Nuance Eugjen Gargjola Quartet
The members of NUANCE group interpret different styles of music as JAZZ, Classical, Tango Bossa-Nova, Latin, Flamenco etc. All this experiences creates a variety of musical colors and enriches the repertoire which combines in natural manner with the live and improvisation. This brings to the public admiration and involvement. The group has performed in prestigious jazz artistic events in Albania, like “Jazz and Festival modern music” (Shkodra) collaborating with famous artists like Luca Marianini ( the first trumpets of the Pavarotti and Friends orchestra), Alessandro Giachero (Director of the Siena Jazz,) Gianni Dall 'Aglio (drummer of A. Celentano events).
Eugjen Gargjola - Violin, Guitar & Percussion
Jozefina Simoni - Vocal
Gezim Tivari - Piano
Elton Harapi - Drums
Andi Kongo Trio & Niels Onstenk
Niels Onstenk Guitar player (1988 – Netherlands) studied at the Jazz & Pop department at the conservatory of Utrecht where he graduated in 2010 with the highest possible grade (10/10). He entered the conservatory in 2006 at the age of 17 and was taught by Martijn Roselaar, Marcel Karreman, etcTheo de Jong, Wim Bronnenberg and Eef Albers. The young guitarist is widely acclaimed for its musical overview, virtuosity and vocal quality of the instrument “A vocalist on guitar.” In March 2013 he received the title “Best Guitarist of the Netherlands” after he won the competition organized by renowned guitar magazine “Guitarist’ and Dutch NPO Radio 2”. Niels has participated as a guitarist and back-vocalist in several ensembles including Utown, SPARQ, Leonie Tielemans Group, Mus, Amariszi and in the band of Doeshka Vrede. As well as gives guitar lessons and he is active as a band coach at several music schools.
Andi Kongo (1977 Tirana - Albania), graduated in conducting and choral composition at the Conservatory of Music "Lucio Campiani" Mantova (Italy), there was the pianist and vocalist in various musical groups with activity in Italy - Switzerland. In Albania has participated as pianist in the inaugural concert of Big Band-it "Gasper Curcia" and as pianist & conductor of the Big-Band in Ashow program developed at the Palace of Congresses. Pianist, vocalist, band's director of music in television programs and in live performance with other musical formations, he is also the composer of the soundtrack of the short feature film "Sea" and "Night". Congo has participated in the festival of Albanian Radio Television as a singer.
Nesim Maxhuni (1983 - Kosovo) is a professional Prishtina based percussionist. His vast experience and playing style has established him as one of the most innovative drummers from the Balkans, especially in genres such as jazz, hip-hop and neo soul. Nesim’s academic musical background consists of his professional studies at the Music Academy of Skopje as a percussionist, and his active participation in numerous drumming seminars and workshops in prestigious academies around the world. Nesim’s presence is felt in more than 40 original albums launched in Kosovo featuring various musical styles such as jazz, funk, drum & bass and rock. This experience includes Nesim’s vital role as drummer and drums arranger in the original albums of two eminent Prishtina based singer/songwriters, namely Genc Salihu’s “Kange e Vene” and Shpat Deda’s “Molla e Pare". Nesim Maxhuni has also launched 2 original jazz and neo-soul albums under his own name entitled “Treni” and “Syndrome”. Nesim’s experience with festivals is also abundant, as he has had the opportunity to play in numerous prestigious events in regional Jazz Festivals and numerous performances around Europe. Currently, Nesim Maxhuni is actively involved in the Kosovar music scene as a professional jazz drummer, composer and teacher. He is a full time member of the Kosova Big Band.
Arbin Alimeri (1977 Tirana - Albania) graduated at the University of the Arts for bass.
Then start his career as a musician in the State Ensemble of Songs and Dances becoming an active part in all events organized by this institution both within and abroad. He participated in all tours and national and international festivals where the Ensemble has been participant, as Kosovo, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Germany, China, Kuwait.
Besides musical activity at this institution, it has been part of many jazz formations in several important activities of this genus. He participated as a bassist in the inaugural concert and other concerts of Big Band-it "Gasper Curcia". Also in other musical formations for several television programs.
Andi Kongo - Piano & Vocal Arbin Alimeri - Bass - Albania Nesim Maxhuni - Drums - Kosovo Niels Onstenk - Guitar & Vocal - Netherlands
Marc Perrenoud TRIO
Vestry Lamento is the third CD of the Geneva trio surrounding Marc Perrenoud, which has driven the band’s sound since 2007 and consistently moved it forward. This third work by the three musicians from western Switzer- land can be considered a bold statement of their matu- rity. The album also sends a clear message about what
is musically important to them: translating a variety of influences into direct, playful jazz.
„I wanted to find the color of the blues again, and at the same time revive the playful elements of jazz“
Marc Perrenoud, 2013
Marc Perrenoud (*1981, Berlin) began playing piano at the age of six. He studied at the music conservatories of Geneva and Lausanne, and graduated in 2005 from the „Ecole de Jazz”, in Lausanne, where he studied with Yannick Délez. During this period, Perrenoud also won several contests, including the Montreux Jazz Chrysler Award and, with his trio, the ZKB Jazz Contest, in Zurich. In contrast to many of his peers, Perrenoud has been focused on his trio for many years. This concentration on the essentials is what has made the sound of the trio—in formation since 2007—so fascinating. Perrenoud and his trio have performed in Europe, South America, and Africa, and they will perform in China, for the first time, in 2014.
Marco Müller (*1980 Fribourg) was playing violin by age six. He studied at the Academy of Freiburg until 2000, while simultaneously taking courses in double bass. Müller received his diploma in double bass performance at the Swiss Jazz School, in Bern, in 2007. He has performed with, among others, Enrico Pierranunzi, Bert Joris, Colin Vallon, and the New York Voices, which underlines both his quality and universal ability as a bassist. This is made most obvious when he is on tour with the „surprise band” „Hildegard Lernt Fliegen” (Hildegard Learns to Fly). As a sideman in a number of formations, Müller can be found regularly on the stages of Germany, Austria, and Switzer- land.
Cyril Regamey (*1977 Lausanne) began playing music before he went to pre-school. He received a degree in teaching in 1999 from the Academy of Lausanne, where in 2002 he received first prize in the Academy’s competition for music virtuosity. In 2003 Regamey won the „Leen- ards” Prize, as well as the improvisation contest „de Red- ding”, in 2005. Alongside playing drums, he also plays a variety of other percussion instruments, which has expanded his musical sphere beyond jazz and into African and Latin American rhythm, as well as into classical music. This stylistic range is a great asset to the trio, and Regamey’s rhythmic inventiveness is a constant source of inspiration. He has played in festivals and clubs internationally.
MARC PERRENOUD - PIANO
CYRIL REGAMEY - DRUMS
MARCO MÜLLER - DOUBLE BASS
JAlbaniaZZ Society (Big Band)
JAlbaniaZZ Society is a project that presents the community of jazz musicians in Tirana. This project finalized under this Sigel has already begun to start about 15 years ago with concerts, recordings, workshops and TV shows with Albanian artist collaborations that do not live in Albania. Interesting is that the musicians in this group circulate and the project always comes in varied forms, some time smaller and sometime bigger.
Mostly the music we present is JAZZ strongly supported with Albanian motives. Rhythm, melody and expressivity are the main characteristics of Albanian JAZZ. It is worth to mention the participation in almost all the JAZZ festivals organized in Albania from 2003 onwards.
As the core of this group are: the multi instrumentalist Ermal Rodi, Emiljano Dhimo drums and Gent Rushi leader band piano, accordion, composer & arranger.
Some of the most successful collaborations are those with: Elina Duni vocal Switzerland, Ervin Dhimo bass USA, Rona Nishliu vocal Kosovo, Eda Zari vocal Germany, Ilir KRYEKURTI percussion Switzerland, Orges Toce vocal & guitar Austria ….. Etc.
Big Band with the same name (JAlbaniaZZ Society) has been part of several jazz projects in Tirana and beyond. Created some time ago by some JAZZ experienced musicians and talented young people, has made several successful concerts. Big Band has a rich repertoire of this genre (Blues, Funky Latin, Swing ….. etc.) and rearranged Albanian music.
Ermal Rodi - Clarinet &Tenor Sax Arranger Eno Gjoka - Alto Sax Gent Rushi - Accordion Bledar Caci - Alto Sax Dritan Hekurani - Double Bass Flavio Sefa - Tenor Sax Emiljan Dhimo - Drums Raikard Bardhi - Trumpet Taulant Hatia - Trumpet Ilir Vorpsi - Trombone Pellumb Delia - Trombone Romeo Mano - B-Trombone
MaviYol (Blue Path) Trio
Born in Istanbul, SenemDiyici started to sing at the age of 4. After three disc recorded in the course of the 70’s, and a career in Turkey recognized in the field of Ottoman and traditional Turkish music, she moved to France in 1982.
The first collaboration with guitarist and composer Alain Blesing lead to the album “Takalar”, recorded with a sextet, including percussionist Okay Temiz. In 1991, eager to return to more acoustic colors, the couple formed the SenemDiyici quartet. After 5 albums all praised by critics, and many international tours (France, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Syria, Russia, etc.), showcasing an extraordinary presence on stage, the band released a live DVD in 2007 (“Live at the Satellit Café” Buda Music / WMP). While working with the quartet, in 1999 SenemDiyici founded the “Ottoman Trio” (vocals, ud and violin) and in 2002 the band “Octobando” devoted to Turkish-Balkan music. Between 2002 and 2003 she also worked in a duet formation with the pianist Jean-Marie Machado. Much time has also been devoted to duet-work with Alain Blesing. In late 2008, SenemDiyici initiated the trio “Lyricism” (vocals, violin and cello). In 2011 she recorded a new album in Istanbul (“DilaDila”) with a new version of the quartet (vocals, guitar, trumpet and drums): The “MaviYol 4tet” (Blue Path Quartet).To back her stage presence already full of energy and emotion, SenemDiyici incorporates an amazing set of percussion instruments to her performances, drawing from a wide variety of cultures (India, Africa, Far East, Scandinavia etc.) as well as electronic devices on occasion such as samplers, loopers etc. Also concerned with the transmission of her knowledge, she continues to teach courses and workshops on vocal techniques and more recently on shamanic ritual music, upon invitations coming from France and Turkey.
In 1998 he graduated from Ege University Turkish Music State Conservatory. He has worked as a new player at TRT (Turkish Radio Television) both in Izmir (since 1996) and Ankara after 2000, taking part in numerous radio and television programs. From 2003 onwards, he performed in various festivals in Holland, Belgium and Turkey, with the project “From Sufi to Flamenco”. He took part in numerous national and international projects. He performed as a soloist with many symphonic orchestras, including the CSO (Turkish Presidential Symphony Orchestra). He gave concerts in many countries including the USA, with the band Taniniwhich he started together with kanun player Tahir Aydoğdu and pianist Hakan Toker. Among the artists he has shared the stage are Bobby McFerrin, Joaquin Grilo, Carlos Denia, Doğan Canku, Yıldız İbrahimova, Zülfü Livaneli, Senem Diyici, Okay Temiz and Maria Farantouri.
Hakan A. Toker
Hakan A. Toker is a pianist-composer with no limits, as far as pianistic creation is concerned. Having studied music in his native Turkey and the United States, and having worked with numerous ensembles and artists across the globe, of almost every conceivable genre or music, he has devoted much of his time to being able to play anything that comes into his mind and create music out of any given parameter, including themes and phone numbers given by the audience spontaneously.
SenemDiyici - Voice and percussion
BilginCanaz - Ney (Flute)
Hakan A. Toker - Piano
Gani Jakupi Band
For me, more than a musical genre, the jazz is a meeting point. Of cultures, languages, sensitivities. A musical lingua franca. If you’re a Japanese, you may use your virtuosity to interpret Bach, but you would face serious problems if you try to melt your national heritage with the protestant musical language of the Untouchable Master. The Spanish, Argentinean, Iranian, Greek, Brazilian, Turkish, Swiss, Venezuelan or Moldavian artists that join Connections, they need to understand the ideas that I present to them, but they are free to bring in their cultural backpack. Moreover, they’re welcome, even required to do so. Then we wrap it up in Balkan metrics, Latin phrasings; filter it through the melodies of my childhood, the rock music of my youth, the old jazz or the contemporary music’s string arrangements… All of it can find its way in my compositions, arrangements and interpretations. The Gani Jakupi Connections works with some of the best artists around, but we may invite completely unknown ones to join us, if there’s mutual musical understanding. What we deliver to the audience is music, not names.
The same that we seek in our collaboration, we aim to achieve with public. We don’t aspire to amaze you, but to communicate with you. To establish a connection with you.
Gani Jakupi - Guitar
Marcelo Mercadante - Bandoneon
Cèlia Torres - Viloncello
Jordi Gaspar - Double Bass
Nesim Maxhuni - Drums
TOMMASO TRONCON QUINTET
Encouraged by new artistic and spiritual needs, Tommaso Tronco directs his compositions to a maximum concentration and intensity in execution, towards the interoperability group, based on the special understanding with the extraordinary musicians and artistic adventures friends: Giovanni Perin, Giulio Scaramella, Igor Spallati ed Ugo alunni. The group proposes a repertoire of original parts that extend from traditional jazz style to that of contemporary jazz.
Tommaso Tronco, is saxophonist and composer from Treviso, who currently lives in Berlin. He graduated with honors in Sassofono Classico and Musica Jazz at the Conservatory of Music in Vicenza, and in addition pursued perfection studies near Jazz Institut of Berlin. He is the winner of international competitions and from 2014 is the tenor saxophonist near National Orchestra ”Jazz Italiana Giovani Talenti” under the direction of maestro Paolo Damiani. With a rich artistic career, under the flessibile name of Tommaso Tronco Jazz Trio, Quartetto o Quintetto has conducted concerts in several European countries for the program and TV performance “Parallelo Italia”.
Giovanni Perin, born in Padova has started to play the piano at age 8 years. In 2010 degree in percussion at the Conservatory, under the guidance of professor Alberto Macchini with maximum points. From 2010 to 2014, he specializes in Vibrafono instrument under the direction of David Friedman at Jazz Institute Berlin (University of Arts in Berlin). He has won prizes in many jazz music competitions like National Award "Lighthouse Jazz 2007", "Roma Jam Session 2008", "Premio Zorzella 2011". Has performed like percussionist classic together with "Orchestra Mozart" directed by Maestro Brass, "Orchestra di Padova del Veneto", etc. He has been invited to participate in important festivals of jazz music in Italy like "Berlin Radio Jazz Festival" "di Ancona Jazz Festival", "Padova Jazz Festival", "Bologna Jazz Festival".
Giulio Scaramella, graduated with maximum points in piano at the Conservatory "Giuseppe Tartini" of Trieste under the direction of professor Igor Cognolato; Ongoing he pursues the study at the at the prestigious biennial Music Room School of the Trio di Parma and he has graduated in level II to jazz interpretation. He pursued studies in the fields of jazz as well as classical music at the master class and semiareve with world famous musician. Winner of many awards in national and international competitions, the winner of the International Competition Città di Treviso, Prize "Chicco Bettinardi" - Piacenza etc. Has performed in many international festival like "Rimini Jazz", Heraklion Summer Arts Festival, Mittelfest, Trieste Loves Jazz, Veneto Jazz, Jazz & Wine, Summer Music Festival Nei Suoni dei luoghi, and in many European countries. From 2008 with Fade Out Trio, cures implementation of a project that brings together classical music and jazz, which culminated with the publication of a CD that includes the key jazz arrangements of Scriabin, Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and other authors.
Igor Spallati, born in Perugia. After completing her academic studies in Italy under the direction of maestro Silvio Bruni, deepens the study of jazz bass at Jazz Institut Berlin under the direction of Greg Vohen, John Hollenbeck, David Friedman Kurt Sosenwinkel. He has performed with renowned artists like Fred Hersch, David Gilmore, David Russel, Brad Shepik, Mirabassi Gabriele, Pietro Tonolo, Rossano Emili, Joe Hisaishi, etc., in a musical diapason that includes jazz, classical music and film music.
Ugo Alunni, born in Perugia. He has studying at the Morlacchi Conservatory and continues further studies of the battery instrument near drummer’s Collective of New York. He currently lives in Berlin and attends the Jazz Institute, under the direction of John Hollenbeck, David Friedman Kurt Rosenwinkel. He has performed with renowned artists such as Emily Rossano, Dan Kinzelman, Joe Rehmer, Perugia Jazz Orchestra, Pietro Tonolo, Alessandro Lanzoni, Ed Partyka, and many others.
Tommaso Troncon - Saxophone
Giulio Scaramella - Piano
Giovanni Perin - Vibraphone
Igor Spallati - Double Bass
Ugo Alunni - Drums
Irmie Vesselsky & David Hebenstreit
Irmie Vesselsky’s music does not get under your skin, it stings, it flatters and claims.
The artist was born 30 summers ago in a hamlet in Lower Austria as a musically-wise orphan. Knowing neither mother Jazz nor father Classic Irmie Vesselsky found her roots somewhere in between, creating her own style with only a haunting voice and a piano, feeling that "neither could exist without the other".
In her teens Irmie Vesselsky started to write as a cathartic exercise. Soon people recognized her talent and asked her to play live. 2006 she started to perform in local bars, 2008 she started working on her first album, cryptically entitled “Parentheses Of Antitheses – Pandora or The Unbending Dualism In Me”. Soon she landed a record deal and released her “baby” in late 2009. Critics were amazed, comparing her to Kate Bush and calling ‘Parentheses’ “The best Tori Amos album in years”!
With the release of her second album, “The Key – the Wisdom of Dorothy Gale or How to Tame Your Inner Demons” Irmie Vesselsky shows a stronger, even more feminine self. Intense piano melodies bathe you in sound. At the centre of her universe, nothing but song and piano. Singer songwriter Irmie Vesselsky uses them to wrap you up in a sound web of electronic play, appearing tender and melancholic yet at the same time powerful and intense. Carrying “vessel” and “sky” in her name, it comes as no surprise her music is both transparent and deeply rooted in her thoughts and experiences. Touching you with her voice and piano, this woman is able to build emotions as much as she is able to destroy them by sheer means of contrast. Irmie Vesselsky is currently working on a new Austrian dialect project. Irmie Vesselsky maintains a well-balanced delicacy through honest lyrics that are beautifully mysterious yet each with a message, leaving much room for interpretation as well as vivid images in your head.
Irmie Vesselsky - Piano & Singer
David Hebenstreit - Violine
The music that is being created by SHALOSH is characterized by its drama, its sophistication and its genre crossing music. Despite the classic Jazz trio format (piano, bass and drums) and the band, members’ root in Jazz and improvised traditions, SHALOSH’s music takes its own path across genres like Rock, Groove, Electronic Classical, African and Middle Eastern music. The band’s agenda is to make music that moves its audience in the greatest way possible, in order to break through the barrier created between the music and the listener, which is often found in intellectual music of this genre. In the three years since it was founded, the band has already released one album (The Bell Garden) played over a 100 shows across Europe, and countless shows around Israel, recently the band has finished recording their second album, entitled Rules Of Oppression. The three members of SHALOSH - Gadi Stern (piano) Matan Assayag (drums) and Daniel Benhorin (bass), are childhood friends who have been playing together since they started making music, as they studied at the same high school in Jerusalem. After years of working separately and internationally both as sidemen as well as band leaders, the three reunited in order to form a band which will fulfill all of their musical desires and long time friendships.
Six years before the band was founded, Gadi left Israel to pursue his international music career in New York where he was based. Despite his success in the New York jazz scene, and his projects with some of the world’s top Jazz musicians, he realized that there is no replacement to the deep connection that is created with years of playing together. While Gadi was in New York, both Matan and Daniel became two of the most appreciated and renowned rhythm section players in Israel, and flourished in the rich and eclectic music scene in Tel Aviv. Despite the long distance musical relationship, and maybe even because of the fact that the three friends have grown in different individual directions, they kept playing yearly concerts and their connection grew deeper.
After years of rare concerts in New York and Israel, the three decided to commit to a band together. Gadi came back to Israel for a six month intensive work process with Matan and Daniel, and the three recorded their debut album titled “The Bell Garden” named after the park which was located next to their high school yard, where they would go and skip class together. A huge buzz started generating around the project. The band very much stood out from today’s Jazz scene, mainly due to the fact it is not led by a single artist, but co-led by its three members who enjoy an artistic evolution from years of collaborations and friendship. As a result, SHALOSH’s music is derived from a deep place of musical friendship and is aimed towards the deepest and purest place within.
SHALOSH’s audience and critics have expressed their sheer joy watching the group in live performances, in which they communicate with playfulness and connection reserved for working bands which play together day in and out on the road. The band stretches their progressive rock-like compositions to improvised moments, which makes every concert a unique experience. The band has generated a large following of fans who come to each and every concert.
Since its release on March 5th 2014, The Bell Garden has sold over 2,000 hard copies in concerts only, and was streamed or downloaded tenths of thousands of times. It had radio plays in Brazil, Germany, Austria, Holland, the UK, the U.S and Israel and was distributed in Japan, Europe and the US. The band had toured the UK, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Albania Austria and France. SHALOSH’s second album, Rules of Oppression was in the making for more than six months, in which the band went in and out of the studio, and is promising one of 2016’s biggest Jazz albums.
Gadi Stern - Piano
Matan Assayag - Drums
Daniel Benhorin - Bass
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Andi Kongo TRIO & Niels OnstenkAlbania & NetherlandsMore Information
Marc Perrenoud TRIOZwitzerlandMore Information
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MaviYol (Blue Path) TRIOTurkeyMore Information
Gani JakupiSpainMore Information
TOMMASO TRONCON QUINTETItalyMore Information
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