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Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Akinmusire feat. Jazz students

As the jazz department of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp wants to focus on practical education, embedded in the international arts landscape, it facilitates every year an international coaching project in which a number of outstanding students get the chance to play together with an international honored performer. This year they will work for a week under the direction of  the American trumpet virtuoso Ambrose Akinmusire around the music of his latest album, The Imagined Savior's Far Easier to Paint.

Ambrose Akinmusire was asked to join Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, embarking on a European tour when he was just a 19-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2007 he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and he began performing with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran. Four years later Akinmusire’s Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released to rave reviews.

Ambrose Akinmusire brings his artistic vision to the next level with The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint, his second release for Blue Note Records. Akinmusire takes a more compositional turn on this 2014 record, writing 12 of the 13 tracks and producing the album himself. The album has been highly praised, landing at number 3 on NPR Music’s Jazz Critics’ Poll for 2014.

Since the album release, Akinmusire has continued to gain international recognition. He received commissions from various jazz festivals, toured worldwide and won several international awards (including the Paul Acket Award and the Doris Duke Award)


Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) Lennert Baerts (saxophone and flute) Harrison Steingueldoir (piano) Vitja Pauwels (guitar) Soet Kempeneer (double bass) Casper Van de Velde (drums) Fien Desmet, Dunja Mees, Tamara Mozes (vocals) Sting quartet Lucas Caluwaerts (violin).

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23.04.2017, 20u | Blauwe Zaal, deSingel | Desguinlei 25, Antwerpen, 16€. Read more.