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Michel Portal

Composer Michel Portal also plays the clarinet, the saxophone and the small accordion or bandonion. A musician whom it is difficult to classify because he offers so much across arange of categories, Michel Portal is one of those extraordinary characterswho is just as at home with classical works " Mozart, Brahms, Schumann,Berg " as he is with contemporary music where he has performed for Boulez,Stockhausen, Berio, Kagel and Globokar among others. When the Free movement in France began, Portal became a founder member of the New Phonic Art group, along with the trombone player Bernard Vitet, pianist François Tusques and the drummer Sunny Murray, which based its ideas on collective improvisation, the quest for particular sounds and instant output

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2This is the second part of an article that looks back and reflects on experiences with live music in 2019. This part deals with a musician's legacy (Ornette Coleman) and continues with an examination of artistic developments and dynamics in the jazz field in a festival (Jazzfest Berlin) and related ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Fabbrica Europa 2019

Read "Fabbrica Europa 2019" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Riccardo Tesi—Patrick Vaillant—Gianluigi Trovesi Michel Portal—Theo Ceccaldi Fabbrica Europa Sala Vanni—Teatro della Pergola Firenze 8 e 9.5.2019 Nell'ambito della sua ventisettesima edizione, Fabbrica Europa—prestigiosa rassegna fiorentina prevalentemente dedicata alla danza—ha riservato alcuni appuntamenti a proposte esclusivamente musicali, come suo costume singolari e d'ambito poco etichettabile. Tra queste spiccavano, a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vicenza Jazz 2019

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza, varie sedi 9-19.05.2019 “Oltre le colonne d'Ercole, alla ricerca di una nuova luna": questo era il sottotitolo della ventiquattresima edizione di Vicenza Jazz, a significare viaggi per mare alla ricerca di continenti perduti o porti di salvezza, viaggi nello spazio alla conquista di pianeti lontani... o semplicemente viaggi nel frastagliato ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Sipario sul Torino Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Sipario sul Torino Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Torino, varie sedi 3-4.05.2019 Un assaggio del Torino Jazz Festival, partecipando solo alle due giornate conclusive, ha permesso di prendere atto di una delle scelte programmatiche, e cioè la volontà di portare alla ribalta musicisti torinesi di varie generazioni e notorietà, facendoli spesso interagire con ospiti internazionali. Non a caso anche i due ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Crescendos Galore!

Read "Jazz Crescendos Galore!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

When creating a radio playlist one always has to make sure to sequence songs in a meaningful way. The dynamics of their interaction is critical. There should be not too many fast pieces played back to back, nor too many ballads one after the other. Fast and slow, soft and loud should be sequenced in a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

Read "European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018 Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Nasheet Waits Equalty Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Energetic acoustic jazz by a supergroup led by American drum hero Nasheet Waits, a protégé of Max Roach and a core member of Jason Moran's Bandwagon. Nasheet Waits followed in the footsteps of his father, legendary jazz drummer Freddie Waits. At the request of his other important mentor, Max Roach, he became part of ...


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