Madeleine & Salomon / France

The music of the duo Madeleine & Salomon brings together two artists with different styles: composer and pianist Alexandre Saada and vocalist and flutist Clotilde Rullaud.

Being long-time friends, they found a common musical aesthetic while touring Asia in 2014 and decided to form Madeleine & Salomon to explore a minimalist soundscape imbued with impressionist poetry.

Six years after the release of their highly acclaimed first album, A Woman’s Journey, the duo released their second album, Eastern Spring. Even though the new album is a homage to the Middle Eastern pop music of the sixties and seventies, the album still echoes the intonations of the first album, dedicated to the world’s leading politically savvy female singers.

English and French lyrics portray the existential struggles, hopes and hesitations of youth thirsting for change. Whether romantic, wistful or militant, all these songs carry a social or spiritual meaning that is still relevant today, wherever you are in the world.

Performing on the iDeeJazz stage:

Madeleine – flute and vocals 

Salomon – piano and vocals

Tango Nuevo/ Estonia

In 2002, two Estonian musicians Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste travelled to Buenos Aires to get a taste of real tango, find inspiration and create new tango music.

Just a year later, Tango Nuevo took to the stages of Estonia’s biggest concert halls with repertoire written by both musicians, featuring the grandson of legendary tango composer Astor Piazzolla, Pipi Piazzolla.

Now, 20 years on, these jazz masters make passionate and intense tango music sound even more mature and enthralling performed with a jazz twist.

The names of Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste need no introduction to Estonian audiences as both artists have been immortalised in the history of Estonian music and won numerous awards for their creative work.

Double bassist Taavo Remmel is one of the most renowned and sought-after bass players in Estonia, whose instrumental prowess can be heard on a myriad of recordings both in Estonia and abroad. Taavo has made his own masterful musical contribution to the programme’s 20-year success story.

Performing on the iDeeJazz stage:

Villu Veski – saxophone

Tiit Kalluste – accordion

Taavo Remmel – double bass

Laurent de Wilde & Pierrick Pédron / France

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Laurent de Wilde has been described as an exciting and passionate musician. Born in the United States in 1960, de Wilde spent his formative years (1964-1983) in France, where he delved deeply into French culture, music and literature, and eventually studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Laurent de Wilde has worked with artists such as composer Abd Al Malik and comedian Jacques Gamblin. He produced two documentaries on Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus for the television channel Arte and published The Heroes of Sound, a book about the inventors of the keyboard in the twentieth century.

Pierrick Pédron is one of the top alto saxophonists in the French jazz scene as well as a talented composer whose musical world is very expansive. Always on the move, he’s never where we expect him to be, frequently adjusting his musical direction but always staying true to innovation, instrumental discipline and the joy of playing to bring his music to the widest possible audience.

From 2017, Pierrick Pédron has been performing and recording regularly in Japan. To celebrate his 50th birthday, he recorded two studio albums in one year with the help of his friend and producer Daniel Yvinec. These albums make all his dreams as a musician come true. The carefully crafted recording features Sullivan Fortner on piano, Larry Grenadier on double bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.

By popular demand of the audience of Narva-Jõesuu Jazz, we are bringing this great French saxophonist back to Ida-Viru county in Estonia.

Performing on the iDeeJazz stage:

Laurent de Wilde – piano

Pierrick Pédron – saxophone

John Stowell & Niklas Winter / USA-Finland

This musical conversation features two guitars, two people and two musical worlds.

The concert consists of original works by John Stowell and Niklas Winter, as well as selected standard pieces from jazz repertoire.

John Stowell is a US jazz legend, guitar virtuoso and educator whose journey spanning more than 70 years has placed him at the very top of US jazz music.

“John Stowell plays jazz, but without any of the clichés; his originality is phenomenal. John is a masterful artist.”

Larry Coryell / jazz legend

Niklas Winter is one of the best-known jazz musicians in Finland, a masterful and distinctive guitarist and composer.

“Winter’s sounds are simple and intelligent. His improvisations and harmonies reflect on the history of jazz while also embodying a contemporary feel.” 

Hiroki Sugita /Jazzlife, Japan.

Both guitarists are unique and distinctive in their sound, not trying to imitate anyone else but themselves.

Performing on the iDeeJazz stage:

John Stowell – guitar (USA)

Niklas Winter – guitar (Finland)

Adam Falcon Trio feat. Adrian Harpham and “Frani” Lugo / USA

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Adam Falcon combines folk, jazz and blues. Grammy award winner guitarist George Benson, for whom Falcon has written a number of songs, compares his sound to that of Stevie Wonder. Falcon’s music is almost like an exciting expedition due to his band line-ups constantly changing.

Adam can be on tour with a large ensemble or 15 musicians, but he might also take to the stage alone with nothing but a guitar and open sold-out shows for The Wailers. 

Adam Falcon will be performing at iDeeJazz with his trio, which includes drummer and producer Adrian Harpham and bassist Francisco “Frani” Lugo. The three of them have been making music together for over 25 years.

Adrian Harpham has worked with many prominent US artists, such as Raphael Saadiq, Bernnie Worrell, Dr. John, Leo Nocentelli, Henri Butler, Amel Larrieux and others. 

Francisco “Frani” Lugo is known as a multi-disciplinary artist – there is nothing he can’t do, and he already excels at what he does. He is a celebrated painter, drawer, visual artist and multi-instrumentalist and also performs as a solo artist.

Adam Falcon, together with Adrian Harpham and “Frani” Lugo, are sure to deliver an unforgettable concert performance full of emotion and hope.

Performing on the iDeeJazz stage:

Adam Falcon – guitar and vocals

Francisco “Frani” Lugo – bass and vocals 

Adrian Harpham – percussion instruments

Tutu Puoane trio / RSA-Belgium

Born in South Africa, the charismatic jazz singer Tutu Puoane has captivated audiences in Flanders, the Netherlands and further afield accompanied by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Bert Joris, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Bart Peeters and many others.

Some ten years ago, Tutu Puoane came across In A Ribbon Of Rhythm, a poetry collection by her South African compatriot Lebogang Mashile. Mashile’s poems made a profound and lasting impression on Turu, and every time she would read them, she could hear the music inspiring her compositions.

Tutu decided to write songs based on Mashile’s poetry with her partner in both life and music, pianist Ewout Pierreux. The result is an original and scintillating repertoire that resembles an African blend of original songs, jazz and soul.

This music will be the basis for Tutu’s new album Wrapped In Rhythm, to be released in spring 2024, produced by legendary American musician/bassist/producer Larry Klein.

Producer Larry Klein has contributed to albums by Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock, among others.

Performing on the iDeeJazz stage:

Tutu Puoane – vocal, compositions 

Ewout Pierreix – piano, compositions 

Louise Van Den Heuvel – bass guitar