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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.
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.
Assistance of over 124,000 , more than one hundred performances scheduled, and an excellent artistic level, highlighted by the mediaThe 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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