Once again this year, the longest running music festival in Athens will host a selection of the most exciting jazz trends and internationally acclaimed bands. This year, Technopolis will welcome 21 bands from 19 countries to its stage and the festival will include a series of parallel events, including talks, workshops and exhibitions.
Nick Smart (keyboards) | Jesse Barrett (drums, percussion, tabla) | Jordan Smart (saxophone)
Coming from a purely nu jazz background, this trio from Manchester (initially Norwich) has overturned the traditional jazz style based on instrumental solos and has adopted a more collective approach to their music. Mammal Hands’ music is built around hypnotic, rhythmic melodies that have a trance or minimal sound, and draws on a range of influences from spiritual jazz, Indian music and folk to classical music and rock. However, they have managed to create their own identity, which showcases the group’s unique qualities. With their three albums (Animalia, Floa, Shadow Work) and a recent EP (Becoming), Mammal Hands reveal a new version of contemporary jazz.
The full programme is available at www.technopolisjazzfestival.com.
Admission is free.
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