EFFE Label for JAM in Montenegro


We are happy to announce the Jazz Appreciation Month in Montenegro festival received the ‘EFFE Label 2019-2020’.

Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe – EFFE is a preparatory action initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA), supported by the European Commission and Parliament. EFFE brings the arts to the attention of audiences through a searchable database that serves all sorts of interactions and initiatives recognizing the work of Europe’s diverse arts festivals landscape. Europe is in constant development and change. EFFE’s strength is in its diversity; its offer to have a discussion about the possibilities to give the arts more space within our societies.

The EFFE Label is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness.

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Eric Legnini Guitar Trio in Podgorica

eric legnini trio poster final

Eric Legnini’s Guitar Trio is a new project of famous French pianist, who will come to Podgorica for the occasion of World Music Day, originally written “Fête de la Musique”. He will play his fresh and new music. The three instruments that make up his trio multiply the melodic possibilities! Guitar player Hugo Lippi plays with many musicians (such as for example Sophie Alour, Stéphane Belmondo, Sylvain Luc, Pierrick Pedron, Emmanuel Bex, David Lynch, for his film Inland Emire, etc.), and singers (Sarah Lazarus, Sarah McKenzie): his openness gives him a chance to play in any kind of musical context, and mostly to bring very original universe. Famous double bass player Thomas Brameire, one of the best jazz bassists on the jazz scene for the last 30 years, has given rhythm, heart beats to the music of almost every major trios, quartets and other jazz quintets. He has a lot of experience playing with great singers (to name a few: Dee Dee Bridgwater and Milton Nascimento), but is also recognized by a generation of musicians both as a solid foundation and for bringing a round and subtle sound.

Finally, the keyboard of Eric Legnini is rich of his experiences as a leader, accompanist, whether on a repertoire of standards or in contexts much more pop, but still keeps an obvious link with the melody; the song, is a leitmotif in Legnini, his musical DNA in a way.
We would like to thank to everyone who supported this special event for the special occasion: L’Institut français du Monténégro, KIC “Budo Tomović”, and Societe Generale Montenegro. Come and share this beautiful music and meet with French musicians. Join us by celebrating and enjoying new music.

More about Eric Legnini and his colleagues you can find on the links below:

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Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania performs in Podgorica

Marilyn Mazur's Shamania (by Hanne Hvattum)

We are proud to announce the concert of award winning percussionist and composer Marilyn Mazur from Denmark, on June 8th at the “Budo Tomovic” Cultural Information Center of Podgorica, at 8pm. She will present her new large ensemble, in which she gathered ten strong female Scandinavian musicians as well as a Norwegian dancer Tine Erica Aspaas. SHAMANIA project started when Copenhagen Jazz festival suggested Mazur to review her old music theater group Primi Band, from the 80’ies. Marilyn loved the idea of creating a new large group with some of fantastic female musicians of today, and to present very fresh version of the ideas from Primi: a ritual, organic, cacophonous, and wild-growing female community around primitive force, voices, rhythm, good energy, and movement. SHAMANIA had its first performance at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015, and played several large festivals in Europe 2016 and 2017, including jazzahead!

SHAMANIA is a Danish-based orchestra and music theater with great musicians from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The project has received support from Danish Arts Council, and other organizations.
Shamania is recorded in May 2017, and plan to release an album later this year.
During her rich and successful career Marilyn Mazur has won numerous awards for her work, among which are: The Ben Webster Award (1983), “Jazzpar” (2001), and “Django D’Or – Legend of Jazz” (2006). In addition, she received the Wilhelm Hansen Award for her composition work – prize usually only awarded to composers in the field of classical music, as well as the international award for culture awarded by Telenor (2007), and the First International EuroCore – JTI Jazz Award. In earlier times of her career Marilyn Mazur has played in the groups and orchestras of jazz masters such as Jan Garbarek, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and Wayne Shorter.

More about artist: http://www.marilynmazur.com/

Members of Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania

Marilyn Mazur, percussion, composer/leader

Josefine Cronholm, vocals, percussion

Aud Hildegunn Øiseth, trumpet, goat horn

Liselotte Anker Larsen, saxophones

Lis Wessberg, trombone

Makiko Hirabayashi Nielsen, piano, keyboards

Ida Marie Gormsen, bass

Lisbeth Diers, precussion

Tine Erica Aspaas, dance & choreography

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