Langnau Jazz Nights: Masterclass for Jazz Piano

Master Class for Jazz Piano with Ethan Iverson 2019

For the 6th time, the Langnau Jazz Nights offer a Master Class for Jazz Piano. This Master Class is offered in collaboration with the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts. 6 to 8 participants (selected by a jury) will have the opportunity to work with Ethan Iverson. The 5-day workshop includes individual lessons, theory classes and workshops.

Ethan Iverson, piano

Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure TBP performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Igor Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction.

Iverson also has been in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart quartet for well over a decade and occasionally performs with an elder statesman like Albert “Tootie” Heath or Ron Carter. For over 15 years Iverson’s website Do the Math has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis, surely one reason Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons: “Perhaps NYC’s most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition—the most admirable sort of artist-scholar.”

Iverson has been on the faculty of the jazz department at the New England Conservatory since 2016, and many of his posts on Do the Math concern his omnivorous style of learning and teach.

Other musicians Iverson has shared the stage with in the last two years include Miranda Cuckson, Tom Harrell, David Williams, Victor Lewis, Houston Person, Ben Street, Eric McPherson, Dayna Stephens, Thomas Morgan, Chris Potter, Joe Sanders, Melissa Aldana, Ravi Coltrane, Jorge Rossy, Josephine Bode, Dodo Kis, and Gerald Cleaver.

IMPORTANT: the Master Class is open to students of a university (30 years old and younger).


The workshop takes place from July 22nd to July 28th 2019
Day of arrival: Monday July 22nd (check-in, welcome meeting, presentation teachers)
Day of departure: Sunday July 28th (no workshops on day of departure)

Workshop fee
Regular workshop fee: CHF 680.–
Reduced workshop fee for students of a music high school: CHF 350.–
Important: participants must present their student card upon arrival in order to receive the discount!

The workshop fee includes a festival pass (standing). The festival pass grants admission to all concerts of the Langnau Jazz Nights.

Accommodation: Backpackers, local hotel, private accommodation or tent. More..

Food: The Langnau Jazz Nights offer food options for every budget!


Please send a brief CV including your musical education as well as a recording (mp3) to angela.schenker(at)

Please also fill out our application form:
application form  

Application Deadline: June 30th 2019