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Alice Zawadzki + Mark Lockheart & Laura Jurd Quartet

For the last in their 2014 series, The Chaos Collective present their Christmas party.

The Chaos Collective
Something of a ‘secret weapon’ on the European music scene, the Chaos Collective is already making waves in London and the UK, consisting of some of London’s most high-calibre, creative young performers including Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin & Alex Roth. With a passion for new music this hard hitting, cross-genre big band is reminiscent of the eighties powerhouse ‘Loose Tubes’, whilst devloping a truly unique, ever-evolving identity of its own.

“Hugely original and exciting ensemble, rich in orchestration and bold improvisational concepts, this group is sure to be the future of British Jazz.” – Mark Lockheart (saxophonist/composer)  

Laura Jurd Quartet + Mark Lockheart – In what is becoming an annual tradition, the inimitable Laura Jurd Quartet play alongside saxophonist Mark Lockheart, known for his stellar musicianship in the likes of Polar Bear, Loose Tubes, Perfect Houseplant and more. Playing some new music as well as arrangements of some lovingly-chosen carols, expect electric-Miles with a folkloric twist – characteristic of Laura’s distinctive and exuberant compositional voice.

Mark Lockheart – saxophones
Laura Jurd – trumpet
Elliot Galvin – keyboards
Conor Chaplin – electric bass
Corrie Dick – drums

Alice Zawadzki
Vocalist-violinist Alice Zawadzki presents music from her highly acclaimed debut album China lane (Whirlwind Recordings), a compelling and rich collection of songs that have been described as modern fairytales. With influences from her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and a classical training, to the short stories of Angela Carter and a life-long exploration of improvisation, Alice’s music deals in mischief, whimsy, magic, inebriation, loss, exodus, prejudice and above all, love. She is joined by her regular band of some of the UKs most celebrated young jazz musicians:

Alex Roth: guitar
Peter Lee: piano/synthesizer
Tom McCredie: bass
Jon Scott: drums

“She is a genuine original with a pure, pealing voice that can darken into brooding low tones, and twist with the flexibility and harmonic awareness of a jazz singer. She is also a composer of gliding, melodically unorthodox tunes that connect to contemporary classical music as much as jazz or pop, as well as an expressive lyricist.” – John Fordham, The Guardian

“Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“Her luscious vocal range is the real live deal” Matthew Wright, Jazzwise Magazine

“Something of a phenomenon.” MOJO Magazine

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