Super-Sonic Jazz Festival 2023 · Saturday

Sat 18 November

in Paradiso

Doors open 18:30, Start 19:00

35

Price for members*

*) Price including €3,00 service costs
Excluding €4,00 monthly membership

Super-Sonic Jazz Festival 2023 · Saturday

Gaidaa, Kassa Overall, Kokoroko The Cavemen., Theo Croker, Yazmin Lacey

Timetable

Upstairs

19.00 Kuna Maze

20.30 Yazmin Lazey

22.00 Kassa Overal

Main hall

19.45 Theo Crocker

21.15 Gaidaa

22.45 Kokoroko

00:00 SIEM

00:45 The Caveman

02.00 Junya & friends

Basement

00:00 The New Originals Sound

Gaidaa

The 22-year-old Sudanese Dutch grew up in the Netherlands in the small town of Eindhoven where she cultivated her musical talents. Gaidaafirst came on the scene in 2018 featuring on Full Crate’s “A Storm On A Summer’s Day.” She released her debut EP, Overture, with positive reviews from Pitchfork, The Fader and an array of other platforms with debut performances and collaborations with COLORS. Gaidaa’s “Figures” released in anticipation of her upcoming follow-up EP, slated for 2023. The most recent release, “Transit” was a collaboration with world renowned producer and DJ, Moby.  

Kassa overall

Kassa Overall is a Grammy-nominated musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and rap in unmapped directions. He previously released four critically acclaimed projects: I THINK I’M GOODGo Get Ice Cream and Listen to JazzShades of Flu and Shades of Flu 2.

On ANIMALS, his Warp Records debut, Kassa pushes his kaleidoscopic, subversive vision further. He layers Roland 808s against avant-garde drumming in the vein of his mentors Elvin Jones and Billy Hart, the latter of whom he studied with at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Virtuoso musos appear alongside rap poets, including Danny Brown, Wiki, Lil B, and Shabazz Palaces. Top-flight jazz improvisation weaves in and out of orchestral string arrangements by Jherek Bischoff. The album’s diverse, all-star roster of collaborators includes several of his close friends, like vocalists Nick Hakim, Laura Mvula, Francis and the Lights, and jazz stars like Theo Croker and Vijay Iyer.

ANIMALS pushes Kassa’s message further too, the title a loaded metaphor for the paradoxes of his life as an entertainer and as a black man in America. ANIMALS is the sound of an artist aware of the cost of embodying one’s natural self in the public eye, a deep reckoning with the two-sided truth that to perform one’s freedom for an audience can mean succumbing to life inside a cage.

Kokoroko

KOKOROKO is a London-based music group with eight members led by trumpeter and composer Sheila Maurice-Grey. As the members of KOKOROKO entered the London music scene at a young age, they introduced an energetic and rhythmic sound, fusing soulful horns, powerful percussion, funky guitar parts, deep basses, playful keys and choral vocals into a dynamic whole. Their breakthrough came with the release of their 2019 song ‘Abusey Junction’. Their most recent release from 2022, called ‘Could We Be More’, is an ambitious album that captures the essence of KOKOROKO. Each of the 15 tracks on the album bursts with the natural energy that is the foundation of KOKOROKO’s identity. The project features diverse influences ranging from West Africa to London to the Caribbean, switching effortlessly between afrobeat, highlife, soul and funk.

Yazmin Lacey

Yazmin Lacey is a singer-songwriter who knows something about coming into her own. She came to music late, she says – “It’s never late, but late in the perspective of that I’m doing it now,” – almost as if by fate. And throughout her time in the music scene, the 33-year-old has used her music as an exercise in capturing those moments and putting them into song, as if a snapshot of the intimate parts of her own life.

Debut album Voice Notes is yet another record of those moments. It follows on from three stunning EP’s; Black Moon (2017), When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees (2018) and Morning Matters (2020), a trilogy of sorts, named in part by the settings in which they were written. Voice Notes is similarly inspired by something that helped the album spring to life. A long-held tool of her music-making and way of sharing melodies with collaborators, it’s a method of communication deeply special to her.

“For me, a voice note represents an immediate reaction to something,” she says. “[It’s] unfiltered and raw in the way that you can hear it.”

Theo croker

Trumpeter Theo Croker exudes an unmistakable air of chill, an easy smile on display. That chill is the result of a clear musical approach and determination that dates back to Croker’s teenage days forming big bands and fearlessly pushing the bounds of the music played by his grandfather, trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Theo’s reach includes collaborations with a variety of musicians: vocalists Ari Lennox and Jill Scott, rappers J. Cole and Wyclef Jean, and mentors including NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and saxophonist Gary Bartz. Croker’s latest two albums, LOVE QUANTUM and BLK2LIFE // A FUTURE PAST, and new release BY THE WAY showcase Croker’s journey as a trumpeter, composer and producer in expanding the music commonly known as jazz with hip-hop, R&B and electronic sounds.

Kuna Maze

Brussels-based producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Kuna Maze aka Edouard Gilbert produces music that grows between broken beat, house and jazz. He brings club culture and jazz at the center of his universe and gives the urge of dancing to his crowd.

Kuna Maze has played alongside accomplished producers, such as Nosaj Thing, Flako, Lapalux, Machinedrum – to name a few. He has also brought his live shows and DJ sets to European stages such as Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, Les Nuits Sonores and Mirage Festival. His music has garnered support from tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music/Worldwide FM), Lefto, Soulection, Anz (Radio 1), and Gordon Giesking (Finest Ego, Project Mooncircle). With his latest release “My Fish is Burning” that came out in October 2021, Kuna Maze has found a home on the Brighton-staple Tru Thoughts, turning his hand to the resurgent sounds of jazz-infused broken beat. Influenced by the jazz-funk of Azymuth, the broken beat of Domu and house music of Moodymann, his last release is the more ebullient relation to Kuna Maze’s previous EP, the introspective “Backward” that garnered support from Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Okayplayer and Nubya Garcia.

His musical exploration within club culture will continue to show through with his debut album released June 9th on Tru Thoughts records. Producing in solo, he’s now playing his shows with a live band. Together they offer a performance where the energy of the musicians and the audience meet and reproduce the same warmth and energy that was found in jazz clubs back then and electronic clubs
now.

The cavemen

With their invention of ‘Highlife Fusion’ which combines Highlife, Afrobeat, Jazz, and Soul music, the Cavemen are pioneering the renaissance of highlife music and making it relevant to a contemporary generation that is hungry to connect to their roots. Since 2018, the Lagos-based sibling duo, composed of Kingsley Chukwudi Okorie and Benjamin Chukwudi James, have multiplied their cult following with experimental nostalgic records and electric live performances that have carried on a reputation of their own.

Fueled by a desire to make the kind of music they grew up listening to, the band has taken a journey to bring the sounds of the past into the future, positioning themselves as a bridge between generations. They are the unrivaled orchbearers for modern Highlife music.

SIEM

SIEM’s passion for music was instilled in him from a young age within the walls of his parental home. Even in his early years, the Dutch DJ was exposed to the intricate rhythms and harmonies of his father’s record collection, laying the foundation for his creative journey in the realm of music. Alongside his brother Vincent, he formed the duo ‘Tenzers’ and rapidly made their mark in the Dutch club scene with their refined track selections. However, SIEM’s vision extended beyond merely getting people to dance. Leading to him, along with a few like-minded individuals, creating the label ‘Super-Sonic Jazz.’ After a temporary absence from the rapidly growing label, SIEM is back and fully prepared to once again share his passion for music with the world. On Friday and Saturday during Super-Sonic Jazz Festival, SIEM will keep the Main Hall of Paradiso warm with his eclectic mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop, broken beat, and more, in between the live shows.

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