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Scan Magazine | Music & Culture | Valby Summer Jazz
Singers Maria Montell and Bobo Moreno performing a duet at the Betty Nansen Theatre.
An unmatched celebration of jazz for novices and connoisseurs alike For the fourth year in a row Danish saxophonist and composer Benjamin Koppel presented Valby Summer Jazz, his ever-growing and independent sub-festival to the mother festival Copenhagen Jazz Festival. From July 5-14, jazz connoisseurs as well as novices were able to attend 26 concerts with both Danish and international musicians, including some of the biggest jazz legends of our time. By Rikke Oberlin Flarup | Photos: Jannik Knudsen
“Music is a form of communication, and to me it is very important to play both for and with the audience. That is why we try to make this festival very inclusive,” says Benjamin Koppel. Valby Summer Jazz grew out of his musical vision, and since 2009, he and his company, Cowbell Music, have been organising the festival, which takes place just outside the centre of Copenhagen in the
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small suburb of Valby. World-class pianist and composer Kenny Werner also plays a major role in the creation of the festival. Every year he and Koppel work together on assembling different talented musicians in interesting and new formations. This year, on two main stages, the historical and beautiful Betty Nansen Theatre and former porcelain factory Prøvehallen, the audience were introduced to international stars such as Joe Lovano, Markus
Stockhausen and Palle Danielsson, as well as Danish stars including Marie Carmen Koppel, Maria Montell and Erann DD. That once-in-a-lifetime feeling Within very few years Valby Summer Jazz has established itself as one of northern Europe’s most distinguished jazz festivals, one of the reasons being its strong focus on bringing unique concert experiences to audiences. “I am lucky enough to have played with a wide range of fantastic musicians from all over the world. This festival has given me the opportunity to invite some of them to Denmark to play. In collaboration with Kenny, I have assembled special orchestras with musicians who have never
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