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Ivan Mazuze looks into the camera while sitting sideways with a saxophone in his lap

Ivan Mazuze Group

Friday, March 15

7:30 P.M.

The combination of playful and melodious saxophone tones, along with exceptional musical energy, makes it nearly impossible not to move when you hear the music of the Ivan Mazuze Group.

With a core band consisting of, among others, Per Mathisen, Raciel Torres, and Jai Shankar, the musical companionship is in the very best hands. The group ensures that musical doors with catchy and rhythmic roots from various corners of the world open up. Mazuze's excellent saxophone playing is deeply rooted in African jazz, and the melodies are supported by a powerful rhythm section that allows for improvisation, creating a moving landscape between jazz and a wide-ranging African sound. This evening, they also bring along exciting new voices - and a new repertoire as a direct result of the latest commissioned work, "Penuka."

Contributing artists:

  • Ivan Mazuze - saxophones
  • Per Mathisen - bass
  • Raciel Torres - drums
  • Jai Shankar - tablas
  • Mariama Ndure - vocals
  • Olav Torget - guitar and ngoni


  • Reshail Mansoor: vocals
  • Laaouam Khalid: Guembri and vocals
  • Othmane Hmimar: Qaraqueb and vocals

Photo: Tom Atle Bordevik