PAULO FRESU (Italy)
29 November, The Hague
3 December, Bimhuis
Italian Trumpet player Paolo Fresu has been engaged for more than two hundred concerts a year, in almost every part of the globe. He lives in Paris, Bologna and Sardinia.
In 1996 he was awarded for best European musician for 'Académie du Jazz' in Paris and the prestigious 'Django d'Or' Best European Jazz Musician and in 2000 was nominated as best international musician.
He recorded over three hundred and fifty discs of which over eighty in its own name or in leadership.
He directs the Festival 'Time in jazz' of Berchidda, is artistic director and professor of jazz Seminar of Nuoro and directed the International Festival of Bergamo.
NORMA WINSTONE (England)
29 January, The Hague
In the late seventies Norma Winstone joined pianist John Taylor and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler to form the group AZIMUTH, which was described by Richard Williams of The Times as “one of the most imaginatively conceived and delicately balanced of all contemporary chamber jazz groups“.
In this setting she combines the instrumental use of the voice with words, most of which she writes herself. AZIMUTH has recorded several albums on the ECM label
Her own legendary album ‘Somewhere Called Home‘ on the ECM label is widely considered to be a classic.
In recent years she has become known as a very fine lyricist, writing words to compositions by Ralph Towner, and Brazilian composers Egberto Gismonti and Ivan Lins.
VINCENT PEIRANI (France)
26 February, The Hague
“What this Nice-born Parisian teases out of his accordion is something the likes of which world has never heard before. The great French accordion tradition, from Galliano to Matinier, shines through, but he takes it further with a new, characteristic expressiveness. It is a future virtuoso that is playing here!" says the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
French accordionist Vincent Peirani started playing the accordion at the age of eleven. Between 1994 and 1998, as a teenager, he won numerous international awards and competitions for classical accordion and sinces, has appeared at festivals all around Europe (Bayreuth, Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Stockholm).
His big breakthrough was coming first at the "La Défense Jazz Competition" in 2003.
Since 2011, Vincent Peirani has played regularly in a quartet fronted by the Korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah. In doing so he made the acquaintance of the Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius and ACT boss Siggi Loch and ever since is recording for the renowned ACT label.