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Member Media News: Jazzthetik (Germany) May/June, 2017

Congratulations to Jazzthetik Magazine: the German jazz publication turned 30 on April 29!

Jazzthetik: May/June, 2017

Jazzthetik: May/June, 2017

In the May/June issue:

Open That Door! For singer Pat Appleton, the language is the key.
Growing. Thomas Siffling takes two more on board.
Shall we dance? Sebastian Gramss invites for a slowfox.
Weaving the threads. Rhiannon Giddens researches the textures of American music.
A fleet of two. Marialy Pacheco recorded louder duets.
In the inner garden. Markus Stockhausen and the intuitive music.
Regardless. Drummer Christian Lillinger sets ambitious goals.
Open Questions. Trumpet player Avishai Cohen muses on his role as a musician.
Mealtime! In Max Andrzejewski’s hut all is set up.
Metamorphosis. Youn Sun Nah is changing through her singing.
Meeting Again. Ron Carter meets Richard Galliano and turns 80 soon.
Germs Dance. With Hans Lüdemann in the Black Lights District.
Inside Out. Stephan Crump reveals his innermost.
Gamelan-Wellness. Andreas Tschopp and his sound spa.
Tried and True. Koss Pro4AA still the classics among headphones.
Make it Simple. Triosence cultivate the courage to settle down.
Heart Attack. Helge Schneider and Pete York as cardio surgeons.
Fire Flower.  Yelena Eckemoff and the game of fragrances and memories.
Framework. Joachim Kühn presents his works as a painter.
Magic Carpet. Quadro Nuevo and Cairo Steps make it together.
Friends Reunite. Angelika Niescier meets her friends from Iceland.
Come Out! Bassist Joe Fonda to step out of the comfort zone.
Dance With Franz. The Oh!chestra brings Schubert to the disco.
Lithe. Sting’s guitarist Dominic Miller sees J.S. Bach as musical yoga.
Zen’d. Eric Schaefer and his deep love to Japan.
Stray Sounds. Kari Ikonen records his new album here and there.
More Serious Fun. Tobias Hoffmann surfing in slow motion (on humor and seriousness.)
Subversive. Arto Lindsay between slogans and winks.
Also This Side of Africa. Les Amazones d’Afrique fight for women rights.
To Sun, to Freedom. Philipp Gropper’s Philm stars with Sun Ship.
Master of Sound. Associates bring back the memories of Walter Quintus.

Memo: Europe Jazz Media Meeting in Bremen, April 28, 2017

Members of the Europe Jazz Media initiative met in Bremen, Germany, during the 12th jazzahead! trade fair and exhibition on April 28, 2017. These regular meetings during jazzahead! have been made possible by the kind cooperation of jazzahead! press service (personal thanks to Katharina Busch.)

The meeting was attended by Christine Stefan (Jazzthetik, Germany,) Jon Newey (Jazzwise, U.K.,) Cim Meyer (Jazz Special, Denmark,) Madli-Liis Parts (Muusika, Estonia, who served as the Europe Jazz Media coordinator in 2010-2013,) Patrik Sandberg (Orkester Journalen, Sweden,) Cyril Moshkow (Jazz.Ru, Russia, current EJM coordinator,) Stefano Zucchiatti (Europe Jazz Network communication manager) and Reza Ackbaraly (former program manager at Mezzo TV, currently starting up a new TV music distribution company, Auditorium films.) Jazz Forum’s Paweł Brodowski, Giornale della Musica‘s Luca Vitali, and Salt Peanuts‘ Jan Granlie were not attending jazzahead! this year.

EJM meeting in Bremen

EJM meeting in Bremen: Cim Meyer, Madli Parts, Cyril Moshkow, Jon Newey, Patrik Sandberg, Stefano Zucciatti, Christine Stefan, Reza Ackbaraly

The members shared their experience in the changing landscape of the modern media, which varied from country to country. We also reviewed the EJM initiatives over the last five years, and planned to expand them.

Our next meetings may happen in Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the European Jazz Conference on September 21-24, 2017, and/or in St.Petersburg, Russia, during the St.Petersburg International Culture Forum on November 16-18, 2017. We are also looking forward to meeting at the next jazzahead! on April 19-22, 2018.

A more detailed memo was sent to all members. Thank you for a great meeting, and see you next time!

How to Make an Improv Orchestra in Shanghai: an Experience Overview

by Roman Stolyar
for Jazz.Ru Magazine
(see original Russian text)

There was an early March morning of the year 2015 when I got a message from Swiss company Swatch – and this message started the story. By the message, my staying at Swatch art residency was confirmed; it was said that they were looking forward to my appearance in Shanghai in April 2016. The period of staying was three months; the place of staying was luxurious Swatch Art Peace Hotel resided in The Bund, the fanciest area of Shanghai. The purpose of my staying was, as I applied for, to create an improvising orchestra uniting musicians from various music spheres. Series of workshops were planned for developing common music language and establishing deep liaison between orchestra participants allowing them to create music in real time without any pre-agreement, score or conducting.

Having one year prior to the visit seemed quite enough; nevertheless, I decided to act immediately. Firstly, I tried to use official channels to establish contacts with Shanghai music institutions, but it didn’t work – neither Shanghai Conservatory of Music, nor local jazz school responded to my requests. Luckily, while searching for contacts in Internet, I suddenly found an essay on music scene in China written by American pianist and musicologist Tobin Chodos. It was clear that he knew the subject much better than me, so I decided to ask his help – and he replied to my email in two hours with a list of important contacts in Shanghai, though we never met. Since that moment the real preparation of my trip got started. Through exchanging emails with Shanghainese musicians, I found two important things. First was that my project caused their interest, so there was obviously a chance to gather people for that. Second was that my project fitted the interests of JZ School, the most active jazz school in Shanghai; they were going to open a new campus and considered my project as a promotional tool and an addition to the JZ School regular educational program. That’s why they agreed to allow our orchestra gatherings in nice and cozy concert hall resided in the new JZ School building.

Finally, a year after, I arrived in Shanghai. It was the 2nd of April, and Waitan riverbank was crowded as always despite of goring outside. Shanghai is a weird mixture of East and West: the pedestrian area of East Nanjing Road seems quite similar to Times Square, but make few dozens steps aside – and you are in calm Chinese province with its small shops and the omnipresent smell of street food. Almost any kind of music can be found here: you can find hard rock and ethnic music in Mao Live House, rhythm’n’blues and reggae in Cotton Club, dance parties in 1920s style in Le Petite Fontaine, hip hop and electronic music in Shelter… And, of course, there are many venues for jazz music here: Heyday, The Pearl, Wooden Box, and – the most known – JZ Club which is now in the process of moving .

However, there is no single venue for free improv in Shanghai, and examples of freely improvised music are very few. Some musicians, though, tried to play this kind of music, but it didn’t go well: it seems there is no place for experiments in the commercially oriented atmosphere of this city. Besides, all musicians are busy as hell here – they are not as many as needed for clubs, bars and outdoor shows in the city populated by 24 million people. Musicians from all over the world work here: I met Spanish, Germans, Israeli, Australians, Russians, Ukrainians playing jazz here (and jazz is not the only kind of music they can play, otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to survive). And Americans, too. Alec Haavik, one of the most well-known jazz musicians in Shanghai (and not only because of his height and exotic look – he likes wearing bright and extravagant costumes), is one of them. Moved in Shanghai eleven years ago, he became a true engine of local jazz scene. His activity is beyond any borders: he plays in most of local jazz groups, teaches jazz saxophone and leads his own big band performing, among others, original pieces composed and arranged by him.

Alec Haavik

Alec Haavik

READ MORE: the complete story of the JZ Improvising Orchestra in Shanghai! 

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Forthcoming Summer Jazz Festivals in… Germany, Austria, and Italian South Tyrol!

The new Europe Jazz Media initiative: once every season, our writers recommend forthcoming jazz festivals in their country or region and share their recommendations with the readers of all member media!

Martin LaurentiusBy Martin Laurentius, Jazz thing,
for Europe Jazz Media

June 23-26: JAZZ BALTICA, Timmendorfer Strand, Germany

The famed festival’s relocation was as gentle as the change of the artistic direction: when the Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren took over directing the Jazz Baltica in 2012, he also focused even more attention to the fact that Baltic Sea was a polyglot cultural area. For his 5th festival, he put on the program the likes of Iiro Rantala & Ulf Wakenius, the NDR Big Band with Polish violinist Adam Bałdych, and – a tradition – the Jazz Baltica All Stars. From the Baltic seashore, he also extends the view to other jazz regions, like southwestern Germany with the father-son duo Dauner // Dauner, or Anke Helfrich Trio with US trumpeter Tim Hagans, then to Cuba, with the NDR Big Band plus pianist Omar Sosa, and the European-American quartet Amok Amor.

Jazz Baltica

June 24 – July 03: SÜDTIROL JAZZFESTIVAL ALTO ADIGE, Südtirol, Italy

Okay, viewed from Berlin, South Tyrol (Südtirol in German, Alto Adige in Italian) is far away. But this ancient area along the Austrian/Italian border that was so often conquered and fought for in its history, is bound to be a place for a multi-stylistic festival. For many years, the organization team follows a concept that in times like today, with borders promptly closing, a few things is more important than ever: to build bridges, to ignore boundaries, and to involve other jazz cultures in Europe into conversation – Switzerland, Austria, and many other countries. The festival is not only using the regular concert halls, but setting unusual festival performance sites among the the rugged peaks of the South Tyrolean Alps. The Südtirol Jazz Festival Alto Adige makes the entire region a stunning backdrop for jazz and improvised music from entire Europe.


July 08-17: JAZZOPEN, Stuttgart, Germany

For ten days, Baden-Wuerttemberg’s state capital Stuttgart is dominated by jazz music that overcomes the stylistic boundaries. Big stages, indoors and outdoors, are reserved for the international stars of jazz and pop – in 2016, among others, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Van Morrison and – once again in Stuttgart – Jamie Cullum. But the charm of JazzOpen is to be found elsewhere, and it’s Jazz Club Bix (on the picture). The intimate atmosphere of this club guarantees the audience a unique concert experience – this year, for example, with Nils Petter Molvær, Steps Ahead, or Christian Scott.


August 11-13: BEZAU BEATZ, Bezau, Austria

Did you know Bezau as a jazz fan should? If not, then you should anchor this place in Austria’s westernmost province of Vorarlberg in your festival calendar. This is where the drummer Alfred Vogel lives. He has a few successful multicolored and multi-stylistic jazz projects under his belt, but also organizes the Bezau Beatz festival, which found its home in the historic depot of the former Wälderbähnle railroad three years ago. There, the festival presents a program of free improvised music and avant-garde: a challenge for the audience, but worth every second of it. 2016 roster includes New York bassist and guitarist Tony Scherr, Scandinavian trio The Thing, saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann / singer Almut Kühne duo from Berlin, and other open-minded artists.


Forthcoming Summer Jazz Festivals in… Russia!

The new Europe Jazz Media initiative: once every season, our writers recommend forthcoming jazz festivals in their country or region and share their recommendations with the readers of all member media!

Cyril MoshkowBy Cyril Moshkow, Jazz.Ru Magazine ,
for Europe Jazz Media

June 21-25: USADBA JAZZ ROZA KHUTOR, near Sochi
Usadba Jazz launched in 2004 as a large open-air festival at a beautiful 18th century Arkhangelskoe manor near Moscow. As the festival grew, it kept adding new locations, resulting in a solid chain of several consecutive festivals at beautiful old manors around Russia – this summer, Moscow on June 4, Yekaterinburg on July 2, Voronezh on July 16, and St.Petersburg on July 30, the newest addition being Roza Khutor Ski Resort on June 21-25 in Southern Russia, near the winter Olympic Games site in Sochi. Roza Khutor Ski Resort is not, after all, an old manor, but the Usadba Jazz program at this location is the most extensive among the chain’s 2016 editions, with an eclectic roster of Russian and international jazz, world, and pop artists, a three-day music business forum, and the finals of a multi-stylistic young bands competition, which embraces jazz, fusion, world, and indie.


July 1-3: WHITE NIGHT SWING, St. Petersburg
Now in its 23rd edition, White Night Swing is indeed organized during the height of Russia’s Northern ex-capital’s famous white nights: St.Pete is so far to the north than in late June – early July, it never gets completely dark there. The festival, held at the St. Petersburg State Jazz Philharmonic Hall, reflects the Northern city’s conservative taste in jazz: it’s 100 per cent pure straight-ahead jazz, with healthy excursions into swing, trad, and Dixieland music. The festival’s gala on the open-air stage at the beautiful 18th century-built Arts Square features jazz bands from France (Philippe Duchemin,) Israel (Robert Anchipolovsky,) U.S. (Charles Turner III,) and a variety of excellent local bands, presided by the Jazz Philharmonic Hall’s artistic director, Russian jazz vet and devoted Duke Ellington connoisseur – violinist / vibist / pianist / flugelhornist David Goloschokin.


August 4-7: AQUA JAZZ, Sochi
Launched in 2010 as part of the forthcoming 2014 Winter Olympics cultural program, the festival is still there when the games are over. Organized by a production company run by Russia’s most famous jazz musician, saxophonist Igor Butman (who is also in charge for six other jazz festivals across the country,) Aqua Jazz presents an eclectic roster of artists from the U.S., Europe, and Russia: Richard Bona Mandekan Cubano, Somi, Conrad Herwig, Alex Sipiagin, and several Russian soloists, centered around Butman’s Moscow Jazz Orchestra. The cold country’s only subtropical resort on the Black Sea serves as a nice background which attracts thousands from across Russia, with the festival’s opening New Orleans-themed jazz street parade as the staple of Sochi’s summer season in last seven years.


Historically first open-air jazz festival in Moscow, it is held in a small park in downtown Moscow every August since 1998, rain or shine, and attracts large crowds of both devoted jazz fans of all ages and curious younger audience – as the attendance is free, because of the city’s extensive support. Traditionally, the Hermitage Garden event serves as the Moscow jazz community’s communal gathering, where hundreds of jazz musicians and their fans, some with more than half a century of experience, congregate in the park – even those not scheduled to perform. This year, producer Mikhail “Don Miguel” Green presents a roster of Russians (trumpeter Peter Vostokov‘s Big Jazz Orchestra, groups led by singer Yuliana Rogachova, saxophonist Azat Bayazitov, and others,) Europeans (Austria’s Herwig Gradischnig, his fellow sax man Radovan Tariška from Slovakia) and Americans: singer Sandra Booker, and trumpet virtuoso Alex Sipiagin‘s quintet with special guest saxophonist Will Vinson.


Jazz.Ru Magazine, #1, 2015 (#60)

Jazz.Ru Magazine transferrend many activities to the Web version; however, we plan to publish at least three paper issues this year, as we feel that the paper magazine format, with large pictures and large texts for continuous reading, is very much in demand among our readership. The 2015 subscribers – your subscription therefore extends into the first half of 2016, at no charge!

Jazz.Ru 60th cover

Jazz.Ru 60th cover

In this issue:
ON THE COVER – The Professor! Alexander Oseichuk, Russia’s chief jazz educator, the Jazz Ensemble teacher at the Russian Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow, tells it like it is – what does that mean to be a real jazz teacher, and why on the day his own band turned 25, he quit performing in favor of being an educator exclusively.
Unbending. 15th Triumph of Jazz Festival in Moscow and St.Petersburg in the days of economy crisis. Triumph participant, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, interviewed.
The Discreet Charm of Vynil. The history of jazz vinyl covers. Story nine: Impulse! Records.
Russian Jazz Chronicles. Rostov Jazz Festival: fit to survive
The Capital of Jazz. New York Is Now, by Andrey Henkin
Pianist Alexey Podymkin interviewed: musician on the verge of a new step
Sergei Manukian, Russia’s most popular jazz vocalist, interviewed on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Jazz and Grammies, 2015: Dancing Chick to Chick
Producer / composer/ bassist Alex Rostotsky turns 60: “I Haven’t Changed”
In Memoriam: trumpeter Lew Soloff, producer Orrin Keepnews, trumpeter Clark Terry, record label executive Bruce Lundvall
Jazz Research Center continues Russian jazz history studies: Three Faces in Black and White – the history behind a b/w photo of Joseph Weinstein Big Band from Leningrad arriving in the city of Voronezh in the middle of harsh Russian winter of 1970.
Jazz Province Festival: the festivities coninue, on the 19th year of the trans-Russian moving jazz festival
Estonian guitarist Oleg Pissarenko tells the story of the final volume of his 2009-2015 audio trilogy
All We Have: 15th Jazz Over Volga River festival in Yaroslavl shows strong line-up and commitment to keep the 35-years-old tradition alive
Russian Real Book: a theme by NYC-based Russian bassist, Dmitry Kolesnik

Jazzthetik, The Magazine about Jazz and Other Music: September/October, 2014


Jazzthetik 09/10-14

Jazzthetik 09/10-14

Jazzthetik is the modern music magazine that comprehensively covers the latest in jazz and other interesting music. Jazzthetik is publised in Münster, Germany, six times a year.

Contents September / October 2014

  • Jazz & Other Music
    Milestone. Pianist Johanna Borchert convinces writer U.Proske as a singer.
    Jazz in Janker Jackets. The three von Tann play with Forester clichés. F.X.A.Zipperer stands in the forest.
    Pass. Manu Katché crosses the border between jazz and pop. Customs control by R.Köchl.
    Precious, precious! Highlights from the MPS catalog can be heard on CD again. R.Thomas makes discoveries.
    Beyond the clichés. Saxophonist Katharina Maschmeyer still is your lady. Text: R.Köchl.
  • Front Cover
    Three stolen tapes. M.Zimmermann about the unusual career of singer Gasandji – and her equally unusual hairstyle.
  • The World
    Dusted. The band Ramsch & Rosen bring old treasures shine. Charmed: G.Diesing.
    Reliable. Sérgio Mendes evokes more of the magic of the bossa-pop. A journey through time with O.Maikopf.
    Berlin Saudade. The band Jagun dubs the longing for Brazil. F.X.A.Zipperer languishes along.
  • Jazz
    Leather jacket. Jacob Karlzon wants to bring jazz to stadiums. In the stands: T.Richtsteig.
  • High Fidelity
    Sensual. P.Steinfadt on Existence Loudspeakers and the eroticism of the listening.
  • Jazz
    History. There was also an October Revolution in free music. C.Wagner as Guido Knopp of jazz. [Guido Knopp was a famous German specialist in the history of totalitarian regimes. – EJM]
    Father of Funk. R.Köchl reminisces on the pianist Horace Silver.
    Truth-loving. Shauli Einav releases A Truth About Me. Polygraph operated by R.Thomas.
    Icarus. Tim Allhoff is spreading his wings. Flight observations of K.Hübner.
  • Songs
    Longing. Actor Christian Redl sings, and has something to say. R.Thomas listens.
  • Jazz & Other Music
    Full strength. Tini Thomsen blows the sophisticated away. Adrenalined: R.Thomas.
    One stone upon another. Sebastian Gramss put basses on top of each other, watched by K.Hübner.
    In a good mood. Singer Rigmor Gustafsson: even melancholy sounds easy. R.Thomas praises her meticulousness.
    In the name of beauty. HJ.Linke about the political and musical legacy of Charlie Haden.
  • Blues
    Farewell. Johnny Winter and the immortal Blues. R.Thomas has met him before his passing.
  • Jazz
    In between. Tobias Meinhart commutes between Old and New World. On the old side: R.Thomas.
  • Songs
    Collected. Stefanie Boltz brings her own songs from the drawer, watched by F.X.A. Zipperer.
  • Jazz & Other Music
    Always on the move. The travelers from Tingvall Trio briefly stop by R.Thomas.
    Water and Bread. Dirk Raulf thinks up the concepts. K.Hübner visits the inmate.
    Art Nouveau. Pianist Younee swings between classical and jazz. Text: K.vSeckendorff.
    Abstract. José James paints with sounds that keep many things open. Image viewing by R.Thomas.

Jazzwise Magazine: October 2014



The October issue of Jazzwise, the UK’s biggest selling jazz monthly, hits the streets on 25 September with a striking cover featuring multi-Grammy Award winning vocalist Diana Krall. Back with her new album Wallflower, which features lush arrangements of classic 1960s and 70s pop, soul and rock classics by the likes of The Mamas & the Papas and Bob Dylan, plus a new song by Paul McCartney. The Canadian star talks frankly about crossing over to bigger audiences while retaining her jazz roots.
Also in this issue, British vibes virtuoso Jim Hart discusses the brilliant new album from his powerful Cloudmakers trio;
French-Ivorian drummer Manu Katché talks about his new live album and why singers inspire him the most;
and Norwegian keyboard maestro Bugge Wesseltoft explains how he’s teamed up with former EST bassist Dan Berglund to create an electrifying new trio.
There are also interviews with leading US saxophonist James Carter on the Billie Holiday album that changed his life in the Turning Point column and wonderful UK singer Georgia Mancio reveals all behind the fifth edition of her acclaimed ReVoice! Festival, which takes place in October.
And lest you forget, Jazzwise brings you the hottest news, opinion, gossip, the UK’s biggest CD, DVD, book, and gig guide section and live reviews.

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Jazz.Ru Magazine, #2/3, 2014 (55/56)

Russian Jazz Magazine #2/3-2013 (55/56):
— On the cover: David Goloshokin (cover photo by Evgeny Eliner)
the director of St.Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall turns 70
The Happiest Jazzman in the World: David Goloshokin interviewed (by Anna Filipieva)
— Boris Frumkin’s Jazz Life
Russian pianist and current leader of the Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra, Russia’s oldest big band, interviewed (by Cyril Moshkow)
— Jazz Travel. North Sea Jazz 2014: A Herculean Task of Choice
Robert Bagdasarov and Elina Samoilenko review the gargantuan Rotterdam festival in words and photos
— Musician’s Tales. Alexei Shubin: The Stage From Piano Tuner’s Point of View
Moscow-based piano tuner and accredited Rhodes piano technician shares several stories from his years of experience
— The Capital of Jazz. Meanwhile in New York: spring
Jazz.Ru reinstalls the regular New York news column, now with Andrey Henkin as columnist!
— History. My Blue Bird: 50 years since the opening of the legendary Moscow jazz club, active 1964 to 2010 (by Mikhail Kull)
— Behind the Stage: Rafail Tuishev, producer of the Rostov Jazz festival in southern Russia, interviewed on the occasion of his 75th birthday
— The Discreet Charm of the Vinyl. History of Jazz LP Cover art, Chapter Five: Prestige Records (by Oleg Skvortsov)
— ArtBeat. Anton Gorbunov: New Stories For E-Bass and Ensemble
Moscow-based electric bass virtuoso  interviewed before his new dual CD/DVD live release
— Vijay Iyer: The Real I
Part of Europe Jazz Media text exchange program, this article from German magazine Jazzthetik reveals the details of the famed NYC-based Indo-American pianist’s debut on ECM
— The Life and Fate of Drummer Boris Bagdasarov
Moscow-based pianist Yakov Okun interviews Russia’s oldest working jazz drummer who just turned 87
— History. “St. Louis Blues”: A Centennial
Vladimir Feyertag, doyen on Russian jazz critique, with an extensive essay on the history of the W.C.Handy’s evergreen title
— In Memoriam. Pianist Horace Silver, bassist Charlie Haden, pioneer Russian jazz vocalist Nonna Sukhanova
— Russian Real Book: piece by pianist Eldar Djangirov