Ivan Mazuze is a Norway based composer, award-winning saxophonist, and world jazz artist of Mozambique origin.
Ivan Mazuze has recorded and performed with acclaimed international artists such as: Omar Sosa, Manou Gallo, Linley Marthe, Bugge Wesseltolft, Jacob Young, Per Mathisen, Enzo Favata, Enrico Zanisi, Jonathan Butler, Hermeto Pascoal, Ernest Dawkins, and Steve Wilson, to name a few. With his own group he has recently performed at world stage festivals and venues including Peperoncino Jazz Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz Festival, Maputo International Jazz Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Hamilton World Music Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Mela Festival, Oslo Kulturnatt, Vossa Jazz Festival, Kampen Jazz, Nasjonal Jazzscene, Cosmopolite Scene, Play Music Festival, International Academy of Music Festival, Grahamstown Jazz Festival, DiVino Jazz Festival, Amapa Jazz Festival, Clube do Choro, Havana International Jazz Festival, Jazztage Gorlitz Festival and more.
In the last seven years, Mazuze has been representing the “world jazz” coming out of Norway at numerous musical events and festivals around the world, in collaboration with Norwegian based cultural institutions such as Arts Council Norway and Music Norway.
The Ivan Mazuze Quartet presents world jazz at its best.
Deeply rooted in African Jazz, his melodic tunes are backed by a powerful rhythm section consisting of electric bass and acoustic piano as pillars, which gives space for improvisations, creating a landscape that moves between Jazz and the African urban soundscape.
In this performance Mazuze will be featuring some of the prominent musicians from Canada and Portugal as an extension of his various collaboration projects.
Ivan Mazuze – saxophones
Jeremy Leadbetter – piano
Rich Brown – bass
Marito Marques – drums
His latest album, “Ubuntu,” is featured in the Compilation album “Jazz from Norway 7th edition.” It affords a good picture of the Norwegian jazz scene today, ranging from mainstream to more modern forms, including what has come to be known as the Nordic sound. The JazzCD.no – 7th set shows the variety, versatility and quality of jazz in Norway today.
Artist website: http://imazuzemusic.com/
“Ivan Mazuze personifies generosity of spirit on this album. There is a kind of benevolence and compassion about his work that lifts you, makes you smile and feel good inside. In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ‘Music is the universal language of mankind.’”- David Fischel – Norway
“Ivan has the confidence of a runner who can go at top speed if necessary but who knows the value of superb phrasing and tone.” Anya Wassenberg, Arts and Culture Maven – Canada
“This is the third album that he has recorded and reveals a talented composer and multi-instrumentalist playing at the top of his game.” Chris Baber, Jazz Views