Content by tag "quartet"

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Zac Zinger

A multi-talented performer, Zac plays saxophones, flute, clarinet, shakuhachi, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), and a host of ethnic flutes. In 2019 he released his debut album, Fulfillment, which includes twelve original tracks for jazz quartet combining jazz fusion and Japanese traditional music. He has recorded woodwinds for the soundtracks of Final Fantasy XV: Assassin's Festival, Just Cause 4, Street Fighter V, RWBY, Lazer Team, Moonlight Blade OL, and many more. He has also had the pleasure of performing in twelve countries with the likes of Anat Cohen, Kirill Gerstein, Mario Frangoulis, Nobuo Uematsu, and Wataru Hokoyama

Lieven Venken

Raised in Belgium in an environment full of music, Lieven Venken began playing the violin at the age of four. Soon he expanded his training to include percussion, which, while he excelled as a vocalist and violinist, became his primary focus and love. Lieven then entered Belgium's "Lemmensinstuut", studying with world reknowned jazz drummer h Dré PALLEMAERTS. He graduted in '99 "cum laude". He also studied in Amsterdam with Kees CRANENBURG and with Billy HART (New York). Private lessons, Billy HART, Brian BLADE, Jorge ROSSY, jazz drums New York 1997 Summer camp, jazz drums by Billy HART, ensemble by Mark LEVINE, jazz drums, ensemble Dworp, Belgium Aug.1997, Aug

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Ricardo Toscano: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The debut recording as leader of alto saxophonist Ricardo Toscano might not have the most Google-friendly title, but it reflects the importance of the unit with whom this rising star of Portuguese jazz has played since 2014. Indirectly, perhaps, it could also be read as a tribute to John Coltrane's classic quartet, which seems to be ...

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Alex LoRe

Noted by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as a saxophonist who is “…making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light-toned players”, Manhattan-based saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe is one of the most in demand alto saxophonists on the current New York City jazz scene. Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and educator Bunky Green says LoRe “…will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.” Saxophonist George Garzone describes his playing as “bold and unforgiving”, with “…a beautiful sound; he understands the concept of melody.” With a strong upbringing in classical music, LoRe’s playing and compositions are influenced by many genres, ranging from European classical music through today’s most influential artists on both the jazz and popular music scenes. LoRe has been featured at venues such as New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), the Jazz at Ravinia Festival held at the Stean’s Institute for Young Artists in Chicago, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, and the Jacksonville and Clearwater Jazz Festivals in Florida, among others

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Paul Tynan: quARTet

Read "quARTet" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Paul Tynan's offering for 2019 is entitled quARTtet, emphasis on the capitalization of the embedded word “art."

Jazz recordings have a long history of pairing up with the visual arts, especially in the realm of album and CD cover images: The paintings on Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Um (Columbia, 1959); all of pianist ...

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Reto Anneler

After some years of work as a sideman, Swiss alto player Reto Anneler now releases his first album with his very own music. The compositions are marked by 20th century classical music as well as current pop: conscious serendipity, twelve tone rows, odd meters and quarter notes blend with powerful melodies and grooves. The rhythm section featuring Stefan Rusconi, Christian Weber and Claudio Strüby master interactions and intensity at the highest level possible. That’s how the alto notes carry as sound as a bell.

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Mwendo Dawa

SUSANNA LINDEBORG'S MWENDO DAWA is always an adventure listening to. They were a bit of pioneers when the group was formed in the 70th when it came to combining expression of Jazz and traditional instruments together with the possibilities given by new instruments of the time. And they still are. Apart from most others fascinated by the same possibilities at the time. Musically MWENDO DAWA is now working with improvisation in serial technique with electro acoustical backgrounds but with a strong rythmical approach. The group is still now, 30 years later, as much pioneers as ever before

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Jeroen van Herzeele

Jeroen Van Herzeele is a Belgian jazz saxophonist. He was born in Zottegem. He plays in various bands such as Greetings From Mercury, Maak's Spirit, Octurn, Tomas and Co, Ivan Paduart etc... He won the Belgian Golden Django in 1999 for best Flemish artist.

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Matt G Mitchell

New Zealand born Jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Matthew Mitchell grew up surrounded by the traditional music of the Pacific islands, reggae, punk and classical music. A late comer to Jazz guitar, Matthew began playing at the age of seventeen, but by his twenty-third birthday he had completed a degree in performance music, recorded his first large ensemble Album and a trio record, toured with the New Zealand Youth Big Band, and performed with many of Australasia’s leading Jazz innovators. Two years later he moved to London, quickly finding his feet and collaborating with many of the United Kingdom's top names including Byron Wallen

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Benjamin Deschamps

Based in Montreal, Benjamin Deschamps was nammed Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2017-18 and received the prestigious Montreal's Internationnal Jazz Festival TD award in 2019. Benjamin positioned himself as a really sought after saxophonist, composer, arranger and doubler (flutes and clarinets) in the city. At the head of his own band, he won the Rimouski's Festi Jazz Grand Award in 2013 and released his first record What Do We Know in 2014 with his Quartet. Nominated twice for the Montreal's International Jazz Festival's TD Grand Award in 2014 and in 2017, he was also nominated for the Halifax Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star award in 2018