Nigerian-born saxophonist Camilla George is a firm fixture on the new London jazz scene, alongside peers such as Shabaka Hutchings and Zara McFarlane. Her latest album “The People Could Fly” looks at tales that slaves passed on to their children through generations. It is a story of hope for black people and mankind. Her upcoming 3rd album will explore the creation myth of the Nigerian Ibibio people.
The band led by Jerusalem-born, Amsterdam-based drummer Guy Salamon has been catching the eye in the Netherlands. Salamon describes the band’s music as having the “urge for a new sound, crossing genres, wildly mixing styles, merging humor with pain and chaos with silence."
Singer and songwriter Julia Biel is known for her mesmerizing performances, emotive songs and unique voice. Bob Dylan (for whom she opened at Stuttgart’s Schlo platz during the Jazzopen Festival 2019), and Jamie Cullum (who often features her on his BBC Radio 2 show) are fans. In the UK 'The Independent' newspaper described her as "the best British vocalist to emerge in an age.”
KAMA Kollektiv is the Amsterdam-based group around Finnish vocalist/trumpeter Kirsi-Marja “Kiki” Harju, plus band members from Israel, Germany and the Netherlands. Kiki tells stories – some in Finnish, some in English – about love, transformation, forests and animals, small everyday pleasures and a mystical view of nature through music which combines jazz, Nordic folk and indie pop.
“We need to remember: even if things sometimes appear troublesome, there is always hope.”
Ever since her trio’s debut CD "Forthright Stories” was released in 2017, a buzz about Polish pianist Kasia Pietrzko has been building, both in her home country and across Europe. Critics in both Italy and Poland have declared her music “impossible to tear oneself away from.” She has played with Tomasz Stańko, recorded with Sinfonietta Cracovia, and played concerts all over Europe and in China.
“Fiery, expressive, eloquent and stubborn,” wrote one critic of Czech pianist Kristina Barta. Originally admitted to the Prague Conservatoire as an oboist, she has held the piano chair in the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra and has won several prizes. Project Event Horizon is an “original trio enriched with guitar and saxophone, with an emphasis on melodies, modern rhythms and electronic elements.”
LRK Trio is the Moscow-based band, who plays contemporary music with Russian roots. They were awarded with the “Special Jury Award” at the “Made in New York Jazz Competition” and already toured in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Switzerland, Portugal, Norway and Japan.
"She has her own distinctive style as a composer”, wrote German magazine JAZZTHETIK about Luzia von Wyl. “So convincing and captivating, it makes comparisons superfluous.” The Lucerne-born composer founded her own contemporary jazz orchestra in 2013. The band has played in all sorts of venues, released two albums, and is dedicated to bringing von Wyl’s numerous compositions to a wider audience.
“Macha Gharibian, in addition to having a beautiful deep voice, plays the piano magnificently.” (Mediapart). For her new, third album, “Joy Ascension”, with Dré Pallemaerts (drums) and Chris Jennings (double bass) plus guests Bert Joris (trumpet) & Artyom Minasyan (duduk), she has taken on the roles of pianist, singer, author, composer, arranger, producer and leader.
Nefertiti, founded by pianist Delphine Deau in 2013, was France Musique anchor Alex Dutilh’s personal choice for the 2019 Euroradio Jazz Competition in Copenhagen. The group won the main prize, and drummer Pierre Demange was awarded “Soloist of the Year”. Jury chair Hugo Sekoranja said: "We chose Nefertiti because we liked their compositions, their arrangements and the soloists."
Red Kite is a sextet led by Danish pianist Esben Tjalve which includes Phronesis’ Jasper Høiby on bass, Austrian Hannes Riepler (guitar) and Italian Fulvio Sigurtà (trumpet). Their new album “Theory of Colours” is "an experiment with different colours in a musical sense, combining a composed score and improvised sections with synthesizers and various effects on acoustic instruments."
“The great thing about Dutch pianist Rembrandt Frerichs,” a reviewer wrote recently, “is that he traverses centuries of music as if it's nothing. He jumps with ease from Brahms to Miles Davis and Jobim, colouring everything in his own, always surprising way. Boundaries blur, jazz becomes 'classical', rhythms come alive. His art, skill, and a substantial dose of inspiration make for a beautiful evening.”
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Korean-born drummer Sun-Mi Hong says of her move to Amsterdam in 2011: “Six years studying jazz with some of the greatest drummers in Europe changed my life.” And what can listeners expect from her award-winning quintet, which toured in Spain and the UK in 2019? “A rollercoaster of emotion and energy.” The quintet will release their album on March 20th (Zennez Record) and Sun-Mi is Artist in Residence for the Amersfoort Jazz Festival.
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Austrian band Synesthetic 4 are Vincent Pongracz, Peter Rom, Manuel Mayr and Andreas Lettner. Their name is inspired by the composer Messiaen. They may be the first band in history to flashmob their own album launch in advance – for the new album “Pickedem” at the Wiener Konzerthaus. The dada rap video and more of their crazy ideas are to find on the “pongovinc” YouTube channel.
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The trio of French violinist Th o Ceccaldi with his cellist brother Valentin and Guillaume Aknine on guitar perform their new album "Django". "They bring a sense of joyful appetite as they move from frenetic lyricism to energetic communication. They deliver all the expectations of gypsy jazz (rhythmic frenzy, melodic sumptuousness), reinforce its virtues and update its codes.” (France Musique/ Open Jazz)
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“Singer, composer, lyricist and recording artist since 2003,” reads Torun Eriksen’s biography. Her versatility, the ability to such a wide range of skills to projects has led to her to work with an impressive list of partners including Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Wülker, Julia Hülsmann and most recently two prestigious larger groups: Oslo’s Ensemble Denada and Jazzchor Freiburg from Germany.
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