Aarhus Festuge is just around the corner, and from now on, we’ll have our focus on what’s suddenly a really important music week in Aarhus; it’s gone from being a week with drinking beers in tents to actually being with an overwhelming amount of quality offers.
The line-up at UJAZZ holds several office favourites such as Goat, Iceage, Kentaur and Lowly, but to be honest, I think I’ll be sticking around for every single concert. You might already be wondering; why the hell is it called UJAZZ, when you’re mentioning these bands? Well, UJAZZ pretty much stands for not-really-traditional-jazz, and this year there’s more to it than that. We asked one of the guys behind it, Rasmus Telling, about the idea behind such a line-up:
“We’ve always had an open mind when it comes to putting together a line-up. We’ve been around a lot of different musicians and scenes, but experimental jazz has been the common thread. This year, we had a bigger budget and an idea of integrating VoxHall in the festival, which means that we’ve got a bigger capacity as well. So, that’s why we’ve decided to include bands from experimental punk, rock and pop and by that reach a bigger audience. Some of the bigger names this year might not be jazz, but they’re definitely experimental in their approach.”
When looking at the line-up, you’ll find a lot of different bands. Rasmus told us, that they don’t expect everyone to like all 12 concerts, and there might be a lot of acts, that we don’t know. The thing is, thought, if these guys are behind the booking, then you know it’s quality. We asked Rasmus to put some words on some of the acts that we might not know, but that they’re especially proud of having on their line-up:
“We’d like to mention Mette Rasmussen Quintet, as she’s really one of the interesting free-jazz names right now. Mette, who lived in Aarhus during her education, has gathered some of the leading musicians in the genre. Volcano the Bear is another act worth mentioning. They’re originally from England, who used to be trendsetting on the impro-scene in England during the 90’s and 00’s. They’ve been gathered to this special occasion, and we’re psyched about that. There’s also an act like Copenhagen-based Klimaforandringer, with their starting point in simple rhythmic, vocal and tonal structures, and then adding layers on that. They bring in elements from all over the world, and the result is noisy-ethnic-world delivered by talented musicians from the Danish scene.”
UJAZZ takes place on September 2nd at Atlas and VoxHall. Find tickets and prices at the event.