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William Howard - Tenor Saxophone (UK)
Declan Forde - Piano (UK)
Igor Spallati - Bass (ITA)
Ugo Alunni (ITA)

The Zig Zag is proud to announce a brand new and fresh Sunday concert series that showcases a community of jazz artists responsible for bringing about an explosion of energy and life into the Berlin jazz scene. The series will feature some of the most in demand, highly skilled and exciting young jazz talents in the scene today. Going against the trend of complexity, abstraction and the “academization” of the arts, these young masters have taken the jazz scene by surprise by packing in the clubs and bringing back to life a love and passion for hard swinging music. Performances are completely acoustic with little to no amplification. Subtle interaction, melodic focus and soulful virtuosity is at play here. If you’re interested in listening to some of the finest swinging sounds of jazz this is not an event to miss out on.

SUNDAY 31.03.19

A first time performance for this trio plus rising star of the UK Jazz Scene Will Howard. Expect two sets of swinging music from the Duke Ellington songbook. 

You might recognise the rhythm section from Igor Spallati’s ‘Musicomaniacs’, or from various other swing dance evenings and concerts around Berlin. It’s safe to say these three musicians feel totally at home with one and other and have been playing around Europe together for some time. Each member has a deep love for the tradition as well as being fresh and exciting artists and improvisers in their own right. 

Ein erster Auftritt für dieses Trio plus aufstrebender Star der britischen Jazzszene Will Howard. Erwarten Sie zwei Sätze schwingender Musik aus dem Duke Ellington Songbook.

Sie kennen die Rhythmusgruppe vielleicht von Igor Spallatis 'Musicomaniacs' oder von verschiedenen anderen Swingtanzabenden und Konzerten in Berlin. Es ist sicher zu sagen, dass sich diese drei Musiker untereinander wohl fühlen und seit einiger Zeit zusammen in Europa spielen. Jedes Mitglied hat eine tiefe Vorliebe für die Tradition und ist selbst frischer und aufregender Künstler und Improvisator.



William Howard
William Howard plays the Tenor Saxophone. He was born in County Durham in the North of England and is based in Leeds. In the last ten years he has made a name for himself in the UK as one of the most versatile young improvisers around. He graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 and was awarded the Dave Cooper Memorial Prize for saxophone, The Sam Hood Rosebowl for Jazz performance and The LCM Principle's Scholarship. He is now a part time lecturer at Leeds College of Music. 

What sets Will apart from a lot of his peers on his instrument is his sound. There is a visceral quality to his sound - contained within it an emotional magnitude that one would not expect from such a young musician and has brought him kudos from the like of Fred Hersch, Charles McPherson and Will Vinson. 

"Howard’s timing, sound, everything about him marks him out as a generous talent. Abundant technique, yet subservient to the sound he was pursuing. Howard must be heard" – Bebop Spoken Here.


Declan Forde  
Declan Forde is pianist based in Berlin and originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Since 2014 he has established himself as one of the city's most versatile and sought-after pianists. He has performed with John Hollenbeck, Tobias Delius, Max Andrzejewski, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Michael Griener, Vide&Inga, plays in the duo ‘Unknown Ellington’ with legendary American bassist Greg Cohen and in various projects with bassist James Banner. He has also recorded and toured with singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni and was a finalist in the 2015 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition.


UGO ALUNNI
Born in Perugia, there he attended the Conservatory "F.Morlacchi" after which he investigated further the drums at the Collective School of Music in New York City.

He currently resides in Berlin where he graduated at the Jazz Institut under the guidance of John Hollenbeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Cohen and David Friedman.

He has played with Rossano Emili, Perugia Jazz Orchestra, Pietro Tonolo, Joe Chambers, Dan Kinzelman, Elias Stemeseder, Phil Donkin, Uli Kempendorff, and many others.


IGOR SPALLATI
Igor Spallati, geboren am 16.08.1985 in Perugia ( Italien ) , begann im Alter von 11 Klarinette zu spielen. Mit 15 kam der elektrische Bass hinzu und mit 19 der Kontrabass.
Von 2005 bis 2009 studierte er Klassischer Kontrabass bei M° Silvio Bruni an dem “ Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “ in Terni. Danach hat er kurzzeitig bei M° Franco Petacchi an der “ Walter Staufer “ Akademie in Cremona Klassik weiter studiert. Im Jahr 2010 zog er nach Berlin um sein Studium am Jazz Institut Berlin fortzusetzen. Dort lernte er bis seinen Abschluss im 2014 u.a. bei Greg Cohen, , John Hollenbeck und Kurt Rosenwinkel. Vielseitige Musiker, er hat Erfahrung mit mehrere Musikstilen gesammelt und auf zahllosen Bühnen in den ganzen Europa, Russland und Japan gespielt ( Konzerthaus Berlin, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz at Baltica.. ) Unter anderem arbeitete er mit solche renommierten Künstler wie Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Nasheet Waits, Fred Hersch, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jim Mcneely, Lewis Nash, Jay Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, Pietro Tonolo, Gabriele Mirabassi, Elias Stemeseder, Alessandro Lanzoni, HR Big Band, Dado Moroni, Joe Hisaishi, Louis Bacalov, Nicola Piovani, David Russel, Marco Socias, .

 www.declanfordemusic.com

Konzert Beginn um 20:30 Uhr (Einlass 19:30 Uhr)
Eintritt frei – Beitrag erwünscht

Sitzplatzreservierung


ENTRANCE FEES
One of the reasons that makes the zig zag jazz club so unique is that it is the first and only jazz club in the world that manages to finance world class events through a crowd funding concept. How do we do it? Its quite simple… during the break of the concert we make an announcement regarding the collection for the evening. For most concerts (excluding the jam session) we inform our customers that a fee of around 15€ per person will allow us to fairly compensate the musicians. Some people give more and some give less… and that´s ok… we ´ve already successfully promoted hundreds of concerts like this!!!

EINTRITT
Einer der Gründe, die den Zig Zag Jazzclub so einzigartig machen, ist, dass er der erste und einzige Jazzclub der Welt ist, dem es gelingt nur durch freiwilligem Eintritt/Crowdfunding Events von Weltklasse zu finanzieren. Und wie machen wir das? Ganz einfach. Während der Konzertpause geben wir bekannt, dass wir Geld einsammeln werden. Bei den meisten Konzerten (außer Jam Sessions) informieren wir unsere Kunden, dass ein Beitrag von ungefähr 15 Euro es uns erlaubt die Musiker gerecht zu bezahlen. Manche geben dabei mehr und andere weniger... und das ist auch in Ordnung. Wir haben auf diese Weise schon Hunderte Konzerte organisiert.