Autumn Jazz presents 13 concerts by such performers as Torsten Goods, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Gall Trio feat. Enik, Freshlyground, Andrea Marcelli, Sam Newsome & Lucian Ban Sextet, Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness! and many more!
Summer is still blossoming, but autumn is not too far. Jazzkaar begins it’s Autumn Season with the traditional summer-ending concert at Kadrioru Palace Flower Garden on August 15th. This Season’s first performers will be Estonian singer Liisi Koikson, Irish-German singer-guitarist Torsten Goods and Siim Aimla band. Torsten Goods played at this year’s Jazzkaar and got a very warm response. He is considered to be a young comet on the European current jazz scene. He is a star – a very good guitar player and a singer with a real swing.
The Estonian Guitar Octet has demonstrated the unpredictable energy of its eight-guitar sound many times now. At this particular concert their improvisations will receive additional power from Eugene Chadbourne, known on the American avant-garde scene for his tricky music, miniature guitar and humourous banjo playing.
Chris Gall Trio combines jazz with pop music elements. Unlike old-time fusion, their brave mixture contains surprising turns and ‘the group has its own European identity’ as German jazz critics have noted. The concert features the multitalented singer/actor/film-maker Enik.
Two guitarists, two different generations and backgrounds. Paulus-Sooäär describe their programme as ‘from Thelonious Monk to the Saaremaa Waltz’. That is meant to give hints to the wide variety of influences and music they play. Be prepared to hear old and new, urban and pastoral from those two masterful players.
After playing in Tallinn first time almost two years ago, the South-African band Freshlyground is eagerly awaited back. They have made a similar impression everywhere they have played at. Freshlyground’s music is a joyful mixture of African rhythm and harmonies, jazzy improvisations, and lively rock music.
Estonian sax player Raul Sööt and Italian drummer Andrea Marcelli became friends during their studies in Copenhagen. Now their groups strive towards a new modern jazz language while attempting to preserve traditions in their music.
The Estonian group Ajavares plays tunes from their recent debut album “A Love Song to the Migratory Bird“. They sing in Estonian, integrate music they love into their compositions and play with enthusiastic energy. If you want to hear good and original Estonian jazz, be there.
The American sax player Sam Newsome and the Romanian-born pianist Lucian Ban explore complex, somewhat unorthodox rhythms and non-western modes with their group. The Transilvanian musical heritage meets jazz and, judging by the high-level musicianship of the participants, it seems only natural that the result is vibrant and interesting.
The internationally acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer embraces a myriad of styles into the music of his band. There you can hear ecstatic klezmer music and madly avangardistic improvisation with hints to classical music and rock, funk and hip-hop. The group has played at Venice Biennale, BBC Proms and WOMEX among many other places. Their “new wave of klezmer” shows us where world music and jazz meet.
To celebrate his 50th birthday, the Tallinn-residing percussion player Brian Melvin invites his closest co-musicianson on stage to play with him . We’ll hear internationally known BeatleJazz with the pianist David Kikoski, we’ll learn more about Brian’s orientalism with East-West Project and Drum Prana, and finally the Geografix will show us his affinity to modern club rhythms.