Our home is the Apuseni Nature Park, one of the 16 nature parks in Romania. Even though it’s a protected area, year after year we bump into numerous bottles, cans, tires and even garbage bags randomly thrown. We want to drive attention to this phenomenon, not only for Smida, but foe all the forest.
There are tools dedicated to preserving clean forests and small gestures that we can do any of us in order not to smother the forest. We want to keep these places clean and wild, as we found them when we came into them as mere guests.
🎹 Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN: elements of disparate musical worlds, be they funk, new classical music or sounds from Japanese ritual music, amalgamated into a coherent new style.
🥁 Szun Waves: will be present in Romania for the first time and will bring sounds from New Hymn To Freedom, recognized by Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet) as the album of the year 2018;
🎷 Flatsharkss: an emerging and exciting group, with well-known members from the Romanian jazz scene.
🎹 James Holden & The Animal Spirits – a group that combines astral jazz, minimal and rhythms of North African music, obtaining “folk-trance”
🥁 Leo Betzl Trio – techno-jazz obtained purely acoustically by piano, double bass and percussion, without any computers or synthesizers;
🎷 Deus Ex Quartet – a highly appreciated group on the underground Budapest scene, combining contemporary jazz with Hungarian folk, drum and bass and ambiental;
We are excited to announce you the first 3 groups that are part of the #smidajazz2019 line-up:
🎹 Mammal Hands – one of the most exciting bands in Europe often compared to Portico Quartet and GoGo Penguin;
🥁 Phronesis – “One of European jazz’s most dynamic bands”, The Guardian;
🎷 Paolo Profeti European Collective – a cross-border project by a cross-border Collective.
More to come!