The Prize Winner 2001 - Marilyn Mazur

Excerpts from The Jazzpar Prize Homepage:

At the JAZZPAR Concerts 2001 Mazur preformed with two of her established groups - Future Song and Percussion Paradise - including a number of JAZZPAR Soloists: Aina Kemanis, Hans Ulrik, Eivind Aarset, Elvira Plenar, Klavs Hovman, Audun Kleive, Lisbeth Diers, Benita Haastrup, Birgit Løkke Larsen, Palle Mikkelborg, Anders Jormin, Josefine Cronholm and Fredik Lundin.

Mazur is no newcomer to the JAZZPAR Project. She performed at The JAZZPAR 1994 Event and she has been nominated for The Prize in 1998 and 1999. Among her many releases "Circular Chant" (Storyville) with her Pulse Unit specially assembled for the JAZZPAR Event 1994 is one praised documentation of her art.

Mazur always seems remarkable honest and devoted with her art - the rich colors of her music and her performances are never the result of gimmicks. She has involved herself in daring projects based on musical curiosity and personal friendships rather than fast turnovers and easy life.

At the JAZZPAR Concerts 2001 we experienced some different constellations showing various aspects of Marilyn Mazur. Instead of a cornucopia of orchestras and equipment it was important for this Prize Winner that all musicians participating would be given space to show what they could and what they had most at heart.

The American magazine Down Beat selected Mazur as a "talent deserving wider recognition" in their critics poll 1989, 1990, 1995, 1997 and 1998. She has been nominated twice prior to now winning The JAZZPAR Prize in 2001. A major intention of this prize being to encourage jazz artists who are specially deserving of further acclaim.

Marilyn Mazur definitely deserves wider recognition

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