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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 

US, Norwegian musicians to close 36. SJF

US, Norwegian musicians to close 36. SJF

Skopje, 22 October 2017 (MIA) - Craig Taborn and his quartet (USA) and Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit (Norway) will close the 36. Skopje Jazz Festival in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet on Sunday.

Pianist, organist, keyboardist, and composer Craig Taborn has become a mainstay on the renowned jazz label ECM Records. Taborn has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce. He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as adolescent and at early stage was influenced by wide range of musical styles, most significantly by recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn has released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than 80 as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, David Torn, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride, Dave Holland, and others. Many consider Taborn the best jazz piano player of the newer generation. A couple of times he already got the Pianist of the Year Award (by DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazz Journalists Association…). Taborn is touring in support of his quartet’s newest disc on ECM, “Daylight Ghosts”, released in February 2017. And again, the spotlight is on his keyboard wizardry and impeccable improvisational skill set. Along with the questing Taborn on piano and electronic keyboards, the quartet of “Daylight Ghosts” features musicians that come from a broad artistic background and played styles as rock, electronica and diverse strains of world music, apart of various permutations of jazz.


Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world’s most prolific and active musicians that came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi and many others. In 2013, Nilssen-Love decided it was time to start his own big band ensemble. Consisting of mostly younger Norwegian musicians, Large Unit manifests as intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages. The group also includes members from Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. In other words, Nordic music at its most powerful. Traces of Nilssen-Love’s experience from groups like Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band and Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale Orchestra are evident, but there is no doubt that with Large Unit, Nilssen-Love aims to create group with sound of its own. Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazzfestival in 2013 and since then has toured Norway and played festivals all over Europe. In 2014, Large Unit released their debut album ”Erta Ale” (followed by “Ana”) where the power of the whole group is felt the strongest with all musicians in full blast.

Prior to the evening concerts, renowned Italian saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano will perform in cinema "Frosina".

Born in Bari, Roberto Ottaviano is one of the best-known Italian saxophonists. He studies saxophone with Federico Mondelci and Steve Lacy, and composing and arranging with Bill Russo and George Russell. Since 1979, he has intense concert and record activity all over Europe, collaborating with some of the most important American and European musicians like Mal Waldron, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, Keith Tippett, Ray Anderson, Enrico Rava, Han Bennink, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Dresser, Paul Bley, Graham Haynes, Myra Melford, Tony Oxley, Ran Blake, Steve Swallow, Henri Texier, Ralph Alessi, and Marc Ducret. He runs his own quartet Pinturas and the Roba quartet with Glenn Ferris, Jean Jacques Avenel and John Betsch. Ottaviano is part of the Canto General quintet with Louis Moholo and Karl Berger All Stars. Ottaviano was a member of Italian Instabile Orchestra as well. His discography is rich and varied, with recordings for Red, Splasch, Soul Note, Dodicilune , Hat Art, Intakt , ECM, DIW and Ogun. As a teacher, he founded the Jazz course at the Conservatory in his hometown and he is coordinator for nearly 30 years. His last solo project called "Lontano" is part of small series of solo projects, this one focusing on the idea of migration and nomadism. ik/10:49


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