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Contemporary Jazz / Free Improvisation

Three duets courtesy of Banlieues bleues

by Michel Rondeau

The French festival Banlieues bleues offers free webcasts of three concerts pairing musicians experienced in free improvisation.

Until December 18th, the Banlieues bleues festival (in the Seine-Saint-Denis area of the Parisian suburbs) is offering free webcasts of three concerts presented at the end of November under the theme The Bridge : les amis américains, with three duets pairing  musicians experienced in free improvisation.

The first, lasting some 26 minutes, features veteran double bassist Joëlle Léandre and the double bassist, also French, Bernard Santacruz.

The second, lasting 35 minutes, pairs New York hip-hop MC and producer Mike Ladd with France’s Mathieu Sourisseau on guitar.

The third, 57:30 minutes, features pianist Benoît Delbecq on piano and virtuoso singer Claudia Solal, a duo that earlier this year released a highly successful album, Hopetown, on the Rogueart label.

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