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Notes on a Small Island

Notes on a Small Island

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Festival calendar

Jazz events across the island

TIME IN JAZZ
Local jazz player, Paolo Fresu, founded this festival in 1988 and remains its artistic director. This year it will take place 10–16 August, in Berchidda, and is entitled Arkitekturae. Visitors will be able to explore the relationship between music and building design. www.timeinjazz.it

CALAGONONE JAZZ
Held in the idyllic area of Cala Gonone, on Sardinia’s western coast, this festival – now in its 20th year – plays host to the likes of US saxophonist Dave Murray, and takes place near the end of July. www.festivalcalagononejazz.it

LA NOTTE DEI POETI
. Though it’s called The Night of the Poets, this series of poetic, dramatic and musical events actually takes place over a number of nights, between the end of July and the beginning of August. All are held in the Roman amphitheatre in Nora, south west of the capital, Cagliari. www.lanottedeipoeti.it

MUSICA SULLE BOCCHE
Scheduled for 21–25 August, this event takes place in the Santa Teresa Gallura region, in the far north of the island. Although the line up is yet to be confirmed (at time of going to press), last year’s festival was dedicated to the genius of jazz legend John Coltrane. www.musicasullebocche.it

Festivals continued…

NARCAO BLUES
Traditional blues, jazz and gospel are all on offer, at this festival in Narcao, just ouside Cagliari. This year’s event is due to take place 24–26 July. www.narcaoblues.it

AI CONFINI TRA SARDEGNA E JAZZ
Dubbed “the borders between Sardinia and jazz”, this series of concerts is held at Sant’Anna Arresi, on the south-western tip of the island. Last year’s event was dedicated to the late jazz great, Don Cherry, and you can check out this year’s showcase on 23 August–6 September. www.santannarresijazz.it

ROCCE ROSSE BLUES
This festival takes its name from rose-coloured cliffs of Arbatax, on Sardinia’s western shores, where the festival is held. The line-up spans rock, blues and jazz, with David Bowie, Jeff Beck and Lou Reed having all played there in previous years. Dates vary year to year, with individual concerts scheduled across July, August and September.www.roccerosse.it

JAZZ IN SARDEGNA – EUROPEAN JAZZ EXPO 2008
Back to Cagliari, 14–16 November, for a heavyweight jazz festival. Sun Ra, Chick Corea and Art Ensemble of Chicago have all played at this prestigious event in the past. www.jazzinsardegna.it

01 June 08