The festival 2013
Welcome to Berlin Jazz Festival 2013
One of the most beautiful periphrases for jazz is “the sound of surprise”. New elements flash up and improvisation gives the familiar a moment of unpredictability. The multifaceted currents of improvised music strive for areas of the unexpected or opt for renewable energies. The Berlin Jazz Festival 2013 opens itself in many directions, building on the core competence of jazz: to establish ties between cultures, styles, worlds of expression and emotion.
An emphasis on Africa is established with the Trio Ivoire and the “Gnawa Jazz Voodoo” project, which was specially developed for the festival. Joachim Kühn’s Africa Connection unites Moroccan Gnawa music, West African drum and percussion traditions and the free spirit of jazz. African elements are also reflected in trumpeter Christian Scott’s music. He speaks of “stretch music”, draws on the essence of jazz in his hometown of New Orleans and expands this to current pop music and the traditions of the black continent.
The Berlin Jazz Festival 2013 presents a whole series of larger ensembles. “Wunderkammer XXL” seduces us into a magical world of key sounds. Michael Riessler’s “Big Circle” integrates the sounds of the barrel organ into the futuristic sounds of an unconventional big band. Abraham Inc. has klezmer, funk and hip hop sometimes dancing together and sometimes out of line. The Monika Roscher Bigband marks its grand debut at a German jazz festival with a youthful, cheeky and boisterous appearance at the Berlin Jazz Festival.
John Scofield and his current Überjam Band as well as Jack DeJohnette are big names appearing on stage in a new environment and with new concepts. DeJohnette’s aim at multidimensional music is continued by two younger drummers: Jaimeo Brown melts soundscapes and samples of spirituals with expressive improvisation music, while Dafnis Prieto integrates freestyle vocals in his band concept. And this year, too, will include jazz & poetry and jazz for children.
Improvised music remains an integral component at the Berlin Jazz Festival in 2013. It unfolds in an autonomous place with a special aura: the Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. No second musician stands for the development of free jazz in eastern Germany as much as saxophonist and clarinetist Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky. “Luten” celebrates his 80th birthday in December. The Berlin Jazz Festival presents three of this musical personality’s working bands, cult band Zentralquartett being a must.
Gebhard Ullmann has chosen Berlin as his theme and allows himself to drift along with the city’s energies in his “Berlin Suite”. Ilona Haberkamp’s “Tribute to Jutta Hipp” follows on the commemoration started in 2012, extending it to the present. Riccardo Del Fra, who stood alongside Chet Baker on stage for years, invokes in “My Chet, My Song” the magic poetry of sounds as an homage to the legendary trumpeter.
Coming from neighbouring Poland with its wealth of jazz talents is pianist Michał Wróblewski with his trio and also American trumpeter Terence Blanchard. A new discovery on the British jazz scene is saxophonist and clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings with his band Sons of Kemet.
All of this would not exist without support from our staunch allies. The ARD radio stations and Deutschlandradio are indispensable partners for the success of the festival and expand its impact beyond the scenes of action. Support from the Federal Agency for Civic Education has enabled the Africa focus and the Polish Institute Berlin has supported the performance by the PolishAmerican band. The Akademie der Künste is once again a cooperation partner. We extend our warmest thanks to all our partners.
We wish you exciting, unexpected and intense moments, hours and days for this year’s Berlin Jazz Festival, entirely in the spirit of Charlie Parker: “Now’s the Time!”
Artistic Director Berlin Jazz Festival
Director of Berliner Festspiele