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Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos & Fred Hersch

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“Fred Hersch at the piano is like LeBron James in the Basketball ring. Perfection.” So it says another great pianist, Jason Moran, one of the many influenced by Hersch’s immense musical qualities. Renown for a solid carrier in jazz as a soloist, composer and bandleader, pianist Fred Hersch never bothered with taking part of any successful style or show off any aura of revolutionary innovator. But, in fact, some of the modern piano jazz innovators declare themselves to have been strongly influenced by Hersch himself. That is what states Brad Mehldau, his former student, to the New York Times: “in Fred’s musical world, many of the jazz history and all music history’s developments gather together in an intensely contemporary way. His style is very related to the idea of individuality, and has a lot to do with beauty. I wouldn’t be doing what I do if I wouldn’t have learnt it from Fred, and I think that applies to many other musicians.”

Fred Hersch has share the stage with countless jazz top figures. And he did it since the beginning of his career, still in the 1980s, playing night after night side by side with luminaries like Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer and Bill Frisell. He joins now Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos in two nights that are sure to become unforgettable, at the Barcelona Jazz Festival and at Casa da Música do Porto. The programme is entirely made of arrangements by Pedro Guedes, Carlos Azevedo and Mike Holober on compositions by Hersch himself, born somewhere between the late 1980s and the new millennium. These are good examples of the prodigious capacity of the North-American piano player, underlined throughout the years with successive nominations for the Grammy Awards. With more than 30 albums released, the formats in which we can see him play are vary diverse: the piano solo, the piano trio – with the long term partners John Hébert (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums) –, several small formations and the unconventional Pocket Orchestra.

This is thus a compulsive opportunity to listen to Fred Hersch under a new light, with original arrangements for this project with Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos.

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Casa da Música (Sala Suggia), Porto

Recognised for a solid jazz career as a soloist, composer and bandleader, Fred Hersch joins Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos in a night that is sure to become unforgettable. The North-American has shared the stage with names such as Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Bill Frisel, but he is especially known for his work in trio and solo, having released more than 30 albums.

Used to work with repertoire by real jazz luminaries, but also artists coming from other universes, Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos rediscovers Fred Hersch’s compositions under a new light, dressing them up with original arrangements especially created for the occasion.

“In what concerns jazz piano solo art, there are currently two ways of playing: Fred Hersch’s and everybody else’s.” All About Jazz

Convidados: Fred Hersch (piano)

Direção Musical: Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes

Música: Fred Hersch

Arranjos: Carlos Azevedo, Mike Holober, Pedro Guedes

Madeiras: José Luís Rego, João Guimarães, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira

Trompete: Gileno Santana, Rogério Ribeiro, Ricardo Formoso, Javier Pereiro

Trombone: Daniel Dias, Paulo Perfeito, Álvaro Pinto, Gonçalo Dias

Secção Rítmica: Fred Hersch (piano), Demian Cabaud (contrabaixo), Marcos Cavaleiro (bateria)

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Festival Internacional de Jazz, Barcelona

CONSERVATORI DEL LICEU, FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE JAZZ

A Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos regressa ao Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, para se reunir com um dos mais influentes e inovadores pianistas do jazz contemporâneo, Fred Hersch.

Reconhecido por uma sólida carreira no domínio do jazz enquanto solista, compositor e bandleader, Fred Hersch já dividiu o palco com nomes como Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz e Bill Frisel, mas é especialmente conhecido pelo seu trabalho em trio e a solo, tendo já editando mais de 30 álbuns.

A Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos redescobre as composições de Fred Hersch sob uma nova luz, vestindo-as de arranjos originais criados especialmente para esta ocasião por Carlos Azevedo, Mike Holober e Pedro Guedes.

“No que diz respeito à arte do piano jazz a solo, há atualmente duas formas de tocar: a de Fred Hersch e a de todos os outros.” All About Jazz

Convidados: Fred Hersch (piano)

Direção Musical: Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes

Música: Fred Hersch

Arranjos: Carlos Azevedo, Mike Holober, Pedro Guedes

Madeiras: José Luís Rego, João Guimarães, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira

Trompete: Gileno Santana, Rogério Ribeiro, Ricardo Formoso, Javier Pereiro

Trombone: Daniel Dias, Paulo Perfeito, Álvaro Pinto, Gonçalo Dias

Secção Rítmica: Fred Hersch (piano), Demian Cabaud (contrabaixo), Marcos Cavaleiro (bateria)

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Fred Hersch_©Martin Zemon
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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Fred Hersch_©Vicent Soyez
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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OJM & Fred Hersch_Casa da Música, 2016_©Pedro Lobo
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