Freedom and dreams
While the festival started with an exhibition of contemporary young music of the Czech Republic, it
will finish with an exploration of similar representation within Europe with an added value in the
form of world-renowned drummer Jim Black.
Both bands capture listeners’ attention through music that is raw, personal, and exhilarating in its
technical precision and depth of resulting sensations.
20:00 We Are (NO/SWE)
Karl Hjalmar Nyberg - tenor saxophone, synth
Aaron Mandelmann - electric bass
Axel Skalstad - drums
We Are is a group of three young musicians who all grew up in the time where all music was accessible and unlimited, allowing them to bring countless various sources of inspiration into their music. With their wild and cross-genre nature, they incorporate jazz, prog-rock, 80s synthetic pop, and contemporary classical music. Their creative and musically brilliant style represents the best of today’s Scandinavian music.
Melez, a newly established musical group, started off boldly, performing for the first time at the
prestigious Berlin Jazz Fest. Led by singer/songwriter Cansu Tanrikulu, the trio puts forward a
realization of their vision of avantgarde, multifaceted improvisation music. Their music draws on
improvised sessions which are coordinated and reformed further by Tanrıkulu and her
compositional ideas. This process gives their compositions a fresh character and allows each group
member to fully utilise his/her instincts and creative devices. American drummer Jim Black is one
of the most prominent figures of New York Downtown jazz and one of the most distinctive jazz
drummers of today. Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder has collaborated with Black since 2009 as
part of Jim Black Trio.