Lisa Simone performs on Nišville

 Renowned American singer and actress Lisa Simone will perform on the 11th of August of this years Nišville jazz festival. Lisa Simone is the daughter of late and great jazz, soul-rhythm, blues singer and fighter for civil rights, Nina Simone. With this performance, Lisa will comemorate her mothers 85th birthday, as well as her entry to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.   Through past couple of decades, Lisa Simone has shown that she is a performer by her own merit. As a singer, she performed on numerous prestigious venues like „Karnegi Hola“ in New York, the „Lincoln Centre“, „Town Hall“, the „Sydney Opera“ and „Olympia“… commonly alongside the great female vocals such as Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Odetta, Lizz Wright and Tracy Chapman. She was the headliner for many great Jazz festivals (Montreaux, North Sea, Marciac, Telluride), and also produced five solo albums: „Simone Superstar“, „Simone on Simone“, „Lisa Simone with Tromsø Big Band: Live at the Edge”, “All Is Well” (which made it to the 4th place on the FNAC jazz list), and “My world”(2016). She participated in recording of the soundtrack for the Tyler Parry movie “For Colored Girls”, and she was the co-producer, and one of the participants in the “Netflix” documentary about her mother “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which was nominated for an Oscar a couple of years ago. Another, quite interesting, accolade of Nina is that she served as an engineers apprentice in the US Airforce in a brigade in Germany. Along that she started singing, and performing as a back vocal to various European musicians, she also went on tours as a part of a Spanish musician choir “Rafaela”. However she received her big break on Broadway, where she debuted as her Soul Sister role in the famous Andrew Lloyd Weber musical “Jesus Christ-Superstar”. Her next role was in the year 1996. in an original Broadway lineup of rock musicals (inspired by Puccini’s “La Boheme”) “Rent”, and later that year she would go on her national, year and a half long, tour performing the main role (Mimi Marquez) for which she was nominated for the prestigious awards “Helen Hayes” and “Jefferson” respectively. She made a short break from Broadway when she joined an acid jazz group “Liquid Soul” with whom she went on tours and has recorded two albums, out of which “Here’s the Deal” was nominated for the “Grammy” award of the year 2000. Her return to Broadway was even more successful: Main roles in Disney productions such as “Aida” as Aida, and Nala in the legendary “Lion King”. For the role of Aida she received the “National Broadway Award for the best actress in a Musical”. With that show she went on an American tour, and after that she went on to play in the New York’s own “Palace Theatre” for which she got highest reviews in the topic centric magazines (Variety, Billboard). Lisa has remained in that production (but also while guest starring with the same role in the “Muny Theatre” in Saint Luis) up until the tragic passing away of her mother in the year 2003. She has returned to Saint Luis three years later starring a role of Fantine in the Musical “Les Miserables”. Nishville organizers are currently in the talks with mrs.Simone about a possible acting workshop alongside her musical one.  

Four Women: Lisa Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo

“Four Women” by Nina Simone Recording session: “Sing The Truth”, Jazz à Vienne 2009 by Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo: Four Women

Featuring the Original Nina Simone Band:

Al Shackman, guitar Chris White, bass

Paul Robinson, drums

Leopoldo Fleming, percussion

Jeremy Berlin, piano

Lisa Simone “Work Song” @Jazz_in_Marciac 2015

Get your Nišville ticket set at a promotional price by the end of March!

Individual 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. Up until 31. of March ticket set for the whole festival can be purchased at a promotional price of 16 Euro which will cover all 25 concerts on the main stages, and start 1st of April of 2018. the ticket set will cost 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 entries for the VIP grandstand – the VIP seats 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 acquired 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: 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, Omar Hakim. Matt Bianco and many others. You can find more festival information at the following link:

Black Art Jazz Collective at Nisville

An all-star ensembles come to Serbia  Black Art Jazz Collective, an all-star ensemble of young American African musicians celebrating black culture in a positive way through music is going to perform at Nisville 2018 at Sunday, August 12th. The Collective was co-founded by saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and drummer Johnathan Blake. All graduating from esteemed music programs in the Northeast at the same time, the three quickly became ingrained in the New York Jazz scene as leaders and invaluable members of ensembles led by legends like Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter and others.
Black Art Jazz Collective - Nišville Jazz Festival 2018
Black Art Jazz Collective – Nišville Jazz Festival 2018
Black Art Jazz Collective came together during an important period of Black identity in American society and in the arts, one of finding new strength and identity within America’s true art form, an African American art form, Jazz. Black Art Jazz Collective brings together an all-star ensemble of young musicians who felt that it was necessary to celebrate Black culture in a positive way and the focus on camaraderie between members who grew up playing music together comes through in their music. BAJC premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in April 2013 with then member bassist Dwayne Burno. His passing the following December was a shock and upset the jazz world, not to mention theCollective. It would prove to be a challenge to find a replacement and it wasn’t until Jeremy Pelt recommended Vicente Archer that the group found a perfect replacement, one who had connections to all the members and who was influenced greatly by Burno. In 2016 a great opportunity came by way of Ken Kitchings and Jan Mullen of The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut, namely a two-night gig and an opportunity to record with the venue’s new recording equipment. Kitchings and Mullen had expressed their love ofthe group and felt that it would be a perfect fit for their debut recording project. The resulting album Black Art Jazz Collective Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club has garnered much praise and 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. The album is a tremendous example of theensemble’s incredible drive, swagger and cohesiveness, and is a fantastic document of authentic and expertly wrought music. Currently the band tours internationally performing all original music inspired by African -American icons such as W.E.B. Dubois, Sojourner Truth,Barack Obama and others. Black Art Jazz Collective is not only a band of some of the most talented and respected musicians their generation, but also a band of proud African American men dedicated to celebrating Black culture and committed to being positive role modelsto young musicians of all ethnicities and cultures. Qutoes: “The Black Art Jazz Collective is a powerhouse of contemporary jazztalent…” Downbeat Magazine “This collective sextet brings together an allstar lineup of rising postbob stars in a group with a political, as well as a musical purpose.” Joel Roberts – The New York City Jazz Record “The live audience is appreciative, and the listener will be, too. This is art music that grooves.” Brian Zimmerman – Downbeat Magazine “Black Art Jazz Collective delivered the strong tunes, sturdy structures and purposeful, formhugging improvisation” Mike Hobart – Financial Times

Omar Hakim & Rachel Z “OZ Experience” at Nišville

OZ experiance - Nisville 2018
  Legenadry drummer comes to Niš   Omar Hakim & Rachel Z “OZ Experience” at Nišville   The band “OZ Experience” led by legendarz drummer Omar Hakim and his wife – pianist Rachel Z is going to perform at Nisville 2018, at Friday, August 10th. Members of the band are also bassist Linley Marthe and guitar player JC Maillard leader of the band “Grand Baton”.    
Rachel Z_033_by John Abbott - nisville 2018
Rachel Z_033_by John Abbott – nisville 2018
  Pianist Rachel Z and drummer Omar Hakim bring their considerable skills and combined wealth of musical experiences to bear on their collaborative project, The Trio of Oz. Blending a deftly swinging jazz sensibility with their genuine love of alternative rock, the two kindred spirits put a new spin on edgy anthems like “Angry Chair” by Alice in Chains, “Sour Girl” by Stone Temple Pilots, “Lost” by Coldplay and “I Will Possess Your Heart” by Death Cab for Cutie, among others. And while some jazz-oriented interpreters of pop music often make the mistake of ‘playing at’ the music, O and Z interpret these tunes from the inside out, capturing their essence before applying creative reharmonizations, rhythmic twists and stirring improvisations. Perhaps it comes across so organically because both Rachel and Omar are uncommonly open-minded artists, equally conversant in jazz and rock – Rachel having apprenticed with Wayne Shorter and Peter Gabriel, Hakim having played with Weather Report and Miles Davis as well as Sting, Madonna and David Bowie. Or maybe their near-telepathic connection comes from the fact that they are husband and wife. Whatever the reason, the tremendously talented couple has found a perfect musical match in The Trio of Oz.
OZ experiance - Nisville 2018
OZ experiance – Nisville 2018
While the two have known each other for the past 20 years and even did sessions together, they didn’t hook up romantically until 2009. As Omar recalls, “I hadn’t seen her in maybe eight or nine years. I admired her, she admired me; we just never had a chance to really hang out. So in 2009, we were both free and we just discovered there was a vibe there. We went on a date in August, 2009, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.” Their musical collaboration began on Rachel’s 2009 album I Will Possess Your Heart for the Japanese Pony Canyon label. Omar played on half of the recording and they recognized on that session that their chemistry was both deep and immediate. “As soon as we started playing together the vibe was so thick,” Hakim recalls, “It had an instant kind of cohesiveness to it. And because both of us play rock music, I think that I was able to kind of pay respects to the original forms of the songs but then reframe them rhythmically and give them the space for the improv for Rachel to explore.” Rather than touring as the Rachel Z Trio in support of the music on I Will Possess Your Heart, Hakim suggested an alternate course. “Because the music is so banging,” he told Rachel, “why don’t we just rebrand it and call it something else and just go out and have some fun.” And so The Trio of Oz was born. They began recording sessions for their self-titled debut in April, 2010, and they have been receiving glowing reviews for their live shows with bassist Maeve Royce ever since. New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” the Morissey-penned “There is a Light” and “Det Tar Tid” by the Swedish band Dungen are other examples of the trio’s teamwork. On the bandstand or in the studio, Omar and Rachel engage in conversational call-and-response interactions from bar to bar within a song, in the tradition of all great piano trios over time from Erroll Garner to Ahmad Jamal to Bill Evans and beyond. But the repertoire is very different from the standard jazz piano trio. No other band on the scene today includes Wayne Shorter’s “E.S.P.” and “Stone Temple Pilot’s “Sour Girl” in the same set, and can cover both songs with such integrity and authenticity. Just as Miles Davis covered popular tunes of the day back in the 1950s like “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and “Someday My Prince Will Come” and John Coltrane interpreted “My Favorite Things” and “Chim-Chim-Cheree” in the 1960s, so too are Rachel and Omar putting their stamp on pop tunes of their time.
Omar HakimPhotograph by John Abbott©
Omar Hakim
Photograph by John Abbott
“I think what gives us an edge is the fact that we do play rock music,” says Hakim. “And when we’re playing rock we’re not jazz musicians who are playing rock. We are playing rock! But at the same time, both of us are steeped in jazz. I think that’s another reason why Rachel’s concept was a good fit for me. I was able to give it a shape that comes from playing rock but growing up in the jazz tradition. I could blend things differently from a guy who really didn’t grow up playing rock on drums, let alone playing rock in front of 50,000 people. So now when I hear a Coldplay song, I’m listening to it like a rock drummer but when I hear Rachel’s arrangement, I’m framing it as a jazz drummer. So it’s and interesting blend.” Adds Rachel, “We really love this music, so when we play it, we really have a respect for it that I think is really useful.” Rachel’s classical upbringing – her mother was an opera singer and she began voice lessons herself at an early age — was interrupted by her immersion in jazz as a teenager. At age 15, she went to a summer session at the Berklee College of Music and later studied with pianists Joanne Brackeen and Richie Beirach, followed by jazz studies at the New England Conservatory. She subsequently landed gigs with Mike Mainieri’s Steps Ahead in 1990 and the Al Di Meola group in 1992 before apprenticing with master composer Wayne Shorter . Her tenure in Peter Gabriel’s band during his Growing Up tours from 2002 to 2006 flung open the door to the rock world, and she’s been at the forefront of blending alternative rock and jazz ever since in her own trio. Omar’s roots are strictly in jazz. His father Hasan Hakim was a trombonist who played with such jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong and often brought his young son along with him to gigs (even allowing him to sit in at the age of 10). Growing up in Jamaica, Queens with such other musically-inclined friends as bassist Marcus Miller, keyboardist Bernard Wright, trumpeter Tom Browne and drummer Lenny White and later attending the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan put Omar on a track toward a career in music. His big break came when he joined the premier fusion group Weather Report in 1982. He subsequently ventured into the pop realm by touring and recording with superstars like Sting, Madonna and David Bowie while also appearing on albums by Mick Jagger (1987’s Primitive Cool), Dire Straits (1985’s Brothers in Arms, 1988’s Money for Nothing), Mariah Carey (1990’s Mariah Carey) and Michael Jackson (1995’s HIStory). During her years of intensive woodshedding at the New England Conservatory, Rachel was a self-described jazz purist. As she recalls, “The only non-jazz groups I really liked were Steely Dan, Yes and the Police. My attitude toward pop then was, ‘It’s all commercial bullshit!’ So I didn’t really allow myself to get into rock music then.” A turning point for her came in 1995 while working on Wayne Shorter’s Grammy Award-winning High Life album. “After that I started getting into bands like Depeche Mode, Coldplay and U2. I was a little late on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, Courtney Love, Alice in Chains. The Killers and New Order came much later. I basically caught myself up on that whole English rock scene and the alt rock scene, and I found myself kind of attracted to goth rock. So I had the concept to kind of be a goth jazz band. And that’s why I tend to pick songs that are more hard-edged.” On Coldplay’s “Lost” she uses Shorter’s style of non-functional harmony. On Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Possess Your Heart,” she incorporates a bit of Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay” while on the Morrisey song “There’s a Light,” she uses “Giant Steps” kind of changes. Says Rachel, “It’s really important to me to have blowing changes on these tunes that are as challenging as Wayne Shorter’s ‘E.S.P.’, which is another reason why we keep that song in our live sets. It’s a kind tune that really keeps you on your toes, and it also inspires people who don’t know anything about jazz to go find out more about Wayne Shorter.” She is also quick to point out that the lyrical content of some of this alternative rock piece were particularly inspiring to her. “Tunes like ‘Angry Chair’ and The Killers’ ‘When You Were Young’ are really important to me. ‘Angry Chair’ is a really dark song but the bridge is all about there’s light, there’s hope. And shortly after he wrote that tune, the singer committed suicide. And ‘When You Were Young’ is a really heavy song about dreams and love and being disillusioned. The Stone Temple Pilots song ‘Sour Girl’ has really important lyrics to me. And ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ has really intense lyrics that Omar and I really like. ‘There Is A Light’ is a dark, twisted lyric about if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is a wonderful way to die. And the lyrical content of these songs really plays into the arrangement for both of us. Because Omar will play a beat that goes with the feeling. And we both have such a conversational thing going on through all of these songs.” Adds Omar, “Oh, it’s incredible, man! It’s this weird, magical thing that happens when we play together. It’s almost like it taps you on the shoulder in a way, ‘Here it is, here’s the magic.’” While Rachel and Omar are touring this summer in The Trio of Oz, they will also be backing Italian legend Pino Daniele on some select concerts in Europe.   PRESS QUOTES
  • The Guardian/John Fordham: “Witty, original, focused,
and a formidable exponent of a post-Herbie Hancock/ McCoy Tyner style meets the Bad Plus, Z makes a charismatic role model…the pairing of Z and Hakim turns up the intensity and the piano virtuosity more”
  • Financial Times/Mike Hobart: “….Rachel Z, whose new
piano trio dovetails the detailed choreography of jazz into the flimsier structures of pop and rock. It featured the pyrotechnic flare of drummer Omar Hakim – introduced, not inconceivably, as “the best drummer in the world” – and any musician would need to be on their mettle simply to keep
  1. Rachel Z not only complemented Hakim’s rhythmic
tiger, but also joined a still small group of jazz musicians whose canny arrangements and trenchant swing rejig indie pop into unadulterated jazz.”
  • JAZZWISE UK July 2007: “there are few artists as gifted as
Miss Z”.
  • LA Times/Don Heckman: “…Z’s piano work, with its
marvelous combination of air, flow and rhythm…”.
  • Keyboard Magazine: “If you’re a jazz aficionado, this CD
will give you newfound respect for rock songwriting. If you’re not, it may well turn you into one. Essential listening.”  

Second Round of Promo Prices for Nisville Jazz Festival 2018 Ticket Sets

SECOND ROUND OF PROMO PRICES FOR NISVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018 TICKET SETS The 35 th international Nišville jazz festival 2018 will be held from 3 rd to 12 th of August, with the main festival programs to be held from 9 th until 12th of August 2018 at the Fortress of Niš. A total of 1000 participants will be performing at 250 shows on 20 different stages and scenes. The tickets for 25 concerts at the main stage (Earth & Sky Stage), from January 22nd, 2018 will be sold at the price of 17 Euro. The ticket set will be also for the Midnight Jazzdance Stage, where eminent world and local DJs will perform. The purchased sets will also be valid for the Nišville Jazz Theater festival, as well as for the Nišville Movie Summit. Otherwise, the price of the set immediately prior to the festival will be 35 Euro and the individual ticket will cost 13 Euro. The number of promo tickets is limited and a special discount of 50% for the sets will be valid until the end of the contingent sale. Tickets can be purchased at all CS Eventim stores in Serbia and abroad, as well as online at nis-niska- tvrdava- 474116/event.html CS Eventim stores: The organizers emphasize that the ticket set is valid for one person only. The tickets are exchanged for a special festival bracelet at the festival entrance. More information at

Nišvil: Hodočašće ljubitelja umetnosti i brana neukusu

U Beogradskom kulturnom centru u galeriji “Artget” održana je pres konferencija povodom 34. Internacionalnog jazz festivala Nišvil koji se ove godine održava od 10. do 13. avgusta. Na konferenciji se velikom broju novinara obratila Bisera Veletanlić, dobitnica Nagrade za životno delo, Ivan Barčić, muzičar i Ivan Blagojević, direktor festivala.

Dobitnica ovogodišnje Nagrade za životno delo “Nišvila” pevačica Bisera Veletanlić kaže da je iznenađena i da nije mogla da veruje kada su joj javili pre dva meseca.

“Veoma se radujem i veoma sam iznenađenja. Prvo sam ustvari iznenađena da su se uopšte setili mene. Mene uglavnom nema kad treba da se nešto hvali. Na to sam navikla i od toga više ne bežim. Bilo bi mi smešno da se desi drugačije. Nešto tu ne bi štimalo. U svakom slučaju jedva čekam da se susretnem sa niškom publikom. Imala sam tu čast i zadovoljstvo da budem dva, tri puta ispred njih i Nišlije su me uvek izuzetno razumele. Ja to tako objašnjavam. To je suština. Razumeli su to, šta, kako i zašto ja radim”, kaže Bisera Veletanlić.

Direktor festivala Ivan Blagojević je istakao da Nišvil jazz festival ide preko svojih granica u misiji da, kao i do sada, bude hodočašće za sve ljubitelje umetnosti i brana neukusu.

“Ove godine smo malo i preterali, imaćemo 130 koncerata na 12 bina, 700 muzičara, 16 pozorišnih predstava, 100 filmova, 20 akademskih slikara i vajara, 20 strip crtača, sijaset promocija, izložbi. I dalje smo na barikadama zaštite nacionalnog bića, svi mi koji se bavimo kulturom i to je poslednja linija odbrane. Mogu da kažem da imamo dobru saradnju sa Gradom i sa Ministarstvom turizma. I dalje nedovoljno sa Ministarstvom kulture i na žalost potpuno smo izopšteni sa konkursa Ministarstva omladine i sporta, tako da će naših 300 volontera biti uskraćeno za neke stvari”, kaže Blagojević.

Blagojević dodaje i da Nišvil Nišu višestruko vraća ono što se u njega ulaže. To se najviše ogleda, kaže on, u popunjenosti svih smeštajnih kapaciteta u gradu i rasprodatim letovima.

Darko Rundek & ‘Apocalypso Now’ na Nišvilu

Darko Rundek & ‘Apocalypso Now’ na Nišvilu

Jedan od najznačajnijih kantautora sa ex Yu prostora – Darko Rundek, nastupiće sa svojim sastavom ‘Apocalypso Now’ na predstojećem Nišvilu u subotu 12. avgusta.   Rundek je ovog leta ponovo okupio veliki bend za regionalnu turneju povodom 20 godina od izlaska svog prvog samostalnog albuma “Apocalypso”. “‘Apokalipso’ izlazi remasteriran na dvostrukom vinilu i u bogato opremljenom boksu sa nikad objavljenim snimkama Haustorovih ‘Dovitljivih malih čudaka’ iz 1990. godine, a taj ćemo rođendan proslaviti i ograničenom serijom koncerata sa za tu priliku okupljenim velikim bendom i hepeningom pod naslovom ‘Apocalypso Now'”, objasnio je Rundek. “Apocalypso Now” je produkcijski zaokružen muzičko-scenski projekt, sa sedam pratećih muzičara, autorskim videom i svetlosnim efektima namenjen velikim scenama sa više hiljada posetilaca. “Apokalypso Now” će predstaviti svu intimnost, lepotu i raskoš Rundekove muzike i poetike, koja je postala delom života više generacija publike, od tinejdžera do ljudi koji su za sobom ostavili više od pola veka. Rundek je za ovu turneju okupio muzičare raznih generacija, od izvrsne dvadesetogodišnje saksofonistkinje Ane Kovačić i večnog mladića Igora Pavlice na trubi, preko mladih pripadnika nove zagrebačke scene Roka Crnića (Porto Morto) na basu, Mire Manojlovića (Cul-de-Sac) na udaraljkama i Janka Novoselića (TBF, Chui) na bubnjevima, do članova Cargo Trija Isabel i Duce Vranića. “U izboru pjesama, težište je na slavljeničkom albumu ‘Apocalypso’ i onim pjesmama unazad tih 20 godina, koje nam danas najviše znače”, kaže Darko. Vođa uticajnog zagrebačkog Haustora, Darko Rundek predstavio se samostalno 1997. godine albumom “Apokalipso”, na kome je sarađivao sa oko 20 muzičara, ponudivši istinski kaleidoskop različitih stilova koji je brzo stekao veliko poštovanje publike i kritike. Na albumu su se našle pesme “Apokalipso”, “Grane smo na vjetru”, “Senor”… Prethodno, “Dovitljivi mali čudaci” trebali su biti peti album Haustora, ali pre nego što je završen, bend se raspao 1990. godine. Pesme planirane za “Čudake” kao što su “Ista slika”, “More more”, “Šuvar i varivo” završile su na kraju na “Apokalipsu”. Rundek je zatim objavio “U širokom svijetu” (2000), a za sledeći album “Ruke” (2002)  iza sebe je okupio mnogoljudni Cargo orkestar sa kojim je snimio i “Mhm a-ha oh yeah da-da” (2006), da bi potom sa Rundek Cargo Trijom objavio “Plavi avion” (2010) i “Mostove” (2015).

Art to Go Jazzy – Artistic colonization of Nis Fortress

Art to Go Jazzy – Artistic colonization of Nis Fortress

Nisville and ARTEF invite young artsists Nišville Foundation and the Association of Artist ARTEF invites young artists up to 36 years, which are expressing in the form of sculptures, paintings and drawings, to apply for the participation on the second, artistic colonization of Nis Fortress called “ART TO GO JAZZY”. From our participants will be expected to adapt their work to the idea of the festival. Thematic determinant is the jazz as freedom of artistic expression, as the name of the project says “ART TO GO JAZZY”. The competition is aimed at artists from home and abroad, because we aspire to this project in a truly compelling way to introduce and implement the idea of multiculturalism, and multi universalism, different expressions and form in one place.We also encourage the authors who are working in the form of the performance and multimedia to send their proposals and suggestions to our email address The competition is open until 20 July 2017. It is necessary to submit a brief biography and three works in the field of drawings, sculptures and paintings with information on the name, size and technique in PDF format to the email address: Incomplete applications will not be considered, as well as those received after the expiry of the competition. All artists will be provided with accommodation, food and tickets for the festival.The results will be announced by the end of July, at the official website of the Nisville jazz festival and on the official Facebook page of the Association of Artist ARTEF This year the venue of the colony will be the third corridor of Niš Fortress in front of the burned-out studios. With that we continue our fight for their renewal, because since the time they were burned-out (since 2003. Year) they stands as a mockery and ugly reminder of the attitude and the way in which the competent institutions treat artists and authors with the reputation of prominent artists whose works were burned along with the walls.   We are expecting your applications, Nisville and ARTEF team.

Nišville Jazz Theater – Opening Year

Nisville Jazz Festival is from this zear starting- International Nisville Jazz THEATER FESTIVAL 6-13.08.2017.This year the topic for it  is UNDER THE RHYTHM OF LONGINGS. Performances will take place in the Niš Fortress, the House of Officers, amphitheater-scene Saban Bajramovic, the bridge near the Niš Fortress, in the  tent,in the park closed to Haouse of Officers, on the streets and squares of Nis.

This year our guests are: Theatre En Vol-GERNIKA (I) Street Theater Parade-Y (SRB) Theater Fire- Circles (SRB) DAH Teatar-DADA’S WOMEN – ONE IMAGINARY EXHIBITION (SRB) Ruth Margraff  and Café Antarsia Ensemble –TEMPTATION O F THE FRESH VOLUPTUOUS,USA Littel Theater Dusko  Radović- Book of Wondering (SRB) IUI TRANSITION DANCE COMPANY -Triptih Nušić (SRB / PL) ADA Contemporary dance – IN Between (BGR) No  doctor for Dead-Grenland Friteater (NOR) Masquerade-co-production: of Subotica  Theater for children and Segedin’s Puppet theater (SRB / HUNG) Edit Piaff-THREEPENNY (SRB) Packed-CIRKUSFERA (SRB) Moro-Voix Polyphoniques (F)

Alice in the land of Zmaja ( kite,dragon,Serbian poet)-DAH Teatar(SRB) Circus-Papepet  scene Pepino (SRB)

    The Festival will organise 3 theter’s workshops and 3 talks on a specifick teams. YOU ARE WCOME!

Alpha Blondy and Solar System at Nišville 2017

Alpha Blondy and Solar System at Nišville 2017

Famous reggae star Alpha Blondy is going to perform at Nišville festival 2017 (friday, August 11th) with his band Solar System. 07 Alpha 2 Alpha Blondy (born Seydou Koné; 1 January 1953 in Dimbokro, Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Many of his songs are politically and socially motivated, and are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French and in English, though he occasionally uses other languages, for example, Arabic or Hebrew. First son of a family of eight children, Seydou Koné was raised by his grandmother, growing up in what he described as “among elders”, which later was to have a big impact on his career. In 1962, Alpha Blondy went to join his father in Odienné, where he spent ten years, attended Sainte Elisabeth High School, and was involved in the Ivory Coast students movement. He formed a band in high school, but this hobby affected his schooling and he was expelled due to poor attendance. His parents sent him to study English in Monrovia, the capital city of neighboring country Liberia in 1973. He spent thirteen months there and moved to the United States to improve his English. In 1974, Seydou moved to New York where he majored in English at Hunter College, and later in the Columbia University American Language Program because he wanted to be a teacher. In New York he met Rastafarians for the first time, and was also able to see concerts by Jamaican artists such as Burning Spear. Seydou was involved in multiple altercations in New York and returned to the Ivory Coast, where he got into even more trouble until he met up with one of his childhood friends, Fulgence Kassi, who had become a noted television producer. This was the beginning of his real career as a musician, and he began to use the name “Alpha Blondy”. After various TV shows for Kassi, Blondy recorded his first solo album in 1982, entitled Jah Glory. This album was to have enormous success and would become later a symbol of resistance because of the song “Brigadier Sabari,” which documents his experience of being arrested in Abidjan in the 1980s and his subsequent mistreatment by the police.[4] Alpha Blondy became a big star in Abidjan with his African twist of Reggae music, becoming in the eyes of his fans “the Bob Marley of Africa”. Alpha Blondy is spiritual, political and positive just like Marley himself, and recorded a cover of Bob Marley’s song “War”. In order to reach more people with his message, he chose to sing in many languages: English; French; Baoulé, and his native language – Dioula.[5] Later, he also brought new instrumentation to his brand of reggae such as the violin and cello. Soon, the fame of Alpha Blondy spread to Europe. Following the success of an EP entitled Rasta Poué, he went to Paris in 1984 to make his second album, Cocody Rock, with the label Pathe Marconi. The “Bob Marley of Africa” travelled to the island of Jamaica and recorded the title track of this album with Marley’s backing group, The Wailers. Back home in 1985, Blondy went into the studio to record “Apartheid is Nazism”, a call for the end of apartheid. In 1986, he recorded “Jerusalem” at Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica, again with The Wailers featuring legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett. Blondy tried to promote unity between the religion of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. He drew his arguments and inspiration from his own diverse knowledge of the Bible, the Quran, and the Torah. That same year, he sang in Hebrew during a concert in Morocco. At this point, he was continuously touring. His new album Revolution had a lighter, gentler sound; this album featured cellos in the instrumentation, and the line-up included veteran Ivory Coast singer Aicha Kone. The album also included “Jah Houphouët parle”, a long speech by Ivory Coast president Félix Houphouët-Boigny with only the most minimal beat behind it. Blondy spent the years 1987–89 giving concerts and recording SOS Guerre Tribale in Abidjan. This was promoted by Blondy himself, as he was distancing himself from Pathe Marconi at this stage. This was not to be a real success but it did not deter Blondy and in 1991 he returned to Europe for a concert tour and to record his famous album Masada with the help of musical legends such as Bocana Maiga and UK reggae producer Dennis Bovell. The album, with its hit single “Rendez Vous”, was a huge success, and Blondy was later to receive his first Gold Disc in Paris. At the beginning of 1993, worn out from a world tour, Blondy succumbed to depression and was taken into an institution for psychiatric help. But as his health recovered he recorded the album Dieu (“God”), on which he appears more spiritual and religious, on tracks such as “Heal Me”, about his illness and recovery. Blondy’s psychiatric treatment continued but on 10 December 1994, he was back with the festival in memory of President Houphouet, and later he made his European comeback at a storming concert at Le Zenith in Paris. In 1996, Blondy released a hits compilation and went back into the studio to record the album Grand Bassam Zion, singing in six languages: Malinke; Arabic; French; English;Ashanti and Wolof. After two more years in Paris, Blondy returned to his homeland in 1998, with a new album, The Prophet. Convinced his label was too focused on the international market, he decided to create his own label. Since then he has recorded albums and singles, such as “Yitzhak Rabin”, in memory of the Israeli prime minister who was assassinated in 1995 (this was accompanied by a grueling tour of Europe), the single “Journaliste en Danger” from his 2000 album Elohim. Alpha Blondy celebrated 20 years as a recording artist with the 2002 release of CD MERCI, featuring Ophelie Winter and Saian Supa Crew, which earned him a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Reggae Album”. However, due to the political situation in Ivory Coast, he was unable to personally attend the award ceremony in New York City. In an unprecedented move, the Grammy Awards permitted him to send a representative in his place of honour. In 2005 Akwaba was released. His CD Jah Victory was released July 2007. It features Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, as well as Tyrone Downie formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers. “Victory” is in honor of the peace agreement that was reached and implemented in the Ivory Coast in March 2007. One of Blondy’s most popular and successful songs was “Sébé Allah Y’é”. On 19 July 2009, Blondy performed at New York’s Central Park before a crowd of many native Africans, Jamaicans, and Americans. On 13 June 2010, a large crowd was allowed into a Blondy concert in the Ivory Coast to celebrate the peace and unity of the country. Ironically, overcrowded conditions at the concert resulted in at least 20 people being injured, two of whom died. On 27 June 2010, Alpha Blondy was the closing act at Parkpop, The Hague, Netherlands. He replaced Snoop Dogg and Beenie Man. Blondy has also been an important influence on other African reggae artists such as Ismaël Isaac. In November 2014 singer/songwriter Jonathan Wilson released an EP called Slide By featuring the song “Alpha Blondy Was King”. Released in January 2015, the Roots Reggae Library featured an edition on Alpha Blondy with interpretations and translations of songs in all languages, including those in Dioula. Alpha Blondy was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother, and was brought up by a grandmother “who taught him to love everyone”. Blondy’s respect for all religions and the spirituality he derives from them can be heard on the tracks “God is One” or “Jerusalem” where he sang for unity between all religions in 1986. Alpha Blondy was named United Nations Ambassador of Peace for Côte d’Ivoire in 2005. He made great efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to his country’s political and physical division which was a result of an attempted coup in 2001. As of March 2007 a peace agreement was signed and implemented, due to the hard work of many people including Alpha Blondy. Alpha now reaches out further with the newly created not-for-profit, non-government, non-political, charitable foundation, Alpha Blondy Jah Glory Foundation, which works towards ending social injustice and generational poverty by giving people the tools that they need to help themselves. He strongly believes in helping the poor (Jah Glory), and also that children should not be hurt. The Foundation strives to create and implement grassroots programs at the village level, such as the Women’s Self-Sufficiency Micro Loan Program, to teach women who are caring for multiple orphans how to start and manage their own business, to better provide for their families, as well as other sustainable projects, such as the Tafari-Genesis Retreat Camp for Children (Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso). It especially hopes to bring joy and hope to children who have been affected by civil wars, former child soldiers, and those who suffer from chronic life-threatening illnesses, such as sickle-cell anemia, malaria, asthma, etc. Alpha Blondy continues to fight for peace and unity all around the world through music. A recent example is his single “Who Are You” with Ophélie Winter against antipersonnel mines. He has also participated at many humanitarian and charity concerts, such as the concert in Senegal in March 2006 for the eradication of Malaria in Africa (where he appeared along with many other celebrities). He also continues this work in Ivory Coast itself, at his annual free concert at Bassam beach called “festa”.