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Michael Formanek's Very Practical Trio ai Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa di Palermo

Read "Michael Formanek's Very Practical Trio ai Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Michael Formanek's Very Practical Trio
Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa
Nomos Jazz Festival
Palermo
18.1.2019

Cosa succede quando tre grandi musicisti si incontrano nel segno della comune empatia, lontana anni luce dalle agguerrite ed egocentriche competizioni jazzistiche a cui spesso assistiamo? Ne consegue una sublime polifonia a tre voci da parte ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Clemens Kuratle

Born in 1991 in Bern, Switzerland, Clemens started playing the drums at the early age of 6 and by the age of 10 he made his first experiences as a drummer in the band of the reformed church in Meikirch/Berne were his father still preaches. He started taking piano lessons two years later. It was in highschool where he discovered his love for jazz and improvised music. After High School he studied at the Hochschule Luzern - Musik Jazz Departement. His teachers and mentors included Pierre Favre, Gerry Hemingway, Norbert Pfammatter, Lauren Newton, Christoph Baumann, Ed Partyka, Roberto Domeniconi, Hans Feigenwinter and others. His studies with Gerry Hemingway led to an increasing interest in the music of the world, which led to a growing collection and knowledge of so called world-music, a development that cannot be underestimated. Clemens had the privilege to play with greats like Vijay Iyer, Pierre Favre, Flavio Ambrosetti, Samuel Blaser, Nat Su, Hans Feigenwinter, Nils Wogram, Alex Sipiagin, Heiri Känzig and many more. In 2014 he founded his quintet „Murmullo“ with John Voirol on tenor saxophone, Flo Weiss on trombone, Franz Hellmüller on guitar and Rafael Jerjen on Bass

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Woodlander: Calvins Toboggan

Read "Calvins Toboggan" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If the title Calvins Toboggan puts any images of a certain classic comic strip into your head, you're probably already thinking of something lighthearted, fun and adventurous. The cover should let you know, though, that this Swiss trio has its own quirky and post-modernist idea of what's fun. There's a definite sense of adventure, even a ...

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Monkbeatz: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Seventy years ago, nobody was playing pianist Thelonious Monk's music, except Monk. One of the originators of bebop, along with Dizzy Gillespie; Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell, he created his own language. As the 1940s turned into the 50s, Monk's music developed its own distinctive parlance.

The earliest interpreter of Monk, maybe a better ...

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Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent

Read "Le Vent" reviewed by John Kelman

When Bill Evans emerged in the 1950s, he represented a paradigm shift for the jazz piano trio. No longer a lead instrument supported by a rhythm section, Evans' more egalitarian approach to music-making allowed delineated soloists to engage in a more fully conversational context, with any instrument capable of pushing the music in a new direction ...

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Yang Jing & Christy Doran: No. 9

Read "No. 9" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Classically trained pipa virtuoso Yang Jing and Irish free-jazz/jazz-rock electric guitarist Christy Doran may seem unlikely collaborators, but closer inspection shows some common musical ground. Jing's background is Chinese classical but her spirit of adventure has drawn her to more experimental settings in duos with veteran percussionists Pierre Favre and long-term Anthony Braxton collaborator Gerry Hemingway, ...

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Elina Duni Quartet: Matane Malit

Read "Matane Malit" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when jazz musicians were commonly recruited to play on pop records, because their purview was so broad that they could mold themselves into any context. Elina Duni's music may not be jazz by conventional definition, but its improvisational spirit clearly occupies the broader “jazz state of mind" to which the Albanian-born/raised and ...