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HK Arts Festival Nouveau Jazz Weekend

From Portugal and Poland, bursting with jazz-inspired originality and invention, new worlds of sound in three celebratory concerts.

 Nouveau Jazz Weekend
Vila Navio
Fortuna Plays Szymborska
Maciej Fortuna Special Quartet
Music│Poland/Portugal

Venue: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Date: March 3-4th
Ticket price:  HK$180 – 240

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Maverick of Poland’s jazz scene, Maciej Fortuna is a virtuoso trumpeter, composer, and producer whose music goes way beyond jazz norms with a melancholy lyricism intrinsic to the music of his homeland, classical, or modern. He brings two projects to Hong Kong, showcasing different facets of his artistry.

Fortuna Plays Szymborska 

3-4 Mar, 3:00pm
jazz x poetry x animation

“[Fortuna] “took” the musicians in real time to the screen and put them between the letters of Wisława Szymborska’s poems.” babskimuchem.blox.pl

Fortuna Plays Szymborska shows Maciej Fortuna’s playful, experimental side. He pays tribute to Poland’s 1966 Nobel Literature Prize winner, Wisława Szymborska, magically revealing the melody, rhythm, timbre and colour in her use of words.

Hugely admired and influential, her poetry inspired Krzystof Kieslowski’s film, Three Colours: Red and has provided lyrics for many best-selling Polish pop songs. Audio and video clips of Szymborska reading her own work, alongside stunning projected images by graphic designer Paweł Wypych

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Maciej Fortuna Special Quartet

3 Mar, 9:00pm
Polish electro jazz

“Fortuna’s performance…broadened our comprehension of jazz worldwide” DownBeat Magazine

The Maciej Fortuna Special Quartet brings a new approach and fresh sound palette to Euro-jazz, with muscular rhythms, cool grooves and live electronica. Featuring Maciej Fortuna on specially wired and muted trumpet, Roman Chraniuk on bass, and super-drummers Jakub Miarczyński and Andrzej Konieczny, the Special Quartet lives up to its name from the very first notes. Feel-good and powerful, the sound produced by this experimental ensemble has been hailed as the future of jazz.

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Vila Navio

4 Mar, 8:00pm
Portuguese fado meets jazz

“Vila Navio’s music has originality in mind and their quest for a different sound has been a successful one.” Songlines Magazine (UK)

Vila Navio creates traditional Portuguese music for modern times. Led by singer/ guitarist André Coelho Rodrigues, their repertoire embraces elements of fado, popular and classic compositions, linked to contemporary jazz and electronica. In the words of authoritative British world music publication, Songlines Magazine, “Vila Navio has originality in mind, and the quest for a different sound has been successful.” Their bold experimentation has won legions of fans worldwide. For this Hong Kong debut concert André Coelho Rodrigues is accompanied by his regular collaborators on trumpet, flugelhorn and Portuguese guitar.

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