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Brilliant Corners 2019

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Brilliant Corners 2019
The Black Box/Sonic Lab
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 2-9, 2019

For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, ...

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Gourmet At April Jazz Club

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Gourmet
April Jazz Club
Espoo, Finland
February 8, 2019

You can't judge a book--or a CD--by its cover, but the contents frequently become inexorably associated with the packaging. Visiting the April Jazz Club in early February to see a band called “Gourmet" might suggest tasty fare in leafy spring surroundings. The ...

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Altoadige Jazz Festival 2018

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Varie Sedi
Provincia di Bolzano
29.06--08.07.2018

Da alcuni anni il sottotitolo di questo festival potrebbe essere “Young European Jazz Festival," visto che il suo curatore Klaus Widmann evita accuratamente di invitare gruppi americani o nomi europei già troppo noti. Il suo obiettivo è invece quello di sondare le giovani tendenze ...

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Jussi Fredriksson Trio: !

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Jussi Fredriksson is a pianist and musician well established on the Scandinavian music scene, and despite the associations his surname conjures, is a very Finnish jazz artist. Haling from the old capital of the country when it was part of greater Sweden, Turku remains an important base, but he and Mika Kallio on drums and Jori ...

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Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet

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Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla devoted the early part of her career to the music of her then-husband, the late drummer/composer Edward Vesala. On her own she has released two quintet albums on ECM: Northbound (2005) and Vespers (2010). That quintet (with a couple of personnel substitutions) is integrated into an extended composition with symphony orchestra on ...

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34 ° Tampere Jazz Happening

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2015
Tampere (Finlandia) 29.10- 01.11.2015

Il Tampere Jazz Happening si conferma come un festival di grande vitalità, tra i migliori in Europa. Un'edizione, questa 34^, ancora una volta senza confini geografici né musicali, all'insegna della combinazione tra musica jazz e parola parlata.

I cinquemila spettatori paganti ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2014

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Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
October 30--November 2, 2014

On the way from the airport to the city of Tampere you pass by Nokia, situated fifteen kilometres west of Tampere, the Scandinavian city famous for its gumboots and cables, and famous for its mobile phones. For a while 'Nokia' was synonymous ...

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Jim Pembroke: If The Rain Comes

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Singer / songwriter Jim Pembroke has had a fascinating career to say the least. A native Londoner, Pembroke journeyed to Finland to visit his then-girlfriend in the mid-1960s. He wound up staying, and by the end of the decade he had recorded an album with the seminal Finnish rock band, Blues Section, taught himself piano, and ...

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Unit: Wavin'

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Un inizio minimalista, dove gli strumenti entrano in gioco lentamente, in punta di piedi. Si accarezzano e sfiorano alla ricerca della giusta alchimia, delle migliori sollecitazioni, delle più profonde reazioni chimiche in una sorta di pastorale laica. Quando un'armonia panteistica sembra prendere il sopravvento ecco l'accidente: una tromba ed un sassofono che parlano un linguaggio apparentemente differente, la batteria ...