An exceptional duo: one of the great Master of Jazz, became famous in England in the late sixties, and one of the most beautiful European female voices ever.
John Surman, virtuous of various types of sax and pioneer in the use of electronics in jazz, is a name well known to the Bergamo public: his first performance at the Festival dates back to 1971, with the formidable The Trio, with Barre Phillips on the double bass and Stu Martin on drums, a group that would later dissolve after a troubled concert at the Centro San Bartolomeo.
And even the only, until now, Bergamo appearance by Karin Krog was somewhat eventful: the Norwegian artist shared the last evening of the 1974 edition with the Oregon and Archie Shepp’s quartet, in an overcrowded and noisy Sports Hall, in front of an audience hardly willing to welcome a singer among their favourites. Stories from the past.
John Surman and Karin Krog, whose artistic collaboration started in the eighties, are also a couple in everyday life, their music reflects a great complicity. A music that in combining the respective expressive peculiarities shows a pronounced originality, an attention to detail, nuances. A music which is not exempt from oriental influences, and in which you can breathe poetry, lyricism, melodic sense, but that also knows how to go into experimental territories.