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Press / 14. April 2023

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25 Years Bandpool: Anniversary Special

14. April 2023

On Saturday, April 15, 2023, the Bandpool Special with Piya and Jiska will take place at the Zwinger in Heidelberg. The Bandpool is the top support program of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

"The Bandpool has been the Pop Academy's successful top promotion program since 1998. With more than 150 acts participating, we have a successful track record: 70 deals with majors, 86 chart entries, several gold awards and ECHO nominations, two ECHOs, nine Radio Regenbogen Awards and many other awards. Numerous successful bands such as ClockClock, Revolverheld, Max Giesinger, Lotte and NOVAA have emerged from it," says Michael Herberger, Business Director and Managing Director of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg.

In a selection process, the applicants are tested and selected for their musical abilities and existing potential. During 18 months of mentoring, the acts are individually prepared artistically and in terms of music business for the professional music business. The coaching offers help for self-help in finding contacts within the music business as well as in the area of artistic development. In this way, the participating artists are supported in consolidating their musical identity.

The Bandpool celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special at the Zwinger Heidelberg (Theater und Orchester Heidelberg) with the Bandpool acts Piya and Jiska. More specials will follow.
Piya moves between the genres of jazz, chanson and experimental pop and combines them with poetic lyrics. Her deep jazz voice meets fragile spoken word and modern lyricism. Virtuoso piano playing meets harmonica sounds. She is working on her first EP, which will be released in autumn.
The Stuttgart artist Jiska has been on the road since 2020 with soft-soul indie pop and convinces with her authentic-empowering style and her relaxed joy of playing, which gets to the heart of the topics of Gen Z: from the comparative eritis on social media, to the laudation of long-standing friendships and liberating lost love. In early summer 2022, the artist sets the first milestone of her still young career and releases the debut EP "Wild Blue Yonder".

Bandpool of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg x Zwinger Heidelberg
Special with Piya and Jiska
Saturday 15.04.2023, 8 p.m., admission €19

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