Jan Garbarek Group
We are very excited to announce our biggest headliner at this years festival; Jan Garbarek!
Nobody plays the Saxophone quite like Jan Garbarek. His sound has become an unmistakable trademark and this sound for some time now has acquired another dimension than what is generally understood as Jazz. Innumerable record releases, concerts in the most significant concert-halls throughout the world, the many years he collaborated with Keith Jarrett or his unprecedented work with the Hilliard Ensemble have made this unique Saxophonist popular across all musical genres and borders.
It has never been of any interest to him that critics need to find convenient labels to sort people out into musical categories. Garbarek eludes this attempt. You find his work in Jazz, Classic and Pop-charts. Since the early days of the Munich cult label ECM he has been one of its most successful representatives.
The sound alone certainly does not make the music. In his compositions and improvisations Jan Garbarek is a master of unbelievable tuneful music that cuts right into our soul. Expansive sound spaces stretch from absolute tranquility to expressive rapture, radiating an astounding sense of peace that however does not allow a moment of boredom. His concerts develop in a highly organic manner providing a wide ark of rising tension. This music breathes and provides space to breathe. This music sounds simple and complex at the same time. This music is hymnal and sparse, playful and serious, immersed and exceptionally open, intense rather than sentimental.
On his current tour Jan Garbarek will be accompanied by his keyboardist of many years, Rainer Brüninghaus, the e-bassist from Brazil, Yuri Daniel and master drummer Trilok Gurtu from India. These musicians, all of them technically highly trained, guarantee that the mutual journey will offer an extraordinary concert experience filled with magical moments. An unmistakable sense for density and ambience generates a sound space that leaves traces in ones deepest self - a sensual sensation.