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Following the success of last years celebration of African composers, the Vortex is delighted to host The African Composers Series 2, produced by Joyful Noise.
Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra is "as fine a band as you can find anywhere" (Independent) and these up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band that includes many of London's top musicians, as well as new talents.
Pianist Pat Thomas, drummer Mark Sanders and bassist Dominic Lash take an oblique approach to the jazz repertoire, by turns lyrical, dense and sprightly.
Their debut album 'Skip' (FMR Records) includes pieces by, among others, Sam Rivers, Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Thelonious Monk.
"Not your father's standards session." Brian Olewnick, The Squid's Ear
Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style - embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble), with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in duo with Lol Coxhill. "Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that's immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude." The Jazzmann
Mark Sanders' precise and propulsive drumming has graced projects with, to name but a few, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Broadcast, Agusti Fernandez, John Butcher, Roswell Rudd, and Otomo Yoshihde.
"The other special ingredient is the ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative drummer Mark Sanders, who always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo". Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY
Dominic Lash has performed with Tony Conrad and Evan Parker; currently active ensembles include his quartet with Alexander Hawkins, Javier Carmona and Ricardo Tejero, a duo with Alex Ward, a trio with John Butcher and John Russell and The Convergence Quartet (with Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt and Alexander Hawkins). He also co-leads The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group mainly devoted to the work of composers from the Wandelweiser collective).
Over two nights (the second on May 12th), critically acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen and guitarist Kristian Borring will be recording their duo album live at the Vortex.
The project is centered around compositions of the great pianist Bill Evans, arranged by the duo and taking inspiration from Evans' famous duo recordings with guitarist Jim Hall. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of a live recording, with the album set to be released on the forward looking Babel Label later this year.
Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary pianist, composer and bandleader. His recent endeavours include collaborations with Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Byron Wallen and Christian Brewer. Bruno studied classical piano at the Royal College of music with the then head of keyboard Andrew Ball and then went on to win prizes from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Countess of Munster Trust to take his Jazz masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied under John Taylor. Bruno was asked to stay on at the Guildhall as a Junior Fellow where he completed a Masters of Musical Performance. Bruno now teaches Jazz harmony to the classical piano students at the Guildhall every year as well as leading small bands made up of Jazz Undergraduates.
"Heinen sounds like the kind of erudite and curious new arrival destined to make a real difference." John Fordham – The Guardian
Danish born Kristian Borring has built his name as a skillful guitarist with great melodic sense and sophisticated harmonic understanding, equally mastering the standard repertoire as well as original material. Kristian is currently working on his second album, set to be released during early 2014. The recording is meant as a personal homage to the experience of the life in a metropolis and will released on Yellymould. It features an outstanding lineup of some of the UK’s most exciting jazz musicians: Jim Hart (vib), Arthur Lea (pno), Mick Coady (bs) and Jon Scott (dr). The band toured in late 2012 before recording and packed out the Hoxton venue, Charlie Wright's, for their appearance at the London Jazz Festival.
"A guitarist of enormous technical ability who utilizes his considerable gifts thoughtfully and tastefully" Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Enzo Zirilli, Ross Stanley, Mick Hutton and Fabio Zeppetella present music from guitarist Zeppetella's current release, 'Handmade'. For this special event at The Vortex, he's joined by one of the most in demand rhythm sections, formed by the fantastic Enzo Zirilli on drums, Ross Stanley on Organ and Mick Hutton on bass.
Handmade is an emotional journey into Fabio Zeppetella’s soul: 9 tracks (less the eighth one by the legendary John Coltrane) of a “handmade” project in which the Italian affirmed guitarist is the leader of a stellar group.
Influences running from Charlie Cristian, Wes Montgomery, 60’s be-bop and hard-bop, to poetry, funk, R&B and bossa nova can all be heard here.
Blow the Fuse presents Tomorrow the World, a series joining established and emerging female musicians.
Daphna Sadeh and the Voyagers
Daphna Sadeh – Bass, Compositions
Stewart Curtis – Clarinets, Flutes, Recorders
Ivor Goldberg – Guitars
Mark Bassey – Trombone
Eddie Hession – Accordion
Guy Schalom – Percussion & Drums
A rich tapestry of Balkan, Klezmer, Middle Eastern and jazz led by acclaimed composer and double bassist Daphna Sadeh. The band have played festivals and clubs in UK and Europe and Daphna’s fourth CD is due for release this year.
"...a brilliant and hypnotic mix of Jazz,Western classical, Middle Eastern, Arabic Taqsim and Jewish music reflecting her eclectic life experiences. Seductive and powerful music..." John Zorn.
Bow and Bellows
Bow and Bellows: Sally Davies and Martina Schwarz - violin, horn, accordion
A stunningly versatile duo – Klezmer, Balkan and Gypsy music with occasional sorties to savour the musical traditions of other countries.
1st set Bow and Bellows / 2nd set Daphna Sadeh
Babelfish is led by Brigitte Beraha (vocals) and Barry Green (piano), joined by the wonderful Chris Laurence on bass and Paul Clarvis on percussion. Beraha and Green clearly have a close musical rapport; his fluent, robust piano complementing her strong but affecting voice perfectly as they play a mix of originals and music inspired by classical and literary works, from Britten through E.E. Cummings to Raymond Carver.
"A great musician, Brigitte Beraha uses her voice like an instrument in the tradition of people like Flora Purim, Tania Maria and the recently aknowledged bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding" - Julian Joseph, Jazz Line Up, BBC Radio 3
Shows Nine - Rockets
Synth sings about space with special guest Robin Ince
Darren Hayman’s Occupation is a series of monthly shows at The Vortex, Dalston. There will be a mix of sets showcasing different albums, themes and special guests. This is not your standard indie gig.
"In Hefner I wrote a song about Alan Bean, the fourth man on the moon.
In 2011 I held an exhibition of paintings about animals and people in space with Robert Rotifer, Sarah Lippet Paul Rains and Duncan Barrett.
We also made a CD on which I sung two songs about the Russian Space Dogs.
Around 2005 I tried to write and record 12 songs about each of the astronauts who walked on the moon. I wrote seven of them.
My own label ‘Belka’ is named after one of the first two dogs to go into earth orbit and return alive.
Several other song of mine like The Protons and the Neutrons use the imagery of the cosmos.
I want to bring all of these themes and songs together in one show on the 14th march at the Vortex.
Usually live I use stringed, folky instruments but I am also known for using electronica. For this show I’m going to bring some of my synthesizers and old analogue drum machines. It will be a treat.
Support comes from the famous comedian Robin Ince. Who knows about Space."
"I love gigs. I hate gigs. I want to play live and I love what shows can be, but I’ve found myself frequently stifled by the limitations of my career. I can’t play the plush, seated venues and I can’t experiment with a string section or play 20 minute opuses.
My music was born in the sticky floored rock venue. I like the sticky floored rock venue but I have had a hankering for something different recently. My own taste has veered towards free improv and jazz and although it’s hard to imagine that music influencing my own I do love the culture of live music in this genre.
Long sets, sometimes two, comfortable venues and a reverence and respect for the event and the moment; less talking, less cameras, more dynamics, less microphones.
I wondered if these would let an indie rock interloper amongst their ranks. My show at the Vortex back in last November was successful enough to make me think of playing a monthly residency there.
The idea is that each show is themed. I don’t want to go the whole predictable route of playing complete albums, but rather group, types of songs together for different evenings. Experiment, sometimes play two sets, sometimes have unlikely guests. I will be playing with members of my bands from through out my career as well as old friends like the Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin.
The Vortex is a beautiful venue. I’m trying to do something different; something, smaller, prettier. I hope you can come."
Grammy Nominee 2013 Gregory Porter formed a stunning collaboration with "All about Jazz" star Mansur Scott and the legendary "Soul of Harlem" Donald Smith when the three recorded their new album "GREAT VOICES OF HARLEM" (PAO Records), released in January 2014.
Now Mansur Scott will form a very special new line-up for the album release European tour, for the first time introducing stunning new vocalist Mavis 'Swan' Poole. During the ascent of twice-Grammy-nominated Gregory Porter, Mavis the 'Swan' came to prominence, touted as the most talented and brilliant new female Harlem Jazz vocalist of her generation. So this special line-up will make an evening to remember!
Mansur and Mavis will be supported by the voluminous Blue Brass Band led by trombonist Paul Zauner.
Their music, deeply black, adopts the styles of the 60s and 70s musical legends and revives some of the most well known Jazz songs in the spirit of Ray Charles, Lester Bowie, Dollar Brand and more. Ear catching, danceable grooves alternate with gentle tunes and converge to a passionately played jazz and soul mixture.
Mansur Scott - vocals, percussion
Mavis 'Swan' Poole - vocals
Barney Girlinger - trumpet
Klemens Pliem - alt flute, tenor sax
Paul Zauner - trombone
Wolfram Derschmidt - bass
Dusan Novakov – drums
Carlton Homes - piano
In a wide ranging programme all the groups playing tonight are making their Mopomoso debut.
Utter Chaos - Andrea Caputo (guitar) / Massimo Semprini (sax) duo
With a name that belies their articulate music this duo brings together two Italians, one based in London (Caputo), and the other based in Rimini (Semprini), where he runs a weekly improvisation workshop. Caputo is a classically trained player best known here for his small group improvisations. Semprini has worked with a.o Tony Coe, Chris Cutler, Phil Minton, Wolter Wierbos and Thollem McDonas and has written compositions for Musica nel Buio, Ella Guru, Oban Sax 4tet, Symphonic Orchestra of Bologna.
Stephen Grew (piano) solo
Lancaster based Grew performs in and leads his own groups Grutronic, a four piece electronic band, Grew Trio, Grew Quartet and Grew & Grew. He has also performed with a.o Evan Parker, Keith Tippett, Graham Clark, Pat Thomas, Howard Riley and has long standing collaborators in his brother Nicholas, Richard Scott, David Ross and Philip Marks.
KTHXBYE - Stian Larsen (guitar) / Brage Tomaenen (drums) duo
This Norwegian band has been playing together on the Norwegian improvised music scene since 2011 both as a duo and in several different larger combinations. Their playing uses a variety of preparations to their instruments and relies on a fast interplay. Here on their first tour as a duo in the UK.
Nick Malcolm (trumpet) / Hannah Marshall (cello) / Lauren Kinsella (voice) trio
Three fine musicians with backgounds across a variety of styles and musics, here bringing it all to bear in a freely improvised context. Delightful!
"...a supremely gifted musician...a trumpet player for the twenty first century fully conversant with the post-war history of his instrument...wow!" - BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
"An artist in the complete sense... Kinsella stands in the excitingly undefined space between the airy yet shadowy blues modernism of Abbey Lincoln and the daring flexibility of form of Annette Peacock or Lauren Newton." Kevin Le Gendre Jazzwise
"a soundscape, both playful and sinister, which underscores the idea of past and present colliding and shattering so that secrets can be unearthed and examined". Hannah’s music for theatre piece Unexploded Bomb - Lyn Gardner - Guardian
* The first 10 people to book get a free copy of the new album Clocca! *
"The grip of this oddly compelling music doesn't loosen for a moment" Mojo
Clocca is the third and final album from Fringe Magnetic, a 12-piece ensemble led by trumpet-player and composer Rory Simmons. Originally born out of a desire to fuse contemporary classical composition with the energy of cutting edge jazz, Fringe Magnetic's genre-bending sonic landscape has been sculpted over the last 7 years by influences as diverse as Django Bates, Brian Eno, Scott Walker, Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky. As The Guardian puts it, "nothing else sounds quite like them."
Fringe Magnetic features an all-star cast - Simmons himself has worked with Jamie Cullum, Friendly Fires, Mount Kimbie, Bat For Lashes and The Guillemots amongst others, whilst the rest of the ensemble is a who’s who of Europe's finest musicians. Joining Simmons are pianist Ivo Neame, bassist Jasper Hoiby, a wind section comprising flautist Tori Freestone, clarinettist Robin Fincker, and bass clarinet master James Allsopp, a string section of Kit Massey on violin and cellist Natalie Rozario, with vocal contributions from Elisabeth Nygaard, Emilia Martensson and renegade baritone Andrew Plummer, all rooted by the inventive percussion of Ben Reynolds.
On Clocca, Rory Simmons has taken the rich acoustic palette of Fringe Magnetic and sensitively blended in electronic elements. Woodwind, brass and strings are all set against an array of glacial bell samples, tape saturated horn loops and sweeps of detuned guitars, the 12 tracks littered with arching melodies and playful rhythmic cells. From the English pastoral charm of ‘Only A Poltroon’ and the hypnotically distorted aria ‘Cross The Border’, to the woozy avant-garde of ‘Scrutiny’, Clocca takes twists and turns through a murky, gothic landscape.
Danish saxophonist and composer Lotte Anker is known for her intense playing and as one of the strongest improvisers in the freeform & improv field in Denmark. She works currently as co-leader of the highly acclaimed 12-piece group “Copenhagen Art Ensemble” and as leader of trio/duo with Marilyn Crispell (pno) + trio with Craig Taborn (pno) and Gerald Cleaver (dr). Other current working groups and ongoing collaborations include:The Quartet Ictus (w. Marc Ducret (gui), Peter Friis-Nielsen (bass), Stefan Pasborg (dr). Also Mokuto Quartet (w/ Herb Robertson (tp), Peter Friis-Nielsen (dr), P.O. Jørgensen (dr) and projects with Tim Berne, Benoit Delbecq, Arve Henriksen, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Paal Nilssen-Love. Has also played with a.o. Peter Brötzman, Andrew Cyrille, Marilyn Mazur.
"..astonishing powerful…" Jazzwise
ADAM PULTZ MELBYE
Adam Pultz Melbye: Double bass/electric bass/composition
Born in Ribe, Denmark in 1981. Currently living in Berlin.
Improvised double bass solo concerts and collaborations with Peter Brötzmann, Rudi Mahall, Henrik Walsdorff, Sofia Jernberg, Liudas Mockunas, Mark Sanders, Tobias Delius, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Lotte Anker, Sture Ericson, Anders Lindsjö, London Improviser’s Orchestra, Pierre Dørges New Jungle Orchestra a.o.
Working bands: Adam Pultz Melbye’s Gullet (solo), Angel (w. Håkon Berre and Stephan Sieben), The Mighty Mouse, St. Andby (w. Sture Ericson and Anders Lindsjö), Hurley/Melbye/Sanders, Walsdorff/Melbye/Tom. Sideman in Maria Faust Group, Markus Pesonen Hendectet and Jesper Zeuthen Trio and PLUS.
Member of the record label and collective Barefoot Records.
Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as "the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive" (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner) and is one of the key figures of European free improvisation, unostentatiously experimental, never using exactly the same kit twice and always seeking out new sonic possibilities and musical potential, his precise and propulsive drumming has graced projects with, to name but a few, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Broadcast, Agusti Fernandez, John Butcher, Roswell Rudd, and Otomo Yoshihde Axel Dörner to Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Brötzmann and Matthew Shipp.
"ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo." - Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY
Part of a Match&Fuse tour
Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). Self-taught, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure.
Latest album 'Song Singular' is released on Babel records in November.
Wolfram Trio is a Norwegian group that seeks inspiration in acoustic free jazz, as well as modern contemporary improvised music. With heroes such as Albert Ayler, Peter Brotzman and Barry Guy, some listeners claim to recognize these roots, but still admit that the trio has managed to create their own original sound. Wolfram plays improvised music and the result often tends to be spontaneous, fearless and explosive.
Wolfram Trio is:
Halvor Meling - Saxophone
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson – Acoustic Bass
Jan Martin Gismervik – Drums
Evan Parker invites Black Top invites Evan Parker.
Continuing our monthly residency with saxophonist Evan Parker. Tonight Evan's joined by Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson.
Founded by Pat Thomas (piano/electronics) and Orphy Robinson (vibes), the ad hoc Black Top series is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live improv and the technology of dub, reggae and other worldly noises - using improvisation to explore these black influences but not necessarily from an African American perspective.
Vibes & electronics
Orphy Robinson is one of the major figures of the jazz scene - he has released records on Blue Note and played with Don Cherry, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Courtney Pine, Jazz Warriors and Andy Shepherd.
He has composed for Film and TV- including “In answer to your question” for the Balanescu String Quartet and “ 42 Shades of Black” for Phoenix Dance Theatre,which was performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Currently leads the groups CODEFIVE- NUBIAN VIBES - he also plays in the groups BRUISE and CLEAR FRAME.
Piano & electronics
Pat Thomas studied classical piano from aged 8 and started playing Jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style - embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91) and in the trio AND (with Noble) – with Tony Oxley’s Quartet and Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill.
"Sartorially shabby as Thomas may be, and on first impression even rather stolid, he has a somewhat imperious charisma that's immediately amplified when he starts to play. Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude." The Jazzmann
A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He is one of Europe’s most innovative and intriguing saxophonists, which is why he keeps audiences coming back for more.
"If you've ever been tempted by free improvisation, Parker is your gateway drug." Stewart Lee
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Chris Abrahams (piano)
Lloyd Swanton (bass)
Tony Buck (drums)
"The Necks are masters" The Guardian
"entirely unique" Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3
Together for 25 years the Australian cult trio, The Necks, have enthralled audiences worldwide with their compelling style of improvisation. Defying orthodox description, not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, their music is regularly described internationally as, simply, unique.
Every Necks' performance is a singular event, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room. Featuring lengthy pieces of long-form improvisation which build in a mesmerising, epic fashion frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, their performances are never less than phenomenal.
"Absolutely riveting...how three musicians can sound like eighteen is a mystery... extraordinary magical sounds emerged from the ensemble...the way The Necks do this with acoustic instruments is nothing short of miraculous" Financial Times
"One of the greatest bands in the world" New York Times
The Necks in concert in Sydney, Australia on 5th March, 2008 (courtesy of Moshcam)
We're delighted to host the launch of Pigfoot's debut album "21st Century Acid Trad".
"Pigfoot's debut album not only blows the cobwebs off eight favourites of the trad repertoire, it sandblasts away decades of treacly cliche" Arts Desk
Pigfoot mine their material from the rich seams of New Orleans music; hot jazz, spirituals and blues from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and Jelly Roll Morton, reconstructed and transformed by the quick wit, imagination and diverse reference points of each musician, resulting in what trumpet player Chris Batchelor describes as "21st Century Acid Trad".
Chris Batchelor - trumpet
Liam Noble - piano
Oren Marshall - tuba
Paul Clarvis - drums
"Batchelor, a fine trumpeter who intriguingly blends Miles Davis's shrewd pacing and evocative long-note sounds with something of Harry Beckett's bubbly phrasing" John Fordham, The Guardian
Bobby Wellins (saxophone)
Andrew Cleyndert (bass)
Paul Harrison (piano)
Clark Tracey (drums)
Possibly Wellins's most famous recorded performance was his solo on Starless and Bible Black for Stan Tracey's Under Milk Wood suite. His recording career started in 1956 when he joined the legendary Buddy Featherstonhaugh’s piano-less quintet, the line-up of which featured Kenny Wheeler on trumpet. Bobby was by now playing tenor saxophone, the instrument to which he has devoted himself to the present day.
In the early 1960's Bobby was recruited by Tony Crombie for his latest band, in the ranks of which Bobby began a long association with the great British pianist Stan Tracey, now sorely missed.
Along with Bobby and Stan, drummer Laurie Morgan was a member of a loose co-operative of musicians and poets, including Michael Horowitz, who presented jazz and poetry concerts under the title of New Departures. In a bedsit with Laurie Morgan and using an old tape recorder, Bobby began work on his famous Culloden Moor Suite which culminated in its performance by the New Departures Quartet and a 14 piece orchestra. That quartet recorded an album of the same name in 1964.
Come and celebrate the contributions of retired Caribbean nurses who served in the NHS from 1949 to 2000. A day of oral traditions: poetry, storytelling and song.
With The Divettes, Patsy Lee, Rhiannon Dimond, & Griot Chinyere.
Call 020 8520 9401 to book a ticket.
Launching their debut album 'Mondegreen', on Peeler Records.
Collectress have been described as a cross between the Elysian Quartet and the Brontë sisters when possessed (FoxyDigitalis.com). They are a quartet of long-term musical collaborators from London and Brighton.
With dynamic combinations of strings, keys, woodwind, found sounds and voices, they perform with a strong sense of narrative, drawing listeners into their distinctive world of experimental chamber music.
"...listening to them play I realised how music is present in so many objects and natural settings that we very rarely find the time to stop and appreciate it." SplitGigs
Quinta (violin, viola, saw, keyboard, vocals)
Caroline Weeks (flute, vocals, guitar, keyboard)
Rebecca Waterworth (cello, keyboard, vocals)
Alice Eldridge (cello, custom software, field recordings, vocals)
Using a thermochromic screen this piece explores the idea of light as the material substance of ‘film’: light’s movement, flickering and informing time. Melting time flickers out leaving trace-line marks - a temporal document to the action.
Andrew Waterworth: 'Looking For God'
Andrew Waterworth's latest project 'Looking for God' is a solo bass improvised performance with film, inspired by the large hadron collider amongst other things related to the ongoing discoveries of the universe.
After graduating from Trinity College of Music in 1992 Andrew went on to perform in many musical guises. Principle Bass in the contemporary group Reservoir, performer and composer in the string sextet Instrumental, bass player in the duo Ben and Jason and double bassist in the acclaimed Drum and Bass band London Elektricity. Andrew is also one of London's leading session players having worked with many diverse artists from Paul Weller to Duffy, Jelesia, The Strawbs, Nitin Sawney and David Byrne. He is currently writing and performing with Francesca Lombado and Damian Lazarus from Cross Town Rebels as well as Penguin Cafe.
Mette Rasmussen – alto saxophone
Sam Andreae – tenor saxophone
David Meier – drums
Trio Riot formed in Helsinki in 2009, since then they have performed across Europe including dates in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England. Stylistically, the band relate their sense of energy to the 1980s British punk scene, their approach to sound is inspired by Ornette Coleman and other free jazz pioneers and in their compositional style the group draws inspiration from 20th century contemporary music.
With pure performance energy they manage to pull these disparate influences together into a compact and hard hitting musical concept. Their last five tours were in the UK where they played for a full house at The Forge as part of the London Jazz Festival (Nov 2011) and for which they received highly positive reviews. In January 2012 they joined the established UK free-jazz band gaNNEts on a double tour where, among other dates, they played Band on the Wall in Manchester and to a full house at The Vortex in London. 2013 saw especially well received performances at the Manchester Jazz festival and Jez Nelson's Jazz in the Round. The band are releasing their debut album with Efpi Records in early 2014.
"These two sax players together are a formidable combination" Jazzpace Blog (2011 London Jazz Festival performance)
"in the formula one of Europe's young improvisers" Bebop Spoken Here (2012)
"as punk as they come" Chris Payne - Go See This (2013)
Wolf Suit is Olie Brice (bass), James Allsopp (reeds) and Tim Giles (drums).
This new trio play a riotous brand of free improv, with great empathy and intuition.
Olie Brice plays double bass in a wide range of jazz and improv groups, as well as leading and composing for his own Quartet (with Mark Hanslip, Leon Michener and Jeff Williams) and The Carracks Project (with James Allsopp, Nick Malcolm, Alex Bonney and Mark Sanders). He has performed with Paul Dunmall, Ingrid Laubrock, Ken Vandermark and Louis Moholo-Moholo, among many others.
"Brice makes the entire body of his bass sing. He has the ability to deliver a fractal line that is as purposeful as any by the great jazz bassists, but to do so within an entirely abstract setting" – Brian Morton, Point of Departure
James Allsopp is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he first came to public attention leading a band called "Fraud" which made an album shortlisted for the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for best record, brought him some critical acclaim, the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Innovation, and the Ronnie Scott Award for Best New Act.
Tim Giles is a jazz drummer who won the Daily Telegraph Young Composer of the Year Award in 1992 at the age of 12 and has gone on to perform with a variety of jazz musicians. Giles was a member of Richard Fairhurst's Hungry Ants, and later formed his own group, Fraud, with James Allsopp. Fraud won the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.
"View From The Tower" is a series of concerts exploring British jazz composers, with a particular look at those from the renown Babel Label. An adventure into some of the great compositions from our fair shores.
Led by guitarist Dan Messore, this excellent line up will be performing a mix of material featuring compositions from Iain Ballamy, Gwilym Simcock, Mike Chillingworth Huw Warren, Gareth Lockrane, Trish Clowes, Steve Waterman, Freddie Gravita, Dave Hamblett, Julian Argulles, Phil Robson, among others.
Gareth Lockrane - Flutes
Joe Wright - Tenor Sax
Steve Waterman - Trumpet
Elliot Galvin - Piano
Dave Manington - Bass
Dave Hamblett - Drums
Dan Messore - Guitar
Stewart Curtis and his fabulous new ensemble will be playing Swing, Klezmer, Tango & anything tastefully quirky... You know you're in for a swell time with Stewart Curtis - the unsung hero of the reed - and with his musical friends listed below you will be in for a night of good humoured and divinely-played music.
Their new CD will be released on 33Jazz in a few months time - come and have a sneak preview!
Stewart Curtis - compositions, clarinets, soprano sax, flutes & recorder
Mark Ridout - guitar
Ronen Kozokaro - snare drum, darbuka & percussion
Paul Tkachenko - tuba
Back at The Vortex for an "end of term" gig. An exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, african and latin grooves, under the leadership of trombone virtuoso Annie Whitehead and supported by the phenomenal bass and drums of Jennifer Maidman and Mark Huggett.
The Workshop is a regular rehearsal group which meets weekly, and holds a week long Summer School every year at the Vortex. Performances in the past year or so include The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The 100 Club, The Whitstable Oyster Festival and, of course, The Vortex.
Repertoire includes works by Dudu Pukwana, Chris MacGregor, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, West Nkosi, Zakes Nkozi, Herbie Hancock, Theolonious Monk, Barbara Snow, Diane McLoughlin, Pee Wee Ellis, Jaco Pastorius, John Bennett, Mzwakhe Mbuli and Maceo Parker, and Workshop members Peter Clark and Ric Morgan.
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The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Sat 15 Mar
Thu 20 Mar
Fri 21 Mar
Vortex City Sessions @ Bishopsgate
Sat 22 Mar
Bobby Wellins / Andrew Cleyndert / Paul Harrison / Clark Tracey
Sat 29 Mar
Thu 1 to Sat 3 May
Led Bib - 3 Night Residency