Funchal Jazz Festival 2018 Photography
The 2018 edition of the Funchal Jazz Festival, as in previous years, provided a varied programme featuring some of the most intriguing names from the US and Portugal.

Funchal Jazz Festival Photography


Opening this year with the Ricardo Toscano Quartet, Ricardo (pictured below, right) is a leading light on the Portuguese Jazz scene and an alto saxophonist drawing on influences from John Coltrane to Wayne Shorter amongst others melded into his own unique style, supported by a solid rhythm section of Joao Pedro on double bass and drums respectively.
 
Funchal Jazz Music Festival 2018
Jazzmeia Horn Image
Ricardo Toscano Image

Jazzmeia Horn(pictured above, centre), a Grammy nominated vocalist and Concord Jazz recording artist followed with her quartet comprising Marcus Miller, alto saxophone, Victor Gould, piano, Geraud Portal, double bass and Henry Conerway III, drums. A prodigious talent yet to receive a much deserved wider acceptance did not fail to deliver with a well received set of original material and standards.

Veteran drummer Billy Hart (pictured below, left) and his quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman (pictured below, centre) provided a solid set on mainly original material to open the second evening. At 78 years, his inventive and varied technique certainly belied his years. Having over the years occupied the drum stool with the likes of Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Herbie Hancock et al.
 
Billy Hart Image
Joshua Redman Image
Dave Holland Funchal

Redman, 28 years his younger, provided his uniquely creative tenor style with vigour and sensitivity, ably supported by Ethan Iverson on piano and Ben Street on bass.

The Vijay UIyer Sextet followed with an intriguing set of original material featuring Graham Haynes on trumpet, Steve Lehman on alto, Mark Shim on tenor, Stephan Crump on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums.

The final day of the 2018 festival started with the superb pairing of British born bassist Dave Holland with Indian table plater Zakir Hussain and US tenor and soprano saxophonist Chris Potter. Featuring a set of entirely original compositions coupled with supreme improvisation and soloing from all.
  This wonderfully varied and superbly organised festival, once again in Santa Catalina Park with its enchanting views of the harbour and surrounding hillside closed with Jason Moran and Bandwagon.

Steeped in influence from a wide gamut of Black American music combined with a nod to the more contemporary hip-hop, and drum and bass. With a rhythm sections comprising Tarus Mateen on electric bass and Nasheet Watts on drums, the 2018 festival finished on the highest of notes.
 
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Brecon Jazz Festival Photography 2018
August saw the 35th year of the Brecon Jazz Festival, now a much more compact festival than in the past. Previously the festival was a much larger International affair that ultimately could not be maintained financially. 

Brecon Jazz Festival Images

 
Brecon Jazz Music Festival 2018
Adam Glasser Image
Elaine Delmar Brecon

Under the guidance and inspiration of Lynne Gornall and Roged Cannon the festival continues in the spirit of the past offering a programme of varied jazz from the UK and further. This year featuring artists from the Czech Republic, South Africa and Colombia. 

Opening with the guitar duo of Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme with their unqiue approach to improvisation. Andy Humle is an acclaimed guitarist based in Manchester but touring regularly throughout the UK. Trefor Owen is a renowned guitar tutor and performer with a repertoire influenced by the late George Shearing. 

Vocalist and pianist Ian Shaw appeared on the St Mary's stage in St Mary's Church in support of the charity Side by Side of which Ian is a trustee that supports humanitarian aid to refugees. A native of St Asaph who is equally adept as a comedian having previously worked the alternative comedy circuit. His humopur integrating with his unique compositional, vocal and piano style. 
 
Ian Shaw Photography
Josephine Davies
Maite Hontele Images

The Festival Big Band directed by Gareth Roberts closed the day with a varied programme of big band jazz featuring charts from Count Basie et al.

Brecon Jazz Futures presented their programme of a new generation of young jazz artists featuring the Manchester Connection comprising the Untold Orchestra and Artephis directed by Jame Girling and Aaron Wood. The Tom Smith Septet followed with a varied set of "straight ahead" jazz delivered with energy, enthusiasm and creative soloing. 

Maite Hontele's Sounds of Cuba with the Eliane Correa ensemble, featuring some of the finest UK based Cuban style musicians offered a varied programme of Cubano, Son, and Balero influenced music. 

The Pavel Zlamal Quartet PQ were joined by Rod Paton (french horn) and Xenia Porteous (violin) for a set of their own compositions drawn from a wide range of modern influences. 

For the final concert of the day, the South African Jazz Sextet directed by Adan Glasser presented a tribute to Hugh Masekela featuring his brand of township music and beyond. The sextet with Adam Glasser featuring on both harmonica and piano, Josephine Davies on tenor and Byron Wallen on trumpet was completed by a stellar young rhythm section of Rob Luft - guitar, Daisy George - bass and Corrie Dick - drums.

Sunday's concerts opened with sets from the Gerard Cousins Project and the Martha Skilton trio at Muse Arts. 

The Elaine Delmar Quintet featured a top class line up of Jim Mullen - guitar, Barry Green - piano, Simon Thorpe - bass and Bobby Worth on drums. Elaine, equally at home in the theatre, concert hall or night club has featured with Stephane Grappelli, Benny Carter, and Herb Ellis during her long career. 

As an homage to Toots Thielemans, Adam Glasser with his by now regular rhythm section of Rob Luft, Daisy George and Corrie Dick offered harmonica jazz from both Toots and other modern and contemporary composers. 

Satori, which in the Xen Buddhist tradition refers to the experience of seeing into ones true nature is also the name of the trio led by saxophonist Josephine Davies. variously described as spiritual, fluent and imaginative Josephine Davies is an accomplished improviser influenced by the likes of John Coltrane and Joe Henderson whose influences are subtly woven into her own style. Accompanied by Dave Whitford, bass and James Maddren drums Satori delivered a compelling set of both original and contemporary music. 

The Cloudmakers Trio combined two of the UK's foremost improvisors with vibraphonist Jim hart. David Smith - drums, and Michael Janisch - bass, demonstrated their ability to complement the intense vibes playing of Jim Hart in a unique performance featuring much original material. 

The finale of the Brecon Jazz Festival 2018 once again featured the Czech connection with the Paval Zlamal quartet joined by Jarda Stastny - piano, with guests Rod Paton - french horn, and Xenia Porteous - violin. 
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La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Images

Located in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires the cemetery comprises around 4700 graves of notable denizens of Argentina including Eva Peron. Interestingly it also contains the grave of one of Napoleon’s granddaughters.
 
Monks of the Order of the Recoletos arrived here in the 18th century with the cemetery built around the Our Lady of the Pilar Church and remodelled in 1881.
 
In 2011, the BBC named it as one of the world’s best cemeteries, while CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
 
Walking through the cemetery you get a real sense of moving through time with a variety of architectural styles including Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque and Neo-Gothic. I was fascinated by the shadows cast in the early evening, the contrast and textures giving a sense of connection between the grand and elaborate graves. If you ever get an opportunity to visit Buenos Aires, I would fully recommend a visit to the cemetery, at the time of writing it is still open to the public.
 
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La Recoleta Shadows
La Recoleta Cemetery
La Recoleta Church
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Funchal Jazz Festival

Funchal Jazz Festival Photography 2017

This year’s Funchal Jazz Festival was an unforgettable experience. Hosted in Madeira, Portugal, this Jazz Festival is set against the backdrop of the bay of Funchal and is one of the most significant cultural events in the Jazz Festival Calendar. This year, the festival brought together some of the biggest names in Jazz from the USA along with some up and coming artists from both the USA and Europe.

The 2017 Festival was headlined by Charles Lloyd’s new quartet featuring Eric Harland and joined by one of the worlds most eclectic guitarists Bill Frisell who appeared earlier in the evening with his own trio.

(Picture below from left to right respectively)

I was so privileged to get the opportunity to photograph the Funchal Jazz Festival, and some of my images can be seen in the Jazz Gallery. Whilst travelling the world, I seldom get the opportunity to practice my Jazz Photography, so this opportunity to capture Funchal Jazz Festival Photographs is exceptional.

Saxophone Summit with three of the greatest living exponents of the instrument – Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, and Dave Liebman, supported by the legendary bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart. The rhythm section was completed by Phil Markowitz on piano.
Drummer Rudy Royston, a regular visitor to the festival featured Jon Irabagon on both tenor and soprano saxophones with the trio completed by Yasushi Nakamura on bass.

Young Portuguese virtuoso accordionist Joao Barrasas and his Directions band opened the festival joined by Greg Osby on alto saxophone with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Caipi completing the line up.
 
Funchal Jazz Photography
Funchal Jazz Festival
Funchal Jazz Festival Images

 
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Indian Coffee House

Indian Coffee House Photography

The Indian Coffee House is a chain of restaurants managed by a series of cooperative societies. There are nearly 400 coffee houses in India from Chennai in South India to Shimla in the north. 

Although coffee has been grown in India since the 16th century the concept of the coffee house only became popular in the 18th century. Native Indians were not allowed to use the coffee houses during the time of British rule. 

The India Coffee House chain was originated by the Coffee Cess Committee in 1936 with the first ooutlet opening in Bombay (now Mumbai) and by 1940 there were nearly fifty coffee houses in India.

Today the coffee house chain is managed by 13 Cooperative Societies, with the societies being managed by a central committee elected from its employees. 

One of the most notable coffee houses is located in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and today is known as the College Street Coffee House. Opened in 1942 it soon became the meeting place for the literate, artists and poets, the most famous being Rabindranath Tagore. 
 
Indian Coffee House
Coffee Houses Chennai
Coffee House Shimla
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Funchal Jazz Festival

Funchal Jazz Festival Photography

In July each year the Funchal Jazz Festival takes place in the Santa Caterina Gardens. With a line up of both international and local jazz artists from USA and Portugal with a contemporary edge the festival is a great occasion.

The festival in 2016 featured internationally popular vocalist Gregory Porter, Rudresh Mahanthappa with his “Bird Calls” suite along with the Fred Hirsch Trio.

Presented in an open air setting in the evening on a superbly lit stage overlooking the harbour the Funchal Jazz Festival is a must for the ardent jazz fan and festival goer.
 
Funchal Jazz Festival
Funchal Jazz Festival
Funchal Jazz Festival

 
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Sonepur Mela

Sonepur Mela Photography

Each year in Bihar state, in a small town on the confluence of the Gandak and Ganges rivers the Sonepur Mela takes place on the full moon day in November. Kartik Purnima is a Hindu and Jain holy festival that begins at midnight with bathing in the river and is followed by a month long cattle fair.

The Mela celebrates the day that Lord Vishnu appeared to save an elephant king from a crocodile. Often devotees bath in the river in the belief that the following year would go well.

A colourful and noisy occasion with one of the highlights being the trading of elephants. This requires the elephants being bathed and dressed with colourful decorations each day. Horses, buffalo and cattle are also traded along with a myriad of colourful stalls selling everything from clothing to food.

 
Sonepur Mela
Sonepur Mela
Sonepur Mela

 
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Expressions Photography Website

New Photography Website

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Dennis Anguige Expressions Photography
Dennis Anguige Expressions Photography
 
Dennis Anguige Expressions Photography

 
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