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Bansko Jazz 2017 – the programme

March 9, 2017 by ·

Jazz Festival Bansko

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings on the Balkans.

Since its foundation in 1998 the festival has been held every year in August in the small town of Bansko. The concerts are free for the public.

Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz trends. During the festival week jazz is also played on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.

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XX JAZZ FESTIVAL BANSKO 2017

5 – 12 August

PROGRAMME

August 5th, Saturday

Sentimental Swingers & Big Band Blagoevgrad and conductor Boris Yanev with special guest Mihail Yossifov (Bulgaria)

Vlatko Stefanovski Trio (Macedonia)

Axel Zwingenberger (Germany)

Patrizia Laquidara (Italy)


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Artist of the Week – Gary Odd

March 6, 2017 by ·

Interview by Dessislava Berndt with Gary Odd, author, illustrator, publisher of ulpi.com, musician and inventor of the character Ulpi
Translation from German: Dessislava Berndt
Proofreading: Polina Georgieva

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Gary Odd (a.k.a. Gary Sinnlos) is an author, illustrator and publisher of ulpi.com, as well as a musician and inventor of the character Ulpi.

Ulpi`s adventures finance his own ones. He has been travelling around the world with Ulpi for seven years. During his tours through the USA, Europe and Asia he sold more then 100.000 Ulpi books, in restaurants or in bars. There were always people who liked his stories.

Contact: service@ulpi.com
Website: www.ulpi.com / www.facebook.com/ulpicom / www.gloomystars.com

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Gary, what is the meaning of the name Ulpi and where it comes from??

I don’t know exactly how I came up with the name. It was already there when I was a child. I also called my younger brother “Ulpi” for a long time.

I don’t know if Ulpi means something but you can read in Wikipedia that the name of the first Roman emperor was Ulpius (Trajan). So, it is a venerable name.

The funny thing is that in the USA the name „Ulpi“ is pronounced „Alpi“ like the Alps in Switzerland, my homeland.

How can you describe Ulpi?

He is clever, he has an ability to revive and philosophical views. He is a person who makes the best of things.

Ulpi’s fairy tales refer to never giving up. They are short meaningful stories about how to fight against the adversity and pitfalls of life.

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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
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Artist of the Week – Keito Saito

November 28, 2016 by ·

Interview by Dessislava Berndt with the Japanese boogie woogie
piano player and composer Keito Saito
Proofreading by Polina Georgieva

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings in the Balkans.

Since its foundation in 1998 the festival has been held annually from August 8th to 13th in the small town of Bansko. Tickets for the concerts are free of charge for the public. Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz styles. During the festival week, jazz is also played on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.

Today we would like to present to you the Japanese boogie woogie musician Keito Saito who performed at the 2016 edition of the Jazz festival held in the Bularian mountains.

www.banskojazzfest.com

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Mr. Saito, what is the meaning of music and especially of boogie woogie for you?

I think for me music is the only universal language. Through music I can share my feelings with people from various countries, and tell them and make them feel the thoughts which cannot be expressed in words.

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Boogie Woogie contains the scream of people who had been mistreated and it has developed through a history full of of sadness.

I believe this is the most important feeling when I play boogie woogie or blues. I would rather not spend the music life smoothly, and the encounter with the boogie woogie made myself as a musician.

Although it is important to inherit the music technically, I also would like to inherit it without forgetting the history and the minds of great players.
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Artist of the Week – RALYZZ DIG

October 10, 2016 by ·

Interview by Dessislava Berndt with Yuichiro Tokuda
from the Japanese Jazz Band RALYZZ DIG
Proofreading: Polina Georgieva

Jazz Festival Bansko

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings in the Balkans.

Since its foundation in 1998 the festival has been held annually from August 8th to 13th in the small town of Bansko. Tickets for the concerts are free of charge for the public. Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz styles. During the festival week, jazz is also played on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.

Today we would like to present to you the Japanese band RALYZZ DIG which performed at the 2016 edition of the Jazz festival held in the Bularian mountains.

www.banskojazzfest.com

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Yuichiro, the name of your band “RALYZZ DIG” means “Dig the “RAY + LYRIC + JAZZ”. What is the meaning of music for you and your colleagues?

Music gives me many tools that connect me with people, relate to people and can be shared with people. It means music allows me to communicate with people, brings me to the world; music crosses borders.

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Yuichiro Tokuda,
Photo: Ani Petrova, ani.petrova

So, when I play my music, I always feel the joy of making new relationship with people from all over the world. I’m feeling like we are sharing peace. Music makes me grow up as a human being.

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Even if these waves are calmed

July 27, 2016 by ·

Simon Perchik


Photo:Yoshikazu TAKADA

Even if these waves are calmed
this rock deserves respect
though there’s no grave

not yet that first turn
to the side, smoothed
the way all night your eyes

stare at the beach, guiding it
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We need the ordinary to accept the changes: about new roads

July 26, 2016 by ·

Velina Vateva’s interview with the photographer Elena Pérez-Ardá López

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Elena, it is my pleasure to present your work to the Public Republic readers. Can you tell us what got you into photography? In what way photography is an art of its own, what makes it special for you, and do you find it similar to other arts?

I was born in the south of Spain, but mostly grew up in the north. So this is something that straight away influenced my way of looking at things, such as distances and landscapes.When I started studying art, I had classes for painting, drawing and sculpture. It was not until my 4th year of University, when I went to art school in Germany that I focused on taking pictures. Photography doesn’t have to fight anymore for being an art of its own. I think it is already a very common tool for art purposes. For me it was a natural choice, I started to resolved all the assignments I was getting for class with my camera. I realised that was the way to go for me. At the end, everything has to deal with image, the choice is just personal.


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Bansko Jazz 2016 – the programme

July 10, 2016 by ·

Jazz Festival Bansko

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings on the Balkans.

Since its foundation in 1998 the festival has been held every year in August in the small town of Bansko. The concerts are free for the public.

Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz trends. During the festival week jazz is also played on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.
banskojazzfest.com

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XIX JAZZ FESTIVAL BANSKO 2016
6 – 13 August

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Artist of the Week – Seven

May 30, 2016 by ·

Interview with the Swiss R&B and soul singer Seven
by Dessislava Berndt
Translated from German: Dessislava Berndt,
Proofreading: Polina Georgieva

In the third show of the music event series “Sing My Song – The Exchange Concert” at VOX other stars of the German music scene as Nena, Samy Deluxe, Alec Völkel and Sascha Vollmer from the band “The BossHoss”, Wolfgang Niedecken and Annett Louisan occur next to the host Xavier Naidoo. The R&B and soul singer and musician Seven is the first Swiss participant this time.

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Xavier Naidoo and Seven, Photo: Archive Seven

I met the singer before his appearance at the JazzRally Festival in Dusseldorf and was fortunate to meet not only an exceptional singer, but also a very attentive and serious person. In our interview below you can read about the show, his performances, his wishes and views on work, family and life.

Seven, tonight you are playing at the Jazz Rally in Dusseldorf. We know that your favorite number is seven, that your parents are musicians, that you have been making music for 14 years and that you have released 10 albums. What doesn’t the German public know about the artist Seven?

Of course, the German public knows the things shown at the exchange concert. I am very glad that this show had the chance to provide a special evening for every participant. On the second evening of the show my colleagues performed my songs and I was grateful that they selected a great variety of very different songs: from “Lost” interpreted by Xavier and Samy to “Wake up” performed by The Boss Hoss.

These were songs selected from 12 years of work and not just from one album. Further, they chose songs from a catalog that might fit them. I am very happy that they showed a great musical section of my work.
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Gospel Stars in Wuppertal

March 21, 2016 by ·

Gospel Stars will perform at “Barmer Kultursommer 2016” (Barmer Summer Culture) in Wuppertal and they sing at the cultural center “Immanuel church”.

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Seth Pinnock (UK) and Dr. Alexis Maston (USA) are very socially committed and want with their appearance to support the charitable projects of Pro Charity and music e.V.

At the tender age of 7 Seth Pinnock gained notoriety for his unique gift in song. Throughout his teens, he became member of a trailblazing mixed denomination choir named “Designed Destiny”. “Designed Destiny” went on to appear on GMTV and BBC.

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Artist of the Week – Silvia Mitev

March 7, 2016 by ·

Interview by Dessislava Berndt with the Fado singer Silvia Mitev

Jazz Festival Bansko

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings in the Balkans.

Since its foundation in 1998 the festival has been held annually from August 8th to 13th in the small town of Bansko. Tickets for the concerts are free of charge for the public. Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz styles. During the festival week, jazz is also played on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.

Today we would like to present you the Fado singer Silvia Mitev (Bulgaria/Portugal). She will perform in a concert at the 2016 edition of the Jazz festival held in the Bularian mountains.

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Silvia, how did you come upon the invitation for Bansko Jazz Festival? Are you participating for the firts time?

I should say I came upon the invitation to participate in the Bansko Jazz Festival due to a kind of a family bet 🙂 My family has always been retated to music both in a professional and personal way. So Bansko Jazz Festival has always been considered by us a very well respected and amazing stage, not only because of the international recognition which it has already earned, but because of the celebrity artists and musicians who present their magnificent work here; also because of the great audience, which I know is very demanding.

In this particular case, I owe this firts participation in Bansko Jazz Festival to my mother and my father because when I released my firts album, they wanted me to present it in Bansko and engaged this project as their first priority during one of their first coming holidays to Bulgaria. And of course I owe it especially to Dr. Emil Iliev because he beleived in me! 🙂 It is a huge responsibility and a great honor for me to sing on this particular stage which has already received tremendosly huge names and universally recognized Bulgarian and foreign artists like Vassil Petrov, Yildiz Ibrahimova, Scott Hamilton, Kamelia Todorova, Ana Moura and so many others …

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Silvia Mitev, Photo: Hugo Macedо

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Artist of the Week – Fabien Prioville

November 30, 2015 by ·

Interview with the French choreographer and dancer Fabien Prioville by Dessislava Berndt

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Of course, when you live in Wuppertal and like Pina Bausch’s work, you are always curious to discover everything regarding the dance company and the activities of the former dancers- especially after Pina Bausch has passed away.

Fabien Prioville is more than a former dancer of the company where he was a member for seven years. Fabien Prioville graduated at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers. He later worked with Édouard Lock and his company ‘La La La Human Steps’ in Canada, before he joined Philippe Blanchard in Stockholm. In 1999 he became a member of Pina Bausch´s Tanztheater Wuppertal.

He has been working as a freelance dancer and choreographer since 2006. He has worked together with Josef Nadj and Davis Freeman, among others. Various commissioned works brought him to New York’s Juilliard School, as well as to Japan and Australia.

In 2010 he founded the Fabien Prioville Dance Company. Since then he has created six productions, e.g. his first solo �������Jailbreak Mind” which was co-produced by tanzhaus NRW and Trafó Budapest.

“Experiment on chatting bodies” was my first contact with the Fabien’s work.

I was fascinated by the fresh and unusual performance of Pascal Merighi and Fabien Prioville in front of us on the stage in Germany, as well as by the live connected people joining the performance via Skype.
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Artist of the Week – Jarle Bernhoft

November 16, 2015 by ·

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Interview with the Norwegian musician Jarle Bernhoft by Dessislava Berndt

Standing ovations for an extraordinary musician: This happened on 31.10.15 at the New Fall Festival in Robert Schumann Hall D��sseldorf.

Bernhoft, a fantastic vocalist, guitar player and entertainer from Norway played there with his band.

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Bernhoft, Photo: Fred Jonny

I discovered Bernhoft on the Traumzeit Duisburg Festival in 2011 and brought him to your attention with the following interviews:

http://www.public-republic.net/artist-of-the-week-%e2%80%93-jarle-bernhoft.php/

http://www.public-republic.net/artist-of-the-week-jarle-bernhoft.php/

Because he has lived and toured in the USA for the last three years, Bernhoft has not been able to be in Europe so often. So, when I heard that he will be again in North Rhine Westphalia I arranged to meet him in Düsseldorf. There, I was lucky to speak again personally to the Grammy nominated artist and to ask him a few questions.
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