Award winning artist Ivan Mazuze is a performer, a composer, an academic and a traveler who has found home in Norway. He is inspired by cultural differences and has immersed himself in studying the links that connect tradition to contemporary music.
Commission work / Global Oslo Music
Global Oslo Music commissions a work by composer and performer Ivan Mazuze, originally from Mozambique, living in Norway since 2009. The work is entitled "Penuka". In this, Mazuze will research musical traditions from North Africa and Mozambique, which among other things draw on Indian traditions after immigration to the country from India, interpreted through a modern soundscape. The work is part of a series of orders Global Oslo Music gives to outstanding creative and performing artists with roots in cultural expressions from around the world. Commission work to be presented during spring 2023 financed by Arts Council Norway.
“Ivan Mazuze pushes the boundaries of contemporary jazz to include a variety of influences and sounds beyond its usual borders. Assured and virtuosic playing by Mazuze and his collaborators pull it all together into a kind of global musical language with an accessible and melodic appeal” - Anya Wassenberg
“The interplay between sax and piano captivates the listener with changing colours and meaningful dialogue...This album has funky grooves, soulful melodies, and, most importantly a distinct and catchy sound. Highly recommended!” - Ivana Popovic
“And so this music breathes a great global mood, influences from East and Middle East, from Africa and from jazz. Add to this the special Nordic atmosphere that has already been established in the saxophonist's game” - Wolfgang Giese
“Med et kjerneband bestående av Olga Konkova på tangenter, Per Mathisen på basser og Raciel Torres på trommer, er reisefølget i de aller beste hender - hender som sørger for at musikalske dører med melodiske og rytmiske røtter i ymse verdenshjørner åpner seg” - Tor Hammero
“Det er melodisk, ekstremt heftig rytmisk og omtrent umulig å sitte stille å høre på. Moya kunne og burde vært delt ut på blå resept mot vinterdepresjoner. Det er rett og slett en plate man blir glad av å høre på...” - Stereopluss