In Dudelange, Luxembourg, the Like a Jazz Machine festival brings together cutting-edge musicians for its eighth annual edition.
A great story for a festival that is still young, one that looks poised to offer very beautiful things in the next few years. Maceo Parker (2015), Rabih Abou Khalil trio (2015), Bugge Wesseltoft (2016), Fred Wesley and the New Jb’s (2016), Carla Bley trio (2017) and Cymande (2018) … are among those mythical groups that make festival history through the forging of memories for their audiences!
As part of a series of exceptional events, Enrico Rava will play, stopping there for one step on his birthday tour! The Italian trumpeter, boasting a significant discography (about fifty albums), one that includes a historical collaboration with the ECM label, is celebrating his 80th birthday this year! Qwest TV will be there to capture the visuals for this moment!
This is a festival that has the habit of retaining its collaborators. As such, Rava has played there once before in 2017, as a guest of Joachim Kuhn. Stéphane Kerecki has also earned a place among the regulars, through his exploration of French culture alongside the Nouvelle Vague quartet (2014), then with his French Touch project (2018, concert available on Qwest TV)! The same goes for Chlorine Free, whose hip hop and funk groove concerts carry an air of celebration, having contributed to the party with Soweto Kinch in 2014 and 2018 (concert available on Qwest TV). The English saxophonist and rapper will return with his own project for this year’s edition, in quartet formation. Another English act – the musicians of the Get the Blessing quartet – also return after first appearing in 2014, a show you can also find on Qwest TV!
Our favorite is No Tongues, a French group (Nantes) who deliver sought-after creations. In the album, Les Voies du Monde, the four musicians immerse themselves in ancestral music, songs rooted in people’s lives. The trance and originality of the experimental approaches they’ve developed never seems to stop seducing those who come into contact with them.