Following the very successful concert by the Act label Michael Wollny Trio here in Paris, to be followed by a concert at the big Normandy/France Jazz Festival Jazz sous les Pommiers (Jazz under the Apple Trees) at the end of this week, Siggi Loch of Act has now planned a big project at the Berlin Philharmonie for 2016/2017: Jazz at Berlin Philharmonics, a series of concerts by ACT artists which will start with a great collaboration on May 21 in the main Philharmonie Hall, a Piano Summit by the same brilliant and creative Michael Wollny, the amazing Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer and the equally impressive Iiro Rantala from Finland, a Piano Summit, on May 21 in Berlin.
Posted April 26, 2016
Her album « Radio One » on the Naïve label in France will only be out on May 13, but the first splendid reviews are already coming in for trumpeter, composer and conductor Airelle Besson ’s new quartet project.
This great and much appreciated and respected young French lady musician will be touring in France and internationally with her quartet, starting with several concerts at the Coutances/Normandy Jazz festival Jazz sous les Pommiers. The first concert on April 30 will include her quartet, a symphony orchestra and the South Korean jazz star singer Youn Sun Nah, and five others are to follow at that same festival, with new creations and different musical settings.
Posted April 14, 2016
Laurent Rochelle, composer and musician, launches his quartet OKIDOKI’s new release « Si tu regardes » (“If you take a look”) scheduled for the end of the month with a Paris concert at the jazz club Sunside/Sunset on April 21. The first media reactions coming through are excellent!
PINGMACHINE, a great French ensemble of young and very creative Jazz musicians established here in France for quite a while already, has two new albums out now just recorded in Germany and released on the German label Neuklang Future. Their fascinating, adventurous approach to jazz merits the attention of all jazz fans, everywhere.
Posted April 06, 2016
The album “Responsio”, a contemporary interpretation of Guillaume de Machaut’s medieval masterpiece Messe de Nostre Dame by the Canadian contemporary classical composer Peter-Anthony Togni and his musical partner Jeff Reilly, recorded by a quartet of first class classical vocalists and Reilly’s beautiful bass clarinet, is nominated for a Juno Award (Classical album of the year : Vocal or Choral Performance) as well as being the winner of the $25.000 Nova Scotia award 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks. Their next concert will take place on April 20 at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal.
The year 2015 will be a crucial one for music, for the artists and for the music business. Times are changing more and more quickly, and we all need to adapt, find new solutions, make new connections while pursuing our various musical passions.
In France, like in many other countries, independent record companies and distributors are struggling, music publishers need to adapt to new systems at our SACEM society and need to try and make up for missing support for artists/authors/composers elsewhere; giving artistic advice, creating connections with other musicians, helping to find labels and...