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08.08.2012

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15.07.2012

46th EDITION OF THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

46th EDITION OF THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

The greats didn’t let us down
In an absolutely packed hall Bob Dylan gave an unforgettable performance. Buddy Guy not only did justice to his reputation as a legendary bluesman, but also created a close bond with the audience in the Stravinski Auditorium. Breaking his usual rule Van Morrison even ended up playing some of his hits.

There were spectacular nights such as Gilberto Gil’s ‘Viramundo’ or the New Orleans evening with its two doctors, Hugh Laurie and the inexorable Dr. John. Last year Trombone Shorty’s performance went down as one of the most brilliant memories of the festival. The eagerly expected trombonist, trumpeter and singer did not disappoint the audience in the Miles Davis Hall, giving an almost two hour-long concert. Once again he was brilliant.

Beautiful performances on the free stages
The free events were no let-down, with concerts and DJ sets in the Montreux Jazz Café, The Studio and Music in the Park that attracted thousands of visitors. The Montreux Jazz Café confirmed its reputation as a veritable talent scout. The excellent Michael Kiwanuka even came over to the Funky Claude’s Lounge after his concert and played some songs in the Stravinski Auditorium the following day.

Every night of the festival many musicians came together on the stage at Funky Claude’s Lounge to celebrate the music and party until the early hours. The jam sessions were an opportunity to see new ensembles form and succeed, to the great joy of all those who were there each night. On Monday the Michael Kiwanuka group went up with the band from Alabama Shakes and Funky Claude Nobs himself was of course also present. The following day it was Paco de Lucia’s musicians who joined up with Erykah Badu’s, who then went on to play a memorable concert with the pianist from Woodkid the day after. Then on Sunday Chicago Blues welcomed Bob Dylan’s guitarist. They were truly unique and memorable nights!

Women come top in the Foundation 2 competitions
Once more the artistic quality of the performances that were part of Foundation 2 was undeniable, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those young talents who will be playing the jazz of tomorrow. After a performance of 15 minutes per finalist, the jury of the 13th Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Competition deliberated and the audience vote was counted. The winner Marialy Pacheco is the first woman to win the prize. In the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition it was Sarah Lancman from France who emerged victorious.


The 47th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival will take place between July 5th and July 20th 2013.
14.07.2012

Montreux Jazz Parmigiani Solo Piano Competition

Montreux Jazz Parmigiani Solo Piano Competition

Like every year, the Foundation 2 of Montreux Jazz Festival is organizing a solo piano competition at the Montreux Palace (with the Partner Parmigiani).
For this 14th edition, 33 young talents from 22 different countries have submitted their applications and 11 of them participated in the semi finals of July 8th and 9th.
 
The final of July 10th opposes the three finest pianists of this edition. The winners are : 
 
1st prize Marialy Pacheco (Cuba-Australia)
2nd prize Alex Pryrodny (Ukrania)
3rd prize Cezara-Lucia Vlădescu (Romania-Germany)
 
Public Price: Cezara-Lucia Vlădescu
11.07.2012

The Fab Four

The Fab Four

Formerly known as The Grove, young British Andy, Adam, Joel and Ryan renamed their band Lawson after the name of the surgeon who saved Andy’s life a few years ago.
True symbols of the Internet generation, they first met via Myspace and their first song 'When She Was Mine', released last May, has become one of the best-rated videos on Youtube in just one week.
Their pop music blends sky-scraping guitars, soulful vocals and razor-sharp harmonies on a powerful rhythm section: a mixture dear to their producer John Shanks, Grammy award winner who has produced Take That’s albums 'Beautiful World' and 'The Circus'.
They will be on Thursday night on the stage of the Miles Davis Hall for the opening of Jessie J’s concert, an opportunity to discover these Fab Four before the release of their album in September 2012.
 
Miles Davis Hall
Thursday, July 12th, 8:30pm
 
LAWSON (video)
JESSIE J (video)

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