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Alba Gil Aceytuno

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - RAUW, Maassilo, Rotterdam

The annual Erasmus Jazz Prize is a good yardstick for budding jazz talent. A resident of Rotterdam, the Spanish saxophonist/composer Alba Gil Aceytuno (1997) rose to prominence two years ago when she reached the final of this prestigious prize. Though she didn’t win on that occasion, she did announce her arrival with her exquisite playing and energetic performance. Each year, Jazz International Rotterdam offers an exceptional jazz talent an opportunity to put together their own ‘dream band’ and perform new work of their own making. This initiative is called The Pack. The honour this year falls to Alba. With her merry band of brothers and sisters, Alba presented The Pack Project premiere at RAUW.

For this occasion, Alba has assembled a remarkable septet that includes an all-female wind section and no fewer than two drummers. Drop any preconceptions you might be harbouring immediately, for this new set packed with new music bursts and blasts, rolls and heaves, like an oil tanker on the waves. While its roots lie in modern jazz and improvisation, its influences range from punk rock to classical, with a heavy helping of African and Canarian folklore also thrown in. Expect plenty of energy, Spanish passion and Rotterdam directness from a band that brings the roof down.

  • Alba Gil Aceytuno – alto saxophone, flute
  • Alba Careta – trumpet
  • Ebba Asman – trombone
  • Yuri Rhodenborgh – guitar
  • Alessandro Fongaro – double bass
  • Denis Baeten – drums
  • Tristan Guillaume – drums


RAUW, formerly Festival Jazz International Rotterdam, stands for adventurous music that explores the frayed edges of jazz. The festival presents artists who not only tickle the ears, but also challenge, question and amaze. Almost everything presented at RAUW is new, perhaps still in development or even an experiment. The festival emphatically invites and facilitates local makers to create new projects and realise their artistic dreams. In this light RAUW also features (inter)national cooperation and exchange.

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