Tuesday, 10 April 2012 8:56 AM
The first headline acts for this summer's Copenhagen Jazz Festival have been announced, along with the launch of three new festival posters.
Legendary sax player Wayne Shorter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, and afrobeat inventor Tony Allen will all be playing at the festival, which takes place in Copenhagen between July 6th and July 15th.
Like previous years, the festival will combine major concert hall events with club experiences and a host of outdoor delights – many of which will be free. The first three acts to be announced display the global nature of the festival - because they originate from three continents.
78 year old American Wayne Shorter – widely considered to be one of the most significant saxophonists in jazz history – will be playing at The Royal Theater. Indian sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar will play at the beautiful Koncerthuset, and Nigerian afrobeat icon Tony Allen will set the dancefloor grooving at Store Vega.
The major concerts will be held at The Royal Theater, Koncerthuset in Ørestad and for the first time in many years Store Vega.
Meanwhile, the launch of three new posters mark an important part in the history and development of the festival. Every year since 1980a new artist is commissioned to design the poster.
Signe Lopdrup, the director of the festival, commented: "This year’s festival posters are done by graphic designer Leo Scherfig and consist of three improvisational snapshots. As such, the motive transcends the poster as a single piece of art and illustrates a new visual dimension that will meet people at this year’s festival.
"The idea is to add an improvisational visual dimension to selected shows during the festival in the form of vj sets, lights and video artists that will interact with – and hopefully reinforce – the musical improvisation that is essential to jazz and makes up the festival’s beating heart.”
The full festival programme will be announced during the next couple of months. Tickets for Wayne Shorter and Anoushka Shankar are already on sale, while tickets for Tony Allen will be available for sale on April 11th.