Chico Freeman´s Exotica

Chico Freeman: Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist/composer Chico Freeman announces his new and highly anticipated project featuring some of the most accomplished musicians in the world.

Chico Freeman, ts, ss, has worked and recorded with some of the greatest artists in the world from many musical genres, as well as leading some of the most exciting groups and projects in the history of jazz. The unique combination of instruments and individual virtuosity of these musicians promises a wonderful collaboration of hearts, minds and musical wonder. This group continues the legacy of excellence and begins an incredible journey into the future of creative and modern music.

Heralded as one of the most important saxophonists of our time, Chico Freeman has perfected an immediately recognizable approach to music and composition, blending what he has experienced from his past and providing fluidity into a future of infinite musical possibilities.

Svante Henryson is a unique musician. A virtuoso of three instruments, a composer of orchestral music, and an improviser fluent in all musical languages, he moves boundlessly across the entire musical spectrum.

As a cellist, performing in jazz, world music or rock, he makes the cello sound as if it always belonged there. Be it in a raga duo with Grammy-winning Indian guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, with a jazz big band, or in front of a symphony orchestra, the voice of his cello is instantly recognizable. Svante was also the Principal Bass of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra led by Iona Brown. Following that was a three-year stint as a bass guitarist with rock guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen. Stevie Wonder and Steve Gadd are also on the list of previous encounters of his Fender bass.

As a composer, his list of works includes two concertos for cello and one for the electric bass guitar, as well as symphonic, choral, chamber, and jazz music. Noted performers of his chamber works include Anne-Sofie von Otter, Elvis Costello, Martin Fröst and Roland Pöntinen. As an improviser, Svante belongs to the top layer of modern Scandinavian jazz musicians, working with Jon Balke, Arild Andersen, Tord Gustavsen and Arve Henriksen to name a few.

Reto Weber, composer and percussionist
 Reto is a real master with a musical vision, sensitivity and humour. He moves about within a world of percussion, including traps, rows of cymbals, gongs, bells, steel drum and Senegalese balaphones.

He found his exotic instruments on the festivals when he has performed in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Madras, La Paz, Qugadougoiu, Sidney, Abidjan, Hanoi, Jakarta, Bombay and many other festivals around the world

Line up:

Chico Freeman - saxophones

Svante Henryson, cello

Reto Weber – exotic perc

Guest: Billy Cobham

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