The 8th Jarasum International Jazz Concours

Jarasum International Jazz Concours, started in 2007, become a leading musical scene where the stream of present and future Korean Jazz flows by introducing artists who show ground breaking music. So far, Jarasum International Jazz Concours mainly has focused on selecting artists who play unique and creative music. The winner will be given an opportunity to appearing on the opening stage of Jarasum International Jazz Festival and a prize of ten million won. We ask for continuous interest and participation of artists who will enrich Korean jazz scene with astonishing musicianship.




July 1, 2016 (Fri) ~ July 20, 2016 (Wed) 17:00


All Koreans and internationals who can play instruments or sing (No restriction to instruments)


Dates and venue of both semi-final and final round could be reorganized due to circumstances.

  • Preliminary Round
    Submission via postal service will be accepted until July 20, 2016 (Wed) 17:00 Closed screening DEMO CD
  • Semi-Final Round
    August 22 (Mon) ~ 23 (Tue), 2016 Samick Art Hall
  • Final Round
    October 3, 2016 (Sun) Venues in Jarasum International Jazz Festival
  • Announcement of Preliminary Qualifier
    July 27, 2016 (Wed) 14:00 Announced on the homepage and will be notified individually
Prize and Privileges

Taxes at your expenses

  • Grand Prize
    10 Million Won(KRW)
    Main Stage opening at the 14th Jarasum International Jazz Festival 2017
  • Best Creativity
    3 Million Won(KRW)
  • Best Soloist
    3 Million Won(KRW)
  • Privileges
    Possible to give performance opportunities to awardees at foreign jazz festival Jarasum International Jazz Festival Tickets (3-day pass)
How to apply and Process
Required Documents
  • 1) Application Form : Download an application at Jarasum International Jazz Festival Official website (
  • 2) One(1) photo (3x4 size) : Attach 1 photo on the application form
  • 3) Two(2) DEMO CDs [MP3] * Must follow the required file format
    - Attach labels including your name, orders and titles of music on the front of the CDs.
  • All submitted documents will not be returned. All performers supplying fraudulent information will be disqualified and will be excluded from the competition. Also in case you are awarded at the final, prizes could be canceled.

By Postal mail
Address : Jarasum Internationl Jazz Concours, Jarasum Jazz Center 2F #31 Bonab-ro Gapyeong-eup Gapyeong-gun Gyeonggi-do Korea 12412

Date for Submission

Mail must be arrived on July 1 (Fri) ~ July 20 (Wed), 2016 17:00 * Must follow the required date for submission

Application Fee

Application fee : 50,000 Won(KRW)

  • Account Number : Nonghyup(NH) 301-0103-7147-31
  • Depositor : Jarasum Jazz Center
  • The application fee must not be sent later than July 20, 2016 (Wed) 17:00. Any application submitted without the application fee will be utomatically cancelled.
  • The name of who send application fee must be the same as the name on application.
  • The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
Preliminary Round

Closed screening DEMO CD of 3 pieces of music including one required repertoire, two songs of free choice. (one must be original composition piece) All 3 pieces should be played within 20 minutes.

Semi-Final Round

10 post-screened competitors should play within 20 minutes. We don’t care about the number of song, but should include one required repertoire and one original composition piece.

Final Round

4 semi-finalists should play within 30 minutes. We don’t care about the number of song, but should include one required repertoire and one original

  1. Participants are required to present more than one original composition piece (must be participant’s own composition, not a co-written piece or a piece of others) during the preliminary, semi-final and final rounds.
  2. Pieces can be repeated through all rounds.
  3. Semi-finalists must resubmit lists of pieces and players; it may not be changed later.
  4. The number of semi-finalists and finalists can vary according to evaluation results.
  5. The original composition piece must not have been published on- and off-line. It must be a pure creation of participants.
Required repertoire
  • Stolen moments (Oliver Nelson)
  • Ramblin' (Ornette Coleman)
  • Better git hit in your soul (Charles Mingus)
  • Lawns (Carla Bley)
  • Full house (Wes Montgomery)
  • Django (John Lewis)
  • Oop-Pop-A-Da (Babs Gonzales)
  • Why can't I come to you (Patty Waters)
  • My song (Keith Jarrett)
  • Música Das Núvens E Do Chão (Hermeto Pascoal)
  • Jóga (Björk/Sjón)
  • Little umbrella (Frank Zappa)
  • Musical instruments or formations are not restricted.
  • All pieces are not restricted in any style but must be based on Jazz.
  • Applicants must organize own sessions for the semi-final and final rounds.
  • All three pieces in DEMO CD for the preliminary round should be MP3 file format. First piece must be a required repertoire, followed by an original composition piece and, lastly, song of free choice.
  • Semi-finalists must resubmit lists of pieces and players; it may not be changed later.
  • All plyers (in case of group, including all session players) of semi-final and final rounds must be same.

Jarasum Jazz Center, Jarasum Jazz Center Concours 031) 581-2817