I have just come back from Moers Jazz Festival, which happened this past weekend. It was absolutely amazing with lots of interesting music going on. This was also my first proper opportunity to put my new P35-100 f2.8 through its paces. All shots posted here were shot with this lens, are between ISO 1600 and 3200 and shot at f2.8 and around 125/s (varied slightly with available light) in Shutter Priority. The festival went over 4 evenings with a variety of music that went from free jazz to jazzified orchestral pop. Group size varied from Big Band all the way to solo or duo performances. My personal highlight of the first day was the "No BS! Brass Band". They really put a lot of energy on the stage. Unfortunately I was sitting further back, so I couldn't get any real close shots, but as there was a lot of group dynamic on stage this also helped to capture the whole scene. The next day provided an interesting mix of jazz influenced by more popular form. Maja Osojnik and Patrick Wurzwallner presented a duo project with popular song forms called "Let Them Grow" which was very intresting despite the fact that I usually don't like the extreme usage of electronics. Jeremy Flower brought in a local chamber orchestra for another decidedly "pop" project called "The Real Me". This was quite difficult to shoot, because I was sitting a lot closer (5th-7th row) and shots of large ensembles are often very static and emotionless, so I just focussed on the singer and violinist Carla Kihlstedt. After the more popular projects in the afternoon the Harold López-Nussa Trio around the cuban pianist of the same name brought back the Jazz in full force, although with a slightly cuban touch. Absolutely brilliant pianist, who is well worth a listen. I find pianists quite tricky to photograph, as they are always hiding behind their instrument, but I was lucky as the piano was turned at exactly the right angle to see both the keys and sometimes the face of the pianist. Harriet Tubman & two times grammy winner Cassandra Wilson closed the evening on, what can only be called a disappointing note, as their concert had no fire what so ever. I've noticed this before with famous performers. They seem to just "do their job" on stage. That said, Cassandra Wilson's voice is absolutely amazing and their stage presence was very good.