Ab Baars / Meinrad Kneer / Bill Elgart — Live at Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf 2012 (Evil Rabbit Records - 2018)
"Best known for his long-time membership in the ICP orchestra and leading his own trio, amsterdam reedist ab baars also adapts his skills to other aggregations for greater or lesser periods. Live at konfrontationen nickelsdorf 2012 features baars in a trio, which had quite a few gigs in those days, a co-op with german bassist Meinrad Kneer and long-time american-in-europe expatriate drummer Bill Elgart. For those used to baars’ gentlemanly ellington-affected playing and composing the first sound heard on “nickelsdorf suite #1 part i” may shock. Here’s the dutchman skronking harsh aylerian smears from his saxophone. At the same time though baars’ altissimo screams and tonal exaggerations slide securely in place besides the weightlifter-like string pulls that kneer resonates to solidify the rhythm and elgart’s elegant pings and ruffs which moderate the output. this seeming contrast between high and low-pitched vibrations; lusty and mild sounds defines the tripartite interaction throughout, with a climax reached on “nickelsdorf suite #1 part III” as clean moderated clarinet lines replace broken split tones to burnish deepened double bass thumps and descriptive drum paradiddles and pops. “Nickelsdorf fantasia”, the shakuhachi-featured final track, which also includes frame-drum-like resonation from Elgart and erhu-like strokes from Kneer, building an ambling narrative out of gong-like shatters and finger-cymbal tings from elgart; broken tones and motionless air sourced from deep inside both of baars’ reeds’ body tubes; and defining string strokes and sweeps from kneer. This group functions on a high level, with baars’ designated talents contribute to these elevations." –Ken Waxman, jazzword.com
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The 38th edition of #Konfrontationen 2017, festival for free and improvised music will take place in the infamous #Jazzgalerie#Nickelsdorf between July 20-23. Once again, the festival will present a stunning variety of acts from all over the world.
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Talibam! & Alan Wilkinson on Sunday the 24th of July!
ALAN WILKINSON + TALIBAM!
Alan Wilkinson – tenor sax, baritone sax
Matt Mottel – electronics, keyboard
Kevin Shea – drums
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KARKHANA ends the Saturday night. This time with Michael Zerang on drums.
Mazen Kerbaj – trumpet, mezmar
Umut Çağlar – reeds, flutes
Sam Shalabi – oud, electric guitar
Sharif Sehnaoui – electric guitar
Maurice Louca – organ, electronics
Tony Elieh – electric bass
Michael Zerang – drums, percussion
RED TRIO + JOHN BUTCHER
Rodrigo Pinheiro – piano
Hernâni Faustino – double bass Gabriel Ferrandini – drums
John Butcher – tenor sax, soprano sax
They get on stage Saturday the 23rd of July.