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Articles by Henning Bolte

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018: The Community Series at Koncertkirken

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Koncertkirken Copenhagen Jazz Festival Copenhagen July 13-14, 2018 It was a flying visit of two days at this year's Copenhagen Jazz Festival with its 1500 concerts during 10 days. But with so many concerts spread over the city even two days demands serious decision-making and crisscrossing town. I was primarily focused on the concert-series of musicians collective The Community at Koncertkirken venue. This article will deal with concerts from that series only. Other concerts ...

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Novara Jazz 2018

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Broletto Novara Jazz 2018 Novara, Italy May 31 to June 3, 2018 Novara Jazz is a three-week festival in Northern Italian town of Novara situated in the Piedmont region and the Po plain. It is a young and dynamic scion in the festival landscape with a strong spirit of exploration and discovery. It is a case of less propaganda and more real experience. Its strong card in the game is the connection ...

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Jazzdor Berlin

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Kulturbrauerei (Prenzlauer Berg) Jazzdor Berlin June 5-8, 2018 Jazzdor Berlin is a satellite of the Jazzdor Festival of Strasbourg founded 31 years ago. This year's 12th edition of the Franco-German festival held as usual at Kulturbrauerei, an abandoned brewery in Berlin borough Prenzlauer Berg, presented 11 groups with 40 musicians during four nights. Among the 40 musicians were five female musicians: Sophie Bernardo, Airelle Besson, Silke Eberhard, Andrea Parkins and Rafaëlle Rinaudo. They played mostly in ...

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Jazzfest Bonn 2018

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Jazzfest Bonn Bonn, Germany May 3-5, 2018 The city of Bonn, situated on the banks of the Rhine River south of Cologne in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, is the southernmost part of the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany's largest metropolitan area, with over 11 million inhabitants. Bonn formerly functioned as the capital of the Western part of Germany (1949-1990) and as the seat of government of reunited Germany. Bonn currently shares the status of Germany's ...

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2018

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Olafshallen, Dokhuset and other venues Trondheim Jazzfest Trondheim, Norway May 8-12, 2018 Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, is the country's main center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology. It holds a key place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The six-day Trondheim Jazzfest is part of the coastal series of spring festivals along with Stavanger and Bergen. For as long as I have known ...

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Jazzahead! 2018

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Bremen Trade Fair Hall Jazzahead! Bremen, Germany April 21-23, 2018 Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three days, and a concluding club night spread across the town is impossible to cover adequately in one report. In this article, you'll find a ...

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Tallinn Music Week 2018

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83 venues in Tallinn Tallin Music Week Tallinn, Estonia April 5-7, 2018 Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is an international multidisciplinary cross-genre festival. The festival is in its tenth year, founded and led by Helen Sildna. With more than 260 acts from 30 countries spread across 83 venues in the Estonian capital, 1330 international delegates, 150 international journalists and more than 34,000 concert visitors it has grown into a major international event. First ...

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Cologne Open 2018

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Cologne Open Stadtgarten Cologne, Gemany March 1-2, 2018 Cologne Open, the first edition of a new showcase festival offering a selection of the city's jazz musicians, spanned two nights in the renowned Stadtgarten venue. It was launched on the occasion of a meeting of the newly established Artistic Exchange Platform (AEP) of Europe Jazz Network at this venue. This report first provides some background information before reviewing the individual musical performances of ...

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João Paulo Esteves da Silva / Mário Franco / Samuel Rohrer: Brightbird

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There is music that gradually unfolds, music that lingers in stasis, music with sparse tonal movement, and, sometimes, music that simply happens, like the symphonies of sound in nature. This trio's music is quite close to this last mode. Just a few tones open up a broad living-space and let sound happen and get enriched by an inner (im)pulse. These three musicians seem to have a firm common understanding of the emanating forces of sound as well as its suggestive ...

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Igor Lumpert & Innertextures: Eleven

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Clarity, angularity, consistency are the most distinguishing characteristics of the album Eleven, created by saxophonist Igor Lumpert & Innertextures. M-Base, Mahler and Mingus are keywords, too. Eleven is jagged music with clear thematic threads, music that happens somewhere in between stasis and straightforward movement. Lumpert's music is based on a strong procedural structure that allows growth and the absorption of a variety of influences. Six musicians have left their traces in the strongly collective way of performing this music, namely ...