Jazzahead! which runs from 24. -27. April 2014 has established itself as European jazz’ key forum with its international jazz trade show and its integrated showcase festival. For the past eight years, the trade fair has been steadily growing.
The showcase festival features top-class jazz from Germany, Europe and beyond and has established itself as one of the most important international networking spaces for jazz musicians.
Four Norwegian acts are confirmed to perform in Bremen in late April:
Elephant9 have now joined forces with Reine Fiske, noted Swedish guitarist of Dungen fame. Writers have called upon names like Tony Williams´ Lifetime, Deep Purple, Brian Auger, Emerson Lake & Palmer and early 70s Miles Davis to describe the music, pointing to the fact that Elephant9 are comfortable in both rock and jazz.
Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Sat 26. April, 23:00 – 23:30
Jazz quintet Mopti seeks inspiration from the era of Don Cherry’s iconic track of the same name: a free approach to music and a wish of reaching collective cohesion through music. The band has its origins at Norway’s State Academy of Music, and plays afro-inspired compositions as well as more contemporary-tinged, electronically-augmented tunes.
Gewoelbe Vegesack ŠKODA clubnight, Sat 26. April, 23:00 – 00:00
Monoswezi is a collective of musicians originally from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe. With a common passion for traditional African music in general, and music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique in particular, Monoswezi seeks a musical expression, where respect for tradition is combined with different references and experiences from jazz and modern Western music. In addition to traditional music, Monoswezi performs music composed by the band members, with a strong improvisational approach.
Monoswezi was recently nominated for the Songlines Music Awards in the category ‘Cross-Cultural Collaboration’ for their album ‘The Village’.
Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Fri 25. April 23:30 – 00:15
In The Country
In the Country is a Norwegian jazz trio that takes its name from notions of out-of-town travels and home-turf exploration. The members share a love for revisiting their own country, exploring mountain, forest, coast and sea; sharing favourite places and spots with each other. This mind-set is also defining for the music they make: Indifferent to excess and grandeur -almost shy- the general orientation is rather one of unhurried and honest clarity. This means narrowing down to musical particulars and upholding tranquil simplicity rather than pushing limits and excelling in performance. The characteristics of unhurried motion and simple “cleansing” structures, with only few emphasized details, do indeed bear similarities to experiences of nature or countryside.
Sendesaal, ŠKODA clubnight, Sat 26. April
In 2013, 40 Norwegian music industry execs and organization reps as well as performers were represented at the Norwegian stand at the event’s trade fair – a solid increase over previous years.
Norwegian showcasing acts in 2013 included Ensemble Denada, Andrea Rydin Berge and Helge Lien Trio.