Hazari&Kornelije Kovač (SRB)
The idea of the performance of Serbian ethno jazz pioneers Hazari, together with a guru of former Yugoslavian pop, rock and jazz scene Kornelije Bata Kovac, is based on experimental combination of different elements of modern music, mostly jazz, folk, electro/ambiental and pop. Hazari and Kornelije both have great experience in working with folk and jazz content. This cooperation is directed towards creating a unique musical design of Serbia.
Solomon Burke (USA)
Saskia Laroo band (NDL)
Saskia Laroo, hailed by American public and press at large as “Lady Miles of Europe”, is one of the few women trumpet stylists, blowing for more than three decades. She began on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming of becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music.
Rambo Amadeus (SRB)
Real musical maverick, he manages to stay clear from usual “radio friendly” music, often using it for parody. Some fans compare his style and career path with those of Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart. His stage name itself is made from John Rambo and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Self proclaimed World Mega Emperor is famous for his wacky jazz-funk, twisted lyrics and unpredictable live acts packed with brutal satire sometimes bordering on stand-up comedy.
Ori Dakari (IZR)
Ori grew up in Israel, where he started playing the guitar at the age of 12. At the age of 18 he was acknowledged by the Israeli Ministry of culture as an “Outstanding Musician”.
In 2004, Ori received a special scholarship and award from the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston where he began study with Jazz masters like Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Mark Whitefield... In 2007 Ori had moved to New York and he is now entering the New York scene as a sideman and as a bandleader performing his original music
Divas Voice (SRB)
Female vocal quintet Divas Voice was founded in 2008 by the members of the Academic Choir of Nis (Marija Vasić, Tamara Đorđević, Milica Dejanović, Ivana Milošević, Jelena Stevanović). Their debut was on traditional New Year concert of Academic Choir in 2008
Flat Earth Society (AUT)
The Flat Earth Society (FES) is a Belgian big band ensemble founded and led by Peter Vermeersch. They mix the rich Belgian brass band tradition with characteristic topsy-turvy creativity. Their earliest gig took place in 1997, when they performed a composition by Peter Vermeersch to accompany a circus act by De Circusplaneet during the Oorsmeer festival.
Roy Hargrove quintet (USA)
Roy Hargrove is one of the leading jazz trumpeters and multiple Grammy award winner.
A fine, straight-ahead player who spent his childhood years in Texas, Hargrove met trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis in 1987, when the latter musician visited Hargrove’s high school in Dallas.
Slivovitz was born in September 2001 in Naples and ever since the band hasn’t stopped moving, growing, changing shape and direction always in the groove of instrumental music related to ethnically tuned jazz rock. Neurotic, restless and of course striving to shifting during these years, the band has been playing throughout Italy, Hungary, Spain, and Austria.
Georgie Fame trio (GB)
Georgie Fame’s swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K. He also peppered his repertoire with Jamaican ska and bluebeat tunes, helping to popularize that genre in England; during his later years, he was one of the few jazz singers of any stripe to take an interest in the vanishing art of vocalese, and earned much general respect from jazz critics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Zdenka Kovačiček (CRO)
Zdenka Kovacic is one of the most important female vocals from ex-Yugoslav area. During the career that lasted almost five decades, she successfully sang in various music genres such as jazz, blues, rock, soul, gospel…She was also an actress in a musical and classical theatre.
Kal is an urban Romany band from Belgrade that plays a music genre that Western critics have called “Rock’n’Roma”. Since 2006 the band has played over 400 concerts abroad. They performed at many major national and international festivals (Roskilde, Denmark, Fuzion, Berlin, Sziget in Budapest ...) and they also performed twice in the USA.
Benny Golson and Kelag Big Band (USA/AUT)
The legendary tenor saxophone player, composer and arranger, 82-year-old Benny Golson is the only active musician of his generation. After graduating from Howard University, Golson joined Bull Moose Jackson’s rhythm and blues band; Tadd Dameron, whom Golson came to consider the most important influence on his writing, was Jackson’s pianist at the time.
Serkan Cagri (TUR)
Classically educated clarinetist Serkan Cagri was born near the intersection of Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece and the author’s style is just a result of mixing different cultures and traditions. He has performed with different groups at the most important European festivals (Montreux Jazz, Jazz a Vienne, Rhythm Sticks, Moers Festival, Etnomalaga, Skopje Jazz Festival ...).
Simone Zanchini quartet (ITA)
Simone Zanchini is one of the most interesting and innovative accordion players on the international scene. He is an eclectic artist, whose concert activity involves groups from various fields of music (improvisation, contemporary music, jazz, classical music). He has performed at the most important international festivals: Umbria Jazz, Ravenna Festival, Rossini opera Festival, Teggiano Jazz etc. He also received a diploma in classical accordion from the Conservatory “G.Rossini” of Pesaro.
Djabe & Steve Hackett (HU, GB)
Steve Hackett is legendary guitarist best known for his work with famous group Genesis during their best years. His first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte is known as a lost Genesis album, featuring Collins and Michael Rutherford in its lineup of musicians. Unlike this album, his first post-Genesis solo album was ‘Please Don’t Touch!’ which deliberately hewed very far from his old group’s progressive. In 1986, Hackett hooked up with Yes guitarist Steve Howe to form GTR, a group that was very famous in the USA.
Manu Dibango & Soul Makossa Gang (FRA)
Manu Dibango is Cameroon’s and perhaps Africa’s best-known jazz saxophonist. Starting in the 1950s, he became a globe-trotting musician, living and performing in France, Belgium, Jamaica, Zaire, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as in Cameroon.
In 1960, Dibango was one of the founding members of the Zairean band African Jazz, in which he spent five years. World attention came to Dibango with the release in 1972 of Soul Makossa (often considered the first disco record), a work that actually had precious little of the makossa sound in it, and scored later hits with Seventies and Ibida. Dibango’s output has been prodigious and multi-faceted.
Brakka Soundsystem (NOR)
Brakka Soundsystem started in 2004 as collaboration between Leo Sande Gasnier and Torkel Buaroy. The Soundsystem is based in Bronnoysund, Norway and become a more collectivized session/workshop based group under the initiative of Leo who also produces the tracks.
De Phazz (GER)
De Phazz is a downtempo jazz ensemble integrating modern turntablism and elements of soul, Latin, trip hop and drum and bass into a lounge music sound. De Phazz is led by German-Austrian producer Peter “Pit” Baumgartner, who surrounded himself with a shifting cast of collaborators that featured vocalists Barbara Lahr, Karl Frierson, and Pat Appleton, as well as drummer Oli Rubow.
Falb Fiction (AUT)
Young Austrian band Falb Fiction, led by saxophone player and composer Viola Falb, was founded in 2004. In 2006 the band won the European Jazz Newcomer Award in Czech Republic. Due to a large number of concerts in Austria and abroad (New York, Istanbul, Ankara, Berlin, Athens, Madrid…) in the last few years, the four musicians have blended into a throbbing unit, creating space for open-minded improvisation.
Terje Rypdal trio (NOR)
Terje Rypdal is a Norwegian guitarist and composer. Most of his music has been released on albums of the German record label ECM. Over the years, he has been an important member in the Norwegian jazz community.
Terje Rypdal has long had an unusual style, mixing together elements more commonly found in new age and rock than in jazz; yet he is also an adventurous improviser.
Vladimir Četkar band (MAK/USA)
Brought up in Macedonia, multi-talented guitarist, composer and arranger Vladimir Cetkar traveled to the United States to study at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, eventually making his way to NYC and continuing to pursue his music career. An active live performer at various international festivals, as well as venues, Cetkar has shared the stage with music greats such as Maceo Parker, Mike Stem, Matt Bianco, Jestofunk…