Sofia Jernberg & Alexander Hawkins [SE/GB]
Alexander Hawkins is one of the world's most accomplished jazz pianists. The British musician records on the cult label Intakt Records, and performs on stage with stars such as Mulatu Astatke.
On 30 April, he will perform at Katowice City of Gardens (concert hall, 7 pm).
Instead of the planned duet with Sofia Jernberg, Alexander will play his phenomenal solo repertoire. Sofia is off sick and will not be coming to Katowice this time.
Please join us tonight for a concert by Alexander Hawkins - a brilliant musician and a wonderful human being.
Sofia Jernberg and Alexander Hawkins first performed together at Amsterdam's Bimhuis in October 2016, under the name Musho - an Amharic word meaning 'Sad Song'. Jernberg's work frequently takes her to the outer edges of vocal technique, including performances in contexts ranging from Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire to Mats Gustafsson's Fire! Orchestra. Alexander Hawkins has been described as 'unlike anything else in modern creative music', and alongside his profile as a bandleader and composer, is a frequent collaborator in duo with Evan Parker, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Tomeka Reid.
In this duo, they draw on their shared affinity for the music of Ethiopia, having both honed their languages in the company of musical elder statesmen from that country: Jernberg with Hailu Mergia, and Hawkins with Mulatu Astatke.
Musho moves quietly and seamlessly between abstract exploration and the immediacy of traditional Ethiopian song.
Photo. Niclas Weber (Sofia & Alexander), Anoush Abrar (Alexander, Montreux Jazz Festival Academy 2021)