The world famous music group from France “The Gipsy Kings”, whose frontman is the guitarist Paco Baliardo, will perform on Sunday, the 12th of August, on the final evening of this years “Nišville” jazz festival, continuing the finest tradition of “flamenco – gipsy jazz” expression as a part of their coming world tour.
This unique travelling music family will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, and as a part of “Nišville” they will be receiving the most prestigious award – Grand Prix statuette of Šaban Bajramović which is awarded each year to the most important world fusion jazz musicians. Paco Baliardo is the son of the famous guitarist and singer Ricardo Baliardo, famous under his stage name Manitas De Plata (“Silver hands”) who brought flamenco, beforehand a local musical tradition, to the world, and the man who was characterized by the great Pablo Picasso as “Greater than even himself!”.
It has been 25 years since The Gipsy Kings have graced the public with their first ever album which has gone gold and platinum all over the world, introducing millions to the unique and wonderful mix of traditional flamenco sounds to the beats of western pop and Latino music, at the same time mixing them with the gipsy jazz expression. Since then the band has been on many tours all the time reaching all corners of the world, selling 20 million copies of their albums.
Recently, The Gipsy Kings have returned to the scene with their ninth album SAVOR FLAMENCO. With this project the group members were able, for the first time in their careers, to record their own music, independent from big recording studios.
Through the years, the “King’s” music has incorporated Latino and Cubano styles, Arabic traditional music, reggae and jazz guitar sounds, which often reminds of French “gipsy swing” virtuoso – Django Reindhart. Despite that, as can be heard on their new album, they have never lost their strong connection with the traditional flamenco sounds they’ve inherited from their predecessors. “Bamboleo”, “Volare”, “You’ve got a friend in me”, are some of the greatest hits of this group, which are fan favorites through generations of this genre’s fans. Their brilliant cover of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” is another musical project The Gipsy Kings are very famous for.
A very interesting fun fact about the group is that they draw inspiration fron their living place in Montpellier, France, where they spend their free time while they’re not touring with their families. Each time they come back to their enclave on the south of France, they relieve their experiences as migrants.
The slogan of The Gipsy Kings’ current tour is a very effective one:
“The Music of “The Kings” will make the whole world dance!”.
Their prestigious awards:
Victoire de la Musique: Group of the year (1990)
Roots (2004) named best album of the year at the
2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards 2005
Grand Prix of the SACEM Directory for Export 2012
GRAMMY best Album WORLD MUSIC 2014
Nisville 2018 – presale ticketsIndividual night tickets for Nišville 2018. on sale starting the 1st of April!
The 35th International Nish Jazz festival „Nišville 2018“ will be held from the 3rd to the 12th of August, with the main festival program spanning four days: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of August (2018), within the fortress of Nish. The festival will be hosting a record of 1000 performers which will be presenting 250 different performances throughout 20 different stages and sets.
Starting 1st of April of 2018. the ticket set costs 20 Euro. In the tradition of previous years, the ticket sets include the popular Midnight Jazzdance stage, which hosts prestigious DJs and Producers from Serbia and all around the world, as well as the most of the following programs of the festival.
Starting sunday, April 1st, tickets for individual festival nights will be sold at the price of 12 Euro, as well as entrys for the VIP grandstand – the VIP sets will be sold at the price of 33 Euro and the VIP tickets for individual nights of the festival will be sold at the price of 16 Euro.
Tickets can be aquired in all outlets which are a part of CS Eventim network in Serbia and abroad, as well as via online store at the following link:
CS Eventim stores: http://www.eventim.rs/en/outlets/?
The organizers of the festival exclaim that every ticket counts for one person. The ticket is taken at the entrance of the festival and a bracelet is acquired in place of the ticket.
Among many of the performers, the festival will host some of the names such as: Gipsy Kings, Lisa Simone, Inner Circle, Omarr Hakim. Matt Bianco and many others.
You can find more festival information at the following link:
One of the most popular Latin jazz bands in the world, British MATT BIANCO will perform at this year’s Nisville Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 11, 2108.
Matt Bianco is a UK group formed in 1982 by Mark Reilly (vocals),Danny White (keyboards) and the late Kito Poncioni (bass) , all originally members of the band Blue Rondo A La Turk. For their first album “Whose Side Are You On ?” they hired unknown polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska. Her vocal arrangements gave the album a jazzy dimension that Reilly and White couldn’t anticipate and hits like “Get Out of Your Lazy Bed” and “Half a Minute” turned Matt Bianco into one of the biggest acts of the 1980s . The bands name suggests that Matt Bianco is a personal name, but Matt Bianco is a fictitious character they invented from the spy, secret agent world that laid the concept for their music and imagery. “We loved spy TV themes and film s the 50s/60s/70s” said Mark Reilly
Basia and Danny White left the group after the first album to pursue a solo-career with Sony under the name Basia. Mark Reilly now without a musical partner found keyboard player and session musician Mark Fisher and recorded the next (self titled) Matt Bianco album which included the big hit “Yeah Yeah”, followed up by a European tour that saw them perform in front of more than 250,000 people.
Now Matt Bianco was a household name in Europe and Warner Brothers thought it was time to get them into the U.S. market. In 1988 they hired Gloria Estefan’s husband and producer Emilio Estefan and recorded the album “Indigo”, which included the singles “Don’t Blame It On That Girl” and “Good Times”. Another song “Wap Bam Boogie” became European dance single of the year.
After another album with Warner Brothers – “Samba In Your Casa” (1991), Reilly and Fisher split from their record company and went freelance. From now on they would record their albums in their own studios and then offer them to independent distributors worldwide. This way they had total artistic freedom but still scored contracts with ZYX Music ,Intercord in Europe and JVC-Victor in Asia. They created a loyal fan base in Japan and the rest of Asia with the albums “Another Time Another Place,” “Gran Via”, “World-Go-Round”, “A/ Collection”, “Rico” and “Echoes” with great success.
Basia and Danny White joined with Mark Reilly to reform the original Matt Bianco in 2003, after 20 years apart. In 2004, Matt Bianco released the album “Matt’s Mood” on Universal Records. The following year they embarked on a world tour which included stops in the UK, Japan, and the United States.
In 2009 Mark Reilly and Mark Fisher joined forces again and released the album “HiFi Bossanova” on the German label Edel, their first studio album together for 7 years. They went on to perform concerts and jazz festivals worldwide and in 2012 released the album entitled “Hideaway”.
Mark Reilly looking to expand his creative outlook now teamed up with the Dutch band New Cool Collective to make a collaboration album called “The Things You Love” ( New Cool Collective – Mark Reilly/Matt Bianco ) which along with concerts all over Holland has been very well received on it’s release in November 2015 .The album had a Worldwide release with JVC/Edel and a tour started in March 2016 carrying on into 2017 with great success.
Mark Reilly is looking forward to the next chapter of Matt Bianco after the sad loss of his long term partner Mark Fisher.
A new Matt Bianco album nears completion featuring a new band of musicians from the Jazz world. The new album was recorded in Brixton London and Stockholm with collaborations from Jazz saxophonists Dave O’Higgins and Magnus Lindgren, mixed by Mark in his studio in London.
The new album “Gravity” is available now on CD + Download
Legendary reggae band for the very first time in SerbiaInner Circle at Nisville 2018 openingAs part of the world tour of the great jubilee – 50 years of existence, one of the most significant reggae band – INNER CIRCLE will be on the opening of the upcoming Nišville Jazz Festival on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
When looking at Inner Circle and their 20 year plus history in the reggae field there is much more than what meets the eye. This Jamaican bred, Grammy award winning quintet, is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70′s. Inner Circle blends a special style of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy that have made them the leading stars of their movement. Their spirit through the power of reggae within live performances has allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and create a widespread crossover appeal. Inner Circle plays at many of the world’s largest music festivals, headlining alongside such towering pop and rock music icons as Elton John, Van Morrison, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and many others.
In 1978, while playing for the One Love Reggae Peace Concert in Jamaica, the historic event in the film “Heartland Reggae,” which featured Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, the band achieved a major breakthrough when Chris Blackwell signed the group to Island Records. That same year, they achieved substantial commercial success with the Island album “Everything Is Great,” which became a Top 20 hit in the U.K and a Top 10 smash in France, and produced the popular singles “Mary, Mary” and “Music Machine.”
Tragically, just as the band was poised for a major international breakthrough, Jacob Miller, the lead vocalist was killed in a car accident on March 23, 1980. Devastated, the rest of the band broke up. Ian Lewis and Harvey moved to Miami and opened a recording studio named Circle House, while Roger Lewis joined them not too long after. Inner Circle became one of the first Jamaican groups to tour in the U.S.
Circle House Studios remains one of the most prominent recording studios in Miami to date and was the home of the 2014 worldwide smash hit “Happy,” by Pharell Williams.
Inner Circle achieved new levels of international success in the 1990s. The title track of the album “Bad Boys” became a #1 hit in almost every European territory, and sold approximately seven million copies worldwide. Meanwhile, the Fox television network chose “Bad Boys” as the theme song for its reality show Cops, premiering in March 1989. As the program turned into a hit, “Bad Boys” became a household pop-culture reference. Marking the 25-year anniversary that “Bad Boys” has been on Cops, it has been named the #1 most played reggae song across the world. “Sweat (A La La La La Long)” exploded across the world right after, topping the charts in several countries in Asia, South America, Australia, and New Zealand as well as the European continent where it became the most played record in Germany and remained at #1 for a full three months.
After winning a 1993 Grammy for Best Reggae Album with “Bad Boys,” the band scored again with the 1994 album Reggae Dancer, which earned another Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. “Summer Jammin” was featured in the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy’s film Beverly Hills Cop III. The track “Bad Boys” became a hit again when it was used as a title song for the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action film with the same name, including the sequel, Bad Boys II.
Since 1997 Inner Circle has undertaken one of its most intense periods of touring, playing to enormous crowds, often in territories where few touring acts dare to venture.
“In the last three or four years, we’ve been everywhere in the world, ” says Roger Lewis. “Brazil, Guam, India, Taipei, Beirut, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Asia, India the United Arab Emirates,” continues Lancelot Hall. “To some people a world tour is North America, Europe and Japan, but not us. If it’s on the map, we’re going there.” “Traveling around the world, you really learn that everybody’s basically the same,” observes Ian Lewis.
Inner Circles recent collaborations include a remix of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dog’s “Young Wild and Free,” featuring Bizerk, and I-Octane, which has reached up to 3 million views on YouTube, an amazing feat for a reggae track. Recently in May of 2014 young artistes and producers Chronixx, Steven McGregor, Don Corleone and Supa Dups assembled together at Circle House Studios. Chronixx is the latest to work with the Miami based veterans. He sang the lyrics to Tenement Yard with Miller’s distinctive vocals from the original track in the background. According to Lewis, “Jacob would be very happy…It’s a perfect bridge of past and present.” He says, “This song is gonna run Reggae Music.” Inner Circle is also releasing new projects with the talents of Nengo and Flo Rida in a song called “Fall in Love.” They also recently did a “One Love” remix and included the works of artist Pitbull, as well as Peter Morgan.
Roger Lewis, Inner Circle’s co-founder and guitar player, says working with contemporary reggae acts is their way of reaching out to a new generation.
“In a way (it is) to reach a new ‘demo’ but we collaborate with the artists we feel have the right vibe and who touch us musically,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
“We are all one, regardless of our different ideas, and music is the best way to communicate that. Music is the highest language; it transcends politics, geography, and skin color, and it transcends all the things that separate people.” According to Touter Harvey, “The name Inner Circle means family, and that’s what we are. We’re all devoted to the band and each other, and that’s what makes us strong. We believe in the spiritual vibes of family and friends. Our success is nothing without warm, genuine people around to share it. Being successful is day-to-day just trying to be happy and keeping it real.”
As of Tuesday, October 03, the ticket sets for Nišville 2018 will be on sale at the price of 12.5 euros each. This promo price is available for first 500 tickets only.
The 35th international Nišville jazz festival 2018 (August 03 -12), held at the Fortress of Niš, Serbia, will include 250 performances of the total of 1000 musicians at 20 stages. The 60% discount for the ticket sets means that you pay less than 0.5 euros per performance at the main festival venues. The original price of a ticket set is 35€.