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Jazz Jantar 2017

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Jazz Jantar
Klub Zak
Gdańsk, Poland
November 9-12, 2017

Jazz Jantar is one of the less well-known Polish festivals (outside of Poland), but it has been running in the northern port of Gdańsk for two decades, and is housed by Klub Zak, an arts centre that has roots ...

Defibrillator & Peter Brötzmann: Conversations About Not Eating Meat

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Imagine the fight posters we could create for the various musical boxing matches organized for saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. His profile picture would be facing a fellow competitor with all the relevant statistics--height, weight, reach, and age. The boxing poster image often comes to mind when he grapples with plugged-in artists and those dealing with electronics, as ...


Konstrukt & Joe McPhee: If You Have Time

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There was a time when free jazz was a mysteriously strange and exotic beast, a music that evoked the “what did I just hear?" response. Today's jazz snob may quote the motto of the rock band Jane's Addiction and tell you “nothing's shocking." And that may be true. That is, if one's ears are not open ...


New Atlantis Octet: Unto The Sun

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Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and ex-Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins have brought free jazz players to the attention of new and younger audiences. Moore has recorded with and promoted the music of Paul Flaherty, William Hooker, John Zorn, Chris Corsano, and Mats Gustafsson and Rollins (back in the 90s) with Matthew Shipp, Roscoe Mitchell, and ...


konstruKt: Turkish Free Music

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When we think of the term “virus," we equate it with human disease or an infection, as in a computer virus. But consider the musical virus known as free jazz, or improvisation. Its origins can be traced back to a Louis Armstrong solo deviating from his brass band's arrangement. Quickly, his extemporizing blossomed into jazz music ...