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Moldejazz 2018

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Moldejazz 2018 Molde, Norway July 16-21, 2018 Skyscraper cruise ships pull up to the the port of Molde in Norway, temporarily overpopulating this small west coast city, in addition to the folks who are already visiting for its long-established jazz festival. The Molde centre might be conventionally dedicated to shopping, but the surroundings feature fjords, old wooden houses and sloping hills of greenery. Then we have an abundance of small islands, and a distinct ...

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Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall Royal Birmingham Conservatoire June 25, 2018 In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles. Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together as the composite unit FitkinWall, and here they were presenting a day of activities at the still-smelling-new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Fitkin is well established ...

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Supersonic 2018

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Supersonic Birmingham, England June 22-24, 2018 Running since 2003, the Supersonic festival specialises in musics that press firmly against the limits of cranial perception, whether expanding from deep inside our inner liquids, or fracturing in unexpectedly like a bolt of intrusive alien contaminate. Supersonic sounds can be minimalist and meditational, but most often they are pulsating, scything, crashing or splintering, prompting headbangs or butt-shuffles, according to ratios of guitars and electronic basslines, subsonic or ...

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Live From Birmingham & Gent: David Byrne

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David Byrne Symphony Hall Birmingham England June 17, 2018 As each show piles up, on this year's seemingly eternal David Byrne tour, we can relish the wonderment of extreme precision, of rehearsals that become daily life. Conversely, as the old Talking Head rolls off, planning to compete with Bob Dylan, his stable ensemble can surely begin to relax into the improvisatory zone, confident in their overall precision. As long as ...

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Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

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Dinosaur Hare & Hounds June 14, 2018 Tonite, for one nite only, this is the band called Dinoseb, or perhaps Polarsaur. For some mysterious reason, Dinosaur's regular sticksman Corrie Dick went missing, to be guest-starred by Seb Rochford, most famed for his own combo, Polar Bear. Even more shocking was the manifestation of this supreme fill-in drummer in his shiny-domed state, now completely hairless after decades of boasting the biggest bush in Britain (at ...

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Live From Brussels: Turkish Psychedelic Nite, Charlemagne Palestine & Anna Von Hausswolff

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Selda Bağcan & Boom Pam/Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek/Gaye Su Akyol Ancienne Belgique May 24, 2018 Situated close to the Grand Place, Ancienne Belgique is a key Brussels venue, with an adventurous approach to programming. Its main stage boasts a precisely-delivering sound system, where clarity becomes power, and all instruments are equal. There's a new old movement in Turkish psychedelia, partly digging up its golden era of the late-1960s and 1970s, but also continuing ...

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Moers Festival 2018

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Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 18-21, 2018 The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched from Reiner Michalke to Tim Isfort, continuing the strong hand of individualist programming, of astute artistic selections. Isfort is a musician, and a local ...

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Jazzkaar 2018

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Jazzkaar 2018 Tallinn, Estonia April 20-29, 2018 In the year of Estonia's celebrations, having attained a full century as a Republic, its Jazzkaar festival continues to be amongst the very best of the European range. Held annually in Tallinn, and primarily centred around the Telliskivi Creative City, the festival continued its internationalist strategy, combining artists from the USA, UK, and multiple European countries, not least of which involved the indigenous artists of Estonia itself. ...

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Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

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Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions Smalls March 31, 2018 To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Kush Abadey. Their 10.30pm Saturday set created an expected frazzle of energy, with the Greenwich Village basement full to overflowing, a ...

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Live From New York: Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon

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Sabir Khan & Aditya Kalyanpur The Rubin Museum Of Art March 23, 2018 The Rubin Museum now seems to have eased off on its penchant for strictly all-acoustic performances, with microphones in place for this recital by the Indian sarangi player Sabir Khan, returning a long time after his 2006 visit. The sarangi is a smallish box-shaped string instrument, looking like a complicated violin, but sounding more like a cello. It has similar ...