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Jazzaar Festival 2015 – Press Release

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Jazzaar Festival presents two absolutely enchanting productions in April 2015 with its 23rd edition of ‘Bandstand Learning with Role Models’ program. It lets world acclaimed and competent musicians work and perform together with aspiring young music talents on a new production, thereby creating a simulation of a week in a life of a professional musician. There will be rehearsals and workshops going on daily between April 13 – 18 in the Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau (KUK).

On Wednesday, April 15 the legendary Jazzaar Jam Session will be presented at the Einstein Restaurant in Aarau. Participants and some among the public jam together signifying the essence of Jazz culture – musical improvisation, thereby transporting the audience to the very ambience of a Jazz metropolis.

On Friday, April 17 – 20:00h the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO) under the direction of Fritz K Renold will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the production Jazzaar Summit at the Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau (KUK). The artistes gracing the occasion, musicians of longstanding acquaintance with Renold are John Abercrombie (g), Igor Butman (ts), Ryan Quigley (Ltp), Antonio Hart (as), Tom Garling (tb), Jeremy Monteiro (p), Mike Richmond (acc.b) und Victor Lewis (d). The orchestra will highlight old classics by 20th century composers with a special honor to Billy Strayhorn for his worldwide centennial celebration this year. The music is specially arranged for this event by Jazzaar’s venerated arrangers Bob Freedman, Christian Jacob and Corey Allen.

On Saturday, April 18 – 20:00h will feature the Swiss Youth World-Music Ensemble (SYWE) directed by Etienne Stadwijk in an intriguing production called Caravan Quest at the KUK. World-renowned artistes from the jazz and contemporary music genres will be starring to present a premiering work in the Jazz Manouche (Gypsy Jazz) style. These artistes that shall play the roles of soloist and coaches for the youth players in the ensemble are Etienne Stadwijk (keys/md), Christiane Karam (voc), Rashad McPherson (voc), Jamshied Sharifi (synths), Donny McCaslin (ts), Ned Wilkinson (tp, fh, euph), Anders Bostrom (fl), Csaba Toth Bagi (g), Ismail Lumanowski (cl), Kai Eckhardt (b) und Michael Baker (d). The writers contributing to this premier are Etienne Stadwijk, Fritz Renold, Jamshied Sharifi, Corey Allen, Oli Rockberger, Lydia Renold and Helen Savari-Renold.

Jazzaar Festival invites you to savor two awe-inspiring concerts with our youth and musicians hailing from far and wide at the Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau this April 2015. Indeed the audience will catch at the concerts a glimpse and a taste of cultural awe the musicians on stage exchanged in a week.

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