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Renaud Garcia-Fons

Arguably the most amazing double bass player in the world, Renaud Garcia-Fons is known for his overwhelming virtuosity, his Mediterranean melodic sense and his viola-like con-arco sound. A former private student of the legendary Syrian bassist François Rabbath, Garcia-Fons is not only influenced by jazz and classical music, but also by flamenco, new musette, tango, Celtic, Andalusian, African, Latin American, Arabic and Indian traditions. His unique artistry led to many exciting and successful collaborations with other open-minded players like Rabih Abou-Khalil, Michael Riessler, Dhafer Youssef, Nguyên Lê, Gérard Marais, Pedro Soler, Cheb Mami and Michel Godard. Garcia-Fons was born in the Paris region in 1962 into an artistic household

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Jazz&Wine of Peace Festival 2018

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace Festival 2018" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Jazz&Wine of Peace Festival Cormons, Collio friulano e Brda slovena Teatro Comunale, varie sedi in cantine e sale 24-28.10.2018 Superato lo scorso anno il traguardo delle venti edizioni, il Jazz&Wine of Peace 2018 non ha abbassato l'asticella, proseguendo nel suo progetto che coniuga altissimo livello dei concerti, varietà stilistica ...

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Livio Minafra - pianista diversamente abile

Read "Livio Minafra - pianista diversamente abile" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Spesso, intervistando gli amici jazzisti, mi sono reso conto che parlano come suonano: le concatenazioni del loro linguaggio, la coloritura dei termini, le digressioni, la ponderatezza o la spontaneità delle considerazioni rappresentano la trasposizione in parole del loro mondo musicale. E questo è del tutto naturale e comprensibile perché una forte personalità nell'esternarsi si esprime sempre ...

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Internationales Jazz Festival Münster 2017

Read "Internationales Jazz Festival Münster 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Theater Münster Münster, Germany Internationales Jazz Festival 2017 January 6-8, 2017 Münster, city of 300,000 inhabitants, situated in the northern part of German state North Rhine-Westphalia, with 18 million inhabitants the most populous state of Germany, has an ambitious biannual jazz festival now in its 27th year. The northern part of ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 3-7, 2016 In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all: swing blues soul improvisation latin gospel R 'n' B crossroads silence groove world ...

Beyond The Double Bass

Label: Enja Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: En Mi Barrio; Aljamiado; Oriental Bass; Berimbass; Entremundo; La Linea Del Sur; Wadi Rum; Hommage À Ostad; Al Camarón; Palermo Notturno; Funambule; Camino De Felicidad; Bari; Voyage À Jeyhounabad.

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Renaud Garcia-Fons: Beyond The Double Bass

Read "Beyond The Double Bass" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's often tempting for musicians to project limitations onto an instrument, but in truth, the instrument rarely deserves blame; an instrument, after all, is simply an inanimate object, so it's up to the player to further, extend, and broaden its reach. Musicians looking to do so must master and move beyond standard technique and the stylistic ...

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Renaud Garcia-Fons: Beyond The Double Bass

Read "Beyond The Double Bass" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The double bass. Everyone knows the double bass--it goes “boom, boom, boom." Sometimes, to paraphrase Sophia Loren, it goes “boom, boody, boom." In the hands of a virtuoso it does so much more than that: it has passion, dynamism, emotion and the power to move the soul. Renaud Garcia-Fons is such a virtuoso and Beyond The ...

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Jean-Louis Matinier / Marco Ambrosini: Inventio

Read "Inventio" reviewed by John Kelman

By this point heading for longstanding status with ECM Records, it's always intriguing to follow an artist through the label's discography, as one relationship seems to lead, inevitably, to another. While French accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier made his first appearance with the label on fellow Frenchman Louis Sclavis' Dans La Nuit (2000), it was his tenure with ...

Solo: The Marcevol Concert

Label: Enja Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Palermo Notturno; Hacia Compostela; Kalimbass; Marcevol; Bajo De Guia (Buleria); Voyage A Jeyhounabad (Inspired By Ostad Elahi Sheikh Amiri's Style); Yupanqui (Dedicated To Atahualpa Yupanqui); Kurdish Mood; Pilgrim; Rock Wandering; Far Ballad.


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