Reviews that mention Jonathan Aardestrup

May 18, 2021

Spime 2019

Cosmic and Spontaneous Gestures
LFSD Records 014

Long before the EU was created, European improvisers were involved in the free exchange of ideas and concepts. A time-honored medium for this was festivals featuring ad hoc international bands. Organized by the French Le Fondeur de Son (LFSD) collective, Spime 2019 collates 16 performances by mixed and matched musicians from LFSD and similar groups from Denmark, Portugal and Italy. A certain cadence is needed in these extemporaneous meetings, with the specter of failure looming as much as success. Luckily the former is at a minimum. Still extended creations are more effective than the briefer ones. MORE

October 16, 2018

Chilli Jazz Congress

September 28-30, 2018 Heiligenkreuz, Austria

By Ken Waxman

Photos by Susan O’Connor

Contemporary dance/movement and vocal improvisations were featured as much as instrumental creativity during the three days and nights of this year’s Chilli Jazz Congress (CJC), which took in late September in the tiny, whistle-stop village of Heiligenkreuz, Austria, east of Graz, short distances from the Slovenian and Hungarian borders. The multi-geographical location was fitting for this annual display of unadulterated Free Music since the 30 performers who worked in diffuse configurations, represented experimentations from 14 different countries MORE