Gumpoldskirchen, Austria, May 27th, 2013

The young vocalist jolting off her chair quickly reached the stage accepting the award with a mixture of disbelieve and joyful brightness in her eyes. Holding the big “Z” in her hands, a timid “Thank you” summed up her happiness.

She is officially the very first recipient of the 2013 Zawinul “Z” Award. The event was televised by regional channel “N1” and the Lower Austrian Radio Station, capturing all pivotal moments of an event that kept the soulful, relaxed, and familiar atmosphere just like Joe Zawinul would have liked it.


Following several months of careful planning—which successfully cemented the partnership between the Zawinul Foundation for Achievement, and the Zawinul Musikschule in Gumpoldskirchen, Austria, Andi Tieber and Tony Zawinul lively addressed the audience and personalities who attended the Z Award ceremony.