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Alexander Hawkins

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Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. His writing has been said to represent ‘a fundamental reassertion of composition within improvised music’ (Point of Departure), and his voice one of the ‘most vividly distinctive...in modern jazz’ (The Jazzmann). As a pianist, he has been described as ‘remarkable...possessing staggering technical ability and a fecund imagination as both player and composer.’ Concerning his organ playing, critic Brian Morton recently commented that ‘[t]he most interesting Hammond player of the last decade and more, [Hawkins] has already extended what can be done on the instrument.’ He is a frequent solo performer, and also appears in groupings ranging from duo (with the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Han Bennink and Sofia Jernberg), via his co-led quartet with the vocalist Elaine Mitchener ('probably a new standard for improvised music with song', Jazzism), through to large ensembles ('Unit[e]...is a free-jazz masterpiece', Free Jazz). An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt, Matana Roberts, and Shabaka Hutchings, amongst many others

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Togetherness Music (For Sixteen Musicians)

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Indistinguishable from Magic; Sea No Shore; Ensemble Equals Together; Leaving the Classroom of a Beloved Teacher; Ecstatic Baobabs; Optimism of the Will.

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Article: In Pictures

Forlì Open Music 2021

Read "Forlì Open Music 2021" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Article: In Pictures

Novara Jazz 2021

Read "Novara Jazz 2021" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Article: Live Review

Moers Festival 2021

Read "Moers Festival 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Moers Festival Eventhalle/Rodelberg Moers, Germany May 21-24 2021 Just a few days before the start of this 50th anniversary festival, the local governmental authorities suddenly switched their virus regulations, allowing a crowd of 500 to attend each evening's outdoor park gig on the Rodelberg stage. During the daytimes, ...

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Article: Live Review

NovaraJazz 2021

Read "NovaraJazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Novara Varie sedi 3-13.6.21 Su due binari paralleli ha proceduto il tragitto progettuale di NovaraJazz, giunto alla diciottesima edizione. Il primo obiettivo, come negli anni passati, è stato quello di andare alla ricerca di spazi suggestivi, per lo più storici e centrali, ma non abitualmente destinati alla musica. Questo non tanto ...

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Article: Contributor News

Rinascita di primavera: una panoramica sui prossimi festival

Read "Rinascita di primavera: una panoramica sui prossimi festival" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Alla fine di aprile finalmente il via è arrivato. Gli organizzatori di festival e rassegne da tempo si erano rimboccati le maniche in fiduciosa attesa della ripartenza, affrontando gradualmente tutti gli aspetti organizzativi, economici, promozionali relativi alla loro programmazione. Sono stati sei i mesi di silenzio, di sosta forzata della musica dal vivo. Gli ultimi concerti ...

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Article: Live Review

Moers Festival 2021

Read "Moers Festival 2021" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 21-24, 2021 In a year that passed since the previous Moers Festival, the Covid 19 pandemic caused a lot of bad news regarding concert cancellations, closed venues, and further issues in the already challenging lives of professional musicians around the world. Thus, the success of this ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo

Read "Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Dopo aver partecipato a NovaraJazz per un paio di giorni nel 2008 e nel 2011, ho incontrato di nuovo il suo direttore artistico Corrado Beldì al Talos Festival di Ruvo di Puglia nel 2014, quando di scena era l'Instant Composers Pool. Mi trovai di fronte un quarantenne giovanile, estroverso, sempre pronto a una risata contagiosa e ...

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Article: Album Review

Tomeka Reid - Joe Morris: Combinations

Read "Combinations" reviewed by John Sharpe


One of the fascinations of a duet is how the alternating tension and balance between the two poles can create an overall mood which differs from either of the constituent parts. Abstraction particularly promotes that sort of ambiguity, and it is especially prevalent in the pairing of cellist Tomeka Reid and guitarist Joe Morris on Combinations, ...


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