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Shigeto beim Festival des Hauts de Garonne

Wer genauso verliebt in Shigetos neues Album "No Better Time Than Now" (auf Ghostly) ist, sollte sich den folgenden, knapp einstündigen Auftritt des Detroiter Ausnahmekünstlers unbedingt komplett ansehen. Zachary Saginaw ist Drummer, hat Jazz studiert, und produziert seine Beats sowohl elektronisch als eben auch analog. Außerdem ist die Location im Südwesten Frankreichs extrem sehenswert!

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Sets von der Fusion 2013

Google Translate übersetzt "Fusion" ja mit "слияние", über der Fusion Festival-Bühne prangt aber in großen Lettern "ФУЗИОН", also die buchstabengetreue (Üb)Ersetzung. Sei's drum. Ich war ja selbst noch nie dort, weil terminlich schwierig und ganz schön weit zu fahren. In diesem Jahr hatten die Fusionistas typisches deutsches Festivalwetter, haben sich aber offensichtlich den Spaß davon nicht verderben lassen.

Stimmung auf der Fusion cc by-sa tasmo

Musikalisch war von Slime bis zum Channel One Soundsystem wie immer eine große Bandbreite an Stilen und Künstlern vertreten. Tasmo hat sein dreistündiges Set in der Dubstation "For Фузион with ♥" betitelt und eine Neuland-Version davon bereitgestellt:

Drüben im Kaputtmutterfischwerk sammelt Ronny alle verfügbaren Sets des Fusion Festivals 2013 fürs komfortable Durchhören auf der heimischen Couch. Für alle die nicht dabei waren, oder die doch dabei waren und noch einmal im Regen tanzen wollen.

Just Music Wiesbaden

Logo des Jazzfestivals Just Music '11Das Internationale Jazzfestival "Just Music '11" findet am 25. und 26. Februar im Kulturforum in der Wiesbadener Friedrichstraße statt. In seinem siebten Jahr ist aus dem einst rein lokalen Festival eine feste Größe im Jazz-Terminkalender geworden.

Ernst Reijseger
Ernst Reijseger

Vom Pianisten Uwe Oberg zusammen mit "Jazzarchitekt" Raimund Knösche gegründet, um der traditionellen Jazztraditione Wiesbadens eine Alternative entgegenzusetzen, ist "Just Music" im vergangenen vom Herbst ins frühe Frühjahr verlegt worden, und da findet es auch diesmal wieder statt. Während der zwei Tage wird viel experimentiert werden. Aki Takase und Silke Eberhard erweisen dem Free-Jazz-Pionier Ornette Coleman ihre Reveren. Der niederländische Cellist Ernst Reijseger improvisiert auf dem Cello zwischen Jazz, Worldmusic und Neuer Musik. Und Uwe Oberg selbst begleitet Frank Paul Schubert und Günter Baby Sommer auf ihrer musikalischen Suche nach Löwen: "hic sunt leones".

Das komplette Programm ist auf der Festival-Webseite zu finden. Tickets gibt es an den bekannte Vorverkaufsstellen oder übers Netz. Für Jazzliebhaber mit open minds ist "Just Music" ein Muss, alle anderen müssen sich trauen, werden mit frischen Sounds belohnt werden. Morgen ab 19:30 ist das Festival übrigens Thema in der hr2-Radiosendung "jazzfacts".

Update 22.02.2011: Der Jazzblogger hat Raimund Knösche interviewt.

Worldwide Festival 2010 - Roundup

Okay, so I planned to blog daily news and reviews from the Worldwide Festival while in Sète, but I just didn't manage to. Sometimes, you just need to get some sleep; or the beach and the beats lure you out into the sun. Whatever, I'll try to sum everything up nicely in the next few paragraphs - you can read up on Day 1 here.

Friday started with a yummy breakfast and then the sunny beach. We had a jolly good time in the refreshing water while relaxed beats rolled over us into the Mediterranean sea. Later, at the Théâtre de la Mer, Roberto Fonseca kicked it off with his fantastic Havana Cultura band, which was a really, really great performance. At sunset, L'Orchestre Poly-Rhytmo de Cotonou came on stage with their ingenious interpretation of afrobeat, and that's when the dancing started for good. The Théâtre is such a beautiful location, and the bands knew how to take advantage of it. As the end of their performances drew near, a little bit of rain sprinkled over Sète, but it stopped as suddenly as it began. Later, at the lighthouse, Theophilus London and the wild and crazy Gonjasufi & The Gaslamp Killer, well, killed it, big time.

After Gil Scott-Heron had disappointed us on Thursday by not showing up (though he played Montreux - for whatever reason), I found it equally sad to learn that Flying Lotus and Joy Orbison cancelled their respective gigs, too. FlyLo was one of the appearances I longed for the most - and to replace him with Laurent Garnier left me frustrated. Don't get me wrong, he's a great DJ and he rocked the crowed twice this year and also in 2009, but he's just not my cup of tea. Last year's gig didn't touch me, and this time ... well, solid, but I hoped for some cut up quirky beats and all I got was (more or less) four to the floor. Yeah, even if I enjoyed his playing of Song 2 or David Bowie in a certain kind of way: Eurythmics and some of the other 80s stuff was pretty much over the top. I went home after a couple of minutes and missed Sbtrkt feat Sampha. Bummer.

It took a strong cup of coffee on Saturday to forget about the disappointment and focus on what lay before us: Tropical sweetness from Hugo Mendez and the fantastic show of the Ladybugz at the beach. They really, really got me back into the groove. As did the delicious entrecôte I was having before heading towards the Théâtre once again. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble rocked the house from the first note, super tight brass sound from Chicago. We met some of the eight brothers in the hotel later on where they stocked up on their booze supply ;-) However, the best was yet to come: Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro featuring the amazing singer Nidia Góngora Bonilla! I've always been and always will be a huge fan of Will Holland's musical ventures, and this one is simply exceptional. Un Canto A Mi Tierra is my personal anthem of this year's Worldwide Festival.

At the Phare du Môle, Kyle Hall held the spirits way up. Hard to believe that he's still so young and yet so talented, but it's true! The dOP, on the other hand, were about the craziest guys at the whole festival. They definitely know how to party, and they're not ones to play games with. If you've been there, you know what I'm talking about! Very much later, Josh Wink released me into the pleasantly warm night and a cool hotel room (thanks to the AC).

And Sunday? Sunday is all about the beach, and this time Sunday was also about the World Cup final, of course. But more of that later. Sadly, Kevin Beadle and Ross Allen didn't show up because their no-frills flight was cancelled. But the beach is always the beach: sun, water, music, and lots of happy people. What more can you expect? Lots more! Even if I missed Jeremy Ellis's reportedly excellent set because I had to be back to the hotel for a short while. However, when I stepped out of the hotel again, I could hear a sweet song coming all the way from the beach. I instantly recognized it: 54-46 by Toots And The Maytals. And I knew it could be none other as the mighty Norman Jay on the decks. His selection escorted me all the way back to the party and into happiness.

But wait, what about Holland vs. Spain? Didn't Gilles promise to show us the match on a "big, but not that big" screen. The screen was there, but it remained pitch black. Until Gilles and The BPM managed to start a live stream on Lefto's Macbook and connect the darn thing to the screen. The rest is historia. And the party went on until almost 5 a.m. with Gilles, Norman Jay, and Laurent Garnier back-to-back-ing for hours and spinning loads of heavy classics. While the whole beach went nuts.

This is how the Worldwide Festival 2010 will be remembered. Or this is at least how close I can get to describing it. If you want more, take a look at some pictures I've taken, and check the official videos on YouTube (unfortunately, most of them are blocked at least here in Germany due to the annoying copyright restrictions). If all this sounds good to your ears: Come join the party in 2011!

Worldwide Festival 2010 - Day 1

I just remembered that last year, I blogged about the Worldwide Festival on a daily basis. Almost live from Sète, France. So, after a long nap and some cups of coffee, I'm now reviving this and post a short summary of the first day of the festival.

It all started pretty early on Thursday at the Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain (CRAC) where we got our wristbands and met up with the rest of our people. Currently, there is an interesting exhibition by artist Claude Lévêque there that is called "The Diamond Sea". Many of his works that are inspired by maritime/naval topics, reminded me of the exhibition by Olafur Eliasson I saw in Berlin a couple of weeks ago. Check it out if you have the chance to.

Right in front of the CRAC was a small stage, where we enjoyed the performances by Trilogy (check them out, they're this year's Talent Search winners), Half Seas Over (featuring none other as the mighty Elan Mehler) and the even mightier Dorian Concept (the whitest boy alive *g*). Beautiful hours in the burning hot sun, but worth every minute. Afterwards, we just had to jump into the refreshing water of Sète's harbor. Cooled as down a little ;-)

At about 8 pm we arrived at the Phare du Mole, the lighthouse, just to learn that Gil Scott-Heron did not make it to France. Wish him all the best nevertheless! But it was kind of a disappointment. His band played anyhow, but it just wasn't the same. Lefto blessed us with amazing DJ set before the Gil-Scott Heron Band, but Mala, who came on stage afterwards, just isn't my cup of tea. Foreign Beggars are totally crazy guys and must be big in France and/or England, but in Germany, not many people seemed to have heard of them before. So it was Floating Points feat. Fatima who saved the date for me.

I'm sure, Lefto will post one of his hand-crafted videos later on, and I will link to it from here. Right now, we're chilling in our airconditioned hotel room and getting ready for the beach. Today's highlights are so numerous: Sbtrkt, Havana Cultura, Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou, Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi, The Gaslamp Killer and Joy Orbison, amongst others. Worldwide, baby!

Update: As Gilles just twittered, both Flying Lotus and Joy Orbison had to cancel their gigs due to food poisoning :-( Damn it!

Blumentopf - WIR im Videostream

Das neue Album von Blumentopf, WIR, ist vielleicht nicht ihre beste, aber eine ihrer persönlichsten Platten. Und in vielem, worüber die Cajus, Holunder, Schu und Specht rappen, finde ich mich selbst irgendwie wieder. Ich meine, die Jungs sind ja so ungefähr in meinem Alter, da teilt man schon die eine oder andere Erfahrung ;-)

Ende August kommt der Topf mit den neuen Tracks im Gepäck aufs Folklore Wiesbaden. Spätestens da werde ich sie dann live erleben. Vorher freue ich mich aber auf die genialen WM-Raportagen, die ich mit Sicherheit auch verbloggen werden. Und heute Abend ab 20 Uhr gibt es die Jubiläumsshow von Blumentopf hier im Videostream: Don't miss!