Photo: Cristine Næsvold Kveinsjø”
In november, Latvian and Norwegian have in common a “very” short daylight. Hence … they both dream to travel as soon as possible to some exotic sunny spots.
When it comes to jazz, the brazilian notes are naturally the ones nordic and baltic musicians prefer to get warmed with.
Thus, the vocalist, Diana Pirags is by education a jazz interpret, and by heart a lover of the latin jazz melodies and tempo. Stunning are her scat, improvisation, and octave amplitude.
Two years ago, when travelling to Riga, the Norwegian pianist, Thor Helge Moe discovered the Diana Pirags. Listening to her rumba flamenco version of “Girl of Ipanema”, he immediately wanted her to display her vast repertoire and skills to the Norwegian audience.
Their friendship, love for music, and respective professionalism made that dream come true.
That’s the way, this saturday, 16th of november 2014, 6PM, took place in the library of Rorvik the utmost dense, skillful, and … inconceivable concert .
The majestic Diana Pirags revealed for the first time to Norway, her capacity to sing a large jazz repertoire. Witty, her duet “The Lady is a tramp” with the singer Jorid Ramfjord ; emotionnal her “Stars Fell On Alabama”, with the saxophonist Toralf Devik, melodious “Autumn Leaves” in french and english, with the impecaple intro of Thor Helge ; and impressively touching with “Insensitive”, sang in portuguese and english.
“But how have you been able to bring her here ?” , “that was the best concert of the county, ever”, are the two sentences that the 6000 islands, islets and skerries of Vikna keep on saying to Thor Helge Moe. Educated, captivated, the audience was as reactive, as attentive to such brio.
Diana’s voice, TradJazz passion, and the audience fascination were that evening far too large for the walls of the library hall.
All promised each other new further concerts and collaboration, in Rorvik, Riga, Trondheim… and beyond.
Let’s be patient, and hope that those jazz lovers will soon enlight our evenings, cheer up our winters, and the three other months of the year … with their so proficient generosity.