Chamber Music

Art of Duo

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic – Art of Duo

The purist dialogue between two instrumentalists is one of the most exciting forms of encounter in improvised music. In this concert in the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic series, three different duos will present themselves with six prominent leading figures in jazz: Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, double bass players Lars Danielsson and Dieter Ilg and two guitarists, Belgian Philip Catherine and American Larry Coryell, will meet up for a musical dialogue.

Paolo Fresu Trumpet

Jan Lundgren Piano

Lars Danielsson Double Bass and Cello

Dieter Ilg Double Bass

Philip Catherine Guitar

Larry Coryell Guitar

Curated by Siggi Loch

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The purist dialogue between two musicians, a duet entirely without rhythmic specifications or background accompaniment, is one of the most exciting forms of encounter, especially in improvised music. Here, three different duos with prominent leading figures in jazz are on the programme at the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic series. Firstly, two of the greatest melodic players in European jazz will get together for a “mixed double”: Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu. Lundgren became a pioneering representative of an eclectic lyrical modern jazz with albums such as Swedish Standards and European Standards. Fresu, master of the ethereal trumpet sound, already took part in his two “Mare Nostrum” projects.

Completely new is the summit meeting of the outstanding European double bass players Lars Danielsson and Dieter Ilg. Danielsson, from the Swedish city of Göteborg, has for decades as both bassist and cellist been indispensable not only on the Swedish jazz scene but the international one through his collaboration with, for instance, John Abercrombie, Charles Lloyd or Leszek Możdżer. Which applies just as well for Ilg from Freiburg, who became known beside Randy Brecker, Albert Mangelsdorff, Charlie Mariano and Till Brönner, and who most recently caused a furore with his outstanding classical interpretations (Othello, Parsifaland My Beethoven) with his own trio. The two are current Echo jazz award winners. Finally, you can experience the comeback of a legendary guitar duo of the 1970s: Belgian Philip Catherine and American Larry Coryell set a milestone in acoustic jazz guitar with the albums Twin House and Splendid.

(photo: Jan Søderstrøm)