Yilian Cañizares & Ochumare
Chamber music, jazz concert, santeria ceremony: A performance of this group is all of this. The Ochumare Quartet led by violonist and singer Yilian Cañizares creates its unique latin jazz blend by drawing on influences from classical European music, American jazz and the spirituality of Cuban Santeria with its Yoruba chants and batás rythms. These multi-directional inspirations are well reflected in the variety of the repertoire as well as in the colorful band name: Ochumare actually means rainbow in Yoruba language.
Balkan Spirit Ensemble
The Balkan Spirit Ensemble is a collaboration of musicians that have dedicated their artistic energy in bridging jazz improvisation with traditional folk music. Together they present a journey through the Balkans. The Band fuses together the melodic and rhythmic lightness of Greek, Romanian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian folk traditions with the more explorative and spontaneous language of Jazz. Be prepared to weep, scream, laugh and dance through an unforgetful journey of the Balkan Spirit.www.vladimirkarparov.com
The interplay in duo is always a challenge for musicians. This is true as well for the combination of piano and percussion and particularly for Latin music, as the complexe polyrythms of this music are usually executed by several musicians. Daniel Stawinski and Nils Wekstein stood up to that challenge. Drawing on Cuban, Brazilian and Jazz influences they developed a special way of playing by recycling and combining various musical elements such as Cuban son and rumba, Brazilian samba and baiao, classical romantic music, bebop and free-jazz.