MANIUCHA & KSAWERY
Simultaneously improvising musicians, storytellers and erudite ethnomusicologists, Maniucha Bikont and Ksawery Wójciński form a completely unique duet in the sphere of jazz and contemporary European improvised music. Their project consists in re-imagining and somehow translating, through the prism of free improvisation, a repertoire of traditional popular songs from Polesie (a region located in the north of Ukraine). It appears to come from a will to reach the most intimate of their identity. They are not only content with interpreting / reinventing them with an impressive expressive power, but actually enter into dialogue with these ancestral tunes. Maniucha & Ksawery project their own imagination into these timeless forms and, as if by a miracle, bring life back to a submerged world.
Maniucha Bikont vocals
Ksawery Wójciński double bass, vocals
AKI TAKASE’S JAPANIC
Born in Japan but living in Berlin since 1988, Aki Takase has played, during her extensive career, with many if not all irreducible adventurers from the scenes of (free) jazz and European improvised music. An instrumentalist with an energetic style – mixing in an abrupt and skilfully discontinuous phrasing the whole history of modern jazz piano (from Monk to Cecil Taylor) – she offers in her new quintet, Japanic, music at once lyrical, melodic and full of rhythmic verve. Going from intense improvised sequences, particularly highlighting the sinuosity of Daniel Erdmann's saxophone, to intriguing atmospheric tracks in which the scenographic science of turntablist DJ Illvibe opens up resolutely contemporary horizons, Aki Takase more than ever projects her music towards the future.
Jazzpassage : Franco-German evenings programmed in partnership with the Kulturbüro of Offenburg / With the support of AJC
Aki Takase piano
Daniel Erdmann saxophone
DJ Illvibe aka Vincent von Schlippenbach turntables
Johannes Fink bass
Dag Magnus Narvesen drums