Thursday, June 24, 2010

American Big Band Jazz to Skien 3rd of July

Next Saturday Grenland is in for an amazing first-time-ever experience with American Big Band Jazz. Skien is hosting the BYU Synthesis from Provo, Utah at 12:00 - 14:00 in the public market square stage.

I'm a BIG fan of jazz funk - always was. You may be familiar with my all time favorite "Garden Party" by the Icelandic group Mezzoforte. Big Band Jazz is a serious adventure, too, when you get the chance to experience it live and firsthand. So yes, please count me in!

The BYU Synthesis ensemble consisting of 18 state-of-the-art musicians under the direction of Dr. Ray Smith is recognized worldwide as one of the top "big bands" in America. Since it was organized in 1973, BYU Synthesis has performed all over the world, for instance at the prestigious Montreux Switzerland International Jazz Festival, in Japan and China, in Russia and others to name a few.

This year BYU Synthesis will be performing at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival and as part of their program have accepted the invitation to play in Grenland. It simply is a happening that little Skien has never before experienced. Together with Jazz fans all across Grenland I expect you'll be there as well ;-)

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