music: Sven Kacirek Kenya Project with Kenny Wollesen and Jason Candler / Francesco Diodati and Avishai Cohen duo / J.Walter Hawkes trio
Day 1 - Francesco Diodati & Avishai Cohen/Kenya Project
Francesco Diodati / Avishai Cohen duo
Francesco Diodati – guitar
Avishai Cohen – trumpet
Francesco Diodati was born in Rome in 1983. He began studying the guitar during his teenage years in Rome where he discovered his passion for music. While pursuing degrees in both Statistics and Economics, he remained dedicated to his musical career.
Upon graduating, Francesco could no longer neglect his musical inclinations and left his degrees behind to pursue his true love: jazz, at the Siena School of Jazz and the New School for Contemporary Jazz and Music.
Francesco now lives between New York and Rome, pursuing different projects that continue to fuel his inspiration for jazz. He develops his voice drawing from musical inspirations of the past while incorporating his own unique modern prospective. As a composer he mixes different styles and focuses his attention on the melodic aspect,but at the same time leaves his own signature.
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen is a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most sought-after players of his generation — “an assertive and accomplished trumpeter with a taste for modernism,” according to Nate Chinen of The New York Times. Though deeply rooted in the bebop and post-bop tradition, Avishai is taking jazz in new directions, making waves as an improviser, composer and bandleader. Originally from Tel Aviv, Avishai came of age as part of the fertile scene at Smalls, the storied New York jazz club, where he developed his artistic vision alongside such friends and colleagues as pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Omer Avital and vocalist Claudia Acuña.
Avishai’s music is alternately moody and joyous, richly atmospheric yet beat-driven and grooving, suffused with compositional depth, inspired improvisation and a profound world-music influence. Avishai plays open and muted trumpet but also routes his horn through electronic effects that range from the dreamy to the snarling and distorted. He’s been developing these sounds over the course of the last decade. “When I play effects, I play a different instrument,” he says. “The whole concept changes.”
With his incredible instrumental skill and world-spanning musical interests, Avishai, in the words of critic Ben Ratliff, “has all the power and tenacity he’s going to need.”
Sven Kacirek Kenya Project
with Kenny Wollesen & Jason Candler
We are very sad to report that the US Embassy in Nairobi has denied the visas of Ogoya Nengo & Olith Ratego, the two Kenyan singers scheduled to perform with Sven Kacirek.
Here is the information about the singers who would have appeared and more information about the Kenya Project is to the right …
Not meant to substitute for these amazing singers, but more in tribute, we present the Kenya Project with Sven, Kenny Wollesen and Jason Candler.
Ogoya Nengo was born Anastasia Oluoch in the late 1930’s, at a small village called Magoya, near the shores of Lake Victoria, of the Nilotic Luo tribe. Born to a family of singers and orators, she soon joined their trade and practice as social messengers and commentators, commonly referred to by the locals as Dodo singers. As the last born in a family of seven who were all performers, Anastasia emerged as the favorite and was accorded the status of a full time Dodo singer at the age of 13, and named Ogoya Nengo which means ‘The Priced One’. Ogoya and her sister Nyagor became the rave of their time, criss-crossing the region with their music, singing to great chiefs, warriors and even colonial officers and missionaries who became enraptured by their talent. Ogoya Nengo’s music is characterized by her powerful, passionate and compelling voice, backed by traditional drums and percussions. Her music is as timeless as it is mystical. At over 65 years, Ogoya is a legendary Kenyan folk artiste who has had an immense career spanning three decades. However, due to limited resources her music has remained in her region, and many people in Africa have not had the pleasure of hearing and internalizing this amazing artiste.
Olith Ratego was born in Asere Ugenya, Siaya District.
He is the middle child in a family of three, whose interest in music was awakened by his mother who was a singer of Dodo, a traditional style of luo music. He on occasion performed for dignitaries and even the then president of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
As a young boy, Olith would listen to and sing along to songs by Miriam Makeba and Tshala Mwana, much to the amazement of his listeners. In school, he often got in trouble for writing songs in class and was sent home severally in an attempt to stop him from the habit.
Unfortunately for Olith, his school life was cut short at Class Five, due to lack of school fees. At this point, he put all his energies in trying to get his songs recorded. Realizing that he couldn’t get his songs recorded, he painfully gave up on his singing dreams and instead left for Nairobi for an apprenticeship in carpentry with his cousin.
In 2001, he heard an afro-fusion song that rekindled his singing passion. He then made up his mind that he had to have a song produced and played on radio. With monies raised from his carpentry workshop, Mamano Daa was released on radio. It got massive airplay locally but he felt he did not get the desired recognition and returned to Siaya.
Come 2003, he heard of an upcoming show in Siaya by King Kong and approached him to curtain raise in his concert. He was accorded that opportunity and got a great response from the crowd.
King Kong was impressed with his performance and offered to take him to Nairobi in order that he performs alongside him. He was then able to raise enough money to release another single, Aheri. It was while working with King Kong that he was introduced to Tabu Osusa, an avid Afro- Fusion producer of, who later signed him on to the Ketebul Productions stable.
This event is supported by the German Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut
Day 2 – Sven Kacirek/J.Walter Hawkes Trio::
December 13, 2010
Sven Kacirek solo
Sven Kacirek was born in 1975 in Hamburg, Germany. He took his first drum lessons at the age of ten.
In the mid 90′s, he then studied drums in New York City at the Drummers Collective and in Arnhem in the Netherlands. Back in Hamburg in 2000, he applied programmed drum-and-bass grooves to the acoustic drum set, and published 2 Sample-CDs, as well as his first book, “Drum n Bass Creative Concepts for Drummers”.
After two appearances at the World Drum Festival, live silent film scores, live music for choreographed dance performances (for Angela Guerreiro), a monthly column in “Sticks” magazine, three releases with his duo Field (with Uwe Haas), a radio-play score, and a second book “Secret Drum Grooves”, Sven integrated loop and fx machines into his conventional drum set-up. This led to his first solo LP in 2005, “The Palmin Sessions”.
“Passionate and virtuostic, Sven’s multi-levelled beats fuse rhythm and melody into deeply meditative studies that make him stand out from the crowd of electronic (and acoustic) drummers.”
Sven Kacirek Kenya Project
with Ogoya Nengo & Olith Ratego
In March-April 2008 drummer/composer Sven Kacirek and Digital Media designer Agnieszka Krzeminska traveled to Kenya. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Nairobi Sven went up country to record different kenyan singers and other musicians. They were accompanied by Njane Mugambi, a composer, conductor and researcher from Kenya and by Tabu Osusa who works as a music producer at Nairobi.
After returning back to Hamburg Sven began production on an album that combines the kenyan field- and voice recordings with his own sound. The finished album, The Kenya Sessions, will be released in Februrary 2011, and the E se festival is proud to host the US premeire of the live collaboration of Sven with Ogoya and Olith.
Agnieszka set up the weblog barabara.fm to document the project on the one hand and to enable dialog and collaboration with the visitors on the other hand. She aspired to document the project as directly and as tightly as circumstances permitted and also filmed the project. Using the film material, a documentary will be produced that will be broadcast by (among others) an art magazine named Traxx (Arte).
On Septmeber 28, 2010, the German “Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung” awarded a prize to the barabara.fm-project in the presence of Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel.
“When I was 15 or 16 years old I tried to learn as much as possible about Afro-Cuban and African music. I tried to apply styles like Guaguanco, or Mozambique to the drumset and did some exercises about the music of the Ashanti people of Ghana. Then, three years later I got a scholarship at the Drummers Collective in New York where I took classes with the African drummer and author Frank Malabe and also with Bobby Sanabria who is probably one of the greatest Afro-Cuban drummers I know.
Although the music I am playing and composing today does not sound like the one from Ghana or Kenya, this music culture in its great diversity still has a great deal of influence on me.
In 2008 I went to Ethiopia and to Kenia in order to create the music for a modern dance piece. The choreographer Angela Guerreiro formed a new dance ensemble with dancers from Ethiopia, Kenia and the United States. We did several performances at Addis Abeba and in Nairobi at the Goethe Institute.
During my stay at Nairobi I tried to meet as many musicians as possible to learn from them, to play with them, and to share our knowledge and our experience about music.”
- Sven Kacirek
This event is supported by the German Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut.
J. Walter Hawkes Trio
Originally from Pascagoula, MS, three time Emmy Award winning composer / trombonist / ukulele player J. Walter Hawkes has been an active performer, composer, and arranger / orchestrator in New York City for over fifteen years. He has played and/or recorded with some people you’ve heard of, and many you haven’t. It’s also very possible that he’s freaked out your little kids with the music he’s composed for “Wonder Pets,”(Nick) “Third & Bird,” (BBC) “Blue’s Clues” (Nick) as well as other TV cartoony gems on Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel.
Andy Burns – drums
Tim Luntzel – bass
J. Walter Hawkes – trombone / ukulele / vocal
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