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Josephine Davies’ Enso Ensemble

Doors 7:45 PM, Music 8:30 PM



Josephine Davies – Saxophones

Rachael Cohen – Alto Saxophone

Helena Kay, Adam Bishop – Tenor Saxophone

Tamar Osborn – Baritone / Bass Clarinet

Anna Drysdale – Horn

Olli Martin, Tom White – Trombone

Sarah Williams – Bass Trombone

Tom Walsh, Nick Smart, Ruben Fowler, Robbie Robson – Trumpet

Alcyona Mick – Piano

Dave Whitford – Bass

Shane Forbes – Drums



Award winning saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies brings her 17 piece jazz orchestra to the Vortex for the second time. She has been writing for large ensembles for the past 15 years, beginning during her residency as tenor saxophonist in the London Jazz Orchestra. This was an opportunity for her to experiment with ideas and sounds, and eventually begin her own big band.

Deeply inspired by a range of composers from Vince Mendoza to Stravinsky to Rufus Wainwright, Josephine’s writing focuses on flowing melodies, rich harmonies and creative use of instrumental textures. Tonight’s concert features her new suite ‘Ascension’, a series of 8 pieces representing the 8 parts of the Celtic Wheel of the Year, bringing a much needed celebration of nature, connection, and renewal to our fragmented times.

Definitely a band to watch.” ★★★★1/2 (Downbeat Magazine)

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