37th edition of Sibiu Jazz Festival starts tomorrow
at 2007-05-04

The famous artists Dean Bowman, Didier Lockwood or Dee Dee Bridgewater will perform in the Great Square.

Sibiu - Starting from Saturday May 5th and lasting seven days, the 37th edition of the Sibiu Jazz Festival will welcome guests to the 2007 European Capital of Culture. The event will display solid line-ups which include emblematic names on the jazz musical stage.

The concerts, as well as the Sibiu Jazz Festival contest, will take place in the multifunctional pavilion and in the city’s Great Square.

Performing in the festival will be world-renowned artists, each with musical careers spanning several decades, such as Didier Lockwood, Dee Dee Bridgewater (photo) and Herbie Kopf.

Didier Locwood is one of France’s most beloved musicians, holder of the “Knight of Arts and Letters” distinction. In a more than 30-year-long eventful career, the artist released 30 albums, both in Europe and the US.

American singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, who will perform in the “J’ai Deux Amours” concert, made her debut in New York, in 1970. “J’ai Deux Amours” is a personal project, including exclusively French compositions.

For more than 30 years, the name Herbie Kopf describes not only a first-rate bass singer, but also a prolific composer, with a long list of collaborations. Dean Bowman is one of the most important American contemporary singers. He recorded compositions ranging from rock to jazz and classical music. With studies in traditional Afro-American music and gospel music, Bowman perfected his repertoire in his latest album, which includes jazz, rock and Negro spirituals.

Another American guest of the Sibiu Jazz Festival is Chico Freeman, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who is constantly discovering new ways of embracing the heritage and tradition of jazz music. He will be accompanied by his Afro-Cuban band, Guataca, made up of young professionals.

Also attending the festival will be the Vienna Art Orchestra - the most esteemed international jazz orchestra in Europe. Since its international debut in 1981, the orchestra has attended various events in over 50 countries, including the US and Japan, as well as Asia or Africa. Well over one hundred of these performances took place as part of international jazz festivals.

Among other bands giving concerts in the Sibiu Jazz Festival will be Archie Shepp’s Born Free Band (USA), Marius Popp String Project (Romania), Enrico Rava Quintet (Italia), Largo feat. Gast Waltzing (Luxemburg) and Zbigniew Namyslowski Quintet (Poland).

(Source: Nine O'Clock)