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Enjoy Jazz 2020

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Enjoy Jazz Mannheim/Heidelberg, Germany October 17-21, 2020 Enjoy Jazz spreads over many more weeks than most festivals. This German tri-city marathon usually presents at least one gig each evening, in either Heidelberg, Mannheim or Ludwigshafen, starting in early October, and continuing until mid-November. In 2020, the datesheet flowed smoothly for ...

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Faris Ishaq

A Palestinian Nay Master, Global Jazz Flutist and Composer. Faris is known to his mastery of the ancient flutes “Nay”. In today's modern musical landscape he is on a mission to unlock its maximum potential. While facing stigma often associated with its perceived limitations, he's been able to defy such expectations, performing in demanding idioms such as jazz and other world music traditions. Pushing the boundaries of his instrument, he performed with numerous world-class jazz musicians such as Danilo Perez and George Garzone. In 2018, Faris graduated from the “Global Jazz” Master program at Berklee College of Music, where he was given the "Matt Marvuglio" award for his remarkable achievements in elevating Nay Performance and incorporating Arabic music into Jazz

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Klangraum 2020

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Antoine Beuger, Max Bober, René Holtcamp, Christoph Nicolaus, Normisa Pereira da Silva, Rasha Ragab, Sabine Schall, Els van Riel, Burkhard Wehner Neuer Kunstraum / Jazzschmiede Klangraum 2020 Dusseldorf, Germany July 14-19, 2020 Every year, for two separate weeks in the summer--usually in July or August-- Wandelweiser ...

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Moers Festival 2020

Read "Moers Festival 2020" reviewed by Martin Longley

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 ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Reflektor Manfred Eicher, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Photos from “Reflektor Mandred Eicher" held in Hamburg in The Elbphilharmonie. This is the second part of the Festival dedicated to ECM musicians and Manfred Eicher. February 5th and 6th I saw, among others Manfred Eicher, Avishai Cohen, Anouar Brahem, Egberto Gismonti, Meredith Monk, Tallin Chamber Orchestra, Pablo Marquez ...

Live streamed festivals: Moers Festival (Germany) and Bel Jazz Fest (Belgium)

Read "Live streamed festivals: Moers Festival (Germany) and Bel Jazz Fest (Belgium)" reviewed by Henning Bolte

These days, calls/invitations for live streaming pop up in overwhelming high frequency via a diversity of media. It has become a challenging bombardment, challenging to connect to coordinate with your own course of the day and the night. It is more and more difficult to cope with it. Maybe only aleatoric approaches or abstinence remain as ...

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 ...

Moers Festival Interviews: Paal Nilssen-Love

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Paal Nilssen-Love" reviewed by Martin Longley

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 ...

Moers Festival Interviews: Møster!

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Møster!" reviewed by Martin Longley

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Avishai Cohen Trio at Tonhalle Dusseldorf

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Avishai Cohen Trio Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Germany December 6, 2019 Avishai Cohen is embarking on a global birthday tour next year, including many dates with this current trio formation of long time drummer and fellow Israeli Noam David and pianist Elchin Shirinov from Azerbaijan. Considering that the group started presenting ...


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