Lisbon's annual summit of sonic adventure Jazz em Agosto returns to the picturesque city's prestigious Gulbenkian Foundation with an offering of 14 pioneering projects presented between Friday 28 July to Sunday 6 August.
Included among the programme's many highlights are a tantalising brace of appearances by groundbreaking saxophonist Steve Lehman, who represents with his Sélébéyone set-up and its sci-fi amalgams of jazz and hip hop, as well as a free solo showcase. Dave Douglas will also have his feelers out for an alternate future with his electronics-infused High Risk ensemble, while David Torn's Sun Of Goldfinger and Julien Desprez – who plays both unaccompanied and with his Ornette/Zorn-influenced troupe Coax Orchestra – explore the outer vortices of ambient and noise guitar. Add to that the provocative pairing of iconic blower Peter Brötzmann and psych pedal-steel player Heather Leigh, along with some riotous recitations from leading native Portuguese musicians and you've got one hell of a hootenanny.
The full festival schedule is as follows: Steve Lehman's Sélébéyone (28 July); Steve Lehman solo (29 July); David Torn's Sun of Goldfinger (29 July); Julien Desprez (30 July); Coax Orchestra (30 July); Peter Brötzmann and Heather Leigh (31 July); Susana Santos Silva's Life and Other Transient Storms (1 August); Sudo Quartet (2 August); Starlite Motel (3 August); Pascal Niggenkemper solo (4 August); Larry Ochs' The Fictive Five (4 August); Pedro Sousa and Pedro Lopes (5 August); Human Feel (5 August) and Dave Douglas' High Risk (6 August).
– Spencer Grady
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