One of the most fascinating groups on the contemporary jazz scenes, Mammal Hands comes from the UK and completes the eclectic, ambient line that we experienced at GoGo Penguin and Portico Quartet at previous editions.
From the beginning, when they performed as street artists, until this day, when they deliver hypnotic shows on the world’s greatest stages, they have distanced themselves from everything close to mainstream.
Some of the reference publications in the field wrote: “Animalia, the 2014 debut from jazz trio Mammal Hands, was a master class in beauty. The way the group set gorgeous melodies in the middle of a rhythmic storm resulted in music that was both entrancing and arresting.” (bandcamp daily)
You can listen to the album Animalia here:
Another band we will enjoy on stage in the middle of Apuseni Nature Park – Phronesis – is a trio initiated in 2005 by the Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, complemented by British pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger. The Jazzwise magazine describes them as “the most imaginative and exciting trio since Esbjörn Svensson.”
Although the group is not on their first visit to Romania, at Smida they will perform the album We are all for the first time. We recommend you not to miss the concert. But it’s not just us, also the Jazz Man publication which says that “The release of a new album by Phronesis is always a major event on the jazz calendar.” (Jazz Mann)
You can listen to the album We are all here:
The last group for now, but not the last one we’re going to announce, is Paolo Profeti European Collective. Composed of Italian and Romanian members is a cross-border project, was initiated by saxophonist and composer Paolo Profeti, trained in music by masters like Jesse Davis or Mauro Negri. Their sound, which is a mix of classic jazz and contemporary experiments, will lead you on a surprising journey.
The European Collective music has recognizable influences from the jazz tradition, but at the same time, it is heavily anchored in the contemporary age by electronic elements and improvisation moments, reminding of free-jazz. Their characteristic style that involves unpredictable changes in atmosphere and sonorities promises a memorable musical experiment.