Looking for a different music experience during Aarhus Festuge? Then UJAZZ will be the perfect ‘outside of the box’-experience for you. In Danish, the name of the event explains that the music to explore at this event will be ‘unjazzy’ and undefinable. ‘Cause if it’s not jazz, then what is it?
Ujazz can be described as a music event that seeks the unpredictable and unknown musical territories. That tries to investigate how music can be explored across all genres, leaving behind the prejudice of how jazz might sound like and what it might be. This day, everything is allowed. We have collected five artists for your Ujazz inspiration. These are the artists that werecommend you to see. So throw all your limits and genre perceptions away, and experience what UJAZZ can do to expand your horizon of music.
17.30 Nils Gröndahl (Atlas)
For starters you should dive into the sounds of Nils Gröndahl, a talented violinist and much more. That is, if you really want to mess with the dark side of Ujazz and move more into the experimental stuff. He mixes extended electric guitar sounds with violin and echoing dissonant keystrokes and sometimes even features of white noise followed by long and silenced pauses. He is the proof that violins can actually scream. Yeah even bellow. It is definitely worth a watch, if you like music mysteries with a twist of the psychedelic and unexplainable.
18.00 TAU (Udescenen)
Take a breath of fresh air at the stage outside and go watch this colorful duo. These guys are making what you might relate to as world music, with all cultural atmospheres all mixed into one big carnival. The duo says they believe that making vibrations with chants and tones can have a healing effect if you allow yourself to create that kind of magic on your own. They explain their music as authentic Indian tribe music with Iranian poetic elements and psychedelic vibes. They mix it with humoristic and peculiar tribe vocals and vary a lot in their overall tempo and expressions of the songs. Sometimes it is wild and chantingly spiritual, and other times it is naturalistic and soothing. A definite must hear if you like foreign vocals with exotic bells and Indian drums.
20.00 Abekejser (Udescenen)
This Aarhus band of five brings a softer jazz-tronical music to the stage. Jazztronic meaning that the basic elements are quite jazz-like, but these guys take pride in showing off electronic synth and hip hop bass skills as well. Their music contains shifts in tempo when going from quiet electric guitar solos, to dark thundering electric drums and deep synthesizers. Join the guys for a trip into a spacious universe with glimpses of shining stars with each their own sound.
21.30 Deerhoof (VoxHall)
This Brooklyn band oozes of rhythmic, indie pop rock-ish elements with funny vibes of vocals and twisted exotic instruments. We know this might be way off the Ujazzy part, and maybe more into the feel of indie garage rock with a bit of bright sounding, Asian voice vibes thrown into the pot. Nevertheless, it’s up beat and melodic and maybe the most danceable music you will catch in the lineup this night. Their sound is original and very varying. We especially like the contrast between the sweet and cheerful bass player and vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki and the hoarse guitar sporadically backed up by trumpets and piano play. Sounds confusing? Well, it’s not. It actually works.
00.00 Xiu Xiu (VoxHall)
This is a ‘cannot miss’! At least if you can still keep your UJAZZ and Festuge eyes open for this midnight show. Xiu Xiu is an impressive collection of artists reigning an intense audio universe of synth noises spiced with electro beats, rock features and the avant-garde vocals of Jamie Stewart. Together with Angela Seo on keys and Shayna Dunkelman on drums, he recreates the original soundtrack from the cult series Twin Peaks in his own galvanizing way. It is both an ode to, but also a destruction of the old sounds, enabling him to rebuild it with electro noise and almost despairing vocals.