Content by tag "Berlin"

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

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After forty plus years of recording and touring Aki Takase could be forgiven for easing up a little, for pulling back on the reins. Instead, the Japanese pianist/composer's creative fire is burning as strongly as ever. Since turning seventy in 2018, Takase has released five albums--four in 2019 alone. This output of creative energy showcases the ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Refugee Music in Europe: Migration, Asylum, Soundroutes, and Arab Jams

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World conflicts do not spare musicians. They are among the millions of displaced persons upon the planet. A refugee assistance organization in Europe which has assisted hundreds said an accurate total is impossible to know; one estimate put the number into the thousands. Many had been privileged in their home countries, highly-educated, middle class or more. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Maria Baptist: Here & Now 2

Read "Here & Now 2" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Maria Baptist and big bands go way back. From a lifelong fascination with orchestras to several large-ensemble collaborations and academic competitions from the '90s onward, she's always been drawn to handling impressive quantities of brass. Whatever else she gets up to--and there's certainly no shortage of other different projects to keep rotating among--her Jazz Orchestra stays ...

Céline Rudolph

Vocalist and composer Céline Rudolph glides between Berlin, São Paulo, Paris and New York, between tongues and genres, always landing in the very heart of music. „Music is like breathing, it was there ever since I could remember“ Céline Rudolph says and recollects how her father always played a break when jamming on the guitar, so that there was a space for his children to create improvised lines or percussive fills. Born in Berlin and raised with her parents’ rich record collection, the daughter of a Frenchwoman from Bordeaux and a cosmopolitan musical enthusiast from Berlin, started singing along with an LP from João Gilberto performing the Brazilian classic “Rosa Morena” to an LP at the age of five

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin 2019

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Kulturbrauerei, Kesselhaus
Jazzdor Berlin
Berlin
June 4-7, 2019

Jazzdor Berlin is one of the few truly, consistently and enduring European minded and spirited jazz festival events around—an initiative taken by Phillip Ochem, the artistic leader of the Strasbourg festival Jazzdor, more than a decade ago.

Long breath Unlike other ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Eric Pan

Pianist and musical artist Eric Pan creates novel and transportive experiences for audiences, incorporating musical performance, improvisation, collaboration, and immersive storytelling. This year, he recorded a three-volume album of original music, titled “Travel Poems” — an unconventional debut album containing not only piano and Fender Rhodes solo, duo, and trio compositions, but also soundscapes to expand their narrative possibilities. The Travel Poems live show elevates this concept further, with interwoven live storytelling in the service of delivering audiences to a variety of environments. He has played jazz piano in New York City for over a decade, sharing stages with Jeff Hamilton, Roy Hargrove, and John Patitucci

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KUHN FU

KUHN FU is paranoid prog punk jazz performance. KUHN FU’s third album Chain the Snake is released by BERTHOLD records on March 22nd. Christian Kühn who also composed the music sees “stylistic changes since our last record. The band today is a paranoid – prog – punk – jazz performance,” he explains. Working on the previous album Kuhnspiracy, Kühn had suffered from a “post romantic jazz/rock disorder”, a condition unknown to reputable psychiatry. “The romantic stood for an unfulfilled craving, still there, but the punk who doesn’t care is winning at the moment” he explains. Founded in 2012 in Groningen, Netherlands, the band’s line up is Christian Kühn from Germany on guitar, Ziv Taubenfeld from Israel on clarinet, Esat Ekincioglu from Turkey on bass, and George Hadow from England

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Berlin: Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Henrik Walsdorff & Ida Nielsen

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The Schlippenbach-Walsdorff Quartet
A-Trane
October 31, 2018

The A-Trane is one of Berlin's best-known jazz clubs, but is surprisingly small, once discovered on its quiet street-corner. This might be a disadvantage when they're booking some of the big-name acts that appear there, resulting in lost sales from potential bookings, but ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Doron Segal

Doron Segal was seven years old when he started taking piano lessons at the Karmiel conservatory in northern Israel. At the conservatory, he spent nine years studying classical piano playing. Then, at the age of sixteen, he was introduced to jazz music by his brother who gave him recordings of jazz music played by Michel Petrucciani, Chick Corea and Oscar Peterson. He became fascinated by the atmosphere of jazz music and began playing in jazz groups. In the years that followed, he played jazz music in various projects, competitions and bands in Israel. At the age of twenty-one, Doron started studying at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, majoring in Jazz Piano, studying with Avi Adrian and Yuval Cohen