is a different kind of jazz festival found in Aarau, Switzerland with a heart for learning on the bandstand music education.
Every April the audience is entertained with premiers and brand new productions of musical works; Afro-American, Classical traditions as well as fusions into other genres.
But most uniquely, jazzaar concerts" is specially known for its remarkable collaborations between professionals of international and national acclaim with selected Swiss youth, that culminate into memorable and grand performances that showcase the basic ingredients for cultural sustenance tradition, interaction, innovation and progress!
Jazzaar concerts 2009 - 'Reflections and Reverie'
Music especially has a way of leaving one reflecting upon the experience or simply drifting in a state of reverie. Come April 13- 18, Jazzaar concerts 2009 will present two very distinct projects that convey parallels and contrasts of Reflections and Reverie.
In Louis and the Good Book, the Aargau Youth Gospel Orchestra is to become a kaleidoscope of Louis Armstrongs 1958 work, what with a gem studded cast led by Fritz Renold, musical director of Jazzaar. Thus the audience can behold from different angles new reflections of its musical colours in all its grandeur.
The gems of artistes invited for their brilliance are: Lance Martin who has the rare voice; of Louis Armstrong, Steve Reid with his piercing trumpet sound, the incredible Dennis Montgomery III this time on piano, Mark Gross on Alto Saxophone, Buster Williams on Bass, Victor Lewis on drums, while Rashad McPherson, Kevin Ross and Annette Philip lend their beautiful voices in harmony.
Prepare to be mesmerized either on Friday, April 17 at the Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau (KUK) or on Saturday, April 18 where the production will be performed again at Trafo Baden!
The 'Concerto Double Nouvel' is the insight into faraway musings and dreams revealed as though through mirrors and lenses of a musical telescope. The Aargau Youth Chamber Orchestra accompanied by a host of virtuosos from both the European classical and International Jazz worlds has a monumental task of premiering four exclusive double concertos in a crossover style under the expert direction of conductor Kevin Field of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The stars appearing this night are: Volker Biesenbender and Tobias Preisig on solo violins 1 & 2; Barrie Lee Hall Jr. and Franco Ambrosetti on solo trumpets 1 & 2; Tom Garling and Patrik Lerchmller on solo trombones 1 & 2, Gildas Bocl and Reggie Hamilton on solo basses 1 & 2, The Casal Quartet (strings), Wolfgang Dreschler and Daniel Werren on French horns, Robert Mssinger on oboe, Mark Soskin on piano and Adam Nussbaum on drums.
This is a treat for a mixed audience that is sure to join in that state of reverie! The production will take to stage on Saturday, April 18 at the Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau (KUK).