Duo Mike del Ferro - Ermal Rodi
Mike del Ferro started studying classical piano at the age of nine and after falling in love with Jazz he pursued his studies on Jazz and received a Master in Contemporary Music at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
In 1989 he won First Prize at the Rotterdam Jazz Piano Competition, the Soloist Prize at the Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels, and First Prize at the Karlovy Vary Jazz contest and from 1993-1996 studied composition and arrangements with Bob Brookmeyer at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany. In 1995 Mike was appointed on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in Gent, Belgium where he taught jazz piano until 1997. His reputation as a soloist, accompanist, composer and arranger has led to performances and recordings with musicians such as Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Randy Brecker, Oscar Castro Neves, Deborah Brown and many others. To date he has released 17 albums under his own name and he has appeared as a sideman on many albums in different genres from Dixieland to Salsa.
Mike has travelled the world extensively (so far 116 countries), searching for collaborations with musicians from cultures quite different to his own, and the musical results have been eye-opening, building musical bridges between cultures not normally within reach of each other. He has managed to combine elements of the revered canons of Western music interspersed with the audacity of Jazz improvisation, and paying tribute to the ancient structures of Asian, South American and African traditional music.
He has signed with Challenge Records for a series of 10 CDs named "songs inspired by wandering the globe", taken from collaborations with musicians all over the world. The first trio CD ("the Journey", recorded with his new trio featuring Dutch bassist Jeroen Vierdag and Belgian drummer Bruno Castellucci) ) was released worldwide in the spring of 2012, and the second album, "Impressions of Brazil" has been released in August 2013, featuring Vocalist / Guitarist Ceumar from Brazil.The 3rd Album in this Series, "the Johannesburg Sessions" has been released in april 2015.The 4th album in this series has been released in April 2016, "Opera meets Jazz" with the Grammy winner Metropole orchestra" and soprano Claron McFadden.
Thomas Lüthi TRIO
Thomas Lüthi - tenor saxophone
Arne Huber - bass
Claudio Strüby - drums
Thomas Lüthi, 1973 in Schaffhausen geboren, beginnt zehnjährig mit Klarinetten- und dreizehnjährig mit Saxophonunterricht. Nach der Matura absolviert er im Jahr 2000 sein Studium an der Swiss Jazz School Bern (heute Hochschule der Künste Bern) bei Andy Scherrer und bildet sich bei Jazzgrössen wie Jerry Bergonzi, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Ellery Eskelin und Chris Cheek weiter.
1998 erhält er den Förderpreis am internationalen Jazzmeeting Generations in Frauenfeld und 2007 zusammen mit dem Trio Tré den ZKB-Jazzpreis.
Neben Tré ist er aus diversen Formationen wie Mats-up, Herbie Kopf Nonett U.F.O., Chris Wiesendanger Nonett Undersong, Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra und Zurich Jazz Orchestra bekannt. Seit 2008 leitet er das Trio Thomas Lüthi’s Biwak.
Jayus Jazz Trio
Jayus Jazz has emerged as a session project, spontaneously in the spring of 2013 in city of Niš, Serbia. Eventually, it became jazz-rock-funk trio with its own compositions.
The band has had many public appearances and gigs in clubs and jazz festivals all over the country.
The band has finished recording their first album which is currently in the mastering process and will be soon released.
Jayus Jazz consists of:
Zlatko Ilić – drums
Lazar Petrović – guitars
Čedomir Ilić – bass
Concert piano Jazz- Artur Dutkiewicz – Poloni & guest Ermal Rodi (saxophone - Al)
Artur Dutkiewicz is one of the greatest Polish jazz pianists, also composer.
He graduated from The Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland and received diploma with distinction.
Dutkiewicz was a finalist of the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington, USA.
He was the first Polish musician who gave solo recital at MIDEM in Cannes.
Artur Dutkiewicz is called "Ambassador of Polish jazz" – he is one of the most concerting abroad Polish jazz musicians. In the last few years he performed in more than 50 countries around the world from the United States via Europe, China to Australia.
Artur plays SOLO RECITALS from many years.
He is also a leader of the ARTUR DUTKIEWICZ TRIO playing modern jazz.
He recorded 5 his own albums and many more with other artists.
His last albums: "Mazurkas"/solo/, "Hendrix Piano", "Prana" and latest „Traveller”/trio/ have been enthusiastically adopted by audience and critics.
Dutkiewicz performed at dozens of renowned jazz and music festivals around the world such as: Northsea Jazz Festival – Hague, Jazz Jamboree – Warsaw, Campnagel Theater – Hamburg, Festival Kleiner Bunchen – Bern, MIDEM – Cannes, Music Oggi – Milan, Festival D`Europe Centrale – Paris, Europe XXL – Vienna, Sziget Festival – Budapest, Glasgov Jazz Festival, Duesseldorf Jazz Rally, World Culture Festival - Berlin, Notturni in Palestro Festival - Milan, BJ Ninegates Jazz Festival – Beijing, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Utsav Jazz Festival.
In 2011 Arthur Dutkiewicz performed on the Olympic Stadium in Berlin at the World Culture Festival. Especially for this event he arranged and played in a group of pianists from around the world the piece for 30 pianos. The concert heard by 35 thousand people, was an expression of respect for the diversity of cultures and the message of peace to the world.
Artur Dutkiewicz presents his own jazz mazurkas from his solo album „Mazurkas”.
The mazurka (in Polish: mazurek, pl. mazurki) is a Polish folk dance in triple meter.
His mazurkas are influenced by F. Chopin, K. Szymanowski, B. Bartok and Polish folk music, combined with modern jazz improvisation.
In this program classical music, Polish folk music and trance jazz improvisation are combined as one original whole.
This is pioneering project in contemporary solo piano music.
DUO Lior Yekutieli (Israel) & Gent Rrushi (Al)
Lior Yekutieli was born in Israel in 1964. When he was 9 years old he started playing classical guitar. Three years later, Lior already gave live recitals, played as a soloist with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and in varied TV and radio recorded concerts. During the same period, Lior won the American-Israel scholarship, with merits, on each year between 1975 and 1983.
At the age of twenty, Lior started to explore Jazz music and developed his improvising and composing skills. In 1989, he traveled to the United States where he graduated the Musicians' Institute of Los-Angeles and recorded with leading musicians, among them the base player Jeff Berlin. Two years later he was invited to give Jazz concerts in Europe and stayed there for three years, during which he formed his own band, Exit, with Yiotis Kiourtsoglo (b) and Marc Halbheer (d). Together they’ve performed Lior’s compositions in different Jazz clubs across Europe. In 1992 Lior returned to Israel and worked with top singers while dedicating his free time to composing, recording two CD's of his original music with Exit, and touring with the band in Israel and Europe. https://lioryekutieli.bandcamp.com/
In 2000, Lior's composition for classical guitar, Moods, which includes a series of four pieces, was published by the Orphee Editions. http://www.editionsorphee.com/solos/yekutieli.html
This composition reflects and expresses Lior's original style as well as his unique concept of classical guitar, based both on his classical background and his highly sophisticated Jazz playing. Another one of Lior's compositions, "Fairy Tales sonatina", was published by https://www.editionsorpheein in 2010.
Due to a serious hand injury Lior was unable to play the Guitar for almost ten years (between 2001 and 2010). After healing, in 2011 Lior gave a concert of his compositions at the Felicja Blumenthal Guitar Festival in Tel-Aviv, played on the 20th Exit anniversary in Zurich and at the 2013 Kozani Jazz festival in Greece. The same year he also took part as a soloist in a Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra concert. In 2016, Lior took part in India's "World Guitar Nights" where he gave concerts and master classes and featured in the "Fingerstyle Guitar Journal". Currently Lior continues with recording, writing and giving concerts.
“To Bird with Love”
Quintetto – Itali
Italo D’Amato (sax baritono)
Jorge Ro (tromba e flicorno)
Raffaele Pallozzi (pianoforte)
Paolo Trivellone (contrabbasso)
Roberto Desiderio (batteria)
Il quintetto “To Bird with Love” è nato da un’idea che Italo D’Amato ha avuto nel 2014, durante un percorso di formazione e perfezionamento compiuto insieme a Jorge Ropresso il Columbia College a Chicago. L’intento di base è quello di rivalutare un repertorio un tempo quasi inflazionato, ma che oggi i musicisti Jazz delle ultime generazioni sembrano voler frequentare soltanto a scopo di studio o in jam-session: il repertorio di Charlie “Bird” Parker, sia nelle composizioni originali, sia nei brani che, pur composti da altri autori, sono stati spesso suonati dal Genio di Kansas City. Accanto ad una accuratezza filologica nella ricerca melodica ed armonica, il quintetto presenta arrangiamenti originali e, soprattutto, una sonorità non spigolosa e non rigidamente identificabile con il Be-Bop, ma più morbida e per certi versi più moderna; tale timbrica è ottenuta con l’utilizzo costante del sax baritono da parte di Italo D’Amato ed l’uso occasionale del flicorno da parte di Jorge Ro, sostenuti da una sezione ritmica swingante e collaudatissima, costituita da Raffaele Pallozzi (pianoforte), Paolo Trivellone (contrabbasso) eRoberto Desiderio (batteria).Il quintetto ha debuttato nell’estate del 2015 alla Settimana Mozartiana a Chieti, riscuotendo giàda quel momento notevole successo di pubblico ed apprezzamento della critica per l’equilibrio tra rispetto per la tradizione e gusto per l’innovazione.
Kempelen Biomatic Orchestra
In a swing-tuned programme Pressburg cabaret brings the greatest inspiration from times, when jazz and popular dance music began to domesticate in Central-European cafés, dance halls, casinos and newly emerging clubs. The influences of South-American, New Orleans and Chicago music scenes were massively reaching Danube through Paris and Berlin, however, the main entrance gate remained traditionally Vienna.
Pressburg, later Bratislava, thanks to its multiculturalism became in the 20s, 30s and 40s of the 20th century a natural and favourable environment for all musical imports to find their breeding ground, thus disposed creators and thankful listeners. There were successful musical metamorphoses leading to favourite evergreens spiced with ethnic and cultural specificities of the whole K.K. Monarchy – Austrian, Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Romanian, Jewish and Gipsy musical feelings created a musical and linguistic mutations that have an unmistakable Central-European sound and musical moods.
Kempelen Biomatic Orchestra brings you these Tango, Polka and Dixieland melodies not only in the performance of artists who have rich experience with the penetration of academically educated musicians into jazz formations on top music and theatre scenes (Bratislava Jazz Days). It’s also in the dynamic and expressively modern adaption of the young talented composer Lucia Chuťková and charming interpretation of vocally and linguistically extraordinarily well-equipped singers - Margit Garajszki and Eva Sakálová. The bandleader of K.B.O. is Boris Lenko – a top accordionist with rich international experience.
Kempelen Biomatic Orchestra
Lucia Chuťková (clarinet, ukulele, percussion, vocals), Margit Garajszki (singing, percussion), Eva Sakálová (singing, percussion), Jaroslava Volaňská (violin), Barnabáš Kollárik (clarinet), Silvester Lavrík (moderation, vocals, percussion), Boris Lenko (piano, bandoneon, accordion), Marián Vavro (double bass)
DUO Dimitris (guitar-bouzouki) & Constantina Nantia Patera (singer)
Dimitris is a famous guitar-bouzouki player here in Greece and has
been the lead instrument with famous singers such as G. Ntalaras,
E.Vitali, D. Savvopoulos, etc. He has also been a member of Café Aman
İstanbul and Alternative Bulgarian Orchestra.
I have been a singer next to famous singers in Greece such as E.
Kokkinou, D.Vandi, G. Mazonakis, L.Pantazis, etc. Over the years I
have been performing in London and Cyprus singing great composers such
as Chatzidakis, Theodorakis, Tsitsanis and Zambetas.
Egyptian JAZZ Legend
Whenever the word Jazz is pronounced in Egypt, you will hear it coupled with the name of Yehia Khalil, for he is the one and only Jazz man of Egypt, and Egypt’s Ambassador of Jazz to this world.
With his fully talented music ensemble, he gifts the world Modern Egypt Jazz Fusion Music Genre unmatched anywhere on earth.
Yehia promoted Jazz music and culture all over Egypt, since more than 50 years ago and has succeeded to create a new Egyptian sound that captivated the world with its fusion of authentic Jazz and oriental inspirations and compositions, based on a profound understanding of the Arab Classical Musical Heritage.
That is why Yehia Khalil is a unique phenomenon in Egypt’s musical scene since ages, and his concerts attract now thousands of his fans, not only in Egypt, but all over the world.
Yehia Khalil’s series of Albums from “Rhythm of the Soul” and the “Dreaming in Strange World”, both have achieved great success recently and many of their tunes are played on the Radio & TV as a reflection of the New Egyptian Jazz Fusion.
Throughout his life, Yehia has played with many Jazz Giants as well as Rock, Soul, Country, Rhythm & Blues in the US and he was featured at the Opening concerts of the New Cairo Opera House with the great Dizzy Gillespie over 25 years ago, and since than he is always offering new compositions one concert after another. Yehia gave with his group, hundreds of Jazz concerts in many countries such as Italy, France, Serbia, Bulgaria, Austria, Greece, Russia, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa just to name a few and has become now a True Icon in the World of Jazz Scene with great respect.
Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik – Just the two of us
Michaela Rabitsch, singer, composer and Austria’s only and top female jazz trumpet player is called a modern day female Chet Baker by the US magazine Jazzscene. Michaela and her ingenious partner, composer and incredible fluid guitarist Robert Pawlik present a program, inspired by their numerous tours of the last years through Europe, Asia, the America and Africa, with concerts and festival appearances in more than 40 countries, delighting equally press and audience with their crossover repertoire of jazz, pop and latin, spiced up with a touch of world.
They are presenting jazz with catchy melodies, strong harmonies, groovy rhythms and adventorious improvisations in a fine balanced vocal-instrumental mix.
With brilliant instrumental technique and a silky velvet voice they are clothing their songs into a trendy, smooth-cool jazzrobe.
Robert Pawlik’s guitar is equally able to create a cristal-clear frame full of feeling for the expressive voice and the sensitive trumpet playing of Michaela Rabitsch and to be the virtuoso replacement for the groove of a full rhythm section.
Especially their original, atmospheric compositions give them a unique, charming profile. The entire repertoire features sophisticated melodics seasoned with a touch of blues.
Vienna’s simpatico first couple of jazz sets new benchmarks in unplugged duo playing and impresses with touching and catchy songs.
The Austrian answer to Tuck & Patti, enriched with trumpet and flugelhorn.
Kontakt: Michaela Rabitsch, Währingerstraße 81/10, 1180 Wien, Österreich Tel: 00431/ 409 17 71
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DUO Lior Yekutieli & Gent RrushiIsrael & AlbaniaMore Information
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DUO Dimitris & Constantina Nantia Patera GreeceMore Information
YEHYA KHALILEgyptMore Information
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