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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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Article: Festivals Talking

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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Article: Festivals Talking

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: Live Review

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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Jazzkaar 2020

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Jazzkaar Tallinn, Estonia October 9-13, 2020 In this year of cancellations and postponements, the Jazzkaar festival opted to jump from April to October, successfully presenting a shorter version that nevertheless managed to include between four and six sets on most of its days. Giant-size American artists were unavoidably absent, but ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Brussels: Naima Joris, Sonico & Schroothoop

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Naima Joris & Vitja Pauwels Het Huys October 4, 2020 Naima Joris is probably best described as a singer, her voice being the absolutely dominant aspect of each song, but she's also a complete multi- instrumentalist, selecting from soprano saxophone, keyboards, acoustic guitar and a variety of percussion ...

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Tallinn Music Week 2020

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Tallinn Music Week Tallinn, Estonia August 28-29, 2020 Postponed from March, the Tallinn Music Week might not have happened, even in August. Seemingly on the cusp of cancellation, its team forged ahead with determination, even though many of their booked artists were forced to veer away due to the increasing ...

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Station Narva 2020

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Station Narva Narva, Estonia August 26, 2020 Only the Narva River separates this festival from Russian territory. This is the easternmost point of Estonia, with the compact Station Narva taking place in the environs of Art Club Ro-Ro, right on the riverbank. There's the main Pealava outdoor stage, plus a ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

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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