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|Fellowship Participant - Maria Rylander|
Maria Rylander is a project leader, cultural coordinator, musician and composer living in Gothenburg, Sweden. She started her cultural working life as a jazz singer. Growing up on Öland, an island located in the Baltic Sea, with musician parents her goals were set high. After graduating elementary school, with the subject of music as an addition to the studies, the road was obvious. During her studies at the Academy of Music and Drama to become a music- and vocalteacher she found the art of composing. She finished her education with a half-year exchange studies in Paris, to find inspiration for her record Facing South. It was released in 2011 and resulted in a 10-days tour in Japan. It was during the last years of college that she became interested in concert arranging and the production of music. She began to engage in various organizations and associations that run concert arrangements and whose goal is an open and welcoming scene with equality and equity as key words. Together with a friend, she started GMLSTN Jazz, an international jazz festival that aims to connect the big city of Gothenburg with the suburb of Gamlestaden and to build long-term collaborations across cultural boundaries. All this with a focus on new, young and exciting jazz acts. The 2014 premiere was a success and even though Maria has given up her commitments in working with the festival, GMLSTN Jazz is still going strong and coming on its fifth year. Today Maria works as a coordinator for a network of 20 venues in the region of Västra Götaland. Together the venues collaborate on issues such as information and knowledge exchange. Marias work as a coordinator is to increase accessibility of jazz music in the region by for example conducting joint tours. She also work to reach new audiences through digital tools like live streaming. The project is initiated by Nefertiti Jazz Club and financed by Region Västra Götaland.
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ISPA would like to thank Musikverket for their partnership in this important regional initiative.