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Parov Stelar Interview

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Parov Stelar Interview

Posted on 02 October 2010 by Kavselj

Interview with Marcus Füreder (Parov Stelar) conducted at SpringTen festival in Graz. The event was outstanding, with exception of too-crowded entrance. Energy at Orpheum was out of space, and also crews reception made it for us. Special thanks goes to Boris.

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Parov Stelar – Matilda

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Kavselj

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Alex Grenier – Boomerang

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Alex Grenier – Boomerang

Posted on 24 October 2010 by Kavselj

Has it ever happened to you, that you found a great piece of music by accident? Well, the other day it did happen to me and although I wasn’t really searching for it, I believe it’s no coincidence. It’s just a confirmation of a thought I’ve had, that you can’t find music, music finds you (and so does Chuck Norris:). However, this time I was found by Alex Grenier and his last album Boomerang, released in september 2009. Name the style as you prefer: nujazz, electro jazz, nufunk, acid jazz, electro groove, … doesn’t really matter, the point is it’s unquestionably funky!

The frontman, Alex, is a young french guitar player and a composer, whose passion for jazz and blues clearly shows where the influences came from. He started his musical path in 2002 as a co-founder and a member of a techno rock group called “Kham”. The band broke up in late 2007 which pointed him into a different direction. Along with DJ Sharklo he continued the journey under the name “Sharkee” and by march 2008 the duo released a first real album I like this. Within the next year Sharkee became Alex Grenier, one thing led to another when in march 2009 the guitarist found himself surrounded by a brass section (three saxophones and a trumpet) and with the support of DJ Sharkloses scratching skills, the recording of Boomerang has begun. A third album is on the way, if everything goes as planned it will be out in september 2010.

Out of all 9 tunes, represented on Boomerang, I can say with almost absolute certainty that each one will put a smile on ones face. Deciding which track is the best can be quite challenging since the more you listen to them, the harder it gets to pick one out. Funky groove, catchy riffs, driving melodies, jazzy solos with a bluesy touch and quality scratches on all the right places is what determines them all. And all are most certainly big dancefloor killers!

The groove will make you move … Listen, smile and dance.

Tracklist:
1. This Way (2:28)
2. The Return Of Blues Bob (3:01)
3. Easy (5:19)
4. Let’s Take (4:47)
5. Deep Dance (3:43)
6. Disko Track (2:55)
7. Beat Down (3:39)
8. Explosion (2:48)
9. Boomerang (5:10)

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Pat Metheny Group @ Krizanke

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Pat Metheny Group @ Krizanke

Posted on 28 January 2010 by Kavselj

Its hard to summarize Pat Metheny’s work as his consistent quality doesn’t allow much omission. With 17 Grammy awards in styles from Rock to Jazz and collaborations with musicians like Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman I will only present a small part of his works with his Group. Pat Metheny actually formed his Group with album called ‘WaterColors‘ even if this one wasn’t carrying the groups name. Band was originally formed with musicians Lyle Mays on keys, Mark Egan (Eberhard Weber preformed on Watercolors) on Bass and Dan Gottlieb on drums and had many various jazz musicians featuring on 15 albums till date. Watercolors was turning point in many ways as it practically defined new musical form blending folk, world, pop, rock and electro elements with jazz. Their unique style was widely recognized with first official release ‘Pat Metheny Group‘. This album is still reference to jazz musicians that are searching for new musical expression and was real revolution in that period especially because of the strange sound as Metheny and Mays used different synths and effects (for example Synclavier). It marked Metheny as ‘new age’ jazz musician, and evoked different reactions among traditional jazz scene.

Their first album that received Grammy award was Offramp where Mark Egan was replaced by current band member bassist Steve Rodby. The album starts with beautiful string theme from Lyle but true character was given with unforgettable piece that revealed the true soul of Metheny. Starting slow atmospheric and building the tune into something gloriously ascendant and groovy that after 9 minutes leaves you begging for more.

Next stop on exploring various styles around the world was Brazilian influenced ‘Still Life (Talking)‘. Metheny describes it as one of three most important records of the Group (besides First Circle and Letter from Home). There are at least two grand and unforgettable moments with Minuano (Six Eight) and epic Last train home.

This record was also important because of quite extensive use of vocals and vocal effects, that gives it even wider perspective.

‘We live here’ is a great project where synergistic effects of collaboration with Lyle Mays came to its peak. With many guest artists performing this is by some critics the most difficult work to love. But with ‘To the End of the World’ its also one of the essential records to have in your collection. We live here was followed by the extensive world tour and beautiful documentary was done from it. Drummer on this release was Paul Wertico that has replaced Gotllieb from ‘First Circle’ on.

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Latest masterpiece is dated to 2005. ‘The Way up’ is almost 70 minutes long piece that is split into four tracks and shows the groups ability to improvise in harmonic and dynamic aspect. Antonio Sanchez that joined the band with ‘Speaking of now’ strongly affirms himself here and all the other members progress and create this unbelievable work.

Even if it’s not in the Groups frame I have to at least mention latest Metheny solo project. Orchestrion is by far the most complex project and best described from Pat himself.

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Oregon – Kino Šiška – 3 November 2010

Posted on 03 November 2010 by Lunik

Who
Oregon
When
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
21:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Trg prekomorskih brigad 3
Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000
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A band of hard-edged musicians that revolutionised the jazz sound in 1970's and for a while incorporated the famous Indian all-rounder Trilok Gurtu. The music that landed on the moon with Apollo austronauts...

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Pat Metheny – Krizanke – 29 June 2010

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Lunik

Who
Pat Metheny
When
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
20:00 - All Ages
Where
Krizanke (map)
Trg francoske revolucije

Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000

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