DJAZZ Clash: Northern vs. Southern Europe

July 13 & 14


The DJAZZ Clash of July opposes the two poles of Europe. On Saturday evening, July 14, three Scandinavian ensembles will take center stage, including DJ and producer Rasmus Faber and his orchestra, and bluesman Thjorbørn Risager, accompanied by the band Black Tornado. The next day we travel under the southern sun with Italian trumpet player Paolo Fresu and Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and his sextet! North or South ... Which direction will you take?

Saturday, July 13 at 19:25 CEST | Rasmus Faber with his RaFa Orchestra

Swedish band RaFa Orchestra, headed by globe trotting DJ, producer, songwriter, musician & label owner Rasmus Faber, are forging a reputation as one of the world’s tightest live bands. After treating audiences at festivals worldwide, they returned to their home country for a memorable performance at the Stockholm Jazz Festival. The energy from the band is tangible as all of Rasmus Faber’s hits are reworked with masterful musicianship. If you can’t get to see the RaFa Orchestra live, this is the next best thing.

Saturday, July 13 at 21:00 CEST | Thjorbørn Risager & The Black Tornado

Anyone who hears Thorbjørn Risager singing rightly presumes that the artist comes from the American Midwest, as his powerful voice cuts through with the right twang. For the last 14 years, he has been producing a blues-rock tinged with soul with his band The Black Tornado. The stability of the lineup of Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado is a rarity in today's music industry; five of its eight members have been part of the group since 2003. During their career, the band released 11 albums and played over 800 shows. These guys have found the recipe for sustainability: songs cleverly strung and produced.

Saturday, July 13 at 22:15 CEST | João, Takase & Ørsted-Pedersen live in Stuttgart

Maria João and Aki Takase are a musical explosion all by themselves. Combine them with bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted- Pedersen and you've got an amazing jazz concert!

Sunday, July 14 at 19:00 CEST | Paolo Fresu 'Dentro il Vulcano' Live in Stromboli

Paolo Fresu began studying the trumpet at age 11 in his native Sardinia. After several incursions into the world of pop, Fresu fell in love with jazz in 1980, and started his professional career in 1982. He recorded pieces for the RAI, the Italian radio and television, under the direction of maestro Bruno Tommaso, and took part in the seminars of Associazione Siena Jazz. During his career, Fresu has received several awards, such as the prize for the best European musician and a nomination in the category of the best international musician at the Top Jazz Awards.

Sunday, July 14 at 21:00 CEST | Germeringer Jazztage: Paco de Lucía & 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 breathtaking 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”.

Sunday, July 14 at 22:20 CEST | Jazz at the Quartier Latin: D'Rivera & Dominguez

This superb Quatier Latin concert shows pianist Chano Dominguez in collaboration with the lyrical reed player Paquito D'Rivera. Flamenco music with a touch of jazz piano makes for a slightly unusual and very classy performance. Chano Domínguez is a Latin jazz, post-bop and flamenco jazz pianist. He started out in the progressive rock group CAI before he moved on to jazz. His initial interest in jazz stems from jazz fusion groups like the Mahavishnu Orchestra or Weather Report, but later he became interested in Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. Paquito D'Rivera is a Cuban saxophonist and clarinetist. D'Rivera has lived in the United States since the early 1980s. He has worked in a variety of contexts, but he is perhaps best known for playing Latin jazz. He has won six Latin Grammy Awards and four Grammy awards.

Sunday, July 14 at 00:00 CEST | Jazz de Matosinhos and Sinfónica do Porto: Layas

30 minutes of... Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música conducted by Dirk Brossé. Casa da Música is a performance hall located in Porto, in northern Portugal. Brossé, born in Ghent, Belgium in 1960, is a versatile composer and a respected conductor on the international music scene. Pianist Jason Moran and cellist J.A. Pereira de Sousa accompany both sets.