For the 55th Ljubljana Jazz Festival we have created a very special program based on two focuses: The Piano and Norwegian Jazz. Along with the trumpet, the piano has been refreshed incredibly over the past few years after many years of a kind of stagnation. Apart from a few names that pushed the envelope within the past twenty years, such as Matthew Shipp, the past years brought some musical visionaries on this crucial instrument. Either they appeared as such recently, after some years of finding their own voice and getting the tools, or they are just newcomers.
Celebrating his 70th anniversary this year, we proudly present one of the most brilliant musicians in European jazz since the mid 1960s, German genius Joachim Kuhn who will play solo and in a trio. Some more guiding lights of the instrument will jump on the program very shortly. Aboard already we can find the most distinctive singer blending jazz and soul as the world hasn’t heard for years, the one and only Gregory Porter. Whoever attended one of his concerts knows that this is totally true and definitely won't miss the opportunity to relive the experience.
Norwegian Jazz was considered for many years as the sound of the glaciers, something that people as Paal Nielssen-Love, Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and many others changed drastically in the course of the 1990s. Now it's arguably the most intense and vital new jazz in Europe and one of the strongest scenes in the world. The travel support that Norway is giving to their best musicians has created a kind of on-location scene more than a scene based in Oslo, Bergen or Stavanger.
The Ljubljana Jazz Festival tirelessly presents live jazz in its multiple ways.
The programme of the 55th Ljubljana Jazz Festival will be announced in March.