It was an incredible summer touring Europe with Hiromi and Edmar Casteñeda. We played a lot of the biggest jazz festivals in the continent and the shows were extremely well received. A bit of fun was had, as well.
It started off In Umbria, Italy at the Umbria Jazz Festival. Hanging and sharing time with Christian McBride and Danilo Perez was among the highlights. From there we hit St. Moritz Switzerland, and then it was off to beautiful Juan Les Pins, France on the Cote D'Azur. At Juan Les Pins we had the pleasure of opening up for Sting, and playing for a sold out crowd of 9000 enthusiastic music lovers. It was a great pleasure for me (Tyler) to get the approval of Sting's longtime FOH engineer Howard Page. From there we went to southern Spain for a quick show in Malaga, and then right off to San Sebastian, Spain to play the Heineken Jazz Festival. There the performance was televised on national TV, it was a beautiful indoor concert hall. In San Sebastian we had a few days off and got to listen and hang with other great acts like Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Abdullah Ibrahim, Terence Blanchard, and Gregory Porter. From Spain we had two quick gigs, one in Krems, Austria and the other in Borgia (Calabria), Italy. Both beautiful venues in their own unique way. Then we headed up to Lake Bled, Slovenia where we were greeted with the most beautiful and warm hearted festival director and staff. They opened their hearts to us and we had a blast playing then hanging in Slovenia for a few days. A truly unforgettable time. Reluctantly, we headed to Ystad, Sweden to play a very gorgeous small intimate theatre for the Ystad Jazz Festival. Then we were off to France for our final two gigs on this run. Marciac Jazz Festival is one of the largest and well put on festivals in Europe and so it was no surprise that it was an incredible crowd to mix for and the performance was great. Finally, after having a quick dinner with the Japanese ambassador to France, we wrapped up this summer tour in the countryside about 1hr outside Strasburg. Of course it had to pour buckets on the final gig, but after a short delay we powered through it and the crowd cheered harder than ever.
Thanks Hiromi and Edmar for a great summer! See you soon in South America.