36th VITORIA-GASTEIZ JAZZ FESTIVAL
Mendizorrotza Sports Center
July 16, Monday
8:30 pm Sweet Honey In The Rock has been setting up an outstanding legacy as one of the most celebrated
Tickets: 15 € A Cappella music members during the last decades. They are venerated in some circles as an
Gospel Concert American national treasure.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK The band is made up of five Afro-American women who sing deep-root black-church music –
spirituals, hymns, gospel – as well as Blues and Jazz. These five women mix their voices together
with percussions in order to make a mélange of lyrics, motions and storytelling. In that way, they
pointing out injustice and encouraging activism. Their music speaks against oppression and class
exploitation. The quintet asks for a more human and fair world for all mankind.
Ysaye Barnwell, vocals
Aisha Kahlil, vocals Sweet Honey´s repertoire is based on many musical traditions, including Gospel, civil rights songs,
Carol Maillard, vocals folk pieces, Spirituals, Jazz and other sorts. There is a caller in every performance; this is someone
Louise Robinson, vocals who decides which song has to be performed. During the concert, singers often don´t know which is
Nitanju Casel, vocals the next performance until the caller announces on the stage. That is the reason why every concert is
Shirley Childress Johnson-Saxton freshly different and so interesting; allowing the caller to choose lyrics and music without bounds
based on public responses and reactions.
They made 23 records and a documentary. It was the only musical group to be invited during 2008-
2009 Alvin American Dance Theatre 50th Anniversaries.
Those who were on their 1991 Vitoria concert surely have not forget their colorful garments on stage
and that extraordinary moving version of Mahalia Jackson´s hit ‘In the Upper room’ that thrilled all the
Their music can impact your conscience and change you DNA if you allow them to get into your soul.
July 17, Tuesday
Tickets: 25 € Bollani´s continuous career as a pianist is unstoppable in solo performances, orchestrations or in
this Danish-musician trio. His last solo/duet ECM label piano recordings with Enrico Rava or Chick
STEFANO BOLLANI TRIO Corea have achieved a further step for a great international musical recognition.
At the age of six, and accompanied by a piano, he surely knew he wanted to be a singer. Some years
Stefano Bolani, piano later, he recorded a tape with his voice singing and playing. He sent it to his idol Renato Carosone
Jesper Bodilsen, counter bass attached with a letter telling him his dream. Carosone adviced him to listen more Blues and Jazz. So
Morten Lund, drums Stefano Bollani followed him.
It was the great italian trumpeter Enrico Rava who invited him to play and advised him to quit pop
music. He encouraged him to put fully in the music that he really wants.
Since then, his musical career was flashing. Including his historic collaboration with Rava, he has
played with Pat Metheny, Richard Galliano, Gato Barbieri, Michel Portal, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz,
He has performed in all the most prestigious and influential stages, from Umbria Jazz to Montreal Jazz
Festival, from New York Town Hall to La Scala in Milan.
Since 2003, he is playing with the Danish musicians Jesper Bodilsen (counter bass) and Morten
Lund (drums) and they have recorded some ECM label records.
Nowadays, Stefano is clearly one of the most important European musicians.
JOE LOVANO/DAVE DOUGLAS
QUINTET - SOUND PRINTS
What an outstanding band! Two maestros of modern Jazz!
For many, Joe Lovano is the best saxophonist for the last twenty years, with his gross and terrific
Joe Lovano, tenor sax music from his tenor sax. Nearby is Dave Douglas, one of the best and most imaginative trumpeters
Dave Douglas, trumpet at the time.
Lawrence Fields, piano They both met each other in Fascination: Edition two, and more recently, in John Zorn´s Stolas
James Genus, counter bass Since 2008, they have been co-leaders of the renewed SF Jazz Collective.
Joey Baron, drums These two performers are the head of a quintet which is named “Sound Prints” as a clear homage to
Wayne Shorter´s ‘Footprints’.
The quintet is also made by a daydream rhythmic group including Lawrence Fields (piano) James
Genus (counter bass) y Joey Baron (drums).
This is a creative super band which its success consists of finding new musical models on Jazz
July 18, Wednesday
Tickets: 25 € Joshua Redman and Bad Plus reunion in Vitoria is going to be a promising and enjoyable meeting.
JOSHUA REDMAN & BAD PLUS Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic saxophonists from the nineties. He is
son of the great tenor sax Dewey Redman and he has been honored with ‘summa cum laude’ grade
Joshua Redman, sax in Harvard University. His professional music premiere was a tremendous surprise due to his mature
Reid Anderson, piano and clear style based on Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. From its very first moments, he has
Ethan Iverson, counter bass been playing with Jazz greats as Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Paul
David King, drums Motian, Joe Lovano y Chick Corea.
Together with Joshua´s charisma, there is one of the best contemporary Jazz bands.
The Bad Plus formed in 2000 and started at Siglo XXI in 2003, leading in Jazz avant-garde since
They are orthodox in formation (piano, counter bass and drums), but otherwise-minded in their music.
They self-defined as ‘the noisiest trio ever’. It is a rock dance hip-hop based group that shows its
actual prevalence in each performance.
THE SOUL REBELS
New Orleans is one of the most alive cities for music worldwide. After Katrina, countless bands have
Marcus Hubbard, trumpet emerged with new sounds but with a profound respect from Brass Band tradition.
Julian Gosin, trumpet
Erion Williams, tenor sax Soul Rebels was created by Lumar Leblanc and Derric Moss who came from Dejan´s Young
Edward Lee Jr., sousaphone Olympia Brass Band. Their music is a presence of Rhythm & Blues, Funk and Hip-Hop with half
Corey Peyton, trombone rap/half sung lyrics on several occasions.
Lumar Leblanc, snare drum ‘Music is the best way to rise up from Katrina. That Catastrophe made everybody to draw attention to
Derrick Moss, bass drum our music’, says Leblanc.
Recent HBO Treme series or 2010 Superbowl performances have made a great band prestige and in
that way also carried to play live on stage with Metallica!
Soul Rebels are continously tracing new paths. Village Voice said of them that they are ‘The missing
link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong’.
July 19, Thursday
9:00 pm Considered as a counter bass prodigy and also a great Singer, Esperanza Spalding was born in
Tickets: 35 € Portland in 1984.
She did not need too much time to shine as one of the most brilliant sparks on music worldwide. She
Universal Music Night is deeply-root influenced by Jazz, but beyond that, she is also predestined to trace a landmark, as
confirmed on February last year when Esperanza became the first Jazz performer who was GRAMMY
ESPERANZA SPALDING awarded on best new artist category. She has been the only female singer who has performed in an
“Radio Music Society” intense version of Louis Armstrong oldie´s ‘What A Wonderful World’ during Oscar Awards
Igmar thomas, trumpet Her discography started in 2006 with ‘Junjo’, following two years later with, ‘Esperanza’. That record
Tia Fuller, alto sax introduced her into the public. In 2010, she released worldwide “Chamber Music Society”.
Daniel Blake, tenor sax and soprano On mid-march this year, she has released Radio Music Society , a shining, positive and ambitious
Aaron Burnett, tenor sax record which is accompanied by some of whom she considers her ‘family’: Joe Lovano, Jack
Jeff Galindo, tenor sax DeJohnette, Terri Lyne Carrington.y Billie Hart, including guitar players as Jef Lee Johnson and
Corey King, trombone Lionel Loueke and singers Gretchen Parlato y Lalah Hathaway.
Jeff Lee Johnson, guitar At the age of 20, she was a counter bass teacher in Berkley School of Music in Boston.
Esperanza Spalding, counter bass, She had her premiere in Spain in 2007 Vitoria Jazz Festival, in ‘Jazz del Siglo XXI’. As her career is a
electric bass, vocals meteoric ascent, it is a great satisfaction to us to hearing this year on the festival main stage.
Leo Genovese, piano, keyboards
Lyndon Rochelle, drums
Chris Turner, vocals
GILBERTO GIL Gilberto Gil is a legendary Bossa Nova member, he is one of the tropicalist movement leader
Gilberto Gil, guitar and vocals together with Caetano Veloso, María Betânia and Gal Costa (former Minister of Culture in Brazil
Bem Gil, guitar nearby President Lula), and he is reinventing himself with this string quartet.
Jaques Morelenbaum, cello
Nicolas Kassik, violin An extraordinary career with numerous awards on his more than 65 edited records. He has been
Gustavo di Dalva, percussion awarded with plenty of golden records (12), platinum (5), and 7 GRAMMYS awards with more than
four million copies sold worldwide. In 2001, he was named as UN Goodwill ambassador for food and
He is best known for his musical innovations than his political dedication. He is always believing in
developing new projects such as ‘String Concert & The Rhythm Machines’, where he is
accompanied by genius cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, his son Bem Gil on guitar, violinist Nicolas
Krassik and the great percussionist Gustavo di Dalva and he will offer us an intimate music with all
its finesse and a great emotional intensity.
Thanks to his unwavering creative commitment to show the heart and soul of Brazilian music to the
world, Gilberto Gil has been awarded by numerous institutions and personalities. He also has
received countless prizes in Brazil and abroad such as Polar Prize in 2005.
He is a unique composer gifted by his talent and an immense curiosity. An ambassador of music
moved by his strong cultural conviction.
July 20, Friday
9:00 pm The New Yorker described Fred Hersch as “a poet pianist” and The New York Times lo defined as
Tickets: 35 € “a master genius playing on his own way”. He has been nominated twice on GRAMMY awards to best
instrumental Jazz performance and best instrumental Jazz composition in 2006. He also has been
nominated in three categories in Jazz Journalists Association as Composer of the Year (2005),
FRED HERSCH TRIO
Record of the year and pianist of the year (2006). He had recorded more than twenty works as main
Fred Hersch, piano
Fred Hersch was born in Cincinnati (Ohio). He studied in The New England Conservatory in Boston,
John Hébert, counter bass
where in 1977, he graduated with honors. He went to New York City and son he became in one of the
Eric McPherson, drums
best in demand piano player. He played solo or in a duet in the legendary Bradley’s Club. He has
worked with Jazz masters such as Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Gary Burton, Bill
Frisell y Charlie Haden.
Fred Hersch is the most innovative piano player of the last decades and one of the most influential
and brilliant of his generation. His style is pure art y his left hand reminds us to the legendary jazz
pianist Art Tatum.
PAT METHENY UNITY BAND
A guitar legend and an indisputable reference in Jazz. He is one of the unique guitar players since
Pat Metheny, guitar eighties until nowadays and he is immediately known by his way of performing.
Chris Potter, sax His first recording was with Paul Blair and Jaco Pastorious in 1974.
Ben Williams, counter bass He spent a long period with Gary Burton Band (1974-1977).
Antonio Sánchez, drums In 1978, He met keyboards player Lyle Mays and formed the Pat Metheny Group, which was the
ECM star label for years.
Along these years, he has enjoyed music meetings with Ornette Coleman, Michael Brecker, Charlie
Haden, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Jim Hall, David Holland, Joshua Redman, and David
In February, he has been awarded by a new GRAMMY for his record ‘What´s all about’, his second
solo acoustic work, with music from Paul Simon, Lennon/ Mccartney, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burt
Pat has 19 GRAMMY awards and he has been prized as best Jazz guitarist or best contemporary jazz
record in countless times. His new proposal, Pat Metheny Unity Band is formed by Chris Potter, one of
the most studied and copied saxophonists worldwide!. Together with, we can mention that this year
we cannot have the best three tenor sax in the world, but four!. The band is completed by the counter
bass Ben Williams who has played with Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard... and
the Mexican Antonio Sanchez on drums. No doubt, one of the best requested drums of his generation.
July 21, Saturday T
“ he Last Jazz Immortal” (The Village Voice). The legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins will be the
9:00 pm perfect guest for the 36th edition closing with an exclusive concert in Spain and one of the unique
Tickets: 40 € three concerts that he would perform this summer in Europe. For more than half a century,
Rollins has performed his music with the majesty of a ‘Colossus’. Nowadays, he still continues as
SONNY ROLLINS one of the golden age Jazz survivors, probably never be equaled. At the age of 81 and after a long
musical career, Rollins is in top form. Just remember that he has been recently nominated to Best
instrumental Jazz record in GRAMMY awards for ‘Road Shows, Vol. 2’ and also to Best
improvised Solo Jazz. Also, He has been awarded by major Jazz magazines as best artist and best
On the 2nd of March, 2011, he was decorated with the National Medal of Arts in the White House
aside with Quincy Jones and Meryl Streep and last 4th of December, he received Kennedy Center
Honors with other actors and musicians as Yo-Yo Ma.
Sonny Rollins is one of the best improvisator in Jazz history and a unique referent for critics,
musicians and public of all times. A maestro that is and will be an inspiration for several saxophonist
Jazz del Siglo XXI
To be announced
KONEXIOA: To be announced
July 17, Tuesday Tigran Hamasyan was born in Gyumri (Armenia) in 1987.
6:00 pm At the age of 2, He started experimenting with the piano. At the age of 7, he discovered
Tickets: 12 € Jazz and when he was 13, he started playing in a Jazz festival. In 2003, when he was 16,
he won the first prize and the award for public in the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano
tigran hamasyan trio Competition.
Since then, he started performing in concert halls (winning Thelonious Monk Prize in
Tigran Hamasyan, piano 2006 at the age of 19 and further ones) and recording his first records: World Passion,
Sam Minaie, counter bass New Era and Red Hai.
Nate Wood, drums
In 2011, he recorded A Fable (Verve), his first solo piano work. It was recently awarded
with the Victoires de la Musique prize (one of the most important and prestigious in
France) as Best International Record produced in this country. This 13-original-
masterpiece poetic record is inspired by the poetry and folklore of his country of origin,
which remains classic composers such as Aram Khachaturian in solo piano works.
His music has a radiant luminosity.
This scandinavian/british trio has the ability and capacity to impress, excite, inspire and
July 18, Wednesday
Tickets: 12 € move like no other present-time Jazz band.
Phronesis is leaded by danish bassist Jasper Hoiby. Their fantastic live performances
PHRONESIS has been described as ‘The most imaginative and exciting Trio since EST’.
In 2010, Phronesis captivated British audience and developed his reputation as one of
Ivo Neame, piano the best Jazz trio in United Kingdom. That year, the band made some unforgettable
Jasper Høiby, counter bass performances in Europe: Banilieues Bleues Festival in Paris, Copenhague Jazz Festival
Anton Eger, drums and North Sea Jazz Festival as well as Jazz festivals in Brecon, Glasgow and London. On
June 2011, they made his first US tour including performances in Ottawa and Montreal
Jazz Festivals and in the legendary Jazz Standard Club in New York City. In August 2011,
they released their ‘Pitch Black Project’ in Brecon, a completely dark concert which
deserved some excellent critics, described as ‘an unmissable and unique success’.
Phronesis is formed since 2005 by bassist Jasper Hoiby, who was born in Copenhagen.
He is living in London where he was graduated by the Royal Academy of Music. The band
is completed by British pianist Ivo Neme and Swedish Anton Eger on drums.
July 19, Friday
Tickets: 12 €
28-year-old Jazz trumpeteer and resident in New York City Dominick Farinacci was
DOMINICK FARINACCI awarded by the International New Star Award, Disney New Star Award and the first place
QUINTET on Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition. He has recorded his second work
in US, “Dawn of Goodbye” after releasing 7 CDs as a main artist for the Japanese
Dominick Farinacci, trumpet market.
Kris Bowers, piano Quincy Jones said to him that “this guy´s outright” and he was invited to play in the O2
Yasushi Nakamura, counter bass Arena in London in first turn for the big British stars Jamie Cullum and Jeff Beck Concert
Lawrence Leathers, drums on the occasion of his first US album release “Lover, Tales & Dances”.
Keita Ogawa, percussion When he was only 17, Wynton Marsalis asked to play with him in the PBS (American
Public Television) special concert at the Lincoln Centre. Shortly after this, he was one of
the 18 worlwide musicians that took part in Opening Season Jazz Program Concert from
The Juilliard School.
Dominick has played in the great Jazz festivals and clubs and he had made Japan tours
since 2003. He had played and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron,
Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath y Benny
Ambrose Akinmusire´s Blue Note Debut has the similar energy and emotion as we all
July 20, Friday
Tickets: 12 € felt thirty years ago when we first heard Wynton Marsalis´s wonderful premiere.
We are spectators of this new emerging voice in music and his new sound and trumpet
Ambrose Akinmusire conception.
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet His first premiere in Vitoria was in 2001, when he was 18, with The Steve Coleman Band
Walter Smith III, sax “Five Elements”. Last year, He was part of great Michel Portal´s Band and he has
Sam Harris, piano collaborated with Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Vijay Iyer, Stefon Harris....
Harish Raghavan, counter bass
This newcomer came to Vitoria long time ago.
Justin Brown, drums
He combines three major talents: fast and fluent virtuosity, the ability to create new
intervals and forms and a fresh music approximation.
He was born in Nigeria and raised in San Francisco Bay (Oakland). When Jazz fans are
thinking about the future, there is no doubt that Ambrose is the kind of artist that makes
them blessed and hopeful.
He was born in Beirut in 1980 within a family of highbrows and artists. He was the son
July 21, Saturday
Tickets: 12 € of trumpeteer Nasimm Maalouf and pianist Nada Maalouf, nephew of writer Amin
Maalouf (2010 Príncipe de Asturias Prize) and grandson of journalist, poet and
Ibrahim Maalouf musicologist Rushid Maalouf.
His family left Lebanon during civil war and they established on the Paris suburbs.
Ibrahim Maalouf , trumpet When he was 7, he was cheered by his family to start playing trumpet and classical arab
Yvan Robilliard, Fender Rhodes music with his father, who was a student of Maurice André. In fact, his father was the
Laurent David, bass inventor of microtonal trumpet, called ‘Quarter-Tone Trumpet’, in which he could perform
Francois Delporte, guitar Arabic ‘Magans’ in his trumpet.
Xavier Roge, drums At the age of 10, he often played Vivaldi, Purcell and Albinoni pieces with his father
Youenn Le Cam , flute, Biniou,
con throughout Europe and Middle East.
It was M. André himself who encouraged him to leave his scientific studies and turn into
a professional musician. He was continuously developing his style meanwhile he was
studying five years in the Superior Academy of Music in Paris.
He was inspired by Arabic artists such as Oum Kalsoum and Fairuz, classical
composers as Malher and Mozart, and Jazz musicians as Miles Davis and Dizzy
Gillespie. He recorded his first work called ‘Diasporas’ in 2007, following ‘Dischronism’ in
2009 and ‘Diagnostic’ in 2011. Maalouf was also the composer of Christophe Trahand´s
‘Souffle!’ film song and he depicted his relationship with his country of origin when Sting
asked him for a collaboration in his 2009 record “If on a Winter´s Night”.
Mendizorrotza Sports Center:
Special Numbered-Seat Season Tickets (July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21): 175€
Season Tickets (July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21) 108€
Principal Season Tickets (July 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21): 55€
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