Jazzaar Festival 2011 - 19th Edition

Jazzaar Festival 2011 - 19th Edition

Jazzaar 2011 Press Release

Two culturally diverse productions are in the offing at Aarau and Baden promising to fascinate a wide range of audience this April 2011.

Since the successful Indian fusion production of 2010 there’s been a popular demand for another Indian Night that the new Swiss Youth World-Music Ensemble will premier at the KuK in Aarau on April 15. Musical director Fritz Renold will lead the ensemble supported by young talents and world stars. Appearing for the first time at jazzaar is the versatile vocalist Karthik Kumar along with the Carnatic classical music specialists, young star violinist Mysore Manjunath and Ravichandra Kulur on flutes, both equally renowned for their Jugalbhandi or fusion music. We’re happy to welcome again the tabla master, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and multi talented Giridhar Udupa on the ghatam, Khanjira, Morsing and rendering the Konnakol. Joining the troop from the western side of the world are US legends such as Chico Freeman on saxes, Lew Soloff on trumpet, Steve Prosser on vocals, Christian Jacob on piano, Kai Eckhardt of the Trilok Gurtu fame from Germany on bass, and our own Swiss percussionist Willy Kotoun to present an unforgettable evening of East meets West musical blend. For the enchanted, a second performance will be presented in Trafo – Baden the next day, April 16.

Meanwhile at the KuK in Aarau on April 16 for the first time ever in the history of jazz, an Art Blakey Night will be bopping with strings! The up beat music of the late Art Blakey, that is rooted in the swing and blues will be performed in Aarau in an orchestral setting headed by a jazz sextet! Celebrated arranger, Bob Freedman penned 11 exquisite arrangements especially for this event that promises one swinging program!
Returning from Malaysia, maestro Kevin Field of the MPYO will conduct the Swiss Youth Pops Orchestra that will feature European virtuosos like Manrico Padovani and Ronny Spiegel on violins, Michel Willi on viola, Alexander Kionke on cello, Christoph Schnyder on clarinet, Eric Miyashiro from Japan on lead trumpet as well as US session trombonist Marques Young. Now, the jazz septet is mostly comprised of none other than prodigies of the Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Members such as the legendary Benny Golson on tenor sax, Valery Ponomarev on trumpet, Clifford Adams on trombone, Buster Williams on double bass and Geoffrey Keezer on piano will awaken the spirit of the band while the great Victor Lewis will reverently take Blakey’s throne on drums. Switzerland’s celebrated alto saxophonist and educator George Robert from Lausanne will join this constellation.

The Swiss Youth Ensembles shall have the time of their lives learning on the bandstand with mentors on both productions lined up for jazzaar 2011. The audience can expect not only two nights of world-class entertainment but also an opportunity to gaze at young legends in the making! Look out for these young prodigies 10 years from now!

Jazzaar 2011 Programme

Jazzaar 2011

Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau (KUK)

April 10 – 16


Daily Rehearsals & Workshops
10. 04. – 16. 04.
Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau (KuK)

Jam Sessions!
Restaurant Einstein Bahnhofstrasse 43, 5000 Aarau
– Tue 12th April – 21:00h – 23:00h
– Wed 13th April – 21:00h – 23:00h
Art Cigar Lounge Ziegelrain 8, 5000 Aarau
– Thu 14th April – 21:00h – 23:00h


Fri. 15. 4. 2011 INDIAN NIGHT in KuK Aarau
Sat. 16. 4. 2011 INDIAN NIGHT in Trafo Baden

The Swiss Youth World-­Music Ensemble
directed by Fritz Renold

Karthik Kumar, Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Ravichandra Kulur, Lew Soloff, Chico Freeman, Steve Prosser, Christian Jacob, Kai Eckhardt, Willy Kotoun, Ghatam Giridhar Udupa, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee

16. 4. 2010 ART BLAKEY NIGHT in KUK Aarau

The Swiss Youth Pops Orchestra
directed by Kevin Field

Dr. Benny Golson, Valery Ponomarev, Clifford Adams, George Robert, Eric Miyashiro, Marques Young, Geoffrey Keezer, Buster Williams, Victor Lewis, Manrico Padovani, Ronny Spiegel, Michel Willy, Alexander Kionke, Christoph Schnyder

Photos by Amin Khelghatdoost from Indian Night

Photos from Amin Khelghatdoost from The Art Blakey Night

Videos from Jazzaar 2011 – 19th Edition

A Night in Tunisia
Composed by Dizzy Gillespie
Arranged by Bob Freedman

Conducted by Kevin Field


Benny Golson, Solo Saxophone
Clifford Adams, Solo Trombone
Valery Ponomarev, Solo Trumpet
Buster Williams, Bass
George Robert, Alto Sax
Eric Miyashiro, Lead Trumpet
Marques Young, Trombone
Ronny Spiegel, Concert Master
Adrian Häusler, Violin
Michel Willi, Viola
Devina Cohen, Viola
Alexander Kionke, Cello
Alexander Cebanica, Contrabass
Christoph Schnyder, Clarinet
Geoffrey Keezer, Piano
Victor Lewis, Drums

Directed by Marcel Weiss
Sound Engineer Moritz Wetter

Executive Producer
Fritz & Helen Renold

The Swiss Youth Pops Orchestra
Nils Hansen
, Violin
Ophélie Sanchez, Violin
Laura Klingman, Violin
Hevin Karakurt, Violin
Rebekka Benz, Cello
Ivo Diem, Cello
Christian Spiegelberg, Contrabass
Nadja Castorina, Flute
Yannick Berner, Clarinet
Kevin Sommer, Bass Clarinet
Benjamin Suppiger, Alto Sax
Christoph Huber, Tenor Sax
Michael Zinniker, Tenor Sax
Chris Sommer, Baritone Sax
Urs Burkhardt, Trumpet
Magdalena Wey, Trumpet
William Jacquemet, Trombone
Olga Trofimova, Trombone
François Lana, Piano
Claude Stucki, Guitar
David Gloor, Bass
Dominik Garbauer, Drums

Saturday April 16, 2011
Kultur und Kongresshaus Aarau, Switzerland

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