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The freshest, hottest sounds in jazz and contemporary experimental music.” - The Irish Times


Four dizzyingly diverse international triple-bills...a splendidly challenging festival" - Jazzwise UK

Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based curators and producers of 12 Points Festival, today announce the programme for the 2016 edition of 12 Points, which will take place from 20-23rd of July in the vibrant Basque city of San Sebastian, in association with Heineken Jazzaldia.

Programmed each year by an open-call across the continent, almost 500 acts applied to perform at this 10th edition of the award-winning festival, seen as a ‘mezzanine’ for promising acts on their way to the next level in their careers.

The 4-day festival is uniquely nomadic - moving between Dublin and other exciting young European cities in alternate years.

12 Points festival 2016 will run concurrently with Heineken Jazzaldia, Europe’s longest, continuously running Jazz Festival, which will broaden the audiences for the carefully chosen 12 artists and frame their music in the context of a bigger jazz programme. San Sebastian also holds the title of the 2016 European Capital of Culture, alongside Wrocław, Poland.

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THE 2016 PROGRAMME

Setting the stage for our 10th edition is Danish duo The Embla who open 12 Points 2016 with the battle cry of their self proclaimed “Savage Pop”. A duo forging new sounds from the nucleus of all music, one voice and one drum. Stripped of all unnecessary accoutrements – this is fundamental music, rooted in melody and rhythm.

Menorcan solo pianist Marco Mezquida will represent the home-side with his mercurial and sophisticated pianism, full of vibrant improvisational ideas, reflecting both his Spanish heritage and his considerable talents in folding classical and free improv structures.

Wednesday night closes with Leipzig drummer Eva Klesse and her dynamic quartet of strong soloists, each contributing to her striking compositions. Klesse leads from the throne eschewing theatrics in favour of intricate brushwork, delicately balancing and guiding the form, allowing the music to flow effortlessly.

On Thursday night we visit the sparkling city of Gothenburg, or, more specifically, the weird and wonderful world of Water Boogie System, and their beautifully constructed and elaborate puzzle-work of musical impulses. At times, absurdist, other times fragile, frequently explosive, but above all, entertaining.

Bass saxophone takes centre stage with our Dublin duo Insufficient Funs, with Sam Comerford shepherding the instruments thunderously low frequencies in this blistering drum and sax tête a tête, borne out of a recent residency for prolific composer and charismatic drummer Matthew Jacobson.

Parisian jazz renegades CHROMB! conjure up a symphonic sound on their four man musical expedition, hard wired into 220 volts of polished punk pop, with a nod to Zorn and King Crimson along the way. Music for sick kids and emotive adults.

On Friday the Victoria Eugenia Theatre will host a virtuosic young accordion player, virtually peerless in contemporary jazz. Lisbon native João Barradas has already established himself as a major force in improvised music, working with established contemporaries like Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner & Greg Osby. Together with his trio they are an exciting find for the 12 Points festival.

Our 2016 edition shines a spotlight on innovative soloists and no one fits the bill like Oslo native Hilde Marie Holsen, and another first for 12 Points in featuring solo trumpet, due, in large part, to the singular vision of Holsen’s unique sound-world. From heavily distorted drones to the soft clicking of the trumpet's valves, she weaves a digi-organic musical landscape, constantly in the flux of the distinctive multiplier of technology.

We finish in London, and Strobes are the cream of its thriving electronica/free improv scene. Built from years of collective composition, live sampling and improv jams, Strobes flicker effortlessly between the worlds of electro-improv, minimalist polyrhythm, Afrocentric grooves and distinctively original hooks making them the perfect soundtrack for a Friday night in San Sebastián.

The jazz conservatory in Graz, has once again become the fulcrum for two young European musicians. Four Seasons two horns, no chords structure perfectly showcases the striking musicianship of this quartet led by Gerhard Ornig on trumpet and Karel Eriksson on trombone.

We continue our focus on innovative soloists with Swiss beat maestro Julian Sartorius, another idiomatic outlier who has forged his own distinctive path. Eschewing all technology in favour of analogue sound manipulation, his compelling exposition pushes the boundaries of new music, hip-hop, industrial, abstract electronica and improvisation. A daring and unique solo drummer.

We finish in Ghent and with the explosive progressive jazz-rock quartet Nordmann. Their multiphonic rollercoaster ride has scant regard for ‘genrefication’ and they don’t shy from the experimental, both with audiences and each other in their tightly woven dynamic live sets. Hold on to your seats.

Tickets for 12 Points 2016 are on-sale already.

VENUE: Victoria Eugenia Theatre, San Sebastian.

www.12points.ie

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With a long list of important names: some classic, others new, with cutting edge projects and artists of tremendous impact and attraction for all kinds of audiences. Diana Krall, Gloria Gaynor, Branford Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek and Marc Ribot are joined by Cyrus Chestnut, Snarky Puppy, Charles Bradley, Terje Rypdal, Jerry Bergonzi, Ellis Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, José James, Steps Ahead and Bobo Stenson, among many others.   Ticket sales Tickets are on sale on this website and at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre ticket desks (11.30 am-1.30 pm and 5-8 pm). Jazz Band Ball Let’s look at it in parts. On July 21st the Jazz Band Ball will take to the Zurriola Beach and the Kursaal Terraces. The star of that day will be, of course, the singer Gloria Gaynor, all of a reference in the field of Afro-American voices. Also on the Green Heineken Stage, at midnight, we will have one of the icons of funk, a group to have enjoyed an enormous run of hits and who became famous for their use of the Vocoder, The Zapp Band, in one of their extremely rare European performances. On other stages, that same night, a luxury bill: the trio featuring three super-musicians: Cyrus Chestnut, Buster Williams and Lenny White; the latest project by Marc Ribot, one of the key contemporary jazz guitarists who already enjoyed great success last autumn at the Kursaal and now brings us this homage to Philadelphia Sound along with two members of Ornette Coleman’s Double Quartet, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston; another fantastic guitarist, the Scandinavian Terje Rypdal accompanied by the power-jazz ensemble Elephant Nine; John Nemeth, star of American Blues, originally from one of the cities with the greatest Basque influence in the US, Boise, Idaho; and the singer of Antillean origin, Tricia Evy. Plaza de la Trinidad From July 22nd, the Heineken Jazzaldia’s most emblematic stage, the Plaza de la Trinidad, will host four extraordinary double Jazz sessions. Starting with a star-studded reunion between two members of the Marsalis family: Ellis, the father, will open a session with his quartet, followed by the great Branford Marsalis, whose group will include a performance by one of the most greatly admired voices in vocal jazz, the singer Kurt Elling. On July 23, two veritable contemporary Jazz references. To get things going, the trio of drummer and pianist Jack DeJohnette, featuring saxophone player Ravi Coltrane. The second part will be brought to us by the group 5 Elements fronted by saxophone player Steve Coleman, a musician followed closely by Heineken Jazzaldia throughout his exciting career. On Sunday July 24th, the session will open with the performance of another singer setting the trend in recent times, José James, who will present his album dedicated to the great Billie Holiday. Following him, the legendary group Steps Ahead, with their leader on the vibraphone, Mike Mainieri, and an accompanying formation of extraordinary big-name musicians: Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Donny McCaslin and Billy Kilson. Finally, on Monday July 25th, in the Plaza de la Trinidad, one of the most eagerly awaited sessions of this year’s Heineken Jazzaldia, bringing the grand diva of jazz voices, Diana Krall, to the stage with her new quartet. To warm up, we will enjoy a performance by one of the most sensitive and lyrical musicians of the moment, Sweden’s Bobo Stenson. Kursaal Auditorium In the Kursaal Auditorium, four big concerts with famous, passionate artists: in the first place, the trio formed by Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and the young drummer Marc Guiliana. The following day, July 23rd, a rising figure and veritable star in many European countries, the trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf with his electric project. On Sunday, one of the biggest names in European Jazz, Norway’s Jan Garbarek with his group, among whom are the Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu. Finally, on July 25th, in the Kursaal Auditorium, a name to look out for in American jazz, the trumpeter from New Orleans, Christian Scott and his new project bringing 9 musicians to the stage. Victoria Eugenia Theatre We previously announced that this year will see the celebration in San Sebastian, coinciding with the Heineken Jazzaldia, of the competition 12 Points, featuring the performance by 12 of the most interesting up-and-coming European groups. Along with these performances, to take place in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre (programme still to be defined) on July 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd, there will be jam sessions in Tabakalera’s Kutxa Kultur space in addition to experience exchanges and talks in the Victoria Eugenia Club. Two very special concerts will complete the Victoria Eugenia Theatre programme. On July 24th we will once again enjoy a session of Bertsoa & Jazza, performed for the first time on the same stage more than ten years ago. And on July 25th, at 5.30 pm, one of the most original, creative, indefinable and brilliant groups on the European jazz scene: La Marmite Infernale, from Lyon, in their first concert in Spain, even if they have been on the go since 1967. San Telmo Museum This year Heineken Jazzaldia introduces an important new feature: the San Telmo Morning Sessions. These will take the shape of 5 midday concerts at 12.30 with five heterogeneous top-notch proposals. They will start on the 21st, with one of the most interesting Basque jazz projects of 2015, the group of the singer from San Sebastian, Ainara Ortega, who has already performed in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre to fantastic audience and critical acclaim. The second of these matinée sessions will lend the centre stage to Mikel Andueza, an extraordinary alto saxophone player, greatly loved in our city, giving us the opportunity to hear one of the best albums of 2015, on which he brilliantly directs his own sextet. On Saturday 23rd, a super-saxophone player with a splendid band: the tenor sax Jerry Bergonzi, authentic contemporary jazz legend, at the head of a quartet alongside Valencia’s Perico Sambeat, among others. Sunday 24th will see a performance by an iconic ensemble, the Workshop de Lyon, not only one of the most interesting contemporary jazz groups in Europe, but also one of the longest-lived, with almost 50 years of existence under its belt. Some of the most important French soloists have performed with the group and today it remains one of the most remarkable exponents of Gallic jazz. To end this series of attractive concerts, on Monday 25th a trio of fantastic musicians will treat us to music on the borderline between the best jazz and the best instrumental flamenco: guitarist Josemi Carmona, bassist Javier Colina and percussionist Bandolero. Green Heineken Stage As always, one of the most interesting stages for the younger public is the Green Heineken Stage. We have already named the artists who will perform on this stage on July 21st (Gloria Gaynor and The Zapp Band). Its programme over the following days will, as usual, focus on a glorious combination of varied, complementary and playful styles. On July 22nd the sessions will start at 9 in the evening with presence of the guitarist and singer Ryley Walker, who treads the ground between folk and rock, treating us to a repertoire packed with extraordinary ballads and thrilling electric numbers. The night will end with a performance by Snarky Puppy, winners of a Grammy this year, earning them a solid position as the most powerful, youthful and inventive group of instrumental R&B. Saturday 23rd will see the turn of one of the Basque groups in greatest demand over recent months, Rural Zombies. At midnight, Nick Waterhouse, all the sensitivity and spirit of old-style R&B in the voice of a new performer behind a series of marvellous albums full of simple songs brimming with light. The Green Heineken Stage line-up will come to a close on the 24th with two proposals as different as they are exciting: at 9 pm, Grupo Fantasma, one of the Latin bands to enjoy the widest reach in the United States. A fantastic group of Latin musicians coming from their home in Austin, Texas, and who have all the power and rhythm of the most legendary combos. 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Congratulations to designers Marcos Navarro and Maddi Martínez de Murguía, and thanks to all of those joining the contest and to those who have participated voting. cartel-jazz2016 [post_title] => This is the poster of the 51st Heineken Jazzaldia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => this-is-the-poster-of-the-51st-heineken-jazzaldia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-17 10:57:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-17 09:57:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://heinekenjazzaldia.eus/?p=5724 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 5667 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-02-05 11:15:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-02-05 10:15:40 [post_content] => Marc-Ribot-Young-Philadelphians-c-Hiroki_Nishioka The 51st Heineken Jazzaldia, to take place in San Sebastian from July 20-25, has confirmed for its programme a line-up of extraordinary stars from all fields of jazz, with the presence of Diana Krall, Gloria Gaynor, Branford Marsalis with Kurt Elling, Brad Mehldau with John Scofield and Mark Guiliana, Jan Garbarek, Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot and The Young Philadelphians, Ibrahim Maalouf and Christian Scott. The remainder of the programme will be announced at the end of February, when the tickets will also go on sale. Diana Krall is the most attractive name among contemporary jazz vocalists, and this year she returns to San Sebastian, where we still remember her extraordinary earlier concerts, with a quartet formation taking her back to her jazz origins. Gloria Gaynor is the undeniable queen of disco music, but she extends beyond these limits to be considered one of the legends of black music. Today her I Will Survive is the ultimate anthem for numerous generations. She maintains her fantastic vocal capacity and sense of rhythm on stage. Branford Marsalis is one of the most important tenor saxes on today’s jazz scene and will present his quartet with a very special guest: the singer Kurt Elling, a baritone as yet young in years, but who already belongs to the tradition of the great voices of classic jazz. The groove of great guitarist John Scofield joins forces with the exquisite musicality of pianist Brad Mehldau, all driven by Mark Guiliana, a ground-breaking jazz drummer known to the general public for his participation in Blackstar, last album by the greatly missed David Bowie. Jan Garbarek is an essential figure of Nordic jazz, colleague and inspiration to the great names of jazz, such as Keith Jarrett. With the presence of Trilok Gurtu in his quartet, Jan returns to San Sebastian to show us the nobility of his art. Steve Coleman is a genius of the alto saxophone, creator of a new avant-garde jazz trend, followed by this Festival since the early days of his sparkling career. This time he’s back with a new edition of Five Elements at the height of his artistic maturity. Marc Ribot is an indisputable virtuoso on the guitar, modern and ahead of his time, leader of fabulous projects including this recreation of Philly Soul, the Philadelphia sound, of which the people of San Sebastian have already had an enjoyable taste thanks to his recent concert at the Kursaal. With him are Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston, two musicians who played in Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time Band, both also from Philadelphia. Ibrahim Maalouf, up-and-coming star of European jazz, a young French trumpet-player of Lebanese origin, is an excellent instrumentalist trained in the melting pot of influences drawing on jazz, Arabic music and the utmost of contemporary sounds. Christian Scott is a trumpet-player who drew from the wells of jazz in his native New Orleans to create his own style, almost arrogant, assuming the risk of becoming the champion of the new tendencies of American jazz. 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Assistance of over 124,000 , more than one hundred performances scheduled, and an excellent artistic level, highlighted by the media
The 50th Heineken Jazz Festival, the Anniversary edition of the San Sebastian Jazz Festival, has been a resounding success from the artistic point of view and the audience. Between July 22 and 26 , more than 124,000 have attended the 109 scheduled performances in 17 different stages, of which 80% were free. Despite a couple days of rain, you could find a huge crowd in the Festival, selling out of the Plaza de la Trinidad and giving a great atmosphere to the Kursaal and the Green Stage at the Zurriola Beach. All the artists gave much more than what was expected from them. Special mention for Jamie Cullum and his trilogy of concerts: as a DJ on the Green Stage, playing solo and voice in the Kursaal Auditorium and leading a Big Band in Plaza de la Trinidad packed up to the slopes of Mount Urgull, everyone enjoyed the artistic genius and ability to communicate by British artist. All the singers that performed in the Plaza de la Trinidad were captivating, each in her own style. Sílvia Pérez Cruz with her exquisite Mediterranean sensibility, Zaz and her jazz manouche and the perennial appeal of the French chanson, Dee Dee Bridgewater with her mastery of the stage and her fantastic voice, Melody Gardot was sophistication with great band, Andrea Motis with her charming youth and her talent not only as a singer but also as a trumpet and sax player. The program of the charming Plaza de la Trinidad, where it all started fifty years ago, the cradle of this now fiftieth edition, was completed with two great jazz concerts: the quintet led by Andrzej Olejniczak and Iñaki Salvador, being one of the starters for San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016, and the New Standard Trio, three Musketeers in jazz today that are still to give many joys together and separately. The Kursaal Auditorium as usual welcomed several concerts of the highest degree, besides Jamie Cullum solo. Benny Golson, the sax player who had the privilege to start rehearsing with John Coltrane when both were kids, was happy with the Donostiako Jazzaldia award and gave a concert that was a lesson in sobriety and action at the same time. The Bad Plus, known for seeking new ways of expression, together with Joshua Redman one of the most outstanding saxophonists of the past two decades, with a result that could only be, and was, a great concert. John Zorn returned to San Sebastian two years after his historic Masada Marathon, and he did it squashing the sonic wall that he built with bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Dave Lombardo. The proposal for the Victoria Eugenia Theatre was very interesting this year bringing the PUNKT festival held in the Norwegian city of Kristiansand to San Sebastian. Therefore the three performances were called PUNKT Donostian. The essence of PUNKT created by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré, is to play a concert with more or less usual instruments and then perform a remix on the same stage done by other artists. In this experiment, co-produced by the Heineken Jazz Festival and San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016, participated, along with Bang and Honoré, artists such as Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Sly & Robbie, Josetxo Silguero, Sidsel Endresen, Suso Saiz or Mungolian Jet Set performed, leaving a great impression among fans. The Victoria Eugenia also welcomed with a packed theatre the effective approach between Bach and jazz performed by the pianist Iñaki Salvador and Alexis Delgado. The Green Stage fulfilled the purpose for which it was designed: to be a perpetual party. It started well: Jamie Cullum with a proposal never seen in public, as a DJ. Earth, Wind & Fire Experience was a success as well as the beloved reggae played by one of its creators, Jimmy Cliff. The remaining days of the Green offered good jazz (Gregory Porter), soul of the best kind (Lee Fields & The Expressions), and good examples of indie and power-pop by Neuman, Lonelady, KAKKMADDAFAKKA and the local Bullet Proof Lovers, who succeeded and will continue to develop an unstoppable international career. Other very attractive proposals were the San Telmo Nights, all very different from each other. Zanmari Baré and the exotic enchantment of the songs of the island of Reunion. Julia Biel, singer and pianist, beware those who have not discovered her yet, its already late. The San Sebastian bass player Gonzalo Tejada, a true value for Basque jazz, in his unique tribute to Norma Jeane Baker, Marilyn Monroe. Trumpet player Arve Henriksen and the three female voices of Trio Mediaeval, a trip thru time and places of European music. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Festival could not forget to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Spanish jazz magazine Cuadernos de Jazz, essential in spreading jazz music thanks to efforts of its editors. To play tribute to the magazine we had a fantastic jam session at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre in which Azar Lawrence and Charles McPherson took part in with their quartets, reinforced for the occasion by Andrzej Olejniczak, Maciej Fortuna and Mikel Andueza. The Kursaal (Frigo, Heineken, Coca-Cola stages) were a grand party during the five days of the Festival, with a permanent crowd who enjoyed the many proposals, some of international level, such as The Cookers, Ray Gelato & Claire Martin and Carla Cook, and others featuring more than twenty local groups who had the opportunity to show what they can do. Txikijazz, the festival for children and families, has reached its third edition with great success. A bet of the Festival to reach new generations which has been endorsed by the enthusiasm of the children and parents. Along with several recreational and fun activities, the smaller ones first hear the sounds of jazz made for them by musicians such as Ray Gelato, Carla Cook, Andrea Motis and Joan Chamorro. A huge step forward in terms of public attendance (7,100), quantity and variety of scheduled activities and quality of the artists involved. The fiftieth anniversary was also celebrated with an exhibition at the San Telmo Museum, titled Round Midnight. 50 Jazzaldia, and #jazzaldia50 the documentary, which has been issued by Spanish and Basque televisions. It's funny what happens with the San Sebastian Jazz Festival: Just when it turns 50, it is younger than ever and with enough strength to keep writing glorious pages in the history of contemporary jazz for a long time more. Polish jazz will certainly be present in the next edition of the Festival, because the European Capital of Culture 2016 will be shared by San Sebastian and the Polish city of Wroclaw. So, as the Poles say: "Sto lat! (May it live a hundred years!) ". 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The total number of spectators was in the region of 175,000, of whom 19,075 flocked to the ticketed concerts while the remainder enjoyed the numerous free performances. Several of the concerts held in the Plaza de la Trinidad, the Kursaal Auditorium, the San Telmo Museum and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre had to hang up their “sold out” signs. The atmosphere in San Sebastian, packed with visitors, was one of overall satisfaction with the extensive Festival programme. The number of stages was increased to 20, for the first time using one of the city’s most charming spots, the Plaza de la Constitución. The number of performances came to 132, of which 84 were free of charge. Furthermore, numerous establishments throughout the city programmed jazz performances on their terraces, all helping to guarantee that jazz could be heard any time, any place.

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