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Music duo the second wave of "Jazz Up" in August

Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal and American pianist Ahmad Jamal will be the upcoming highlights of this year's "Jazz Up" concert series, after the sold-out performance by Count Basie Orchestra in June.

The winner of "Spellemannsprisen" (Norwegian Grammy), Terje Rypdal was once named by "Guitar" magazine as one of the best "unknown" guitarists in the world. While he may not be a household name in the United States, his stature as a guitarist, composer and consummate ECM recording label artist is legendary in European music circuit. He is as famous as his compatriot - saxophonist Jan Garbarek. He performed with Garbarek from 1969-71 and released several albums with Jan like "The Esoteric Circle" and "Works".

The prolific writer composes in extensive styles, ranging from Norwegian folks, avant-garde jazz, new age to fusion and there is no mistaking the individuality of his playing and compositional style that knows no musical boundaries.

Rypdal will play with Paolo Vinaccia (drums) and Staale Storloekken (keyboard) in his concert on August 9 (Monday) at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre.

After tasting the Scandinavian style of Jazz, the Pennsylvania-born Ahmad Jamal will make his Hong Kong debut on August 23 (Monday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Ahmad Jamal is admired not only by jazz lovers all over the world, but also by great musicians like Miles Davis who praised Jamal's special artistic qualities and cited his influence in his autobiography. He also borrowed liberally from Jamal's repertoire and arrangements, encouraging his pianist Red Garland to imitate Jamal's playing as closely as possible.

As an arranger, Jamal made the most of his small-group settings by thinking of them in orchestral terms: using his trademark devices to create contrast and dramatic effect, and allowing the rhythm section a great deal of independence in its interplay. Nonetheless, his ensembles, with bassist James Cammack and drummer Idris Muhammed, were always tightly focused. A chamber-like sensibility and a classical formality permeate much of his playing, yet he swings like a jazzman without fail.

Both performances start at 8pm. Tickets for Rypdal's show range from $100 to $280 while for Jamal's from $150 to $300. All tickets are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries call 2268 7321 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through .

Ends/Monday, July 12, 2004
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