Ambrose Akinmusire (USA)

Ambrose Akinmusire
Website #american #jazz #rising #star
    Ambrose Akinmusire (tp) Sam Harris (p) Harish Raghava (bg) Justin Brown (dms)
With already twenty years of career at only 35 years old, Californian trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire quickly conquered the international jazz scene and anchored himself with confidence in the contemporary musical landscape. In 2014, he released The imagined savior is far easier to paint, his second collaboration with the legendary Blue Note label, in which he explores various musical hybridizations with a disconcerting artistic maturity. He emerges with courage both at the center and the periphery of contemporary jazz, honoring tradition while opening the door to hip-hop, intricate European music or the heterogeneous folk of Joni Mitchell. This spring, he will export his quest for new musical paradigms to Cully where he will perform alongside his sublime quartet.

GoGo Penguin (UK)

GoGo Penguin
Website #acoustic #trio #future #jazz
    Chris Illingworth (p) Nick Blacka (bg) Rob Turner (dms)
An unprecedented, highly contemporary music, defined as « electronica acoustic ». Composed of Chris IllingworthChris Illingworth on the keyboard, Nick Blacka on the bass and Rob Turner on the drums, the GoGo Penguin trio inspires itself from various trends of electronic music. By playing expressive piano melodies over catchy rhythms, arcade games sound effects, or powerful basslines, they offer a devastating form of acoustic jazz. With their third album Man Made Object, released in early 2016, the group joined the exclusive club of British artists having signed on the biggest jazz label in the world, Blue Note Records. Supported by Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum, they will present in prior in Cully their newly released album A Humdrum Star.

Tobias Preisig Solo (CH)

Tobias Preisig Solo
Website #experiment #swiss #discover
    Tobias Preisig (v)
A cherished offspring of the Festival, the Swiss violinist isn’t on his first visit to Cully: in 2013 he held a residence at the Jardin (now the Club stage). In 2015 he gave a powerful duo concert with Egopusher at the Next Step, followed a year later by a poetic performance with pianist/organist Stefan Rusconi at the Temple.
This year, Tobias Preisig will go solo under the black tent in Cully. Carried by ambient sound layers, his violin will flirt with the analog synthesizer, giving the troubling illusion of a ghostly duo. Grinding, pinching, whispers and roars, Tobias Preisig pushes his instrument beyond the stereotyped world where he is too often imprisoned, expertly developing a contemporary vocabulary for the violin that is both graceful and brutal, meditative and tense.