in over 35 international CD releases and she has toured all over Europe, in the USA, Canada, the Middle East and Africa. She is the artistic director of acclaimed Norwegian vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices, and has collaborated with musicians and artists including Chick Corea, Marilyn Mazur, Lionel Loueke, Marc Ducret, Jon Balke, Toumani Diabate, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann Christian Wallumrød, Terje Isungset, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Maja Ratkje, Jaromir Honzak and Nikolaj Hess. Pettersen has been nominated three times for the Danish Music Awards Jazz, and has received a number of awards and accolades for her music. She regularly collaborates within contemporary dance and theatre, both as a performer, composer and musician, and she is also a visual artist, exhibiting paintings and graphic prints.

"Her voice a transparent gossamer of silk." Hers is an instrument that can shape sound and syllable, making it the messenger of every articulation whether it is a whisper, an ululation or a prance on the edge of a scream." -All about Jazz


Susana Santos Silva

- Polish Edition

Stockholm-based Portuguese trumpet player, improviser and composer. “One of the most exciting improvisers in the world” - Downbeat. Her music has been described as intense, intoxicating, beautiful, innovative, bold and creative.
She leads her projects Impermanence and Life and Other Transient Storms and co-leads duos with Kaja Draksler and Torbjörn Zetterberg - also in trio with Hampus Lindwall and Chris Pitsiokos, and the quartets Hearth and Here’s To Us.

She has also been playing with Fire! Orchestra, Mats Gustafsson’s Nu Ensemble, and many more. In 2018 she released her first solo album “All the Rivers” recorded live at the National Pantheon in Lisbon and she is about to release her second solo album on the Belgium label Matiére Mèmoire.