BAJ 2013 attracted 85 thousand people during six full days of excellent live music, what evinces the artistic and conceptual quality of its program as well as confirms the active participation of its audience, composed of locals and thousands of tourists who visited the City over the past long weekend. Held at different places across town including its two outstanding main venues (Centro Cultural Recoleta and Usina del Arte), the legendary Teatro Presidente Alvear and the new stages for the “Crossings” and “The Jam” sections (Thelonious Club, Café Vinilo, La Trastienda), in addition to the free concerts at the Anfiteatro de Parque Centenario and the amazing Brazilian show by Rosa Passos and Banda Mantiqueira on the large stage mounted at Av. del Libertador and Agüero with successful turnout, the Festival offered a lot of good times with performances by renowned international artists and a vast overview of various generations of Argentine musicians, in different formats and with diverse musical visions. Just like a wide palette of colors, it has showcased all available approaches to such lively music as jazz.
Last night, with a standing ovation from a full house at the Auditorio of the Usina del Arte, Italian trumpeter Flavio Boltro, Belgian pianist Eric Legnini and French musicians Franck Agulhon (drums) and Thomas Bramerie (double bass) gave a brilliant concert at the formal closing of BAJ 2013. In a perfect setting, in terms of comfort and acoustic quality, the quartet delivered a solid performance, thanks to Boltro’s talent, who is regarded as one of the brightest stars in contemporary European jazz. The concert proved that he is one of today’s most influential trumpeters, with an extraordinary technique and mastery of harmony, whether as a soloist or quartet member. This was one of the Festival’s highlights, an unforgettable experience for those who had the privilege to attend.
Yesterday, Monday, was an atypical holiday in the Recoleta area, one of the most traditional tourist spots of Buenos Aires. Large crowds visited the Centro Cultural when doors were opened early in the mostly gray afternoon. So thousands of people were able to enjoy the rich program of live music events that started at El Aleph with performances by Julián Midón Trío and notable pianist Nicolás Guerschberg, and ended on the Terraza – along with a spring breeze – with an enthusiastically applauded concert featuring the participants of the Ensemble Workshops (photo) held in this edition, the show by the Paula Shocron Trío, and at the very end of the evening, the performance by the trio of guitarist Lito Epumer, bassist Machi and drummer Cristian Judurcha. Playing some classics by Luis Alberto Spinetta, these three legendary musicians, who have been active on the Argentine jazz and rock scene for the last 40 years, closed the wonderful BAJ 2013.
A great Festival can only end in the best way: tonight at 8.30 PM at the Auditorio of the Usina del Arte, four outstanding international musicians will display all their talent: Italian trumpeter Flavio Boltro, one of the major artists in the ever-evolving European jazz scene; Belgian pianist Eric Legnini, and French musicians Franck Agulhon (drums) and Thomas Bramerie (double bass).
Tickets for this extraordinary concert are still on sale on this website and at the box office of Tu Entrada (from noon to 8 PM).
>With two concerts at Auditorio El Aleph and three on the Terraza of the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the program of free live music at this venue comes to an end today. The lineup at El Aleph will include Julián Midón Trío (at 4.30 PM) and pianist Nicolás Guerschberg (at 4.30 PM). Then at 5.30 PM on the Terraza, there will be a performance by the participants of the Ensemble Workshops conducted by Juan Cruz de Urquiza, Gerónimo Carmona and Mariano Loiácono; Paula Shocron Trío will take the stage at 7 PM; and the closing concert will be at 8 PM, featuring the trio of outstanding Argentine musicians Lito Epumer (guitar), Machi (bass) and Cristian Judurcha (drums), who are very active on the local jazz and rock scenes.
Sunday’s jam-packed schedule with great free gigs at Centro Cultural Recoleta and the amphitheater of Parque Centenario begins with Juan “Pollo” Raffo’s solo piano performance at Auditorio El Aleph at 3.30 PM. At 4.30 PM, the duo of Hernán Ríos (piano, percussion and vocals) and Facundo Guevara (percussion and vocals) will perform at the same room of the CC Recoleta. On the Terraza, as part of the Jazzology series, there will be concerts by legendary bands Opus Cuatro (5.30 PM) and Antigüa Jazz Band (6.30 PM). Last, before the magnificent free concert of Rosa Passos and Banda Mantiqueira (see main article), the best jazz from Colombia will take the stage: Pentajuma Juan Manuel Toro Quinteto at 7.30 PM. On the other hand, the lineup at Parque Centenario includes performances by Marcelo Gutfraind Organ Trío at 6 PM, the sextet led by singer-songwriter Jazmin Prodan at 7 PM, exquisite pianist Frank Carlberg accompanied by Jerónimo Carmona on double bass and Pepi Taveira on drums (8 PM), and a stellar closing concert by quartet Gustavo Bergalli New Group at 9 PM.
Tomorrow, after the series of concerts scheduled at La Terraza of the CC Recoleta, the audience will be invited to walk a few blocks over to the main stage mounted at the corner of Av. del Libertador and Agüero. At 9 PM, there will be a concert by Brazilian Rosa Passos and Banda Mantiqueira, eminent guest artists who have already visited the Festival in the past: the singer performed at the closing of BAJ 2008, while the big band closed BAJ 2012. In both occasions, they each delivered skillful and heartfelt performances becoming instant favorites for the audience. Passos will debut her new album based on the work of Djavan, while Banda Mantiqueira will raise the heat with their contagious combination of popular Brazilian rhythms This will be a celebration night as well as a treat from the Festival to the City.
Saturday will be a full-on musical day vibrating with Brazilian sounds at the Festival’s two stages for free concerts. Activity at CC Recoleta begins early in the afternoon. El Aleph will host duo performances by Pablo Ledesma (sax)-Pepe Angelillo (piano) at 3.30 PM and by Marcelo Mayor (guitar)-Pablo Motta (double bass) at 4.30 PM. The lineup at La Terraza includes the show Cabaret Berlín (6 PM), the group Brazofuerte All Stars (7 PM) and the Orquesta de Música Popular Brasileña A Saidera, founded by Argentine clarinetist, arranger and director Emiliano Álvarez (8 PM). The night’s headliner, playing at 9 PM, is the trio led by Brazilian bassist Rogério Botter Maio, who will debut his album “Sobre o silencio”. At Parque Centenario, concerts begin at 6.30 PM with the sextet led by guitarist, composer and director Valentín Reiners, followed by Arturo Puertas Quinteto, premiering his brand new album “Afropuertas” at 7.30 PM; and later at 9 PM, singer Delfina Oliver will close the night performing standards with the Artistry Big Band in a very special show.