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Project Periode: 2001 – 2016

Supported by: Statens Kunstfond


In 2016, Swinging Europe was able to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our talent development orchestra PLAY !GROUND LIVE. Since 2000, young musical talents in the age range from 15 to 22 are selected through tryouts, where a focus on both a professional and social developmental curve is in focus. During the duration of the project, the chosen musicians practice their musical competencies while engaging in rewarding interactions with their peers at the same time. Through short and intense training sessions in band camps, the musicians are prepared for touring in Denmark, where their technical and performative skills are put to the test.

PLAY!GROUND LIVE is a project that Swinging Europe has facilitated annually since 2000. Composer and musician, Bo Stief, has been affiliated since the concept was established, and has guided the newly selected twelve musicians for each year. With more than 50 years of experience as a musician, Bo Stief is a versatile composer and bassist, who has tried his hand at everything from swing, hard bop, funk, rock, Afro, Latin and Nordic live music with great dedication and immersion.

PLAY!GROUND LIVE wishes to unite talent and cohesion, as well as create a mental framework, where musical skills can be explored: PLAY!GROUND LIVE offers the unique opportunity for the young up-and-coming musicians to both test and expand their personal development, social relations, as well as musical performance throughout the tour.

In 2016, Swinging Europe worked on expanding the project to create a platform for young musicians from our Nordic neighboring
countries, namely PLAY!GROUND LIVE NORDIC. The overall goal of the project is to offer a platform, where musical and practical experiences, as well as relevant tools, will evolve and enable the participating musicians to actively take responsibility for both the live music produced, and their future career. The first edition of PLAY!GROUND LIVE NORDIC took place from the 28th of February – 9th of March in 2017 and counted the countries of Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

PLAY!GROUND LIVE has received positive feedback as the orchestra concept not only develops and promotes an enhancement of musical skills, but also networking connections, and worthwhile practical and emotional experiences, which furthermore support a thriving national music scene in the long run.