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19.06. – Chromatic vortex (usa,slo,cub)







Das letzte Konzert von jazz.villach.19 vor der Sommerpause bringt wieder Weltklassejazz nach Villach !

Mit Chromatic Vortex schickt der slowenische Ausnahmemusiker Igor Lumpert erstmals eine internationale Wunschbesetzung auf eine kurze Tour durch Europa. Saxophonist Lumpert (Jahrgang 1975, studierte bei Harri Sokal und Doug Hammond) ist ein herausragender Absolvent des Linzer Brucknerkonservatoriums, seit langem hat er aber seinen Lebensmittelpunkt nach New York verlegt, wo er seine spannenden Projekte betreibt.

Chromatic Vortex wurde zum Jazzfestival Ljubljana eingeladen, und so ergibt sich hier die Möglichkeit, diese außergewöhnliche Band zu präsentieren: Der aus Kuba stammende, in Amerika studierte Pianist Aruán Ortiz zählt mittlerweile zu den großen Zukunftshoffnungen des Jazz, was er unter anderem als Duo Partner von Don Byron unter Beweis stellte. Die Cellistin Tomeka Reid ist mit alles Wassern gewaschen: Mittlerweile präsentiert sie nicht nur ihre eigenen großartigen Bands, sondern tourt als fixes Mitglied in der Reunion des Art Ensemble of Chicago. Chad Taylor ist ein Ausnahmekönner am Schlagzeug , der schon mit allen Jazzgrößen musizierte!

Mittwoch, den 19.06.2019 um 20.00 Uhr
im Kulturhofkeller Villach, Lederergasse 15,

Line up:

Igor Lumpert- saxophone

Born October 27, 1975, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, Igor began his professional training at age 19 at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. During this period, he was a member of Munich-based band Sidewinders, winner of the“Best Jazz Group of Germany” award. After completing his studies with honors, Igor was invited by one of the world’s finest bassists, Reggie Workman, to study at the New School University in New York City. He received a scholarship and moved to New York in fall 2000. In April 2002, Igor was selected for the New School All-Star Wayne Shorter Ensemble, which performed at the “Beacons In Jazz” award ceremony at the Supper club, where Mr. Shorter was honored.


Igor performed at jazz festivals in Munich, Ljubljana, Belgrade,Novi Sad, Csfero, at major jazz clubs in New York including the Jazz Standard, Cornelia Street Cafe, Supper Club Birdland; and venues all over the world with such jazz legends as Reggie Workman, John Abercrombie, Chico Hamilton.

In 2011 Igor was commisioned to create a piece for a closure of European Capital of Culture. With multimedia artist Zeljka Blaksic he created “Resistance of the Earth”, which is a multimedia project that combines several artistic genres; from video, performance, 16 mm film to live music. The theme of the project covers the world of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornados.In addition to his work as a performer and composer, he has an active career as an educator, having taught master classes and improvisation lessons throughout Europe and the United States.

His band „Innertextures“ represents Igor’s passion for the music to journey to new and daring places. He is supported in this effort by bassist Christopher Tordini and drummer Nasheet Waits. Igor has released four CDs as leader:” “Eleven” (2018) and „Innertextures live” (2012) for Portuguese label Clean Feed records,“Mineral Mind” (2010) and“Innertextures” (2004).


Aruán Ortiz – piano

Born in Santiago de Cuba, and resident of Brooklyn, NY – has been an active figure in the progressive jazz and avant-garde scene in the US for more than 15 years.

Named “one of the most creative and original composers in the world” (Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge), he has written music for jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups, and feature films, incorporating influences from contemporary classical music, Cuban Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation. Aruán consistently strives to break stylistic musical boundaries.

He has received multiple accolades including Mid-Atlantic Foundation US Artists International (2017), Composer Fellowship Award at Vermont College of Fine Arts (2016); the Doris Duke Impact Award (2014); the Composers Now Creative Residency at Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (2014).

His unique musical vision has been covered in magazines and newspapers in Europe and the US including Jazz ‘n’ More (Swizerland), The Guardian (UK),Expresso (Portugal), The New York TimesDownBeatJazzTimes, Jazziz, The Boston Globe, Chicago Jazz MagazineSan Diego Union Tribune, and All About Jazz (US), Jazzpodium (Germany), Musica JazzIl Muro MagazineIl Corriere della Sera and Jazz Convention (Italy), The Ottawa Citizen (Canada), The Irish Times (Ireland), and Way Out West (Japan), among many others.

His recent albums have received five stars from prestigious jazz magazines around the world. Hidden Voices (Intakt 2016) was lauded as “a solid and unique new sound in today’s jazz world,” by Matthew Fiander in PopMatters, and his solo piano effort Cub(an)ism (2017) was called „a genius exercise in the exploration of depth and perception that reveals a bright new wrinkle in the relationship between music and mathematics, reimagining Afro-Haitian Gaga rhythms, Afro-Cuban rumba and Yambú into heavily improvised meditations on modernism that recall John Cage and Paul Bley,” (Ron Hart, The Observer).

Aruán has played, toured, or recorded with jazz luminaries such as Wadada Leo Smith, Don Byron, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Nicole Mitchell, William Parker, Adam Rudolph, Andrew Cyrille, Henry Grimes, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Terri Lyne Carrington, and collaborated with choreographer José Mateo; filmmaker Ben Chace; poet Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets; DJ Logic and Val Jeanty; and German writers Angelika Hentschel and Anna Breitenbach.

He holds a MFA in Music Composition by Vermont College of Fine Arts focus in 20th Century Contemporary Classical Music, and his growing portfolio include recent works for string quartet, percussion trio and piano, brass quintet, piano trio, and symphony orchestra, among others.


Tomeka Reid- cello

Recently described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in the Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Now based in New York, her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years.

Reid has been a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists like Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander, and drummer Mike Reed. She is also a co- leader of the adventurous string trio, Hear in Now, with violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi. Reid released her debut recording as a bandleader in 2015, with the eponymous recording by the Tomeka Reid Quartet (Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara and Mary Halvorson), a lively yet charged debut album that is a vibrant showcase not only for the cellist’s improvisational acumen, but also her knack for dynamic arrangements and her compositional ability.

Reid, grew up outside of Washington D.C., and her musical career kicked into gear after moving to Chicago in 2000 to attend DePaul University for graduate school. Her work with Nicole Mitchell and various Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians-related groups have proved influential to the young musician. By focusing on developing her craft primarily as a side person and working in countless improvisational contexts, Reid has achieved a stunning musical maturity. Reid is a 2016 recipient of a 3Arts award in music and received her doctorate in music from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign in 2017.


Chad Taylor -drums

“Taylor’s deftness, imagination and formidable technical skill make his playing a joy to listen to. From the densest meshes to the sparsest near silent passage, each sonic cypher, beat and note seem to be leading somewhere, to have been made with a purpose.”— The Wire

Chad Taylor is a composer, percussionist, educator and scholar. He is co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles, along with Rob Mazurek and guitarist Jeff Parker. He also leads his own  critically acclaimed  trio, Circle Down. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Taylor grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 15 He has been featured in Modern Drummer magazine and has performed at major rock and jazz festivals worldwide for the past 25 years.

He is featured on over 80 recordings and has worked with such artist as Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Lou Donaldson, Kurt Rosenwinkle, JD Allen, Roscoe Mitchell, Bobby Zankle, Matana Roberts Tortoise, Iron and Wine, The Swell Season, Jim O’Rourke, Charles Gayle, Derek Bailey, Eric Revis, Jeff Parker, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Malachi Favors, Peter Brötzmann, Henry Grimes, and Cooper-Moore.

Taylor has a passion for teaching and has taught workshops and master classes in England, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and the US.  He has also taught courses in Jazz History at Rutgers University and Berkeley College.

Chad holds a Bachelors of Fine Art in Jazz Performance from The New School, where he studied with Joe Chambers, Yoron Israel, Pheeroan Aklaff and Lewis Nash. Taylor also holds a Masters of Fine Art in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers Universit Pianist, violist, and composer




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