Brazzaville, the American band that brings genres such as indie pop, bossa nova and chamber pop, will be at the #studio on May 5th as a part of Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival!
Founded by David Brown, who had previously worked with Beck as a saxophonist in the albums Odelay (1996) and Midnite Vultures (1999), Brazzaville released its self-titled debut album on Brown's own South China Sea label in 1999, two years after it was formed. The album received broad acclaim with critics comparing it to the sound of Tom Waits and Morphine. The follow-up album Somnambulista was released in 2001 and featured some new members of the band such as Joel Virgel Vierset (percussion), Joe Zimmerman (bass), Mick Bolger (trumpet/accordion).
Having travelled throughout the globe, Brown acquired various musical influences from the Far East, Brazil (bossa nova and Tropicalia), Africa and France (cabaret pop); deriving the band's name from the capital of the Congo. After the release of the third album Rouge on Pockmarked Cheeks in 2002, Brown moved to Barcelona and started an alternative European line-up of Brazzaville which included Paco Jordi (guitar), Richie Alvarez (keyboard), Brady Arthur Lynch (bass) and Ivan Knight (drums).
Brazzaville released a total of 12 albums, the most recent being The Oceans of Ganymede in 2016, working with Zakat and Doublemoon Records and Vendlus Records along with South China Sea.
On May 5th, #studio will host Brazzaville, the American band that has derived a combination of various genres from various geographies, as a part of Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival
Istanbul is getting ready to host a brand new festival! Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which looks at music from a broad perspective while adopting the polyphony of it, will take place for the first time between May 3rd and 12th!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which will also feature shades of blues, electronic, ethnic, funk, indie, classic, pop and rock, will position itself in the middle of the art and culture scene of the city between May 3rd and 12th.
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival, which will take place between May 3rd and 12th, will feature the following line-up full of jazz legends and amazing talents: Chick Corea, the legendary American jazz/fusion pianist and composer, who will share the stage with American jazz drummer Brian Blade and Puerto Rican jazz contrabass player Eddie Gómez; Jan Garbarek, the Norwegian saxophonist who is considered as the founder of Scandinavian jazz, and Indian percussionist/composer Trilok Gurtu; American jazz, soul and blues artist Beth Hart; Grammy award-winning pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish flamenco virtuoso Tomatito; Stephan Micus, the multi-instrumentalist from Germany who is one of the most esteemed names of contemporary classical music and world music; Brazzaville, the American band which combines indie-pop, bossa nova and chamber pop; Esmerine, the Canadian band which brings together modern chamber music with sub-genres such as drone, post-punk and Turkish folk music; Pantha du Prince, the German producer/composer and conceptual artist; Oriental Wind, the project of Okay Temiz which will harmonize jazz and improvisation with influence from Turkish folklore and sufi music; the concert which will feature the music from Nezih Ünen's documentary Lost Songs of Anatolia being performed by esteemed musicians; Funkbook, the project of Önder Focan and Şallıel Bros, two prominent figures of Turkey's music scene; Gaye Su Akyol, who has continued the success of her debut album Develerle Yaşıyorum in her second one, Hologram İmparatorluğu; Redd, one of the most successful pop/rock bands from Turkey; Gülün / Allulli / De Raymondi, a multicultural project which brings together music from different geographies and Esra Kayıkçı, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from Turkey!
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival will kickstart a brand new tradition in the art and culture scene of Istanbul with the parties, panels, workshops, record market, open air free events, film and documentary screenings it will host along with breathtaking performances that will cover a diverse range of genres under one roof; jazz!