Noam Vazana & Steve Mead

Noam “Nani” Vazana is an Amsterdam-based composer, pianist, vocalist, trombonist and musical activist who performs over 100 concerts annually across Europe and beyond, including North Sea Jazz, Roccella Jazz, Tanjazz and New York. She is a board member of the Amsterdam Artist Collective and Founder/CEO at Nova Productions agency. She recently won the SENA Music Production Award 2019, hosted a DIY artists’ panel at WOMEX 2018, won the Sephardic Music Award in 2017, is a ranked iTunes Top-20 bestseller, won the ACUM album prize in 2014 and has shared the stage with John Clayton, Katie Melua and Bobby McFerrin. Nani is about to release her fourth album under her own name, Ke Haber, a pioneering work that will be the world’s first original Ladino album.

Steve Mead is Artistic Director/CEO and co-founder (in 1996) of Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf), where he has
pioneered programmes for talent and audience development and commissioning new work. mjf won the
Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming (2016), the Artistic Director’s Exchange Award
(2017) and is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner. Steve is also Creative Director for Jazz North, the
jazz development agency for the north of England, is vice-chair of the UK & Ireland-wide Jazz Promotion
Network and sits on advisory panels for Serious and PRS Foundation. He enjoys a wide range of music, people
and really old things that still work.