Al vlak na de start van de halve finales op maandag sprak presentator en jazz-man Co de Kloet over een heel hoog niveau. Dat was nog maar de halve waarheid (halve finales :-). En dat hoge niveau werd absoluut beloond. Door twee keer een meer dan overvolle Blue Note, het enthousiasme van het publiek, natuurlijk de prijzen en de hele sfeer rondom de competitie.
38 DEELNEMENDE CVA BANDS • 10 BANDS IN HALVE FINALES • 2 WINNAARS NAAR FINALE • ...
'Meaning history in siSwati, “Temlandvo” rewrites a variety of historical musical forms into the cultural vernacular of the present. By drawing on contemporary jazz and traditional Nguni-Sotho song, exploring sound design via the use of digital samples, loops and prepared instruments all inscribed within the sounds of the band leader’s adolescence, “Temlandvo” is an attempt by guitarist Vuma Ian Levin to articulate diasporic African identities and the African cultural narrative in the 21st century.'
'This particular rhythm section features two of the busiest young musicians of Amsterdam’s jazz scene, where this band was born and raised. Three very creative reeds join the line-up, led by the Italian guitar player Dario Trapani. Trapani writes and orchestrates originals, with new arrangements all the time and multiple tracks that often blend together in small improvised suites, which are different every night.'
'Canvas trio was created somewhere in the fall of 2014. The connection that its members had as personalities, together with their love for impro- vised music, led them to create original material influenced by traditionals as well as modern sounds. The aim of this project is to allow the individual voice and personality of each musician to contribute to the creation of a distinctive sound, without any re- strictions of musical style, like an empty canvas that is ready to be filled with colours.'