Friday 13th January 2017
- Saturday 14th January 2017
£25.00 - £45.00
Expect sharp-suited retro jazz with a Bossa Nova flavour and funky edge from Conte, who is renowned for introducing an innovative, uniquely Italian style of jazz that incorporates Bossa Nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960s and beyond. These very special shows feature Conte’s latest album Free Souls and a new edition of his Jazz Combo feat vocalist Rigmor Gustafsson.
Free Souls is a pure soul album which is based on the early 60s change of direction in musical research, especially in Jazz: a turn into deepness. There was an urgent need to walk away from the research of an aesthetic dimension, in order to move towards a more intimate objective, closer to human feelings and spirituality.
“Horizontal” improvisations appeared to decrease, while “vertical” thrived: a movement directed to If we had to find a way to situate now Free Souls, in an age in which everything has been already played, from Rebetiko to Gamelan, from Rap to Klezmer - an era where mannerism is background music for supermarkets – those are the times we should look at. In those times deepness enfolded a way of conceiving music, especially Afro-American music which is naturally nourished by Jazz and its derivatives.
Check this beautiful Nicola track in collaboration with Gregory Porter in 2012
The UK’s Guardian newspaper has called Rigmor Gustafsson “penetratingly delicate, and subtle,” and she continues to establish herself as one of the leading jazz vocalists in Scandinavia.
She has released 9 CD’s since 1997. Three have sold gold in Sweden, the first jazz artist to have that honor since Monica Zetterlund’s 1991 classic Varsamt. Rigmor’s “Alone with You” (2008) won a Swedish Grammy, and “I Will Wait for You” (2003) received The Jazz Award in Germany. In November 2013 she received the most prestigious jazz award in Sweden, “The Royal Musical Academy’s Jazz Award”. Her new CD, “When You Make Me Smile” with piano trio and orchestra, was released in August 2014.
Through the years Rigmor has toured around the globe, mostly with her own trio, but she has also featured in other constellations (Radio String Quartet Vienna, Danish Radio Big Band, The Royal Filharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Jazz Orchestra), and has appeared on a number of TV shows. She has performed twice at celebrations for Crown Princess Victoria: Her Royal Highness’ birthday and the 2010 royal wedding concert, both performances broadcasted live on Swedish National TV. Rigmor also performed at the 2003 Nobel Prize Ceremony, broadcasted on TV in numerous countries.
After moving to New York in 1993, Rigmor started working invarious jazz clubs in the NYC area (Birdland, Smalls, Metronome etc.) Mainly performing with her own quintet, she also performed with a range of legends including Fred Hersch, Reggie Workman, and bassist Avish Cohen, recording alongside Randy Brecker and Bob Mintzer. She returned to Sweden in 1996, formed a quintet, and released her first CD “In the light of day” in 1997. In 2002 she signed with the German record company ACT. Besides performing, she has also taught jazz voice at Sweden’s Royal Academy of Music. When not performing, she enjoys horseback riding and a good book.
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