Jazzfest Berlin

Exploding Star International: Chicago-Berlin

Rob Mazurek © Guido Gazzilli
Rob Mazurek

Exploding Star International: Chicago-Berlin (USA/Germany)
Galactic Parables Vol. II
Commission/World premiere

Chicago:
Rob Mazurek direction, compositions, piccolo trumpet, modular synth
Jaimie Branch trumpet
Chad Taylor drums, mbira
Nicole Mitchell flutes, voice
Jason Ajemian bass, voice
Tomeka Reid cello
Lester St. Louis cello
Hamid Drake drums
Damon Locks voice, electronics

Berlin:
Els Vandeweyer vibraphone
Magda Mayas piano, keys
Biliana Voutchkova violin
Julia Reidy guitar
Sabine Vogel flute
Elias Stemeseder piano, keys

Living up to its name, the Exploding Star Orchestra is no clearly delineated entity, no fixed line-up – it is created in the moment and executed inexorably when the right forces come together and take effect. Anyone who is (or has been) fortunate enough to experience the ESO at one of its few live performances will remain spellbound. ESO was launched as an initiative of the Chicago Cultural Center together with the Jazz Institute of Chicago in 2005, to bring together the wide range of free forms of expression presented by the city’s avant-garde in one focal point. Trumpeter and visual artist Rob Mazurek was trusted to become the venture’s guiding spirit and to organise an overarching entity – a momentous decision that gave birth to the ESO, which has since then been performing on special occasions in all its heterogeneity and strength. Nowhere else does the expression of a power bigger than itself seem more apt than with the ESO. It is a fortunate indeed that Berlin has now entered this cosmic slipstream with musicians from its diverse scene, thanks to the right propelling forces acting at the right time. The Exploding Star Orchestra is both a bracket and a highlight of the five-hour opening scenario, which will finally unite all audience members on the Main Stage.

Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra on Soundcloud
Galactic Parables: Volume 1 by Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra on Bandcamp
Rob Mazurek @ Cuneiform Records

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Tickets & Dates

Opening Jazzfest Berlin 2018


Venue:
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Main Stage


Price/Category:
€ 39 / reduced € 25


Please note:
This year, all concerts of Jazzfest Berlin will be broadcast via the ARD radio stations. Since the broadcasts are live, the concerts will have to begin on time and continue so after the intervals. We ask for your understanding. All bars will welcome you with drinks and refreshments before the concerts, in the intervals and after the concerts.


Dates:
THU 01 Nov 2018, 22:30 - 23:30