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Mimika Orchestra

Mimika Orchestra was founded in London in 2010 by the Croatian composer and saxophonist Mak Murtic. It has been dubbed as one of London's most creative, trans- idiomatic orchestras, taking audiences on an adventurous journey to where jazz collides with other musical genres and art forms, telling anthropological, cultural and mythological stories of the future and the past. Mimika played at the London Jazz Festival 2012/14/15, Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2014 (Winners of the Jazz FM Discovery Competition), Latitude Festival, Olympic & Paralympic Festivals, and renowned London venues such as The Vortex Jazz Club, RichMix, Regularly at the Bussey Building, The Forge, Union Chapel, Courtyard Theatre, and is hosting a monthly residency at the Spice of Life in Soho

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Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision

Read "Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

For much of the past decade, Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan spent most of his time playing with Terence Blanchard who called him: “One of the great, young, new talent of his generation." Now 39 and based in New York City, Fabian earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and was voted ...

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Fabian Almazan

Read "Fabian Almazan" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Partner di Terence Blanchard dal 2007 (il trombettista l'ha definito «Uno dei grandi giovani talenti della sua generazione») Fabian Almazan è stato votato miglior pianista emergente nel critics poll di Down Beat del 2014 e il suo ultimo disco Alcanza ha ottenuto 5 stelle nella recensione delle stessa rivista.

Pianista stabile del quartetto di Mark ...

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Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Giunto al quarto disco da leader, Fabian Almazan s'impone con un'opera ambiziosa e appassionante, che ha ricevuto superlativi giudizi dai massimi jazz magazine statunitensi. Alcanza è una suite in nove movimenti con tre brevi interludi incisa dallo stesso organico del precedente album Rhizome (Artist Share, 2014): ovvero il piano trio con la bassista Linda Oh} e ...

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Sandro Zerafa - Direttore artistico del Malta Jazz Festival

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Il Malta Jazz Festival è uno degli appuntamenti significativi dell'estate musicale in area mediterranea. Ha una vita quasi trentennale e dal 2009 è diretto dal chitarrista Sandro Zerafa, maltese di nascita ma operante professionalmente a Parigi. Come emerge dall'intervista, Zerafa è convinto che un festival jazz può trovare ampi consensi senza uscire dai confini di questa ...

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Mark Guiliana: Jersey

Read "Jersey" reviewed by Geno Thackara

With an all-encompassing style that keeps him in high demand throughout the jazz world and beyond, perhaps it's unsurprising (if unfortunate) that Mark Guiliana boasts only a handful of titles to his own name. The middle of the 2010s saw him drumming in sessions with Dave Douglas or Avishai Cohen (among others) to briefly subbing with ...

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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Jersey

Read "Jersey" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When it comes to the boundary-stretching spirit that has become so widespread among many of today's leading jazz musicians, drummer Mark Guiliana deserves credit for being one of the most enthusiastic embodiments of this attitude. He has a longstanding passion for electronic music, as heard especially on the releases on his own Beat Music label (2014's ...

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Mark Guiliana: A Natural Progression of Research

Read "Mark Guiliana: A Natural Progression of Research" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mark Guiliana is a prominent figure among the new wave of drummer-leaders of his generation. The upcoming album Jersey is the second with his Jazz Quartet and marks his debut for Motema Music. All About Jazz met him last July, before his performance at the Malta Jazz Festival, to speak about his ability to seamlessly integrate ...

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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Jersey

Read "Jersey" reviewed by Vic Albani

Ho conosciuto Mark Guiliana una decina di anni fa in un ristorante di Parigi al tempo di una delle sue prime tante collaborazioni con Dhafer Youssef e (in quel caso) con Tigran Hamasyan. A parte l'ininfluente curiosità ovviamente “italiana" di quello strano cognome che sembrava frutto di un classico errore di trascrizione dell'ufficio anagrafe di Floram ...

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Mark Guiliana: a natural progression of research

Read "Mark Guiliana: a natural progression of research" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Esponenente di punta della nuova generazione di batteristi/leader, Mark Guiliana sta per pubblicare il nuovo album del suo quartetto acustico, Jersey (Motema Music) da noi recensito in anteprima, che vede la presenza del pianista Fabian Almazan al posto di Shai Maestro. Una tappa del suo lungo tour estivo era il Jazz Festival di Malta di fine ...