Watch out for the recent series of great releases by our artists: NAVEGAMUNDOS (Le Grand Fleuve/L’Autre Distribution) by Argentinian twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni was released in November and will be presented at the upcoming Kulturbörse Freiburg and a small tour in Switzerland. KAZE (Abeat Records) is the fourth joint album of Japanese-Argentinian quartet Gaia Cuatro featuring renowned Italian guests such as Paolo Fresu and Solis String Quartet. ANGEL SONG (Silvox Records) by Croatian singer songwriter Branko Galoic was presented in Paris in December, and Portuguese accordion wizards Dancas Ocultas have ennobled their 25 years stage anniversary with AMPLITUDE (Uguru/Sony Portugal), a wonderful live recording of their concerts with Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras which will be released on February 12.
Good news from Danças Ocultas: After some successful summer concerts with young Brazilian cellist and singer Dom la Nena it was decided to continue this charming cooperation. The 25 stage anniversary of the band was celebrated with a concert series in Portugal, together with the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and featuring special guests such as Portuguese stars Carminho and Rodrigo Leão. From November 07 to 15, 2015 the quartet will go on their first tour to China, and in February 2016 they will perform as one of five music acts at the prestigious Bourse du RIDEAU in Quebec, Canada. Felicitações, senhores!
For many years he had been one of the key figures in Austrian and European Jazz – visionary founder and longtime director of Jazzfestival Saalfelden and for the past 10 years successful artistic director of Jazz&The City Festival in Salzburg. Far too early and totally unexpected Gerhard Eder left this world on September 4th, 2015. Rest in peace, my dear friend and musical soulmate.
The Portuguese vocal acrobat is currently venturing in new fields with the formation OGRE: Maria João’s new CD Plástico (release date D-A-CH on 04.09.2015, Espuma Preta / O-Tone Music / Edel Kultur) is a hybrid of jazz and electronics, leaving all musical genre boundaries behind. A sound between the digital and analog world, held together by an extraordinary voice.
The Italian keyboard wizard Riccardo Tesi brings the classics of the Italian folk revival to life with Bella Ciao (Visage Music) – in collaboration with the great Italian female voices of Lucilla Galeazzi, Elena Ledda and Ginevra di Marco.
The first six months of this year have been a time of farewells:
At the beginning of April Juan Carlos Cáceres lost the fight against his cancer, and in May Renato Borghetti’s duo partner Artur Bonilla died in a car accident in Brazil, just after the return from his first successful tour in Europe.
The old lion has left us.
On the morning of past Easter Sunday April 5, the Argentinian-French pianist, singer, composer, painter and ethnomusicologist Juan Carlos Cáceres died in his home in Paris. „Tango Negro“ was the main topic of his music and research work. Born 1936 in Buenos Aires, Cáceres has dedicated his oeuvre to the black soul of Tango that tends to be forgotten and repressed in Argentina. Since 1968 he has been living in Paris, adding a touch of French elegance to the genre. His rhythmical piano style and throaty voice fascinated young and old audiences alike. Intolarant towards all orthodoxies, especially those of Tango, Caceres has created his own musical universe where Jazz and Tango mingle. Always dissident and rebellious, he was first a jazz ambassador in the land of Tango and then a Tango missionary in Europe.
Adios Maestro, R.I.P.