1. International Jazz Solo Piano FestivalMay 17th, 2009 | By Jan Matthies | Category: Featured Articles
“Ayako is an extremely gifted musician. She is blessed with great technique, a fertile and creative imagination, a firm understanding of the jazz tradition and a real love for the music. I recommend Ayako without reservation.” -Kenny Barron, pianist
“Bob Albanese is a rhymer, a poetic soul whether he is thinking and talking or composing and playing. He has all the requisites–harmonic acumen, melodicism and swing. With all that he has nuance, that certain something that gives him distinction. He’s not radical, or fanatical but artistically he’s never on sabbatical.”
- Ira Gitler, jazz historian and journalist, former New York editor of Down Beat magazine. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jazz Journalists Association.
“By now he more than reached his goal to transfer the intensity of a jazz band into two hands. Virtuosic and with warm tone he transports the swinging jazz language into a contemporary form.”
- Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbHIn addition to originals of the pianists you will be hearing standards like “Someday My Prince Will Come” or Monks “Ugly Beauty”, without having to abdicate the fundamental element of jazz: improvisation!DATES
26.03.2009, Thursday, 8pm, Rubinstein Concert Hall, Steinway-Haus Munich
27.03.2009, Friday, 8pm, Horowitz Concert Hall, Steinway-Haus Hamburg
28.03.2009, Saturday, 8pm, Small Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin
Additionally the festival is supported by Jazzthetik - magazine for jazz and otherwise, Dussmann the culture store and the Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH.