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Peter Schulze

Peter Schulze was appointed Artistic Director of the JazzFest Berlin in 2002. The appointment is for several years and is intended to consolidate the festival during these tense times in the financing of culture.

Since its start until 1998 Peter Schulze was a member of the ARD advisory body which advises the festival’s Artistic Director in all matters concerning the radio. Therefore he has long and close experience of all the annual festivals. In addition to this he was respected as an adept announcer at numerous JazzFest concerts.

Peter Schulze was the director of the Jazz and Pop department with Radio Bremen – at the time the poorest yet most innovative of the radio stations within the ARD. Alongside his work as editor he has produced more than 1500 concerts and studio sessions (also in the capacity of sound engineer, which he studied in conjunction with composition at the Hochschule der Künste and the Technical University in Berlin at the end of the 60s). Many of these concerts have been released, amongst others Keith Jarrett Bremen/Lausanne, A Cathedral Concert of the Mystères des Voix Bulgares’ or Iain Ballamy’s All Men Amen (some of the recordings were bootlegs such as Tom Waits, Honeymoonkillers).

In the last 15 years he has been mainly interested in small thematic festivals where outstanding musicians have been able to demonstrate their diversity within different constellations, such as John Zorn, Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz at the New Generation Festival 1988, Ray Anderson at the Wishbone Festival 1993, Michel Moore at the Moore & More Festival 1994, or Howard Levy at the Harpology Festival 1995, to name but a few.

In 1988 Schulze was appointed musical director of Radio Bremen 2, the station’s cultural programme, and was once again involved in festivals, the 1999 and 2001 editions of the internationally-renowned festival pro musica antiqua with spiritual music from the last millennium and its continuation in the here and now.

His love of oriental tones and sounds can be explained by the year he spent in Turkey.

In the 70s and 80s, alongside Klaus Kuhnke and Manfred Miller, Peter Schulze created the radio feature series „Roll Over Beethoven – The History of Popular Music“. A compilation of the second series was released in 1998 in a box with 52 CDs and a book with more than 300 pages on the Bear Family Records label. This attempt to achieve an overall view of pop music without any stylistic exclusivity proved so popular with listeners that in 1975 the authors decided to found the „Archive for Popular Music“ as a non-profit-making company. Today it is known as the „Klaus Kuhnke Archive for Popular Music - Institute of the Hochschule für Künste” in Bremen and its stock of more than 70.000 recordings has been accessible for research via internet since 1995.

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