The Art Ensemble of Chicago
A key ensemble in jazz history, the mythical Art Ensemble of Chicago originated from Roscoe Mitchell’s musical vision and exploratory collaborations in the 1960s. The ensemble is now 50 years old and celebrates the occasion with an international tour, performing for the first time at Casa da Música. The avant-garde personality of this collective lies in the creative use of numerous instruments, more or less conventional, in improvisations that integrate different styles from different periods of jazz history, and in a collaborative nature that favors the musical interests of each musician. Featuring two of the group’s original members, Mitchel and Don Moye, this is a rare opportunity to hear an ensemble that has written central pages of history.
Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions
Ilhan Ersahin’s first concert in Istanbul happened 25 years ago, but since then the saxophonist never stopped returning to Turkey to exchange experiences with local musicians, constantly exploring his own roots. With a strong focus on danceable rhythms and a contagious funk-jazz, without resorting to electronics, his Istanbul Sessions feature three musicians to whom traditional Turkish music holds no secrets and who are top figures in the country’s music industry. A native of Sweden, Ilhan Ersahin moved to New York City where he developed a dynamic career and founded the club Nublu, a famous venue that attracts some of the greatest names in jazz music.