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Daniel Weltlinger

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1977 and of French-Austro-Hungarian-Israeli family background, the critically acclaimed Berlin-based violinist and composer-producer Daniel Weltlinger has long been renowned worldwide for his distinctive warm sound and innovations within the genres of Gypsy-swing, jazz, Yiddish-klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. He is frequently in demand in a recording or performance capacity, often in collaboration with an array of top musicians and ensembles in a variety of different formats, and is highly sought after for his technical and musical mastery on his main instrument

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Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin, Germany. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He also uses analog and digital electronics. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. He composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. He collaborates with dancers, video artists and spoken word artists. Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices

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Andreas Willers

Andreas Willers has gained a reputation as an exceptional guitar player with an incredibly rich stylistic background reaching from blues and jazz to improvised and New Music. The impressive technical and tonal options at his disposal are carried by a great feeling for form and tremenuos emotional power. His debut release was a solo recording for the famous FMP label in the 1980's. He has worked with Paul Bley, Louis Sclavis, David Murray a.m.m. on stage and in the studio. He also works on different forms of improvised and composed music. Studied guitar and improvisation with Joe Diorio (at GIT, Los Angeles), John Abercrombie and Dave Holland (at Bannf School of Fine Arts, Alberta, Canada) among others

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Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

Read "Aki Takase:  In The River's Flow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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

Read "Refugee Music in Europe: Migration, Asylum, Soundroutes, and Arab Jams" reviewed by Arthur R George

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

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Jazzdor Berlin 2019

Read "Jazzdor Berlin 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

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 ...

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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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