Founded by Franziska Hatz, this Viennese band started in 2010. Their music is a mixture of klezmer traditions, pop, folk, rock, ska and jazz elements. Since the very beginning, they've been a breath of fresh air on the Austrian music scene.
They played with Randy Brecker, Dean Bowman, DJ Shantel and bands such as Bucovina Club Orchestra and Sandy Lopicic Orchestra. Each concert is like an eruption of unbelievable energy, unique mastery and humor. They can make anyone dance even the most reluctant people, so... let’s dance!
Franziska Hatz - Accordion, Vocal
Julian Pieber - Drums, Deep - Low Voice
Richie Winkler - Diverse Saxophone, Clarinet
Simon Schellnegger - Viola is not a violin, Viola Microphone Voice
The Marco Castelli Trio is a versatile band that offers a blend of jazz and other musical genres such as Afro, ska and Latin rhythms and blending them into a Mediterranean sound. The music of the Trio is refined and elegant, but also brilliant, full of unpredictable colors, unique in the genre. The repertoire, as well as tracks more close to the jazz tradition, includes original compositions and arrangements by Marco Castelli in a ‘jazz key’ of the authors of the tradition of Italian song.In 2014 Marco Castelli has recorded the new CD titled ‘Porti di Mare’ (Seeports): Zanzibar, Tunisi, Dakar, titles dedicated to the places where Marco Castelli, who has participated in tours in more than 40 countries, played and that inspired the compositions featured in this new album release and in the concert repertoire in 2014.
Marco Castelli, is one of the most talented Italian sax players, with a brilliant and prolific career with a broad artistic activity. In his long career he has traveled without prejudice across many different musical languages, highlighting the qualities present in each form of expression and always pursuing a very personal sound, free of cliches but rich in emotions and atmospheres.Beside writing and performing jazz music, he's a conductor of orchestra and a composer for theatre and modern ballet, and, as a sound designer, he has creatively interacted with various media: poetry, video art, visual arts. Marco Castelli is also artistic director of the label Anelli Records.
He has participated in international festivals like Singapore Art Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Boemia Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Athene Jazz, Bangkok International Festival, Festival Cervantino, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Kaunas International Festival collaborating with a lot of prestigious artists like Lee Konitz, Markus Stockhausen, Philip Catherine and many others.
Marco Castelli has brought his music all over the world:
Europe: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Lithuania, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
America and Islands: Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Perù, Guatemala, Uruguay, Jamaica, Curacao.
Asia and Middle East: Singapore, Thailand, Qatar, Israel, Jordan.
Africa: Senegal, Tanzania, Botwana, Morocco, Tunisia.
Marco Castelli - Saxophones
Matteo Alfonso - Keyboard
Marco Vattovani - Drums
Guitar & SongPoet Marco Zappa, born March 14, 1949 in Locarno, started his musical adventure practically a boy, in the 60s, with the Beat-Generation. It was immediately interested in the music die Beatles, but also blues and rock 'n' roll music, popular in those years and soon began to study classical guitar. In its first groups of the '70s, he had already spent looking for a fusion of rock and classical music. Although he also intensely devoted to the study and experimentation of electronic instruments and Midi almost always preferred, both in concert and on record, the use of pure and acoustic instruments. With its different formations has been invited to the most prestigious Festivals in Switzerland and has held numerous tours abroad in both Europe and the United States. From all these numerous experiences and ongoing collaboration with many musicians from different musical areas, it has created its own unique style and personal.
Marco Zappa - Voice, Guitar, Bass, Bouzouki, Lute, Harmonics.
Ermal Rodi - Saxophones, Clarinet, Trumpet and Flute.
Ilir Kryekurti - Drum & Percussion.
Goran Stojadinovic - Accordion.
Tal Kravitz is a musician and a singer how has been wandering for years, researching and searching for music, in various remote areas throughout the world. From every point in his journeys. he brings back songs, sounds, rare instruments and the living stories like them. Tal Kravitz is graduated in the National School of Choir Conduction in Tel-Aviv, where he also studied composition and classical singing. He has studied ethnic music at Bar Ilan University. He performs throughout the world on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represent Israel in international festivals, lectures and performs in Universities around the world. His show is based on a blend of cultures and includes music made with ethnic instruments.
Evrim Demirel Ensemble: Was founded by the composer-pianist Evrim Demirel, ehich brings Turkish Music and Jazz together in a modern perspective. The ensemble creates a unique distinctive sound with special contribution of Özer Özel, who is a Turkish maqam music expert in both performing and singing. The compositions are done by Demirel, Ensemble performs traditional Turkish music varying from folk tunes to Suphi music. Improvisations and the determined written out parts stays in a well-balanced form in the musical design contemplated by Evrim Demirel. It’s a music about present time that embraces diverse cultures.
Evrim Demirel: Turkish composer, jazz pianist Evrim Demirel was educated in Izmir High School of Fine Arts. He studied piano with Nergis Şakirzade. Then he enrolled at Bilkent University in Ankara becoming a student in the Theory-Composition Department of the Music and Performing Arts Faculty. He earned his B.A from this institution studying composition with Elhan Bakihanov, and went to the Netherlands for further music studies in Rotterdam Conservatory. He studied jazz piano under Rob van Kreeveld, electronic music under Rene Uijlenhoet and composition under Klaas de Vries and gratuated from the composition and jazz-piano departments in 2005. Afterwards he has studied composition with Theo Loevendie in Amsterdam Conservatory and obtained his master degree in 2007. Curently he is studying composition in Mimar Sinan University as a Ph.D. student and working as a regular teacher in Yıldız Technical University Music Department in Istanbul. Almost all of the Works of Evrim Demirel were composed upon comissions and performed accordingly. Some of his works have been published by Donemus. His pieces are performed by Schoenberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble, Doelen Ensemble, Estonian National Symphonic Orchestra, Nederlands Strijkers Gilde, Holland Symfonia, Phoenix Ensemble Basel, Camerata Varaible Ensemble and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. His first CD Makamsız covering the performance of many contemporary European ensembles was released from Kalan as well as his second CD Ada which combines turkish traditional music and jazz.
Prizes: In Project Jonge Componisten 2004, He has won the 2nd prize with Ottoman Miniatures. The piece has been performed by Holland Symfonia. In The International Lepo Sumera Composition Contest for Young Composers 2003 he has won the finalist diploma with Evolution. The piece has been performed by Estonian National Symphonic Orchestra.
Evrim Demirel - Piano
Özer Özer - Vocal & Tanbur
Volkan Topakoğlu - Double Bass
Erdem Göymen - Drums
On the edge of the ocean" or the place where two worlds meet: the musical encounter of Orient and Occident. Four young musicians found each other in the quarter “Jungbusch” in Mannheim, an intercultural hot spot in a typical working-class town. Around the Oriental Academy of Music in the center of the quarter the developed their mutual musical vision – a new expression of sound, communication and art of music.
The result is a special form of Oriental Jazz which is influenced by chamber music and folklore – tender and powerful, longingly and dreamy.
Salah Eddin Maraqa – Kanun
Johannes Stange – Trompete,
Flügelhorn Stefan Baumann – Saxophon,
BassklarinetteJoss Turnbull – Percussion, Electroni
In 2010, the original line-up of the band changed: Tomáš Hobzek became a new drummer and, later, new double bass player Rastislav Uhrík joined the band. The Trio went on another tour in the Czech Republic in 2011, performed at the festival “Jazz At The Prague Castle” (this concert was recorded and released on label “Multisonic”) and in July 2011 recorded a new studio album, which was released in 2012 - CD "Still Warm To Touch". The band can be heard regularly at Prague’s well-known jazz clubs.
The latest project is called "Morning Walks". It is an extraordinary combination of trio with string quartet. CD of the same tittle was released in 2013 on label Animal Music.
Martin Brunner - Piano
Rastislav Uhrík - Bass
Tomáš Hobzek - Drums
Mixing traditional and modern elements is almost inevitable for most Mediterranean musician. This trio is no exception. Born in Thessaloniki Greece, Manos Tavlakis Trio is a classical and jazz guitars how also finds an expressive path through the Greek tradition of rebetiko and smyrneiko. After finishing his studies in the musical university of Corfu, he has collaborated with many Greek jazz musician, such as Dimos Dimitriados, George Kontrafouris, Loukia Palaiologou and others. Since 2012, he has formed his own trio with Alexandros Dellis (C/Bass) and Dimitris Livadiotis (Drum), which he has appeared in several venues around Greece. In their sets, someone will listen to influences from Greek to Balkan and of course jazz music.
Manos Tavlakis - Guitar
Alexandro Dellis - C/Bass
Dimitris Livadiotis - Drum
Gent Rushi pianist and composer who leads the quartet has a broad activity inside and outside the country is worth mentioning concerts by Elina Duni (Switzerland), Thomas Hufschmidt (Germany), Rona Nishliu (Kosovo) etc.. Band leader is currently in the Top Channel and jazz music lecturer at the University of Arts.
Represented Albania in 2012, European festival song, "Eurosong", from which came in sixth place, with maximum estimates.
This quartet creates a unique musical style through mixing color with basis in jazz. Any simple melody however makes its journey, evolves and grows through improvisation. Musician part of the quartet have strong individual creative and have tried to bring in a single Tirana and Pristina.
Armend Xhaferi - Guitar
Enver Muhameti - Bass-guitar
Emiljan Dhimo - Drums
Gent Rushi - Keyboard
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