Further names for the 44th edition

Thursday, 04.04.2024

Further names for the 44th edition

Dear jazz fans, As soon as the Easter weekend is over, we are announcing the next confirmed acts for this year's 44th edition of the Saalfelden Jazz Festival from August 22 to 25, just in time for the upcoming industry meeting, jazzahead! in Bremen.

While we have already been able to boast names such as Mona Matbou Riahi, Daniel Erdmann, Kris Davis and always welcome guests such as Théo Ceccaldi, Oli Steidle and Judith Schwarz, the line-up now includes exciting projects involving other musical improvisation greats. James Brandon Lewis will meet The Messthetics - also described as a "cultural clash of hardcore and jazz" (M. Schray) - and together with saxophonist Lewis, Joe Lally on bass, Brendan Canty on drums and guitarist Anthony Pirog will take attempts at musical categorization ad absurdum with ballads and bizarre swing through to post-punk, hard funk and almost classic jazz rock.

The formation Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones also defies musical "pigeonholing". With bold improvisations, they also push the boundaries of jazz and electronic forms by virtue of Kidambi's amazing vocals. Through themes of anti-colonialism, the rise of global fascism, violence against Asian Americans and the persistent inequalities in the growing shadow of late capitalism, the compositions become not only a lament, but an appeal for racial and labor justice.

A combination of free jazz, traditionals and hard rock, plus the incredible voice of Sofia Jernberg, that's what the audience can expect from the third confirmed act: The End. Kjetil Møster (cl /t-sax/electronics), Mats Gustafsson (fl, b-sax, electronics), Anders Hana (bar- & bass guit, langeleik) and Børge Fjordheim (dr) together with Jernberg create a bubbling soundscape of dynamics, intensity and weirdness.