The Museum of Nature and Man (Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre) hosts the fifth edition of #NaturaJazz, Jazz and Nature Photography Festival (2018). It is a unique show organized by the Museum of Nature and Man of Santa Cruz de Tenerife every spring. It is a combination of the best sounds of live jazz with outstanding images of nature projected on a large screen. All in all, it is a journey through the senses.
The project emerged in 2014 with a single band, the Macaronesian Jazz Quartet, a quartet of great local musicians that have made up the resident band of the museum since then. However, the festival has evolved, and has defined its own sound and visual identity in these first four editions. Regarding music, a balanced combination of Canarian bands and other musicians coming from the rest of the Macaronesian islands and the Mid-Atlantic (Morocco, Mauritania, Gambia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Madeira and Azores), shape a complete musical programme. In that sense, the influences of world music are undeniable. With regard to photography, nature in the Canary Islands and the Macaronesian area holds a privileged position in this Festival, though the contest is open to the whole planet. In 2017, numerous proposals were received from photographers from a dozen different countries. They include nature scenes and landscapes from the five continents in their photographic works
The format of the festival is innovative in itself. It promotes the dissemination of the conservationist values of nature photography, and the dissemination of a genre such as jazz, loaded with local roots. For this reason, the Autonomous Body for Museums and Centers (Museos de Tenerife) organizes several parallel activities focused on photography and jazz within the framework of the festival: a nature photography course; and #Naturajazz for Children, an introductory workshop on nature photography and jazz music for the little ones. Gastronomy has a relevant role in the Festival as well, thanks to the inviting proposal offered by the Museum’s restaurant.
The aim of this fifth edition is to consolidate the international dimension of the Festival, by promoting the participation of nature photographers from all over the world. In addition, this edition intends to consolidate the festival as a reference of jazz music in the Canary Islands and in the neighboring Mid-Atlantic countries. To achieve this aim, we work in collaboration with other jazz festivals such as the Festival Jazzblanca, Morocco (www.jazzablanca.com) and the Kriol Jazz Festival, Cape Verde (www.krioljazzfestival.com).
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the whole programme of parallel activities, addressed at different audiences, has been largely improved: the introductory workshops to nature photography, the photography meetups in natural environments such as the Rural Park of Anaga and the Rural Park of Teno…