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ADHD (IS)


Available for touring between 12- 17 March 2019 in BENELUX & France


ADHD was the greatest discovery and artistic surprise of the Brussels Jazz Festival 2014
— Maarten van Rousselt – programmer Flagey & Brussels Jazz Festival, January 2014
A lazy, moody trip so captivating that gives you the feeling to lay naked in Blue Lagoon. Mindblowing!
— Danny Theuwis – 30CC Leuven (BEL), October 2015
ADHD’s jazz is hard to label – it is a mixture of melancholy, jazz rock and ambient that carries you in a delightful, inspired hypnotic trip. Highly recommended!
— Brendan Burny - programmer CultuurCentrum Mechelen (BEL) - October 2015
ADHD… an unusual line up of great musicians overwhelms with their mix of jazz, blues and rock. Their live performance is one long emotional trip with references to the past, present and future of what jazz was/is/can and hast to be.
— Laurent Pitsi - programmer CC Hasselt (BEL) - October 2015

All based in the greater Reykjavík area, ADHD is a four-piece band that consists of four old friends and colleagues. The four of them have been working together in various projects and bands for more than a decade (and even a little bit longer than that…). In 2008 it was decided that it would be a good idea to put together a band, which is ADHD, and play a few shows in Iceland.  The chemistry between the four players was immediate and the following year their debut album, self-titled adhd, won them stellar reviews, as well as “Jazz-album of the year” at the Icelandic Music Awards.

Now, three albums after that (adhd2, adhd3 and adhd4, which all got great reviews, nominations for the Nordic Music Prize, etc. ), and after extensive touring in Europe and Iceland, ADHD are finishing and releasing their 5th album in collaboration with Contemplate-music in Berlin, on the 31st of October. adhd5 was recorded in Sundlaugin Studios by Ívar Ragnarson. Ívar also mixed the record and it was mastered by mr. Haffi Tempó.

The record contains 8 songs that were written all over the place; a few were written in January this year when the band had a few days off on a European tour and got to spend those days close to Bad-Meinberg in Germany at a very good friends house. Others were written in the studio or at some home or…The songs are a very dynamic mixture of a lot of elements; melancholic at times, cheerful, soft, loud and everything in between.

ADHD performances an organic event and therefore the band decided to record this album live, to reflect the live performances.

ADHD are:
Óskar Guðjónsson: Saxophones
Ómar Guðjónsson: Guitars, Bass
Davíð Þór Jónsson: Piano, Hammond, Synths, Bass etc.
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen: Drums, Percussion

The members of ADHD are very active in both the Icelandic music scene, as well as abroad.
Their collaborators include amiina, Jim Black, Wadada Leo Smith, Skúli Sverrison, Sören Dahl Jeppesen, Tómas R Einarsson, múm, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sin Fang, Samúel Jón Samúelsson and many many others.

Three of the four members have also released their own solo albums which received great reviews.

www.adhd-music.is

References 2014 - 2015 (Belgium): Flagey, 30CC, KC Nona, CC Hasselt/Muziek-o-Droom



Spessi (from AdHd6). Recorded at Grindavik family session

Jacob karlzon (SE)

Jacob Karlzon

Jacob Karlzon


Times are changing, and inevitably so is music. However, musicians of a special kind are needed to stay in step – and in tune – with these changing times. One of these visionaries is the Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon. 
  
On NOW, Jacob Karlzon tells a story. The pieces belong together like in a suite, and yet they are so different that each one also stands alone. In their contradictory entirety they can describe a complete day with all of its happy and frustrating moments, its light and shadow, its shifts between chaos and calm. In every song he finds a new way of fusing electronic elements like synthesizers and computers with the acoustic bedrock of his piano, accompanied by Dan Berglund (also known from Esbjörn Svensson Trio and Tonbruket) on the double bass, and long-time collaborator Robert Mehmet Ikiz on the drums. For the pianist there is nothing contradictory about taking a fish out of the river and then putting it in the freezer. He can enjoy a mountain stream by day and in the evening still go on Facebook. In his radical positivism he reveals himself to be a “virtual romantic”. “We live in high-tech times. I’m always thinking about the crossover points between technology and nature. We are and remain organic beings. Technology is part of our environment. How can we use it to save our planet? That’s exactly what I want to ask in my music. It’s always about combining both worlds.” 
  
The crossover points between analogue and digital moments stand out in Karlzon’s music as much as the hinges between pop and jazz and the seams between memory and visions of the future. Karlzon’s background is in jazz, but also grew up with hard rock and ’80s pop music. NOW is a completely new style of CD, because it does not just follow the conventional album concept, but deliberately plays tribute to the playlist experience. “I’ve never been interested in the jazz tradition as such,” explains Karlzon. “But what does still interest me about jazz is how it functions as a form of communication. You can express exactly the same thing one way on one day, and completely differently the next day. It will never be the same. But ultimately it always remains music.” 
  
Karlzon himself describes NOW as a melancholic dance album, although his melancholy is anything but backward-looking. Our world, he sums up succinctly, is changing. As an artist he has a choice to mourn the supposedly good old days or to find a way of positively dealing with the way things are permanently changing. “I have to accept things for the way they are, and many things are unfortunately not changing for the better. Personally I find it better to concentrate on the positive aspects of these changes. I don’t want to exclude anybody; I want to involve as many people as possible. My music isn’t complicated. I don’t want to aim our music at insiders who know everything about a particular genre. Instead I want to invite people from different generations and backgrounds to enjoy our music.” 
  
The formula that Jacob Karlzon could conform to in his music does not yet exist. Together with his producer Lars Nilsson he is entering unchartered waters. He sees his studio as a laboratory in which every imaginable influence from life and art flows together and triggers a reaction. “It’s more important to me that my music makes sense than that it obeys certain rules.” Jacob Karlzon is an artist with an unerring instinct for what is doable, and NOW is his musical credo.


Available on request


Tripod (BEL)

SONGS OF THE LOW LANDS

Tripod (©Marco Mertens)


Available from June 2016


Tripod‘s first project dives into the song repertoire of the Low Lands.
Tripod selected the most beautiful songs that gather Flanders and Holland: from Raymond to Ramses, from De Craene to De Groot. And less well-known pearls from a.o. Jules De Corte and Walter De Buck.
Tripod makes instrumental jewels of these songs with much attention for improvisation and unpredictable harmonization. This combined with a large instrumentation makes Songs of the Low Lands a winner project. And suprisingly recognizable.

Tripod is the new band of  Frank Vaganée (saxophones, flute), Hendrik Braeckman (guitar & gear) and Jos Machtel (valve trombone & double bass): three established personalities from the BENELUX jazz scene who knows each other from the Brussels Jazz Orchestra but also from various small bands. Tripod wants to lift chamber music jazz a level higher by using, amongst others, an extended instrumentation. Tripod chooses for popular melodies in a new harmonization: a familiar feeling but typical Tripod. These three gentlemen will guarantee you virtuosity, fine workmanship and originality.

Playlist: Twee Meisjes & Gelukkig Zijn (Raymond van het Groenewoud), Amsterdam (Kris De Bruyne), De Appels op de Tafelsprei (Toon Hermans), Margootje (Wim Sonneveld), Neerhof (Lieven Coppieters), Ik wil deze Nacht in de Straten verdwalen (Wannes Vandevelde), Ik zou wel eens willen weten (Jules De Corte), Meisjes van 13 (Paul Van Vliet) 

 

Frank Vaganée: saxophones, flute
Hendrik Braeckman: guitar & gear
Jos Machtel: valve trombone, double bass


References 2016: C-Mine, Jazz au Fil de l'Eau, Jazz Zottegem


MARC MELIA (SP-BEL)
music for prophet

Marc Melià (©Meri Ekola)

Marc Melià (©Meri Ekola)


Available on request


Marc Melià is a Majorca born musician and composer who currently lives in Brussels.


For the last ten years he has been composing, producing and playing music in several
bands including the pan-european trio Lonely Drifter Karen among them.
On his first solo album, "Music for Prophet”, he crafts beatless electronic soundscapes,
complex arpeggiated sequences and post-Kraftwerkian-like melodies with the restricted use
of a Prophet 08 synthesizer, his voice filtered through a vocoder and a limited palette of
effects.


“Music For Prophet” was born as an attempt to conceive a performance where unlike the
vast majority of live electronic music acts, each song would be crafted by hand at every
concert without the use of prerecorded sequences. The fruits of this work are brought
together in this recording.


Marc Melià tries to naturalize what is synthetic, to humanize what is robotic, to look for the
beauty in sounds that by nature are cold and emotionless. In the album there is a dichotomy
between the will of being real and the impossibility of escaping it’s own artificial nature, as
when Rachael becomes aware that she is a Replica, not human, in 1982’s film Blade
Runner.
 

Marc Melià: vocal & Prophet 08


References 2016: Theater aan Zee, Leffingeleure, Deep in the Woods, Ancienne Belgique


ZAPP4 (NL)

Zapp4 (NL)


Available on request


Surpise after surprise.

— HP De Tijd
Zapp 4, the hardest grooving string quartet of The Netherlands.
— NRC Handelsblad

Zapp 4 is a band with the line-up of a string quartet. It combines groove, improvisation, and fantasy with passionate solos. On stage the group is a blast: They interact with high speed and have a huge musical spectrum. No matter how wild or mild they get, there is always a poetic side to their music. Another striking item about the quartet is that all four members compose for the band.

The uniqueness of the group and its repertoire makes Zapp 4 very acceptable for a large audience including all sorts of music lovers. Because of this quality Zapp 4 won the Kersjesprijs, a prestigious music prize in the Netherlands, in 2005. The band continues to look for new adventures so there is much more to expect for the (near) future. Whoever is present at a Zapp performance will be guaranteed to leave the place with a big smile and freshly washed ears!

Zapp4:
Oene van Geel (NL)
Jasper le Clerq (NL)
Emile Visser (NL)

Jeffrey Bruinsma (NL)


Projects:

  • Nirvana by Zapp4
  • Zapp4 & Jan Bang (NO)

Nirvana by Zapp4


Nirvana by Zapp4

Zapp4′s reputation goes beyond the Dutch borders. This willful string quartet moves. It’s surprising projects leave the audience in extasy. Their latest album, the very succesful We Suck Young Blood with arrangements on Radiohead songs, led to a performance for the Dutch King and Queen on Koningsdagconcert 2015.

In 1991, the musicians of Zapp4 played Nirvana’s Nevermind over and over. In Nirvana by Zapp4, the quartet performs arrangements of hits as Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are and Lithium and unknown Nirvana songs.Zapp4′s Radiohead project focussed on lyrism and the poetical side of music. Nirvana by Zapp4 will drive on a distortion saturated sound and a dynamic band sound.

With the powerful Nirvana rock sound as basis, Zapp4 will groove and punk. In this project, you’ll hear a very pure Zapp4: two violins, viola and cello.
Put offthat phone, open your ears and follow the music.



Zapp4 & Jan Bang (N0)

A beguiling quintet
— BBC Radio
A highly dynamic, increasingly intense piece of work
— All About Jazz

These are two of the reactions to the concert performed by Zapp4 and Jan Bang last September at the renowned Punkt Festival in Norway.

Jan Bang had been a high entry on the list of players/producers Zapp4 wanted to work with for years.  This Norwegian live-sampling wizard makes brilliant CDs (for the ECM label) and works in music with the biggest names on earth (including Arve Henriksen, David Sylvian and Tigran Hamasyan).

Last year, Festival November Music invited Zapp4 to do a concert with Jan Bang.

This first collaboration was an immense success; the boundaries between acoustic instruments and electronics fused into a new universe in which Zapp and Bang told a story that remained fascinating from beginning to end.

A new highlight of the collaboration consisted of two performances at the Norwegian Punkt Festival in 2014. Two press quotations:

Fiona Talkington (BBC radio 3) on the London Jazz News website: ‘Jan Bang proudly showed off one of his own finds, the Dutch experimental string quartet Zapp4 with whom he had been working in the Netherlands. They make a beguiling quintet with hints of Janacek, Bartok and Richard Strauss whipping up a frenzied standing ovation from the audience.’

Henning Bolte on the All About Jazz website: ‘The music departed into dark moods, deep abysses and inferno sceneries moving on to forcefully hammered pizzicatos reminiscent of cellist Tom Cora at times. Zapp and Bang maintained the gripping high tension over the whole, the complete stretch with lots of impressive shiftings and swelling overflows, a highly dynamic, increasingly intense piece of work that, in the end, triggered a standing ovation and made a real mark.’


ZEFIRO TORNA & FRANK VAGANéE TRIO (BEL):

SCATTERED RHYMES

Zefiro Torna & Frank Vaganée Trio (©Marco Mertens)


Available on request


6 april 1327.
In a small church nearby Avignon, a glimpse of a woman named Laura ignited a lingering passion in the renaissance poet and humanist Francesco Petrarca. His sparse rime or ‘scattered verses’ took the form of 366 sonnets that later would be called “Canzoniere”.
This songbook is full of platonic love declarations and cryptic references to his unattainable beauty. It almost reads as Petrarca’s own psychoanalytical notepad.

For centuries these sonnets have formed an inspiration for numerous poets. They were set to music by excellent composers such as da Bologna, de Rore, Lassus, Monteverdi, Liszt and Schönberg.

The historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and Frank Vaganée Trio continue this tradition. They edit the music of before mentioned composers and write new ‘songs’ on Petrarca’s immortal verses.

Polypohnic tissues, obsessive rhythms, sounds chemistry, painful punches, wordless ‘scatting” and healing harmonies form the elements of a timeless tribute.

 

FRANK VAGANEE TRIO
Frank Vaganée: alto & soprano saxophone, composition & arrangement
Jos Machtel: double bass
Lionel Beuvens: drums


ZEFIRO TORNA
Juliet Fraser: voice
Didier François: nyckelharpa
Jurgen De Bruyn: theorbe, lute, voice

Co-producers: City of Mechelen, CC Mechelen, Brossella Folk & Jazz