27th Jazz.hr Festival
27th Jazz.hr Festival
The 27th anniversary of Jazz.hr festival will take place from 18-21 October in the „Blagoje Bersa“ Concert Hall at the Academy of Music in Zagreb while presenting a series of prominent jazz musicians and bands. This festival already hosted many jazz stars such as Maria Schneider, Vienna Art Orchestra, Miroslav Vitous, James Carter, Charles Lloyd, Monty Alexander, James Morrison, Jon Faddis, New York Voices, Jean Luc Ponty, Richard Bona, Michel Camilo, Charles Tolliver, Randy Brecker, Vijay Iyer and Lee Konitz. The organizer, Croatian Composers’ Society insists on their concept of promoting of the current Croatian and European jazz scene.
The unconventional septet of Austrian musicians Shake Stew that consists of interesting improvisers and personalities of the new European jazz scene will be the opening the festival. They are currently promoting their new album „The Golden Fang“ which is based on the rich sound, a wide range of musical ideas and influences that include various forms of art.
Polish Tomas Chyla Quintet, counting the best young Polish musicians who have collaborated with famous artists, redefines mainstream jazz by giving it an honest and romantic air. The audience in Zagreb will be able to hear their songs from the album „Eternal Entropy“, published this year.
This year's edition of Elvis Stanić project Jazz Ex Tempore will be exploring the sounds of „Northern Silence“. Musicians with two completely different, but in some segments very similar musical traditions, will tell and exchange their stories in order to create entirely new music on the spot and on the trail of the best traditions of both worlds. The musicians are connected through the common language of jazz, used by all, differing in accent.
Eric Reed Trio's performance will be the closing the festival. During his career, Reed has collaborated with renowned jazz musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson. He recorded approximately 30 albums with his own and other bands. Reed also works as a composer and writes music for the film industry. As is his music for the comedy “Life” with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.