İBB Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, which brings quality music to the residents of İstanbul, will be the home of ”CRR 4th Jazz February” along with their packed schedule of concerts from varying genres.
The Fourth Series of ”CRR Jazz February” Begins
The fourth series of ”CRR Jazz February” will take place between the 13th and 21st of February. The event will host some of the most important musicians in the world. These artists include Ketil Bjornstad, Terje Rypdal Duo and Fred Frith Trio on the 13th of February, Roberta Gambarini on 14th of February, CRR Jazz Orchestra with conductor Nail Yavuzoğlu and soloist Meltem Ege on the 17th of February, Enrico Rava Quartet and Trio ELF on the 18th of February, David Sanborn on the 19th of February, Hijazz Project on the 20th of February, Zerrin Özer and Jazz Band on the 21st of February.
You can find the detailed program of İBB Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall below.
13th of February Monday / 20.00
CRR 4. Jazz February
Ketil Bjornstad – Terje Rypdal Duo, Fred Frith Trio
Ketil Bjornstad (piano)
Terje Rypdal (guitar)
Fred Frith Trio (opening act)
Fred Frith (guitar, bass, vocal)
Jason Hoopes (bass)
Jordan Glenn (drums)
Rypdal was born in Oslo, the son of a composer and orchestra leader. He studied classical piano and trumpet as a child, and then taught himself to play guitar as he entered his teens. Starting out as a Hank Marvin-influenced rock guitarist with The Vanguards, Rypdal turned towards jazz in 1968 and joined Jan Garbarek’s group and later George Russell’s sextet and orchestra. An important step towards international attention was his participation in the free jazz festival in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1969, where he was part of a band led by Lester Bowie. During his musical studies at Oslo university and conservatory, he led the orchestra of the Norwegian version of the musical Hair. He has often been recorded on the ECM record label, both jazz-oriented material and classical compositions (some of which do not feature Rypdal’s guitar). His compositions “Last Nite” and “Mystery Man” were featured in the Michael Mann film Heat, and included on the soundtrack of the same name.
A classically trained jazz pianist with a bent toward avant-garde improvised music, Ketil Bjørnstad is a well-known musician and writer in Europe. With his cerebral, atmospheric style that belies a palpable inner passion and an inclination toward genre-crossing compositions, Bjørnstad helped develop and popularize the “European jazz” aesthetic. He is also a writer and poet and has published over 30 works beginning with his 1972 poetry collection Alone. Born in Oslo, Norway, Bjørnstad studied classical piano in London and Paris before making his debut in 1969 at age 16 with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Béla Bartók’s third piano concerto. Surrounded by the vibrant arts scene in Oslo during the ’70s, Bjørnstad became interested in jazz and developing his own style of music. Citing an array of influences from Bach and Ravel to Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, Bjørnstad began working in an improvised idiom. In 1973, he released his debut album Åpning featuring what would become a core group of longtime associates in drummer Jon Christensen, guitarist Terje Rypdal, and bassist Arild Andersen. The album would be the first of several outings Bjørnstad would record for Phillips. Over the years, Bjørnstad’s particular mix of jazz, classical, folk, and rock music would become highly influential in the development of what became known as “European jazz.” Although he has become well-associated with the premier European jazz label ECM, he did not record for the label until later in his career with 1993’s Water Stories, 1994’s The Sea, 1997’s The River, and 1998’s The Sea II. In 2000, Bjørnstad released the duo album Epigraphs with cellist David Darling on ECM. That same year, he composed the millennium oratorio “Himmel Rand,” featuring the texts of the poet Stein Mehren. In 2002, he released the cinematic soundscape album Before the Light on Universal. In 2004, Bjørnstad released the rock-oriented Seafarer’s Song featuring his ensemble with vocalist Kristin Asbjornsen. Four years later, he returned to ECM for the concert album Live in Leipzig with guitarist Rypdal. In 2008, Bjørnstad once again worked with drummer Christensen as well as tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg for the ECM release Remembrance. In 2011, Bjørnstad delivered the duo album Night Song with cellist Svante Henryson on ECM. The pianist, who is also a published poet, novelist, and essayist, has stated that the Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni was one of his greatest influences; to that end, he composed a series of works meant to act as “a soundtrack to an inner film.” Recording with bassist Arild Andersen percussionist Marilyn Mazur, cellist Anja Lechner, Eivind Aarset on guitar and electronics, and saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Bjørnstad released the live suite La Notte in the late spring of 2013. 2014 proved prolific for the composer and pianist. His first release of the year, appearing in March, was a 2012 recording entitled Sunrise: A Cantata on Texts by Edward Munch, performed by the pianist, his quartet, vocal soloist Kari Bremnes, and the Oslo Chamber Choir under the direction of conductor Egil Fossum. The musical work was set to surviving written texts by the famous painter. In October of that year, ECM also released the 2012 premier performance of Bjørnstad’s A Passion for John Donne, a work based on the poet’s life, commissioned by the Oslo International Church Festival, and performed live with the pianist’s group the Oslo Chamber Choir under the direction of Hakon Daniel Nystedt. Interestingly, it featured the saxophonist Hakon Kornstad in a dual role, not only playing his horn but as a vocal soloist. (Biography by Matt Collar)
Probably best known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-rock group Henry Cow. He was also a member of the groups Art Bears, Massacre, and Skeleton Crew. He has collaborated with a number of prominent musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Derek Bailey, the Residents, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, Brian Eno, Mike Patton, Lars Hollmer, Bill Laswell, Iva Bittová, Jad Fair, Kramer, the ARTE Quartett, and Bob Ostertag. He has also composed several long works, including Traffic Continues (1996, performed 1998 by Frith and Ensemble Modern) and Freedom in Fragments (1993, performed 1999 by Rova Saxophone Quartet). Frith produces most of his own music, and has also produced many albums by other musicians, including Curlew, the Muffins, Etron Fou Leloublan, and Orthotonics. Frith is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel’s award-winning 1990 documentary film Step Across the Border. He also appears in the Canadian documentary Act of God, which is about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning. Frith has contributed to a number of music publications, including New Musical Express and Trouser Press, and has conducted improvising workshops across the world. Frith’s career spans over four decades and he appears on over 400 albums. He still performs actively throughout the world. Currently Frith is Professor of Composition in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California. He lives in the United States with his wife, German photographer Heike Liss, and their children, Finn Liss (born 1991) and Lucia Liss (born 1994). Frith was awarded the 2008 Demetrio Stratos Prize for his career achievements in experimental music. The prize was established in 2005 in honour of experimental vocalist Demetrio Stratos, of the Italian group Area, who died in 1979. In 2010 Frith received an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England in recognition of his contribution to music. Frith is the brother of Simon Frith, a well-known music critic and sociologist, and Chris Frith, a psychologist working at University College London.
14th of February Tuesdat / 20.00
Roberta Gambarini was born in Torino, Italy, into a family where jazz was much loved and appreciated. She began listening to this music as a child and started taking clarinet lessons when she was twelve years old. By the time she was 17, she had begun singing and performing in jazz clubs around Northern Italy. At the age of 18, she decided to move to Milan to pursue a career as a jazz singer.
Soon after her move to Milan, still in her teens, Roberta took third place in a national jazz radio competition on TV, leading to performance opportunities at jazz festivals throughout Italy. She has performed in Jazz broadcasts on the Italian radio and TV channels and recorded since 1986 both under her own name and as a guest vocalist. In 1997, she worked with French Hammond organ player Emmanuel Bex, touring jazz clubs throughout Italy.
In 1998 she moved to the United States with a scholarship from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Two weeks later, Roberta stunned many in the jazz world by receiving third place honors in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition.
Since then, she has performed with Michael Brecker, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Slide Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Toots Thielemans, and many others. Roberta has performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Town Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and international jazz festivals such as Barbados, London, Monterey, North Sea, Toronto, and Umbria.
A dynamic performer with virtuosic vocal chops, Roberta draws rave reviews and enthusiastic fan support wherever she performs. She has done so with no hype and, to the astonishment of many, no domestic releases — until June 6, 2006, when KOCH International Jazz released Roberta’s North American debut, Roberta Gambarini: Easy to Love.
Roberta shows off her instrumental approach and warm timbre, impeccable timing and intonation, incredible technique and scatting and improvisation skills on a set of 12 excellent jazz standards and classic songs from The Great American Songbook. The album also includes two bonus tracks and features special guest James Moody on a scintillating scat duel.
Easy To Love was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz Performance.
17th of February Friday / 20.00
CRR Jazz Orchestra
Conductor: Nail Yavuzoğlu
Soloist: Meltem Ege
Meltem Ege was born is Syracuse, NY. She started her musical education with the piano at the age of seven. She returned to Turkey with her parents in 1991 and eventually graduated from the Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Piano Division. She took up singing during her university studies and experimented with rock, funk, R&B, jazz and other styles. She particapated in “Dom Chemika” summer school in Poland in 2006. She took part in the Nardis Jazz Club Young Singers Competition in 2007 and won a place representing “Nardis” and “Turkey” at the 12th Finland “Lady Summertime” Jazz singing competition where she won the 1st prize as well as the “most popolar singer” title by popular vote. She then went on to win the 1st prize at the Lithuanian “Jazz Voices 2008” competition. In 2007 she won an acceptance to the Berklee College of Music, Jazz Vocal Performance department and then won Berklee’s talent scholarship. Meltem Ege completed the course in an extraordinary 3 year period during which she had the opportunity to study with many notable performers including Rhinannon, Joey Blake, Bob Stoldoff, Lisa Thorson, Steve. She also won many awards such as Voice Department Achievement Award, representing Berklee as Student Ambassador in Canada and Peer Advisor. One of her compositions won her the 2nd prize at the “Songs for Social Change” competition in 2009. She graduated from Berklee with top honours (Summa Cum Laude) in 2010. She left to USA Los Angeles California Institute of the Arts for DMA of Performer-Composer at 2014.
18th of February Saturday / 20.00
Enrico Rava New Quartet & Trio ELF
Enrico Rava (trumpet)
Francesco Diodati (guitar)
Gabriele Evangelista (bass)
Enrico Morello (drums)
Walter Lang (piano, electronics)
Peter Cudek (double-bass, electric bass)
Gerwin Eisenhauer (drums, percussion)
Enrico Rava, tireless as usual, no matter he’s 77, is leading a brand new quartet calling by his side three very young talents and giving life to the “RAVA NEW 4ET” project.
Francesco Diodati belongs to the large crowd of young Italian jazz musicians in rising (not only national) success. The most peculiar aspects of his “artistic way of living music” are: strogly clear ideas and a strict desire to share his musical language with other musicians belonging to his generation.What Diodati gives to jazz music is a contemporary approach in which the sense of history and a huge auditory universe live side by side. Electronic effects, wisely used and built on skillfully technical competence of acustic and electric guitar, reflect a new idea of music that expand “six strings” physical borders.
Gabriele Evangelista is one of the most creative and eclectic Italian bass players. He is the latest Rava’s talent discovery. Noticed during one of the summer jazz masterclasses in Siena, He is musically growing incredibly quickly, gaining successes every day more. He’s very esteemed for his extraordinaries abilities, such as: precision, a mad creativity and an amazing interplay.
Enrico Morello is a drummer by the polished drumming. He can count on a strong academic training and on a long series of international experiences, rare for the largest number of his equals in age. He plays his instrument with strong passion and extreme competence.He is an inquiring musician. His love for tradition gives him, not only, an amazing “swing ability”, but also a great sense of dynamic choices.At the same time, he is a musician who looks forward, always occupied in a personal research, from jazz to the rest of musical universe.
The ELF Trio
Gerwin Eisenhauer‘s virtuoso drumming sounds like a drum machine come alive. He freely improvises with drum’n’bass or hip-hop grooves like any legend of jazz drumming would do with the swing rhythm.
Walter Lang is one of Europe’s most prestigious pianists and a celebrated star in Japan. His lyrically expressive melodies and energetic chords testify to his enormous musical versatility and creative spark.
Peter Cudek is internationally acclaimed for his unique virtuoso style on the acoustic bass. He effortlessly and instantly shifts from melodious counterpoint to deep synth-like grooves in the low register.
19th of February Sunday / 20.00
David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis.
Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Dave went on to study music at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Iowa where he played and studied with the great saxophonist JR Monterose.
Later traveling to California on the advice of a friend, he joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played Woodstock with Paul Butterfield. Following that, Dave toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded for Wonder’s Talking Book album, played with The Rolling Stones, and toured with David Bowie with whom he recorded the famous solo heard on “Young Americans”. At the same time, Dave was touring and recording with the great Gil Evans, dividing his time between the two. After moving to New York City and studying with George Coleman, Dave started his solo career where he later collaborated with such artists as Paul Simon and James Taylor.
Dave’s solo release of Taking Off in 1975—still considered a classic—further solidified his career. His 1979 release of Hideaway became a popular hit and further propelled Dave’s ascent with the single, “Seduction” being featured in the movie, American Gigolo. Veteran bassist and composer Marcus Miller joined Dave on the 1981 album, Voyeur. The single, “All I Need Is You” won Dave his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. In 1983, Dave released the hit album Backstreet that included Luther Vandross as a featured guest vocalist. Later albums have included guest artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Wallace Roney, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, and Eric Clapton.
In his three-and-a-half decade career, Dave has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. He continues to be one of the most highly active musicians of his genre, with 2010 tour dates exceeding 150. Considered as a whole, Dave is an artist who pushes the limits and continues to make music that challenges the mind and goes Straight to The Heart.
20 Şubat Pazartesi / 20.00
Artun Sürmeli (piano)
Eylem Pelit (bass)
Volkan Öktem (drums)
Ercument Ateş (guitar)
Senova Ülker (trumpet)
Birol Yayla (yaylı tambur, guitar)
Şenol Filiz (ney)
Levent Altındağ (saxophone)
Aycan Teztel (trombone)
Mehmet Kemiksiz (gazelhan)
Hijazz performs Turkish makam music with a Western rhythmic approach. They perform tunes ranging from Mozart to Dede Efendi, Bach to Tamburi Cemil Bey to Nayi Osman Dede. They aim to create a world music by bringing Turkish music closer to Western music.
21st of February Tuesdat / 20.00
Zerrin Özer & Jazz Band
“Dünden Bugüne”She was born in 1957 in Ankara, Turkey. Between 1978 and 1980, she worked with “İstanbul Gelişim Orchestra” on jazz and dance music projects. In 1980, Özer won a “Golden Album” award with her song “Gönül”. In 1982, she performed “Binbir Gece” (“Thousand and one nights”) concerts at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. A year later Özer performed in Olympia Hall in Paris. She released “Dayanamıyorum” in 1987 and “Dünya Tatlısı” in 1988. She won the “Best Album” award once more with her album “İşte Ben” in 1991. Her elder sister Tülay Özer is also a singer and was famous in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 2000, Zerrin Özer released a best-of album titled “Bir Zerrin Özer Arşivi”. She participated in “Orhan Gencebay ile Bir Ömür” (“A Life with Orhan Gencebay”), Orhan Gencebay’s tribute album and song “Sev Dedi Gözlerim” (“My Eyes Said Love” in Turkish).
Her latest release is ”Zerrin Özer & Saz Arkadaşları” in 2016.