Blue Tangerine is a nine-piece contemporary and Brazilian-influenced jazz ensemble, featuring the best of young talent from Malta and France. The band was born in July of 2016 when the musicians met for the first time to play a concert at The Malta Jazz Festival, as part of an exchange program between the two countries.
Given the success of this fruitful collaboration, they have since played a series of concerts in France in 2017, and recorded a 6-track EP. The band were invited to perform again at The Malta Jazz Festival in July of 2018. In January of 2019 they played two sold-out shows at Offbeat Music Bar (Valletta, MT).
All the members of Blue Tangerine have a solid jazz background, and their repertoire is inspired by Brazilian music; notably compositions by the great Hermeto Pascoal and Pixinguinha.
The band also performs original music, with compositions written and arranged by the members of the group. Under the direction of band leader Vincent Jacqz (p), their original music fuses jazz improvisation and festive Brazilian rhythms with haunting melodies sung by Angela Vella Zarb. Florent Hinschberger (tpt), Benoit Crauste (sax), Philippe Lopes De Sa (sax), and Michel Berelowitch (tb) make up the brass section, and the rhythm section features Karl Galea (g), Dean Montanaro (b), and Joseph Camilleri (d).
Blue Tangerine recorded their first full-length album in March 2019 (Studio de Meudon, FR), with the support of a grant awarded by the Arts Council Malta.
Djun is a Maltese pop / alternative rock band that was formed in 2017 by Charles Cassar and Mark “Zizza” Abela, old friends who had previously played together in funk group “Zizza Ensemble” and rock band “Fire”. Charles (bass) and Zizza (drums) were soon joined by Justin Galea (vocals), Ryen Refalo (guitar) and Paul Torpiano (keyboards). The band immediately began producing new music, characterised by strong melodies and poetic lyrics. The band debuted in November 2017 at Valletta jazz club Offbeat. Eventually Mark Abela amicably parted ways with the band in order to focus on other projects, and with Michael Vella Zarb replacing him on drums in February 2018.
Later in 2018 the group started recording their first album “Il-Ħlas”, a collection of pop songs focusing around the theme of the passage of time. Cover art for the album was produced by illustrator Julian Mallia (Julinu). The first track from the album, the atmospheric and mysterious “Il-Bir”, was released in May 2019 and was well received by followers of the local music scene. The album Il-Ħlas was launched in June 2019 with two sold out concerts at the Malta Society of Arts.
Following the launch of Il-Ħlas, the band remained active through various live performance, as well as the online release of the song "Ħdejk", which gained a lot of attention and inspired various interpretations by other artists by means of an online “chain post”. In August 2020, Joseph Camilleri, better knowns as “Il-Bibi” joined Djun as their new drummer, replacing Michael Vella Zarb. Djun are currently in the process of recording new songs.