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Phil Dawson

Versatile UK-based guitarist who combines straight-ahead, African and Brazilian, sonic experimentation and improv influences in his playing and composing.

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Alessandro Bertozzi

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Nel 1998 ho inciso il mio primo lavoro da solista “BIG CITY DREAMER”, grazie a Lorenzo Poli e Alberto Tafuri che mi hanno dato una bella mano perché io (ma non solo io) mi considero bravo a produrre gli altri ma meno bravo a produrre mè stesso, non è facile essere obiettivi. Nel 2003 sono andato un po’a New York e ho registrato il mio secondo Cd “TALKIN BACK” con tanti musicisti italiani (Lorenzo Poli, Marco “Nano”Orsi, Giorgio di Tullio, Lorenzo de Finti, Alfredo Golino, Giovanni Guerretti, Alberto Venturini, Riccardo Fioravanti, Andrea Carpena, Mario Chiesa, Alberto Tafuri, Erminio Cella) e ospiti americani (Hiram Bullock, Bob James)

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Filippo Bonaccorso

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Starting out on piano and drums, Filippo Bonaccorso gradually moved from being self-taught at a young age to attending several prestigious music schools, where he had the opportunity to study with teachers such as Agostino Marangolo, Giuseppe Urso and Giovanni Renzo for a basic foundation in jazz. He also attended many clinics (e.g. Giulio Capiozzo, John Scofield) and seminars (Roccella Jonica, Berklee-Perugia, Siena, Nuoro, Avigliana), where he honed his individual drumming technique with Eric Echampard, Ron Savage, Tyshawn Sorey and Ettore Fioravanti. He also studied new techniques in collaborative improvisation with Claudio Lugo, theory and analysis of harmonic improvisation with Larry Monroe, and atonal composition and improvisation with George Garzone

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Yvonne Mwale

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A global artist by any measure, the eclectically versatile and ever-passionate Yvonne Mwale returns this year with her fourth album release, the brilliantly vibrant and immersive ‘Free Soul’. From difficult beginnings, Yvonne’s journey through life has been one that ultimately showcases an entirely unique style and perspective in her music. Currently residing in Germany, Yvonne works hard to leave her struggles behind her, to move on from the past and embrace a brighter future with open arms. ‘Free Soul’ is absolutely an embodiment of that progression and intention. A supreme collection of original recordings, designed to provoke feelings of energy and blissful escapism, ‘Free Soul’ incorporates tribal rhythms and a number of different genres and styles

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Omer Ashano

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Omer Ashano is an award-winning Israeli Jazz and cross-genre violinist currently residing in New York City, USA. Omer Ashano began playing classical violin at the age of six where he studied under local teachers in the town where he grew up. At the age of 13 he switched to guitar through which he got exposed to Blues, Jazz and the possibilities of improvisation. At the age of 15 Omer decided to take the skills and concepts he learned through Guitar about improvisation and develop them on the Violin in addition to the explorations of eclectic violin playing styles from Indian, Bluegrass, Celtic and Klezmer music

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Thandi Ntuli

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Multiaward winning young jazz pianist and vocalist, Thandi Ntuli, was born in Soshanguve, one of the country’s largest townships. Located north of South Africa’s administrative capital Tshwane. The rising star started playing the piano at the age of 4. However, it was only in high school that she developed any real desire to become a professional musician. Thandi Ntuli is the niece of multi- instrumentalist and lead vocalist of the historic Afro fusion band Harari, Selby Ntuli. In 2014 she released her debut record, The Offering independently and has since come to be recognised as one of the voices of modern South African Jazz

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Esinam

Multi-instrumentalist Esinam recalls the spirit of her Ghanaian roots in a ballet of instruments slightly sustained by almost invisible loop machines. Born in Brussels, she finds inspiration in her journeys all over the world and encounters with different cultures. In her solo set, she uses electronic machines and turns into a « one-woman band».She composes, plays and performs her own contemporary music with flute, percussions, vocals as well as traditional and modern instruments. Both her sensitivity and her personal way of merging different genres together do create, color and uplift Esinam’s musical universe

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BRZZVLL

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BRZZVLL was founded by Vincent Brijs in 2006. This Antwerp collective plays improvised dance music with a jazz-fusion, funk and rare groove sound like those of the 70’s: bass and drums very tight and funky, horns, guitar and keyboards very imaginative and sexy. The bands’ unique cross polination of cosmic jazz, spoken word & afrobeat makes them stand out in today’s jazz scene. Their debute “Days of Thunder, Days of Grace” was voted Best Belgian Jazz Album of 2008 by newspaper Le Soir. For their last two critically acclaimed albums, BRZZVLL worked together with spoken word artists Anthony Joseph (“Engines”, 2014) & Amir Sulaiman (“First Let’s Dance”, 2016)


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