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Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More

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This episode acknowledges a few of the outstanding and important female jazz improvisers who are becoming more and more prominent in the 21st century. You'll hear music from the mutual admiration duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Aki Takase, French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal displaying her talents on three differently focused albums, Estonian take-no-prisoners saxophonist Maria Faust, and Australia's much-heralded pianist Andrea Keller. The guys are also well-represented throughout this show. Two new debut recordings come from a ...

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Maria Faust: Sacrum Facere

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Estonian, Denmark-based composer and reeds player Maria Faust's latest project, Sacrum Facere, is a song cycle inspired by Estonian folklore and the runo singing from the Setu region, close to the Russian border. Faust composed and arranged the music for brass ensemble, three woodwinds, prepared piano, and Estonian folk harp, the kannel, in a manner that weaves impressively her two passions--contemporary classical composition and free improvisation. The movements in the cycle were written specifically for an ...

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Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe: Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe

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Estonian saxophonist, composer and band leader Maria Faust, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, likes to blur the distinctions between genres and styles. With her 15-musicians big band that involves musicians from Scandinavian and the Baltic countries she juggles with modern big band elements, third stream jazz, free improvised music and alternative rock and electronica. Hardly a Jazz Catastrophe unless one has a pious perspective about what music-- including jazz--should be codified and played. This big band is ...

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Take Five With Maria Faust

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Meet Maria Faust:I was born in 1979 at the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. Instrument(s):Saxophone.Teachers and/or influences? My influences are coming mostly from the classical music and big band music. I have many favorite musicians and they all have been inspiring me.I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I saw a man playing piano.Your sound and approach to music: Music should be honest and not perfect because ...


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