Stars of the world’s acid jazz scene, the iconic Berlin band Jazzanova , will perform live in Belgrade for the first time. The booking agency “Burning House”, in addition to their recognisable sound that captivates the DJ collective of Berlin, will ensure that Belgrade’s audience receives a good “warm up” with the hot rhythms of world-renowned Brazilian percussionist Brazilian Edmundo Carneiro.
The concert will be held at the Belexpo Centar on 22nd of February starting at 9pm. It’s been designed as a big party, with DJ support for the “warm-up”, and then followed by an after party. Ticket charge is 1500 RSD.
Jazzanova is many things to many different people. For more than fifteen years the eclectic collective from Berlin has been busy producing, composing, arranging, remixing, DJing and generally shaping our musical world – in the clubs, on the air, in the studio, live on stage, and with their label Sonar Kollektiv. Their “very fertile musical world” (Time Out New York), which does “light a musical tinderbox” (The Face, UK), is “one of the best fusions of all the disparate elements of club music, yet” (Straight No Chaser) and “has dominated the jazz-dance and down-tempo scenes for the past few years, both with its own label and with countless remixes” (Phoenix New Times). Ever changing and evolving, Jazzanova went from their early sampled and programmed productions, culminating in “In-Between” (Jazzanova Compost Records – JCR025-2, 2002), via the “Belle Et Fou”-soundtrack (Sonar Kollektiv – SK111CD, 2007), which they recorded with a full orchestra plus band, to the singer-songwriter Soul of their album “Of All The Things” (Universal, 2008). For the past three years Jazzanova has also been touring internationally with a nine-piece-band, which now culminates in their newest release: “The Funkhaus Studio Sessions” (Sonar Kollektiv – SK237CD, 2012). The album represents their exciting “live playlist”, a success from electronic-events like “Melt!”, or Pop-festivals like “Heineken Opener” or “Flow”, to “North Sea Jazz”, “Capetown Jazz” or “Java Jazz”. Played by the full band in the distinguished studios of the “Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastraße” this brand-new production consists of originals spanning Jazzanova’s entire career: all new, updated and instrumentally re-imagined versions, from their groundbreaking “Fedime’s Flight”, originally released in 1997, via legendary remixes and on to a taste of their score for the revue “Belle et Fou”, plus the very first recording of “I Human”, their fantastically soulful new theme-song – a statement with different meanings to different listeners.
Jazzanova met on the Berlin club-scene in the mid-Nineties, a time when “Mitte” was still a ghost-town during the day, which came alive at night with party-spots like “Delicious Doughnuts” on the corner of Rosenthaler Straße and Auguststraße. A haven for all things jazzy and funky, the club became the birthplace of the collective in 1995 during a night of DJing in which they found truth in each other’s musical styles – and decided to refine their various inspirations into a new sound, incorporating and bowing to a plethora of dance-oriented music from the past four decades. Two years later, Jazzanova got its first big break when DJ and “Worldwide”-presenter Gilles Peterson aired “Fedimes Flight”, the collective’s debut-single, on his radio-show for the BBC. The song was the first release on JCR (Jazzanova Compost Records), their new label-platform in partnership with the Munich-based company of “Future Sound Of Jazz”-fame, and was soon followed by “Caravelle”, yet another hit on the international dance-underground. Spreading their sounds and ideas with inspired DJ sets, they were among the first DJs from Berlin in demand all around the world….
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.