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Berlin Jazz Festival 2005

2 – 6 November

A foray into the Italian jazz scene and a close look at the pulsating metropolis of Istanbul will make up the thematic focus of Berlin Jazz Festival ’05. Experiences will include exciting duo constellations ranging from the “never heard” to the “truly unheard-of” and a whole range of topical highlights. This season’s popular acts will encompass Joe Zawinul with WDR Big Band Köln, Maria Schneider, Enrico Rava, Bill Frisell, Hermeto Pascoal and the Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra with Carla Bley. In addition, two Atlanta-based bands will invite us on a voyage into the US jamband scene. Meanwhile, the festival will also keep up its programmatic course of presenting still largely unknown European bands. From 2nd till 6th of November Jazzfest will welcome you at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the Quasimodo club, at Kulturbrauerei and, after a long absence, again at Delphi Filmpalast.


We will be happy to exclusively present a number of projects this coming autumn. Peter Schulze, artistic director of Jazzfest, has been able to win over Dutch Dadaist drummer Han Bennink and Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal for a first duo concert. Norwegian accordionist Stian Carstensen will, for the first time, appear on stage together with Italian pianist Stefano Bollani. “Hidden Tracks” is the name of a project by Milan-based Steve Piccolo, former bassist of the Lounge Lizards, and Japanese electronica-geek Gak Sato: a mixture of sound samples recently recorded in Berlin and their live music will blend into a very special sound-“track” of the metropolis. Also in on the gig: New York guitarist Elliott Sharp.

Jazz Scenes of Italy and Istanbul

In past years Berlin Jazz Festival has increasingly dedicated attention to the jazz scene of a particular country or geographical region – this year Italy and Istanbul will make up a double-focus. L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio is an Italian project comprising 16 musicians from 11 countries. Saxophonist Enzo Favata will present his extraordinary mixture of jazz and Sardinian folk music, with powerful support from the Tenores di Bitti vocal quartet.

Urban Realities: Focus on Istanbul – the multifaceted arts and music scene of the Turkish metropolis will constitute a focal point of this autumn’s festival programme of Berliner Festspiele. Berlin Jazz Festival ’05 will assimilate this focus by presenting – among others – clarinettist Hüsnü Senlendirici with his ensemble, and a group around violinist Turay Dinleyen and percussionist Suat Borazan. Another special guest will be Erkan Ogur, one of the most influential and respected Turkish musicians since the 1980s. The younger scene will be represented by the Tamburada group.

Large Ensembles

Apart from L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio you will be able to experience a variety of large ensembles. We will be happy to present Maria Schneider and Carla Bley, the two foremost big band arrangers and composers of our time.

The well-known musicians of the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra will present the ensemble’s most recent album “Not in Our Name”, arranged by Carla Bley: a manifesto of the existence of a different America.

The Washington Post about Maria Schneider: “No wonder she refers to the ensemble she leads as an orchestra rather than a big band, for the music it produces has a beauty, power and depth unmatched by any conventional big band”. In her only German performance Maria Schneider will present her Grammied album “Concert in the Garden”.

WDR Big Band Köln, one of the most appealing large ensembles today, will present itself, and ‘him’ - keyboard and Weather Report legend Joe Zawinul.


The term jamband was formerly used to describe psychedelic rock bands in the tradition of Greatful Dead, turning the live performance of their songs into an excessive improvising on stage. Today the term is used in a broader musical sense, referring to an affiliation to certain genres as well as to an audience with an insatiable appetite for live performances. Two of the currently most exciting acts from the scene can be witnessed at Berlin Jazz Festival ’05.

More than 10 years ago, guitar-wizard Derek Trucks founded his own five-musician group, The Derek Trucks Band, standing out for their improvisational and musical wanderlust. In their music they combine elements of jazz, rock, blues, as well as Latin and Caribbean influences. Also from Atlanta: “Rev.” Jeff Mosier and his Ear Reverents, who indeed practice an irreverent-contemporary handling of old US roots traditions.

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