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Are You FREE? 2017

Are you FREE? Musicfestival
Dunajská Streda
13–14. September 2017

13. september
Galéria súčasných maďarských umelcov
Vermesova vila, Ulica Gyulu Szabóa 304/2
PaCoRa Trio (SK)
radio.string.quartet (AT)

14. september
NFG klub
Korzo Bélu Bartóka 788/1
A.M.P. Trio (HU)
William Parker – Hamid Drake – John Dikeman Trio (USA)

PaCoRa trio (SVK)

The set-up of three experienced musicians (Palúch, Comendant and Ragan) has been on stage since 2004. The music they make is based on interfacing jazz and folklore music (Slovak and Moldavian), colored by elements of jazz music. The repertoire of the trio includes arrangements of jazz standards as well as their original compositions. The trio recorded its first CD Pacora Trio in 2005 in Hevhetia publishing house. Shortly after the release, the CD received a positive response both at home and abroad (a 4-star rating in the prestigious BBC Music Magazine – June 2006). Soon, Pacora started to perform abroad – in top concert venues of jazz and world music (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Denmark). In 2007 the trio was invited by the director of Brno Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the compositions of PaCoRa in arrangements for orchestra. It was a great success and since then they have been regularly performing with prominent orchestras (Slovak Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Zlín Philharmonic, Bratislava Chamber Soloists and Slovak Sinfonietta). Pacora has made recordings for Czech and Slovak TV and radio, Austrian ORF and for films. New album called Fugit Hora was releasd in 2012. While the first album can be described as jazz with light folk elements (resembling the style of Django Reinhardt but playing the dulcimer instead of the guitar), the second is quite the opposite: more focusing on Slovak and Moldavian folklore with the feeling of jazz.

radio.string.quartet (AUT)

Two violins, a viola, a cello and the human voice is all they need. radio.string.quartet describe their new work as some "CrossoverJazzClassicPopFusionRockNewMusicElectronic" thing. A rather intricate monstrosity of a word. For better understanding, they are also citing the names of artists who have inspired them in recent years: Nine Inch Nails, Franz Schubert, Feist, e.s.t., Arvo Pärt, Bugge Wesseltoft & Sidsel Endresen.
The band, with Bernie Mallinger, Ingmar Jenner (violin), Cynthia Liao (viola), and radio.string.quartet debutant Sophie Abraham (cello), set most personal stories to music. Mallinger, whose sons Toto and Pauli appear in two song titles, describes their art as screenplays, realized in musical images. In the words of radio.string.quartet: "We play the song of life, full of chaos, energy and beauty."

Dikeman, Parker, Drake trio (USA)

The trio of John Dikeman, William Parker and Hamid Drake was formed for Doek Festival #12. An ad hoc constellation can be hit or miss in improvised music but this trio has become much more than that, growing with each tour into a unique musical partnership. This will be their fourth European tour since that first meeting in 2014. The are the most important and powerful figures of creative jazz.
Hamid Drake has been widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers.
William Parker, as a unique bass player has built a grandiose musical realm around himself by coworking with many renowned musicians and by being always motivated to discover new musical islands.
John Dikeman is an American saxophonist currently residing in Amsterdam. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, John’s playing runs the gamut of improvised music and technique. John has performed extensively in the Netherlands and USA as well as Canada, Brasil, Russia and throughout Europe and the Middle East.

A.M.P. Trio (HU)

A.M.P. (Ajtai–Miklós–Pozsár) is a relatively new trio formed by three young musicians who resemble the style of such great living jazz legends as Mihály Dresch and István Grencsó. As members of the youngest generation of Hungarian jazz, Ajtai, Miklós and Pozsár explore the freshest directions of free improvised music. The trio is strongly influenced by the great innovators of the Hungarian jazz scene, as well as by the compromise-free attitude of the avant-garde movement in the Sixties. A.M.P. Trio is one of the most radical formations of Hungarian scene, a special encounter of three outstanding musicians

Z verejných zdrojov podporil Fond na podporu umenia.
Realizované s finančnou podporou Úradu vlády SR – program Kultúra národnostných menšín 2017.
Mesto Dunajská Streda

Main organizer:

NFG klub, Jazz Club DS, Kortárs Magyar Galéria, Durvacrew