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Highlights at MIDEM Jazz 2009

United States
PARIS, Dec 10, 2008 Every year, MIDEM Jazz provides an opportunity to discover contemporary jazz artists from all around the world. This year’s MIDEM Jazz event will be held in the Salon Diane in the Majestic Hotel, Cannes, from 18-20 January 2009.

Now in its second year, the MIDEM Talent Jazz series offers two concerts a day from Sunday through Tuesday, at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Don’t miss young French drummer Anne Paceo and her band “Triphase”, nominated at the 2008 Django d’Or awards in the “New Talent/Stage Revelation” category, or the Dave Stapleton Quintet, bringing their rock-strength talent from the British jazz scene.

On Monday 19 January, Australian trio Misinterprotato will be intermingling close-knit improvisations with ethereal moods, borrowing both from modern jazz, ambient music, rock and contemporary sounds. This will be followed by a special visit from Andalusian pianist David Peña Dorantes, the flamenco musician of the 21st century, along with special guest star, cantaor Arc ngel.

Drawing on influences from the likes of Wayne Shorter, JS Bach, Kenny Wheeler, Messiaen and Astor Piazzolla, Frøy Aagre is Norway’s hottest saxophone talent, and will be performing on 20 January. Also not to be missed is saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist Magnus Lindgren, a key figure on the Swedish jazz scene and just back from Brazil with his latest project Batucada Jazz, accompanied on stage by the Rio Groove Masters, directed by Sebastian Notini.

Over the three-day event, fans of the MIDEM Jazz Club series of late night concerts will be transported to Holland, will be treated to a special SACEM selection and will get an insider’s view of a unique label that publishes some unforgettably haunting sounds. On Sunday 18 January from 10pm-midnight, Buma Cultuur and MIDEM have programmed two great Dutch performances: saxophonist Yuri Honing’s electro-rock formation Wired Paradise, whose complex and sensual music is inspired by recent Hollywood classics such as L.A. Confidential, Kill Bill and The Usual Suspects; and the up-and-coming New Cool Collective, with their unique blend of jazz, salsa and Latin music.

On Monday 19 January, MIDEM Jazz Club will be presenting a special SACEM selection with music that draws inspiration from a wide variety of influences. The Titi Robin Trio explores new sounds through some unexpected combinations and offers a delicate, sensitive and virtuoso dialogue of Brazilian guitar, accordion and percussion. Bozilo delivers a unique blend of Balkan music, North American rhythms and Afro-American groove through three renowned musicians, Bojan Z, Karim Ziad and Julien Lourau.

On Tuesday 20 January, the focus is on the 20-year-old Buda Musique label, with their Ethiojazz collection, “Les Ethiopiques”, that the audience will have the chance to discover through Eténèsh et Le Tigre des Platanes, where a French jazz combo from Toulouse meets Ethiopian azmari Eténesh Wassié. Finally, the 26-year-old virtuoso clarinetist YOM will perform from the repertoire of Naftule Brandwein, the celebrated klezmer clarinetist from the early 20th century. The self-proclaimed “New King of the Klezmer Clarinet” never spoke a truer word. The event is sponsored by FCM.
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