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Kaja Draksler / Petter Eldh / Christian Lillinger: Punkt.Vrt.Plastik

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Three outrageously talented up-and-coming players on the European scene join energies on a program of spiky attitude based around rhythmically dynamic foundations. German drummer Christian Lillinger and Swedish bassist Petter Eldh may be best known as the potent bedrock of the Amok Amor Quartet which featured trumpeter Peter Evans. Now they fulfill the same function in ...

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Eve Risser L' ensemble ensemble at Stegi Onassis Cultural Centre

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Eve Risser L' ensemble ensemble
Stegi Onassis Cultural Centre
Athens
March 8, 2019

The Onassis Cultural Foundation and the Stegi site/building in Athens are both offshoots of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, a foundation created by ship magnate Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975) to honor the memory of his son Alexander, ...

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Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

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Dutch reedman Ab Baars goes out of his way to avoid sentiment in his playing. He plots courses that veer willfully from melodic to shrill, but always remains in control. The most striking aspect of Fish-scale Sunrise, named after a poem by Wallace Stevens, is how much this approach to improvising is reflected in his composing ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

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A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2018

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Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
November 1-4, 2018

In Finland, as winter begins and the clocks change, the city of Tampere, a couple hours north of Helsinki, hosts its International Jazz Happening over a long weekend. The world comes to Tampere, and Finnish jazz gets to showcase its place and connections ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jure Pukl 'Doubtless' live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Jure Pukl is one of Slovenia's most prolific and creative saxophonists, who has been performing for years all over the world. He is part of a new generation of musicians shaping the future of jazz.

This concert at BIMHUIS features the line-up from his recent album, Doubtless: a tenor sax front-line of Jure Pukl ...

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North Sea Jazz 2018

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North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

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Igor Lumpert & Innertextures: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Il sassofonista Igor Lumpert è forse il più conosciuto tra la folta schiera di musicisti sloveni che si stanno imponendo all'attenzione di pubblico e di addetti ai lavori (Cene Resnik, Kaja Draksler, Dre Hocevar per citarne alcuni). Da anni trasferitosi a New York, di quella città ha gradualmente assorbito umori, pulsazioni, tensioni che insieme al naturale ...

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kaja Draksler Octet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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The Kaja Draksler Octet is a colorful group featuring very diverse musicians from different countries that chose Amsterdam as their home base. The music of the Slovenian pianist varies from simple songs to intricate compositions with refined textures, which are often inspired by modern classical music. Greek artist Andriana Minou wrote lyrics for this group.