Criss Cross Europe
Criss Cross Europe is the new name given to the former JazzPlaysEurope Lab-Series. After 5 years, the partners behind this project decided to make a fresh start. This network is operated by four partners : music:LX from Luxembourg, Music Center Slovakia, Jazzlab Series from Belgium and Jazzus Productions from France. Their idea is to put together a group of remarkable musical personalities that would probably never have met without the existence of this network and to offer them a free space for artistic development.
How does it work? Every partner chooses one musician from their own country, they meet for a 3-day rehearsal period and hit the road to present their full program in the four member countries of the network. Criss Cross Europe offers an excellent possibility of touring some great venues throughout Europe and meet interesting people in the process.
With Pol Belardi (LU), this year’s formation gets a rising and versatile bass player who is currently studying electric bass in the Masters program with Theo de Jong at the « Conservatorium van Amsterdam ».
Luboš Šrámek (SVK) is a highly renowned jazz pianist who graduated with honours from the Jazz Institute at University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and is also in great demand as a composer and arranger.
Drummer Matthias De Waele (BE) currently studies at the Lemmens Institute (Leuven, Belgium), where he is trained by Dré Pallemaerts, Marek Patrman and others.
Fabien Cali (FR) is a versatile guitar player who won prizes like the SACEM / Lobster competition for Music for silent films of the European heritage and the 2011 composition competition in Sceaux (France).
As soon as the quatuor finishes their rehersals in Reims (05/10 – 09/10), they will be hitting the stage for the following gigs :
10/10 – Criss Cross Europe @ Abbaye de Neumünster – Luxembourg (LU) – 19h30
18/10 – Criss Cross Europe @ De Werf – Bruges (BE) – 20h30
19/19 – Criss Cross Europe @ Tourcoing Jazz Festival – Tourcoing (FR) – 17h30
02/12 – Criss Cross Europe @ Jazz Love for Sale Festival – Kosice (SVK) – 19h00
03/12 – Criss Cross Europe @ Festival Reims Scène d’Europe – Reims (FR) – 20h00