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MARIO ROM’S INTERZONE and DEE ALEXANDER
MARIO ROM’S INTERZONE
Those attempting to describe Mario Rom’s Interzone seem to be looking constantly for superlatives. After a concert at the famed Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, the festival’s main critic called them – one of the most entertaining and exciting acts on the festival. Such a reaction from the American press is anything but self-evident for an Austrian band with a mean age of less than 30 years old, but the trio consisting of Mario Rom, Lukas Kranzelbinder, and Herbert Pirker has undeniably received a great deal of attention from critics and media over the world in a very short time. The group, with its unusual instrumentation (trumpet, bass and drums), has proved able to spin virtuosity and humor into entertaining fullnesse by giving impression of being four, five, or more musicians. To make one thing clear: Interzone plays jazz. Nonetheless, their motto is “everything is permitted” and they’ve lived it in Europe, Mexico, China, Israel, South Africa and the USA in the past two years. Media describes Interzone as an “absolute discovery” and “surprising playfulness almost impossible to top”. Their flawless interaction breathes a vitality that leaves the audience clamoring for encores until their repertoire is exhausted. In June 2017 Interzone released the third album „Truth Is Simple To Consume“ taking the already impressive musical journey to next level.
Dee Alexander is Chicago’s most gifted and respected vocalist, but at the same time a real gem in not long-listed community of the best female jazz singers in the world. Her talents span every music genre yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of jazz music, singing with such interpretive depth and dramatic power – from a soft, sultry ballad to a scat-filled romp. Growing up in a household that was steeped in recordings of Dinah Washington, Dee Alexander names Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald among her major influences. As well as Chicago saxophonist Henry Huff, setting her on the path to becoming one of the world most accomplished vocal improvisers. She boasts long and fruitful associations with Chicago’s jazz elite; including Ramsey Lewis, Orbert Davis, Nicole Mitchell, Ernest Dawkins, Chicago Jazz Orchestra and many others. Dee is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Basically leading her own quartet, Dee has formed the Evolution Ensemble, an acoustic group that consists of string instruments and percussion. Dee Alexander’s CD “Wild As The Wind” from 2009 (dedicated to Dinah Washington and Nina Simone) is her best, and considered by many ас one of ten best jazz releases in the first decade of the new Millennium. Dee last project, “Songs My Mother Loves”, has received rave reviews and is intended to not only to express thanks and pay tribute to her mother for inspiration and influence, but also to pay homage to the music that has become such a significant part of her life.