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The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

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Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area.

Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

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São Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the spring of 2015 Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground expanded their touring formation and added “Black Cube SP" to their name for a tour that briefly made stops in the U.S. The enlarged group featured the addition of Thomas Rohrer on rabeca, a Brazilian viola. Rohrer, a Swiss native transplanted in Brazil was part of ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

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Democratically led by Chicago-based sound explorer Rob Mazurek, São Paulo Underground has been defying genre conventions and musical boundaries for almost a decade. Originally formed with percussionist Mauricio Takara and keyboardist Guilherme Granado during Mazurek's sojourn in Brazil (2000-2005), the ensemble's membership has undergone a subtle change on its fifth album with the addition of Swiss-born ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cantos Invisíveis translates from Portuguese as “invisible corners/songs" or “disappearing corners/songs:" a fitting title for trans-national music that often seems to come from everywhere at once. The international trio's electro-acoustic sound blends music from North and South America, Africa and Asia, including stylistic references from traditional folk, modern jazz, rock and electronica. It's a dense, communal ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisiveis

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Suoni da galassie lontane, scie cosmiche che trasportano in altri mondi, sfrigolii di elettroni che invadono lo spazio fisico, riti sciamanici e nenie incantatorie, suggestioni tribali e distorsioni industriali. Una giungla intricata di sonorità acustiche ed elettroniche nella quale scrittura e improvvisazione sfumano i contorni per trasformarsi in visione. È il nuovo mondo creato da Rob ...

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Rob Mazurek and Black Cube Sp al Torrione di Ferrara

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Bologna Jazz Festival
Torrione Jazz Club
Ferrara
20.11.2015

Fissiamo una data: gennaio 2007. Non che Rob Mazurek fino ad allora si fosse risparmiato in quanto a dischi e collaborazioni (soprattutto sul fronte Chicago Underground), ma è innegabile che il debutto su Thrill Jockey dell'Exploding Star Orchestra, We Are ...

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Saalfelden 2015

Read "Saalfelden 2015" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Memorabile edizione la trentaseiesima del Saalfelden Jazz Festival. Forse il caldo più consono ai mari del sud che ad una località alpina ha sciolto anche gli animi più rigidi, ha favorito la libera circolazione delle idee, ha creato un clima di condivisione e stimolo artistico. Forse gli dei della musica hanno soffiato un vento benevolo sulle ...

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Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1

Read "Galactic Parables: Volume 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the past twelve-month period, composer, electronic artist and cornet virtuoso Rob Mazurek has lead on a half-dozen or so different releases. For the most part, each has featured different line ups and formations from solo efforts to large ensembles and each has garnered enough superlatives to tax the thesaurus. And yet again, Mazurek has raised ...

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Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground at Jazz Gallery

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Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground and Black Cube SP
Jazz Gallery
New York, NY
April 11, 2015

The Jazz Gallery, in NYC's Flatiron District, provided an intimate and unassuming setting for Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground and Black Cube SP performance on April 11. The SPU trio, featuring ...

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Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP: Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost

Read "Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

La forte sincerità che si percepisce nella musica di Rob Mazurek (caratteristica che immagino anche chi non ama troppo il cornettista chicagoano faticherà a negargli) è qualcosa che va a volte oltre l'intenzione.
È il caso ad esempio del flusso emozionale, catartico, densissimo, di Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost, disco che ...