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Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen

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Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest
Various Venues
Copenhagen and Valby, Denmark
July 6-8, 2018

This year, Copenhagen Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. It's a lot of years with a lot of music and the tendency has been unequivocal. The festival has been growing with new venues ...

Happy Rhodes: Ectotrophia

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Music is a sanctuary from the world, but it is also a connection to the same world that one would like to escape. While ordinary language can fail in expressing feelings, music when it's best becomes an extension of breathing, a way of being.

This urgency in musical communication is felt in singer ...

Javier Subatin: Autotelic

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The Wind and the Kite. Once upon a time there were two kite builders. They had studied their craft for many years and so they knew exactly how to build a kite. The spine had to be strong, combined with the spar, it is the skeleton of the kite, it is also called the frame. The ...

The Song Poetry of William Parker

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The voice is close to the essence of what it means to be human. Through the voice, we express ourselves and sing our sorrow. It goes back a long way to hymns, blues, arias and standards. Through the tunes we tune in to ourselves and forget our daily strife.

When songs are best, ...

I Think You Are Awesome: Kiss Your Darlings

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Being a musician often involves finding the right balance between emotional and private communication, an eclectic approach and a clear musical identity. Somehow, Danish bassist and composer, Jens Mikkel Madsen, has found this difficult balance and the proof is the album Kiss Your Darlings, from his ensemble I Think You Are Awesome.

In ...

Kasper Staub: Slow Music for Fast Times

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Pianist Kasper Staub entered the Danish jazz scene with his trio back in 2012 when he released the album / . The music was just as sparse as the title and introduced a fragile, airy sound, with simple melancholy melodies that were quite unlike anything on the Danish jazz scene at that time. Since then, Staub ...

William Parker: Lake of Light: Compositions for AquaSonics

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William Parker is known as a bassist, composer, poet, writer, educator and philosopher, but all these words just cover one term: musician. This is important to understand one of the latest releases from the prolific Parker: the alluringly titled Lake of Light, with the subtitle Compositions for AquaSonics. A musician in Parker's sense is not just ...

Claus Waidtlow: A New Beginning

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Saxophonist Claus Waidtløw has been a vital part of the Danish jazz scene for many years. At the beginning of the '90s, he was already established on the scene and in 1997 he released his debut as a leader, Claustrophobia, on Stunt Records (notice the use of the pun on the saxophonist's name in the title). ...

Chad Taylor: Myths and Morals

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In the beginning of it all: one sound, one language, but then there was the fall of Babel. One tongue turned into many. Difference became a reality and a way of exclusion. A myth can both unite and exclude like morality can judge and misjudge. The past becomes separated from the present and the future is ...

AddisAbabaBand: Alive

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One of the best things about the digital age is that music is so easily shared. Music from different worlds is just a click away on platforms where independent artists and labels sell and stream their music. Naturally, this also means that it becomes easier to exchange one musical perspective with another. However, even in these ...