A fresh, enthusiastic and very pertinent vision of the big band model from this large orchestra with a diverse and uniquely European spirit, but globally identifiable as excellent jazz.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 228
Squidco Product Code: 14778
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded at Salao Brazil, Coimbra on June 4th, 2010 by Jooao P. Miranda and Ricardo Dias.
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1. Waves (Breaks - Fiddlesticks - Blossom) 8:55
2. O.M. 9:54
3. E.S.T. 10:29
4. Köln Kuddelmuddel 11:11
5. Impresija 9:03
6. The Shagg's Principle 10:38
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Prepare yourself for a big surprise. The European Movement Jazz Orchestra may be formed by young musicians still in the beginning of their very promising careers, but what they offer here is a fantastically performed, fresh, enthusiastic and very pertinent vision of the big band model.
With German, Slovenian and Portuguese participants, this project founded in the context of the European Union was started in 2007 and uses only original compositions wri5ten by the people involved. Among the top soloists are trumpeters Matthias Schriefl and Susana Santos Silva, alto saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz, tenor saxophonists Phillipp Gropper and Jure Pukl, trombonists Lars Arens and Joern Marcussen-Wulff, pianist Kaja Draksler and drummer Tobias Backhaus. The pieces are signed by Jurgen Friedrich, Jure Pukl, Paulo Perfeito, Robert Jukic, Kaja Draksler and Matthias Schriefl.
The conductor in this live recording (in the Portuguese festival Jazz ao Centro) is Izidor Leitinger and the music heard corresponds entirely to the EMJO program of intentions: it's what is being called "European jazz". Jazz with an European spirit, diverse but globally identified, either because of its "classical" feeling, or because it incorporates popular or folk motifs, like the "blasmusik" of the German fanfares. Curious enough?"-Clean Feed Records
• Show Bio for Kaja Draksler
"Kaja Draksler (1987) is a Slovenian pianist and composer. After her studies in the Netherlands (BA in jazz piano and MA in classical composition), she decided to stay in Amsterdam, where she is an active member of the improvisors scene, performing extensively all over the Europe. Besides her frequent solo concerts, she has been working regularly with Čudars-Draksler Duo, Feecho, BadBooshBand, and Draksler-Santos Silva duo. She is also one of the founding members of the interdisciplinary group I/O. She recently formed her Octet. As a composer she has been commissioned by various international groups, ranging from vocal and chamber ensembles to big bands and orchestras. Kaja is interested in finding ways to merge the composition and (free) improvisation by working with different structures and musical logics. She is drawn to the idea of erasing the stylistic and historical musical borders, and discovering personal expression and language through composition and improvisation."- Website (http://www.kajadraksler.com/pressENG/KD%20BIO.pdf)
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