Extra hour of jazz music!

October 30, 2016

In the night of October 29 to 30, the clock will be turned back one hour, marking the end of this year’s Daylight Saving Time in many countries around the world. For most this means one extra hour of sleep - but Stingray DJAZZ takes the opportunity to broadcast one extra hour of jazz! Stingray DJAZZ celebrates the end of Daylight Saving Time with an hour of music by flamenco guitarist Paco di Lucia!

Why this extra hour? In October, the clock falls back from Daylight Saving Time to standard time. Daylight Saving Time was introduced in the 20th century to conserve energy resources. By waking up one hour early in the mornings and retiring to bed an hour early in the evenings, people could economize on lamp fuel. For many Western countries, the oil crisis of the 1970s was the impetus to introduce Daylight Saving Time. This year we return to ‘winter time’, standard time, in the early hours of October 30.

The effects of this bi-annual time shift are not only positive: University of Groningen has found that the effects of advancing and turning back the clock have a larger impact than expected. It confuses our biological clock, making animals and people uncertain about the season they’re in. However, Stingray DJAZZ jumps at the opportunity to broadcast one extra hour of music in October!

Sunday, October 30 at 14:00 CET: Paco de Lucia & Group

This broadcast shows a rare appearance at the 1996 Germeringer Jazztage by the legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and his sextet. Some may question the inclusion of a flamenco guitarist within a jazz festival. However, the similarities between flamenco and blues have been well documented: both are the outlet for a poor, disenfranchised minority, with a primitive strength, boundless capabilities for improvisation and a requirement for breath-taking virtuosity - all qualities shown by Paco de Lucía in this performance. Moreover, he has long been experimenting with jazz forms (evident even from his inclusion of bass, drums, and saxophone in his sextet), while still retaining the essence of the flamenco tradition. In his own words: “What I have tried to do is have a hand holding onto tradition and the other scratching, digging in other places trying to find new things I can bring into flamenco”.