Promo, Kurt Rade, Marc Pallman, Joseph Blough, Camae Ayewa
Fr, 02/11/2018, 20:00 Uhr

jaimie branch / Art Ensemble of Chicago

jaimie branch

Trumpet player Jaimie Branch (*1984) has her roots in Chicago, but has dropped anchor in Brooklyn. She is another strong voice rising like a comet, and Jazzfest Berlin is delighted to set the main stage for her first appearance in Germany. Last year, she released a short and snappy debut that impacted like a precision projectile and made plenty of stages shake and roll. Her album made it into the top five albums of 2017 in the New York Times and on National Public Radio. After only a few bars from her band Fly or Die, you will know exactly what’s what. The unusual line-up of Jason Ajamian’s bass, Lester St. Louis’ cello and Chad Taylor’s drums creates a clear and gripping rhythm in a breathing river of psychedelic textures. With singular compactness, she operates inside and outside at once, creating existentially charged urban wake-up calls, often of graffiti-like brevity. Strong expression, a powerful voice and a clear signature mark this exceptional trumpeter’s songwriting. Fly or Die provide substantial sounds that get under their listeners’ skin. No UFOs, but echoes of sudden flashes of light along the cold chasms of high-rise buildings.

Art Ensemble of Chicago

The Art Ensemble of Chicago stands for “Great Black Music – Ancient to the Future”, as Lincoln T. Beauchamp, aka Chicago Beau, puts it in a nutshell. In the field of creative, constantly evolving music of the past five decades, the ensemble is unique and a shining example with a rich history (documented on 30 albums). This goes for the unity and singularity of their sound and visuals as well as for the highly productive atmosphere of community that has carried the group throughout its history. Of the original line-up, which could be seen and heard in all its glory at the 1991 Jazzfest Berlin, trumpeter Lester Bowie and bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut have passed away, while the ‘shaman’ Joseph Jarman officiates as a Buddhist priest and Aikido-Master today. The remaining musicians – the exceptional musical spirit and untiring mover and multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Famoudou Don Moye – form a core around which closely affiliated musicians have gathered. Guided by its own desire to explore, the AEC has always moved freely through an open continuum of genres. Their total soundscape features winding lanes and broader paths, and their playing has never ceased to expand their own horizon as well as that of their listeners. In Berlin, they continue their journey in a company of nine.

  • : »Fly or Die« Deutschlandpremiere

jamie branch

CHAD TAYLOR, drums, mbira

  • : »Berlin Special Edition«

Art Ensemble of Chicago

HUGH RAGIN, trumpets
FAMOUDOU DON MOYE, drums, congas, percussion
DUDÙ KOUATE, african percussion
JEAN COOK, violin
JARIBU SHAHID, double bass
CHRISTINA WHEELER, voice, array mbira, auto harp, q-chord, theremin, sampler, electronics

  • Haus der Berliner Festspiele
  • Schaperstr. 24, Berlin
  • Ticketpreis: € 15 – 55 / ermäßigt € 8 – 28