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Getxo 2017

December 2017

It goes without saying that the last edition of the groups’ contest held within the Getxo Festival has been one of the most interesting ones in recent times, and I have substantial experience—over 20 years—in the pre-selection panel. All four participating groups showed they undoubtedly have earned the place where they are today, and they certainly did not come to spend a few days’ rest. In this context, winning the first prize means a real achievement. It was not the first time that those three young Germans got it, in 2015 they won another prestigious European contest: the Europäischer Jazzpreis. In my opinion, the reason for their success lies in the fact that their repertoire presents an additional risk factor and they defend it both with conviction and a great deal of energy. Malstrom has something special that differentiates itself from other music bands. In particular, it creates its own sounds and musical genre, characterised by the unexpected and a close connection to the aesthetics of their times.

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