Opderschmelz’s annual foray into the darker side of music, and especially jazz, welcomes some familiar faces as well as exciting new talent to Dudelange.
This year’s Touch of Noir festival features three jazz gigs, starting with a Luxembourg debut by uncompromising British sax player and MC Soweto Kinch (photo).
Kinch formed his trio in 2001 and by the following year was the winner of the Rising Star Award at the BBC Jazz Awards. 2003 debut album Conversations With The Unseen was nominated for the Mercury Prize. He has since released three more albums, including last year’s The Legend of Mike Smith, which fuses jazz, hip-hop and spoken word narrative to tell the story of an aspiring rapper possessed by each of the seven deadly sins.
Also on the programme is Roy Hargrove, who has played in Luxembourg before. The Texan trumpeter, a mentee of the legendary Wynton Marsalis has “a flaring tone and a lyrical warmth” according to John Fordham in The Guardian. “His fusing of traditional and contemporary music turns his gigs into exuberant jazz history lessons.”
Another returning favourite at Touch Of Noir is The James Taylor Quartet, whose exuberant Hammond organ led shows provide what The Times calls “a raw, joyously propulsive surge of excitement."
The festival also branches out into classical music with the premier of a new Catherine Kontz production, Like a Moth to the Light, featuring pianist Cathy Krier playing music by Bach, Ligeti and Rameau.
Opderschmelz, 1a rue du centenaire, Dudelange