VELKRO – Slovenia, Norway, Portugal
As Portuguese journalist Rui Eduardo Paes wrote, “Here is a transnational band for a trans-idiomatic music”. That’s totally it. This is not a free jazz, mainstream or even a rock band. Velkro can play everything, and that’s what they do – from beautiful, unexpected melodies to free improvisation, but everything with a clear concept. A Slovenian (Bostjan Simon), a Norwegian (Stephan Meidell) and a Portuguese (Luís Candeias) can bring rock and electronic music aboard anytime as much as abstract textural motifs and great riffs, bringing in extra elements of surprise to stretch the definition of what jazz is all about.