The schedule of international concerts for Saturday is varied and rich. In the afternoon, American saxophonist Tim Berne and Finnish pianist Frank Carlberg will share the stage of the Auditorio of the Usina del Arte as of 4 PM: Carlberg in a solo piano performance, and Berne playing with the local trio led by Ernesto Jodos. In addition, Berne will conduct a saxophone clinic at Café Vinilo on Monday, Nov 25 at noon. The evening’s headliners come from New York: Brooklyn-based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, one of the most interesting artists on today’s international jazz scene, will perform with his trio – also featuring Rick Rosato (bass) and Colin Stranahan (drums) – at 8 PM at Teatro Pte. Alvear. A little later, singer and saxophonist Darmon Meader will play in concert accompanied by talented Argentine musicians Ignacio Amil (piano), Juan Manuel Bayón (double bass) and Eloy Michelini (drums) at Sala de Cámara of the Usina del Arte. Tickets for these concerts and Berne’s clinic are on sale on this website or can be purchased at the box office of the Teatro Alvear and at Tu Entrada, from noon to 8 PM.
One of the highlights of the rich program of international concerts offered by the Festival is the double bill scheduled for the night of Friday, Nov 22 at Teatro Presidente Alvear. It will feature Dutch pianist-composer-director Guus Janssen in an expected-to-be exquisite solo piano performance, and later, the French duo of guitarist Sylvain Luc and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. The last two musicians will also conduct instrumental clinics on Sat, Nov 23 at 10 AM, at Thelonious Club and Café Vinilo respectively. Tickets for the show and clinics are already on sale: on this website and in the box office of Teatro Alvear (from Tue to Sat, noon–8 PM) and at Tu Entrada (from Mon to Sat, same hours).
Jazz concerts at CC Recoleta begin early in the afternoon, on the eve of a long weekend. Starting at 3.30 PM at the Auditorio El Aleph, there will be great music played by pianist Marco Sanguinetti and DJ Migma. At the same venue at 4.30 PM, the trio led by Córdoba-born guitarist and composer Darío Iscaro will debut “Antihéroe Project - Ánima Fugitiva”. And live music on La Terraza begins at 6 PM with two performances presented by the Jazzology series: Mainstream 6 first, and later at 7 PM, Rosario-based Jazztrío Contemporary Music Group, with guest singers Viviana Cimarelli and Carlos Ficarrotti. Later at 8 PM, bassist Demian Cabaud’s trio will take the stage, featuring stellar guest artists Ernesto Jodos on piano and Francisco Mela on drums. And last at 9 PM, the series of concerts come to an end with the long-awaited performance by the octet of pianist, composer, arranger and music director Nicolás Sorín.
The schedule of free concerts at Anfiteatro de Parque Centenario offers three special shows tonight. Saxophonist and clarinetist Carlos Michelini’s quartet – featuring such notable musicians as Mariano Sivori (double bass), Hernán Jacinto (keyboards) and Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla (drums) – will perform at 7 PM. Later, Rodrigo Agudelo & La Salamanca will take the stage at 8 PM: he will debut his eponymous album, a richly nuanced work full of new sounds. And at 9 PM, there will be a tasteful combination of jazz, soul and R&B on stage with the show by singer Deborah Dixon and pianist Angel Sucheras – a skillfully and emotionally driven journey through all-time classics. The perfect soundtrack to a Friday night in the heart of Buenos Aires.
The double program for Thursday, Nov 21 starting at 8 PM at Teatro Presidente Alvear includes a performance by the trio of drummer Han Bennink, clarinetist and saxophonist Michael Moore along with bassist-pianist Ernst Glerum as well as the solo piano concert by world-renowned Argentine pianist Leo Genovese. For this reason, it will be a very special night. The Dutch trio players combine extraordinary technique and great talent, and make up the backbone of the ICP Orchestra. Earlier, the three musicians will conduct instrumental clinics: Bennink at Café Vinilo and Michael Moore at Thelonious Coub at 12.30 PM, while Ernst Glerum at Café Vinilo at 3 PM. The concert by Genovese, a native of Venado Tuerto (Santa Fe province) with an ascending international career (which includes, for example, performing as a sideman for stellar contemporary artist Esperanza Spalding), acclaimed by the critics and lauded for his impeccable technique and versatility, will be another highlight. Tickets for this first-class double-bill concert are already on sale, on this website and at the box office of Teatro Presidente Alvear (Av. Corrientes 1659, from Tue to Sat, noon–8 PM) and at Tu Entrada (Av. Corrientes 728, from Mon to Sat, same hours).
The program of free concerts at the comfortable Anfiteatro de Parque Centenario (Av. Ángel Gallardo and Leopoldo Marechal, entrance on Lillo) begins today with three unmissable gigs. The quartet led by keyboardist Esteban Sehinkman will take the stage at 7 PM, accompanied by three remarkable musicians such as Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla (drums), Mariano Sivori (double bass) and Jesús Fernández (Rhodes and synths). Then at 8 PM, the quartet led by guitarist-composer Lucio Baluini will perform material from their highly praised album “Viento divino”. And at 9 PM, the main show of the night will feature the big band led by drummer Walter Rinavera, with a delicate combination of talented Argentine musicians of various generations. On a warm night, anticipating the summer, at one of the city’s enjoyable green areas, great jazz will be played live. It’s worth coming.
The jazz concert program at CC Recoleta begins with all its might. Ther will be a variety of free gigs to enjoy good music starting at 3.30 PM at Auditorio El Aleph and at 6 PM on the Terraza of the Centro Cultural Recoleta, there. In the afternoon, El Aleph will host the solo piano performance by pianist-composer-teacher Alan Zimmerman (3.30 PM) and then the concert by Bosphorus Dúo, featuring guitarist-composer Serkan Yilmaz and percussionist Horacio Cacoliris (4.30 PM). On the terrace, the legendary “Jazzology” concert series begins at 6 PM with performances by gypsy jazz group Chemanush and the Louisiana Jazz Band (at 7 PM). Later at 8 PM singer Grace Cosceri will take the stage, accompanied by Mariano Agustoni (keyboards) and Quintino Cinalli (percussion). And the night’s headliner will play at 9 PM: the outstanding Danish guitarist Jakob Bro will lead a quartet with Danish bassist Anders Christensen and Argentine musicians Rodrigo Domínguez (sax, clarinet) and Carto Brandán (drums).
Amid concerts, this afternoon the Cinema & Jazz series begins in synchrony with tonight’s main event. At 5 PM, the Microcine of the CC Recoleta will screen “Weightless: A Recording Session with Jakob Bro”, a documentary about the recording of the Danish guitarist’s album “Balladeering” with a band of stellar musicians including Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz and Paul Motian. After the screening, the musician will engage in a discussion with film critic Fernando Chiappussi and answer questions from the public.
Singer and saxophonist Darmon Meader, a recognized figure on the New York jazz scene both for his artistic activity (as a founder and leader of the New York Voices quartet) and for his teaching work (he will conduct a singing workshop during the Festival), will perform a very special concert on Sat, Nov 23 at 8.30 PM at the Sala de Cámara of the Usina del Arte, accompanied by talented Argentine musicians Ignacio Amil (piano), Juan Manuel Bayón (double bass) and Eloy Michelini (drums). Tickets for this great concert, a highlight of the Festival’s international program, are on sale on this website or can be purchased in person at the box office of Teatro Alvear (from Tue to Sat, noon–8 PM) and at Tu Entrada (from Mon to Sat, same hours).
Today at 8.30 PM at the auditorium of Usina del Arte, the 2013 BAJ kicks off with the concert of the Dutch ICP Orchestra. Like every year, this year’s Festival promises large doses of the world’s best jazz with performances by major international musicians – including Italian artists Flavio Boltro and Eric Legnini; the American Jonathan Kreisberg, Darmon Meader and Frank Carlberg; the Dutch Guus Janssen, and the Brazilian Rosa Passos and Banda Mantiqueira – and the best Argentine representatives from various generations – notably, Ernesto Jodos, Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla, Horacio Fumero, Leo Genovese, Roxana Amed and many others. The Festival also offers the unique collaborative performances between local and foreign musicians of the “Crossings” section at Café Vinilo and Thelonious Club, and “The Classroom” activities – with more clinics this year, the singing workshop and the brand new ensemble workshops – along with free concerts and an unparalleled jazz film series. Six days to fully enjoy jazz all across the territory of the ever-musical Buenos Aires city.
It’s just a short wait until good music begins to play. Tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8.30 PM at the auditorium of Usina del Arte, the Dutch ICP Orchestra, one of the big international names of this Festival, will kick off the 2013 BAJ with a live concert where the audience will enjoy their group dynamics and distinctive sound. Performing as a mixed ensemble (part jazz band, part chamber orchestra), the group led by drummer Han Bennink and pianist-composer Misha Mengelberg boasts unique qualities. Such as those highlighted by British journalist John Fordham on The Guardian, when defining them as a "talent-packed cornerstone of European free-jazz for 45 years" and characterizing them as a "unique team that combines abstract improve, Ellingtonian poise, and a raft of musical genres and performance art." Tickets for this extraordinary concert are already on sale: on this website and at the box office of Teatro Alvear (from Tue to Sat, noon-8 PM) and at Tu Entrada (from Mon to Sat, same hours).