Stanley Clarke Band (USA / Georgia)
Stanley Clark took his place in jazz Olympus in the mid-1970s as a founding member of the celebrated fusion band Return To Forever and a successful solo artist. To his credit, bass guitar went jazz to the big door. When Return to Forever was at the height of popularity, Clark embarked on a solo career, becoming the first fusion bass player with gold records and sold-out world tours. His School Days track has become one of the greatest fusion hits of all time. He has also worked with numerous all-star shows, such as the Clarke-Duke Project or the SMW trio, as well as the greats of rock, including Paul McCartney, Stuart Copeland, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood and Kit Richards. Clark is a three-time Grammy winner, was the first Jazz Musician of the Year in a Rolling Stone poll, and has won a number of Best Bassist honors at DownBeat. He first visited Belgrade in 1975 with Return to Forever, organized by the Belgrade Youth Center. He then came three more times in different contexts, and this will be his first appearance at the Belgrade Jazz Festival.
Flat Earth Society (Belgium)
The fifteen-member Flat Earth Society Belgian Orchestra, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Peter Vermerh, achieves an incredible mix of different styles, interesting to serious jazz connoisseurs but also seductive to a younger rock audience. In their performance, they meet Charles Mingus and Frank Zapa, tradition and avant-garde, demanding arrangement and free improvisation, serious notes and superb entertainment. The Belgrade show is being held as part of a world tour to mark the band’s beautiful anniversary – two decades of existence. In the past, the orchestra has worked with a number of distinguished guests, including Uri Kane, Tuts Tillemans, Faith No More, Jim Tenor, John Watts and Ernst Reisinger. In addition to Wermerch’s original compositions, the program features music from a wide range of styles – from the radical deconstruction of Louis Armstrong and Scott Joplin, to Igor Stravinsky and jazz standards, to The Residents. They also performed dedicated music for theater and film (sound recording of Ernst Lubich’s silent films), as well as the big band opera Vermerh.