The return of Jan Garbarek

Four years since his last performance in Athens, Jan Garbarek is expected to appear at the Athens Concert Hall on Saturday, April 9, taking the stage at 8.30 p.m. The acclaimed saxophone soloist will be accompanied by his band with Indian composer Trilok Gurtu as the evening?s special guest.

The artist is returning to Athens during what is proving to be a fruitful time in his career, following the release of two albums, ?Dresden,? a live recording, and the more recent ?Officium Novum,? which features the Hilliard Ensemble as well as poetry by Greek Nobel laureate Giorgos Seferis.

Born in Mysen, Norway, in 1947, Garbarek dedicated his early years to jazz, classical music and world music improvisation. Beginning in the early 1970s, however, he decided to abandon the avant-garde jazz scene and focus on his singular saxophone sound, a move which has been instrumental in the development of his career.

In the ensuing years, he was widely recognized for working together with pianist Keith Jarrett, a collaboration which led to a number of memorable recordings.

On the Greek front, local audiences became better acquainted with Garbarek?s work through his collaboration with composer Eleni Karaindrou on the soundtrack of Theo Angelopoulos?s 1986 film ?The Beekeeper.?

Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali

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