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Tingvall Trio at eastPLUGGED

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Tingvall Trio Peace Church east PLUGGED Series Ratingen, Germany August 27, 2021 Even during a fully realized concert season, this rousing show by the Tingvall Trio would be a European circuit highlight. Coming as it did in these times of performance cancellations and postponements, the hundred minute ...

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Moers Festival 2021

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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: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Matt Mottel & Kevin Shea

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Improviser In Residence becomes Improvisers In Residence, for the 50th anniversary of the Moers Festival in Germany. Running since 2008, this has been a year-long in-house situation for invited artists, and usually offered to a single being. In 2021, we have the innovation of a twosome, in Matt Mottel (keyboards) and Kevin Shea (drums), who also ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Fred Frith

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The Moers Festival in Germany celebrates its 50th anniversary during this year's edition, between 21st and 24th of May. The English guitarist Fred Frith was always a frequent player at this festival, particularly during the 1980s, whether with Massacre, Skeleton Crew or playing bass with John Zorn's Naked City. In comparatively more recent years, he appeared ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Julien Desprez

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It might seem that the Parisian guitarist Julien Desprez has made a recent storming of the jazz and improvisation scenes. He did make lightning moves and sounds at Jazzfest Berlin and the Moers Festival in 2018 and '19, but Desprez was active nearly a decade ago—though enjoying a much lower profile. He even toured the UK ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Pat Thomas

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In 2020, the Moers Festival in Germany presented one of the first full post-lockdown events, with its performers physically in place, and its four-day programme resolutely running in the accustomed Eventhalle venue. There was a stage at each end of this cavernous space, with the French-German Arte television crew filming for broadcast on its channel, as ...

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

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The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Article: Live Review

Moers Festival 2020

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Moers Festival Eventhalle Moers Germany May 29-June 1, 2020 Under the lockdown, this year's Moers Festival wasn't able to welcome its accustomed audience in the flesh, but artistic director Tim Isfort refused to cancel or postpone, instead opting to livestream the entire four-day proceedings, with artists ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Mariá Portugal

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The Brazilian drummer, percussionist, singer and composer Mariá Portugal has performed at the last two editions of the Moers Festival, in Germany. The first time was with Quartabê, her regular four-piece from São Paulo, who are now up to their third album release. Last year, Portugal weighed in to the multiple Moers Sessions, which are an ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Paal Nilssen-Love

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The Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love was set to bring his Large Unit to the long-established Moers Festival on Saturday 30th May. Tim Isfort, the artistic director of this German weekender, has just presented a press conference on the morning of 22nd April, revealing the now-transformed aspect of the event. To quote the Moers Festival's handy 2020 ...


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