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The term world music seems to have been created exactly to describe meetings like this. More than a cross between Norway and Portugal, this concert will present a mix of creative ideas that lean on the portuguese and nordic traditions. Masters Seglem and Kyao worked together about 10 years ago. Now it is time for a re-union to follow up the success of merging musical and human “landscapes”, create new journeys, and also to join with younger musicians of both countries. This musical collaboration has already grown for years – and exciting sounds of music is performed and will now be developed.

THE MUSIC
We can expect an intense degree of communication, between Karl, Rão and Francisco – and also between this hole new band. It is clear that they are seeking for new inspiration and to develope traditions. It is also a musical collaboration between generations making new sounds together. And music is a way to tell stories and describe the world, to meditate and, to travel. The fact that reviews of concerts of both Karl Seglem and Rão Kyao always mention a mystical element allows us to foresee that in this music there will be many magical moments. Karl promises a concert filled with “spaces and surprises, strong melodies, imaginative improvisations and with something he thinks Norway and Portugal also has in common: The melancholy / Saudade”.

The band will play music of Karl Seglem, Rão Kyao and Francisco Sales and add in some traditional stuff from both countries. After premiere and touring they will record music in the beginning og 2022.

KARL SEGLEM
Karl Seglem is one of Norway´s foremost and most regarded musicians, composers, poets. He is an accomplished tenor sax player, and for over 20 years he has been playing different goat horns. An instrument from a milenar tradition, a sound from the past. His music has a broad aesthetic spectrum going from the most serious folk tradition to the most engaged rocking freeform sounds. And as Rão, Seglem is a great “traveller”, a sign that he is also looking beyond the special norwegian hardanger fiddle traditions he´s been working with, to expand his music. Seglem is obviously a musician who looks for new experiences and who believes in the universal power of communication that music provides: “you can think about this as a cliché, but it’s also true”.

RÃO KYAO
Rão Kyao is a legend, an icon, and still one of the most respected musicians in Portugal. He brought the wood-flute in to Portugals strong fado- and folk traditions and is one of the foremost flute-players in the world. His idea of Portugal is based on a mediterranean sensibility that allows him to look at the luso-identity as the result of a long process of cultural and historic exchanges. That his music claims the influence of both the plains of Alentejo and the beaches of the orient. And this happens on top of more than 3 decades of intense work with music. All of this is colourfull mirrored on Rão’s many album-releases since his huge success in the early 1980s.

FRANCISCO SALES
Francisco Sales enjoys adventure – The author of two albums widely acclaimed by connoisseurs: Valediction and Miles Away, the guitarist is currently preparing his third solo record – a project he says is helping him re-discover his artistry. “I feel like I am trying to find myself again, but in a different way… What we create comes out of our experiences, and that’s what attracts me in art.” Jazz is his language – one he found in the jam sessions he discovered at Porto’s ESMAE, and then took further at the Lisbon College of Music, where he graduated. And then he decided to put into practice what he read in all books and learnt from his teachers, off he went to London. Francisco has played with an elite of sophisticated musicians who have manifested their creativity in the jazz, soul, electronica and funk areas. “I returned to Portugal in 2017 and have been living here since,” says Francisco. “It’s the country where inspiration comes more naturally, where I like to enjoy life, where I’ve always been the safest and the happiest. I still play with Incognito all over the world but live in Portugal. Francisco Sales’s guitar is an instrument that takes him wherever his imagination leads.

Delfina Cheb

At 18 years old, Delfina Cheb was awarded a scholarship to get her double degree in Jazz composition and Voice performance at Berklee College of Music. There, she explored jazz and folkloric music from different regions such as South America, North America and the Balkans. She studied with Kenny Werner, Kurt Elling, Dominique Eade and Toninho Horta.

Now she is getting her master’s degree in contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory and has recorded her debut album with the acclaimed producer Javier Limón “Doce milongas de amor y un tango desesperado”.

NANCY VIEIRA

Her forebears came from the island of Boa Vista with its Saharan sands, she grew up on the African Santiago and the nomadic São Vicente, and launched her musical career in Lisbon, capital of fado and pop. Naturally, the singer with her direct, open gaze is very much at home in the world of international Portuguese-speaking culture.

Manhã Florida is the singer’s fifth album and her second recorded for the Harmonia label, Lusafrica’s partner in the archipelago. It opens with Mi Sem Bo Amor, a superb morna penned by two great figures of Cabo-Verdean music: Vitorino Chantre, poet, musician and father of Teofilo, and Amândio Cabral, writer of the iconic Sodade. The first impression is of Nancy’s controlled, supremely true, highly characteristic voice, which has won the young woman acclaim from Portuguese critics as the “finest voice of Cabo Verde” of the new generation; the second is the wealth of musical worlds that unfold over a background of uncompromising classicism. In 2019 the artist won two CVMA awards – Cape Verd Music Awards in the categories of Best Traditional Song and Best Female Interpreter. Relevant is also the singer’s participation in the celebration of the consecration of Morna as a Cultural Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In Bogota, Colombia, the singer perpetuates the moment interpreting the theme “Sum Sabia”, a popular Morna.

ESCALANDRUM

Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla started ESCALANDRUM 0azz – ARG) in 1999. The group’s name is a portmanteau of “Escalandrú n” (a species of shark wh ich “Pi pi” fi shes with his father Daniel – hobby started by his grandfather Astor Piazzolla), and “drum”. With a career span of over 20 years, the band has released 11 albums of original compositions, “Bar los amigos” (2000), “Estados Alterados” (2002), “Sexteto en mo vim iento” (2004 ), “Misterioso” (2006 ), “Visiones” (2 008), “Piazzol la plays Piazzo lla” (2011), “Vertigo” (2 O 13) and “Las Cuatro Estaciones Porte nas (Proyecto Eléctrico)” (2014), SESIONES ION – Obras de Mozart e Ginastera (2017), 3001 PROVECTO PIAZZOLLA (2017), with performances in more than 40 countries arou nd the world. The grou p has played with the likes of distinct artists such as Enrico Rava, Dave Holland and John Scoffield, and in 2007 Fundación Konex has placed the group among the top 100 breakthrough popular Argentinian artists in the last decade. 2011 saw the release of the acclaimed Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla. ESCALANDRUM’s tribute to the late great Astor Piazzolla, this unique recording mixes tango and jazz in a fluid and organic fashion. The album’s premiere at Buenos Aires’ Gran Rex Theatre reached a crowd of over 3000 people, featuring guests artists like Paquito D’ Rivera. The next year the group was nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards for “Best Instrumental Album”, alongside Chick Corea and AI Di Meola. Later that year the group embarked on a worldwide tour that featured two legs in Europe (with distinct presentations in Paris’ La Villete, Rome’s Auditorium, Denmark, Barcelona’ s Festival VIC, Poland, Austria, etc.), performances in Israel and a series of concerts in New York, playing at the infamous “Birdland” joined by singer Ute Lemper and Paquito D’ Rivera. The year’s world tours ended in October at the famous Festival Cervantino and further 14 concerts throughout Mexico. After 16 years of hard work the project “Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla” won 3 awards at Premias Gardel (Argentina’s most important music awards), for “BestJazz AI bum”, “Best Album of the year” and the acclaimed “Golden Gardel”. The latter was previously been awarded to Argentina’s most talented popular artists, like Mercedes Sosa, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Charly García and Fito Páez. ln July 2014 ESCALANDRUM was given the recognition as Argentina’s Public Feature, and its founder Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla received the title of Renowned Personality in National Culture from the municipality of Buenos Aires. At the end of the year, their album “Vertigo” won the Gardel Award for “Best Jazz Albu m”. Released that sarne year, the ai bum is distinct for featuring original songs without giving away jazz influences. The band’s success continued in 2015, as their album “Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteflas (Proyecto Eléctrico)” (2014), won “Best Instrumental Tango Orchestra Album” and “Best Production of the year” categories at the Gardel Awards, and Best Jazz Group category at the Konex Foundation Awards. Such recognition has further consolidated the group’ s status in Argenti­na’ s musical scene. 2017 saw two simultaneous album releases: in SESIONES ION – Obras de Mozart e Ginastera the group plays jazz versions of songs written by these authors, whereas in 3001 PROVECTO PIAZZOLLA, in partnership with ELENA ROGER, the music of Astor Piazzolla has been brought fu rther u p to the highest level. After an extraordinay year of world torus they are now recording their 11th album entitled “Studio 2” in the well-known Abbey Road Studios in London, where some of music’s finest artists have recorded. The album was nominated to Gardel Awards 2019 for “Album of the year” and has been successful in 3 other categories like “Recording of the year”, “Best Sound Engineering” and “Jazz Album of the year”. One of the year’s highlights were lining up in two of Latin America’s most important music festivals: Lollapalooza Argentina 2019 and São Paulo’s Virada Cultural 2019, the city’s biggest cutural event.