41. Skopje Jazz Festival
13-16 October 2022

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23 October National Opera and Ballet, 20:00 NOB, 20:00


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LUKAS KRANZELBINDER bass, guembri, bandleader

ASTRID WIESINGER alto saxophone, stritch

FABIAN RUCKER tenor saxophone, flute



NIKOLAUS DOLP drums, percussion

HERBERT PIRKER drums, percussion

Austrian band Shake Stew has become something of a phenomenon. With their premiere at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2016 and their following debut “The Golden Fang” they seemingly exploded into the scene out of nowhere. Since then their high energy mixture of hypnotic afrobeat and jazz grooves has made them enormously successful not only on home turf but across Europe. Led by rising star bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder they quickly became one of the hottest live acts on the circuit, while the impact of their second album “Rise And Rise Again” (featuring Shabaka Hutchings) enabled them to spread their unique sound further afield, including an extensive tour of Canada, Mexico, Morocco and stand out shows at prestigious festivals like Montreal, Rochester and North Sea Jazz Festival. Shake Stew’s unusual configuration of 2 drummers, 2 bass players and 3 horns is one of the key things that make this 7-piece band stand out. This instrumentation, which at first seems a little strange, seamlessly blends together, creating the trademark Shake Stew high-energy sound that their reputation has been built on. Despite being on the scene for only a short time, they already released 3 studio albums and now take the stage with (A)live! - their first ever live album: A high-octane mix of fiery jazz and trance-like groove injections combined with mysterious soundscapes and spiritual free jazz eruptions. They only recently won the German Jazz Award as “Band of the year International” and will play in Skopje for the first time!