Member of the jury
Sarah Chaksad is a versatile musician, who works as a saxophonist, orchestra director, composer, cultural manager and curator in a variety of musical contexts. Sarah Chaksad plays with various groups of different sizes for which she composes most of the music.
In 2016, she released her first album "windmond" with the Sarah Chaksad Orchestra, followed in 2017 by performances at the Schaffhausen Jazz Festival and the Offbeat Jazz Festival Basel as part of the CD release tour. In 2019, "Tabriz", her second album with her orchestra was released and earned her international recognition for her artistic work. Sarah Chaksad was curator of the Schaffhauser Jazzgespräche from 2017 to 2019, received a grant from the Aargau Kuratorium in 2018, and a work grant in 2020. Together with guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, Sarah Chaksad currently leads the unique "Focus year" programme at the Jazzcampus in Basel.