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Vossa Jazz 2013

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Vossa Jazz
Oslo, Norway
March 22-24, 2013
Every festival hopes to have a signature, that certain something that differentiates it from all the rest and makes it a desired destination, but few have as many things going for it as the annual Vossa Jazz Festival, now in its 40th year.

It certainly may seem ...

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Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012

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Dutch Jazz & World Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 5-6, 2012
With Jazzahead! 2012--the annual European jazz trade fair--demonstrating that jazz is, if not exactly big business, then certainly bigish business, it's no surprise to find that The Netherlands' biannual Dutch Jazz & World Meeting is making the same salient point, albeit more narrowly ...

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Garana Jazz Festival, Garana, Romania, July 12-15 2012

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Garana Jazz Festival
Garana, Romania
July 12-15, 2012
The 16th edition of the Garana open-air Jazz Festival gathered over 5,000 jazz lovers in a glade called the Wolf's Clearing, in the southern Carpathians. The weather conditions were excellent--a factor that should not be taken for granted; in Garana, it has rained during each of the last ...

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All About Jazz Presents at Kongsberg Jazzfestival: Kongsberg, Norway, July 5-6, 2012

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival
All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway
Kongsberg, Norway
July 5-6, 2012

Kongsberg is a small town in Buskerud with about 24,000 inhabitant, situated s 55 miles west of Oslo, the nation's capital. Founded in 1624, after silver was discovered in the hills, the Danish-Norwegian king recruited German miners from the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Markku Ounaskari / Samuli Mikkonen / Per Jørgensen: Kuara: Psalms and Folk Songs

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While early reference points for jazz and improvised music may have come from the Afro-American tradition, global musicians of the 21st century have increasingly looked to their own cultural touchstones for music that speaks to them at a mitochondrial level. If music is a reflection of who we are and what we experience, then it only ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

Kongsberg Jazz Festival Unveils All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway Program

On February 1, 2012, Norway's Kongsberg Jazz Festival unveiled its first series of shows scheduled for the 2012 edition, running from July 4-7, 2012: a total of fourteen shows—seven of them detailed in this press release. AAJ is pleased to announce the lineup for its All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway festival-within-a-festival, following last fall's ...

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Manfred Eicher: Through the Lens

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It begins in silence, always silence. Since the 1990s, all ECM recordings begin with five seconds of silence, and so, too, do directors Norbert Wiedmer and Peter Guyer open their feature film on the heralded German record label and its enigmatic founder, Sounds and Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher. As longtime ECM recording artist Keith Jarrett's ...

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Punkt 2011: Kristiansand, Norway, September 1-3, 2011

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Punkt Festival 2011
The Agder Theatre
Kristiansand, Norway
September 1-3, 2011
It was almost not meant to be. Plagued by a combination of airline snafus and the residual effects of Hurricane Irene--which had hit the northeast coast of the United States a few days earlier, creating (amidst other much more serious results) a ...

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Norwegian Jazz 101c: JazzNorway In A Nutshell 2011

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It may be true, at least most of the time, that familiarity breeds, if not exactly contempt, then certainly complacency; but that simply doesn't apply if subject is Norway--and, in particular, its disproportionately large and vibrant music scene. Suffering from an epidemic that most folks would ...

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Markku Ounaskari - Samuli Mikkonen - Per Jørgensen: Kuára. Psalms and Folk Songs

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Kuára è un lavoro molto particolare, come talvolta avviene per i progetti ECM. Per quanto infatti l'organico sia tradizionalmente di ambito jazzistico e i tre protagonisti siano tutti musicisti schiettamente jazz, la musica in programma è invece di estrazione folk - più esattamente, si tratta di musica popolare di Karelia, Udmurtia e Vepsia, territori di cultura ugro-finnica contigui ...