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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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Tallinn Music Week Interviews: Kadri Voorand

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Tallinn Music Week was postponed from its accustomed March dates, and rescheduled for late August, with much of its programme preserved, and many gigs moved outdoors to facilitate being spaced-out in the virus era. This is a festival where all music styles are embraced, from jazz to metal, folk to electronic and pop to classical. Many ...

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Green Man Interviews: Alabaster DePlume

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Alabaster DePlume has a softness of saxophone tone. He also has a hardness of poetic intent. These divergent aspects of this multi-instrumentalist, London-living bon vivant can be heard on an impressive pair of recent releases. To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 (International Anthem Recording Co.) finds DePlume at his most introspective, making music ...

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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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Nasce JIP on streaming: il primo Festival Nazionale di Jazz sul web

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Ho sognato di chiedere un'udienza privata a Covid19. Non lo pregavo di tornarsene da dove è venuto, lo invitavo a un concerto. Nessun assembramento, eravamo soli, io e lui. Tra un set e l'altro ci guardavamo e io, con occhi imploranti, gli spiegavo che il futuro della musica dal vivo, con gli incontri incredibili, in cui ...

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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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Moers Festival Interviews: Møster!

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During his recent visit to the Borealis festival of experimental music in Bergen, your scribe met up with reedsman Kjetil Møster, who also happens to be on the directors board of that mighty fine weekender. In just under two months, he'll be bringing his long-running self-named quintet Møster! to the Moers Festival in Germany (29th May-1st ...


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