Sibiu Jazz Festival 8 – 15 May 2011
Sibiu Jazz Festival Foundation | Festivals & Clubs news | 2011-04-20
Few jazz festivals in the world can boast a history longer than four decades, as in Sibiu’s case. During the last 15 years this cultural tradition has been nourished and developed thanks to the Sibiu Jazz Festival Foundation, headed by promoter H.K.J. Schmidt. What’s in for this year’s edition? The programme, scheduled for the 8-15 May week, is as variegated as exhilarating.
Three attractive ladies are going to tackle jazz singing from various angles:
1.) Fair-haired Belgian Fanny Beriaux, raised in the spirit of classical music, has been seduced by the joys of improvisation and, in her turn, tries to seduce us with her own artistic & personal charms.
2.) Cosmopolitan China Moses resorts to her Afro-American roots in order to revive sound-flavours of jazz divas (among whom her own mother – Dee Dee Bridgewater – holds a place of esteem). After passing through soul, rhythm-and-blues, and even a stint as moderator of MTV-France, the black singer sporting Yellow-Danger name has been brought back to the familiar track by French pianist Raphaël Lemonnier. Priority: entertainment.
3.) Portuguese singer born in Moçambique, Maria João, is one of the most versatile and cosmopolitan felines acting on today’s scene. She reached international fame through her fruitful collaboration with Japanese pianist Aki Takase. But her true musical mentor is brilliant pianist, composer & arranger Mário Laginha, with whom she had recorded her debut album in 1983. They went on making other 12 or so until today, when Maria & Mário have turned into a brand for Portuguese jazz.
1.) the ensemble led by Timişoara’s saxophone & flute player Liviu Laurenţiu Butoi will feature veteran pianist Burton Greene, an American transcontinental avant-gardist.
2.) heavy-duty saxophonist Eduard Jak Neumann (brought up in Timişoara) returns to Romania after some years of self-exile into England.
3.) Marcian Petrescu is the first Romanian challenger of the decade-long ruler in the realm of jazz-harmonica, Toots Thielemans.