After a sold-out concert la the Anglican Church, Jazz.ro announces the first ever jazz festival to be held in a Bucharest church, at the Lutheran Church, March 21-24.The festival consists of jazz, contemporary or old music, with the audience being invited to embark on a musical journey that starts in the 14th century and ends with the rhythms of today.The program features established Romanian musicians, as well as outstanding European artists.
The program will be opened on March 21, 7.00 by pianist Mircea Tiberian and saxophonist Liviu Butoi, who have recorded an album entitled Offerus at the St. Anton Church in Bistrita. The record will be launched on concert date and contains both compositions and organ, saxophone and flute improvisations.The evening will carry on with the first Nik Baertsch project in Romania. The renowned Swiss pianist, joined by Sha bass clarinet, Mats Eser, marimba, and a Romanian strings orchestra will perform TWO THREE: a composition for strings orchestra, piano, bass clarinet and percussion based on a few simple patterns that gain power by their playing against a steady backdrop flow of sound.The second evening is hosting French pianist Francois Couturier with Modern Solo Piano series no 5. Couturier is a soundtrack composer with many recordings to his credit, including ECM Records. He has also developed some musical projects of his own and is a founder of the Tarkovski Quartet.
The evening will go on with Ferenc Snetberger (guitar) and Paolo Vinaccia (drums and percussion), a duo displaying a dazzling technique and passion for musical improvisation. Ferenc Snetbergerwas given the Liszt Award and is a honorary citizen of Budapest under the title of «Hungarian Talent Ambassador». Paolo Vinaccia is one of the most prolific European drummers, with an impressing body of work, over 100 albums, including collaboations with Arild Andersen, Oystein Sevag, Terje Rypdal, Bugge Wesseltoft or Morten Harket.On Saturday, you can listen to introspective Chisinau-based pianist Misha Alperin, who became famous in Moscow and Oslo, performing the Modern Solo Piano 6, a keyboard magician under contract with ECM Records label, as are most of those performing at the festival are. The second part of the evening will feature Anja Lechner (cello) and Francois Couturier (piano), a duet to play pieces by G.I. Gurdjieff, Federico Mompou and Anouar Brahem, as well as some of Francois Couturier compositions under new arrangements.Day 3 of the Festival, March 24, will host Arianna Savall (vocals, harp) and Petter Johansen (vocals, mandolin) starting with 6.00 pm. Arianna Savall is the daughter of famous Catalan musicians Monserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall. Arianna is present at the Festival with Hirundo Maris, her latest project – inspired by a very popular Catalan ballad that tells the love story between a Mediterranean maiden and a Scandinavian knight.The festival wraps up with a recital performed by Alexander Balanescu – one of the most visionary and interesting violinists nowadays – presenting a repertoire contemporary music at its core. Alexander Balanescu played with Arditi Quartet and Gavin Bryars, and was invited on several ECM albums, wrote soundtracks and collaborated with important names including Pet Shop Boys, Pina Bausch, Meryl Tankard, John Surman, and Jack DeJohnette.