Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based curators and producers of 12 Points festival, today announce the programme for the 2017 edition of 12 Points, which will take place July 16-18 in Aarhus, Denmark, in association with Aarhus Jazz Festival and Jazz Danmark, and as part of this vibrant city’s European Capital of Culture tenure.
A ‘mezzanine festival’ for promising acts on their way to the next level in their careers, 12 Points is programmed each year by an open-call across the continent, engaging with emerging talent and local jazz scenes from London to Ljubljana, Bergan to Bari. Almost 500 acts applied to perform at this 11th edition of the festival, which was awarded the inaugural Europe Jazz Network Award for ‘Adventurous Programming’ in 2012.
The 3-day festival is uniquely nomadic - moving between Dublin and other exciting, young European cities. 12 Points festival 2017 will run concurrently with Aarhus Jazz festival which will broaden the audiences for the carefully chosen 12 artists and frame their music in the context of a bigger jazz programme.
12 Points 2017 PROGRAMME
Lars Fiil Frit Fald (Copenhagen - Denmark)
The 2017 festival will open suitably with some highly emotive music from host country, Denmark, featuring 3 significant musicians from the Copenhagen avantgarde improv scene whose nuanced notes and textures demonstrate a mature sense of collective listening and atmospheric improvisation.Gripping stuff.
Significant Time (Stavanger - Norway)
We stay in the Nordic regions for next act Significant Time, whose playful exploration of tradition and freedom elevate this orchestral ensemble from Stavanger, with the addition of voice as a melodic instrument, giving unlimited scope for wordless improvisation.
Kirke Karja Quartet (Tallinn - Estonia)
A rising talent on the Estonian jazz scene, Karje’s compositions are striking; moving effortlessly between atmospheric soundscapes, fast paced polytonal interplay and inventive rhythmic sketches which demonstrate a broad range of influences from the contemporary classical world.
Sheep Got Waxed (Vilnius - Lithuania)
Is this the “new weird”? The sound of Sheep Got Waxed is complex, idiosyncratic and in constantly stimulating, with band members using both hands and feet to play, employing an array of electronics and other sonic tools to create music that floats somewhere between free jazz, math rock and experimental electronic.
Francesco Orio Trio (Crema - Italy)
Orio has been described as one of the most inventive pianists of his generation, no small feat in a country with a such a rich piano tradition. His playing has a distinctly lyrical touch and the playfulness in this trio is propelled by Orio’s ostinato grooves and occasionally angular motifs which lay the groundwork for buoyant improvisation
chuffDRONE (Vienna - Austria)
Austrian quintet chuffDRONE create music which bubbles and swirls, rumbles and reverberates. The influences here are broad, from quieter introspective pieces to upbeat balkanique infused material. Add in some chamber pop, occasional tribal rhythms and a multitude of flourishes from each of the protagonists; this is a quintet with a lot to say.
Marie Kruttli Trio (Lucerne - Switzerland)
At just 25 the talented Kruttli has already earmarked her place in the upper pantheons of European piano trio’s. No hipster minimalism here just a bewitching virtuosity wrapped in a sophisticated musical language that is highly defined and displays a maturity of interpretation and delivery far beyond the collective age of this trio.
Tommy Moustache - (Rotterdam - Netherlands)
Direct from Rotterdam, Tommy Moustache enjoy defying critics and audiences alike with their ineffable brand of raw instrumental jazz with a healthy dollop of funk to boot. Its an almost schizophrenic live experience full of daring improv, dangerously good rock riffs, adventure-funk and all the good humour that you as audiences deserve.
Post K (Paris - France)
Inspired by the clarinet strains and stride piano of the early jazz repertoire which defined this formative period, this French quartet, supported by the “Jazz Migration” series, create “new/old” music, firmly in the 21st century but taking inspiration equally from the original jazz giants like Blake and Waller as much as Brötzmann and Bailey.
BigSpoon (Dublin - Ireland)
South African saxophonist and adopted Irishman Chris Engel has a chameleon talent, outstanding in small and large ensembles, free improv, contemporary jazz, and latterly electronic music. Through this lens of electronic bits and bytes, BigSpoon emerge in the company of some of Ireland's leading improvisers and electro-sonic explorers, creating mesmerising 21st century jazz with organic heart and and electronic soul.
SCHNTZL (Brussels - Belgium)
Belgian duo SCHNTZL have been intensive collaborators since their early teens, crafting unique sonic landscapes together over a decade. And it shows. The maturity in this material is deftly honed through an almost telepathic musical understanding between Lasure & Van De Velde, resulting in music that brims with balance and poise.
Taupe (Newcastle Upon Tyne - UK)
A visceral, sonically compelling band from North England that feature razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improv and raw, high energy live performances. Taupe draw collectively on free jazz, math metal and hip-hop grooves to post-bop, skronk and whatever takes their fancy, delivering invigorating music that is as exciting as it is uncompromising.
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by 12 Points on Thu, 13/07/2017 - 11:12
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by 12 Points on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 17:04
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by 12 Points on Thu, 14/07/2016 - 11:03
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by 12 Points on Fri, 08/07/2016 - 12:14
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by 12 Points on Thu, 14/01/2016 - 17:24
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by 12 Points on Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:00
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by 12 Points on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 22:12
Application Deadline 12th December Dynamic festival of young European Jazz 12 Points Project Arts Centre, Dublin | 15-18th April 2015 | www.12points.ie “the freshest, hottest sounds in jazz and contemporary experimental music” - The Irish Times “Innovation is the watchword for the festival, the brainchild... read more
by 12 Points on Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:14
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by 12 Points on Tue, 18/03/2014 - 19:44
2014 Programme Announced! We are delighted to finally announce the 12 acts that have been chosen for 12 Points 2014. Taking place in the wonderful Norrlands Operan in Umea, Sweden 10-12th April. Opening Night of 12 Points 2014 : Thursday 10th April 12 Points 2014 hits the ground running with some big... read more
by 12 Points on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:59
Venue:Project Arts Centre Date / Time:Feb 16 at Ticket Price:€ 15/12 Telephone:01 881 9613 Book Online:Book Here URL:click here “A compelling showcase of high level creativity from an impressive array of emerging European Jazz talents." Jazzwise UK, May 2011 One of the most stimulating music... read more
by 12 Points on Wed, 05/12/2012 - 15:13
The first ever Award was presented to 12 Points at the jazzahead! expo in Bremen, Germany on Friday 20th April 2012. THE FIRST EVER EJN AWARD GOES TO: 12POINTS FESTIVAL! Celebrating its 25th anniversary year Europe Jazz Network proudly presents the first ever EJN Award 2012 - for Adventurous Programming - Awarded... read more