Quick post just to say a massive THANKS to everyone who has supported LUME this year – all the amazing musicians and lovely audience members! We’ve had a blast and we’re looking forward to all the exciting LUME activities we’re planning for 2015.
Have a great festive season – we’ll be back in February.
This week we’re closing 2014 with an exciting evening of music from some big names on the London improv scene – and definitely the most flutes we’ve ever had at a LUME gig so far. Rowland Sutherland brings this fantastic group comprised of players whose reputations precede them. Come and join us at Long White Cloud as we toast a great year of live music at LUME with three sets: trio, trio and double trio!
Trio: Rowland Sutherland flutes (Henry Threadgill, Carla Bley) Emi Watanabe Japanese flutes (Jah Wobble, David Toop) David Leahy bass (Evan Parker, Louis Moholo)
Trio: Tom Jackson clarinet (Squib Box, CRAM Collective) Neil Metcalfe flute (Roscoe Mitchell, Lol Coxhill) Daniel Thompson guitar (Javier Carmona, Benedict Taylor)
This week, two sets from a new band featuring the compositions of new (ish) Londoner the pianist Andrew Oliver! We’ve checked out some of the music he made in the US, so we know we’re in store for a night of exciting original music. Come down and hear for yourself on Thursday…here’s the blurb:
American pianist and composer Andrew Oliver relocated to London from Portland, Oregon in 2013. Continuing his compositional explorations into groovy chamber-jazz for the 21st century, he presents a new London based quintet performing original music influenced by minimalism, Zimbabwean and west African traditions, trains, and the omnipresent shuffle of genres in the world today.
Andrew Oliver – piano Dave Shulman – clarinet and bass clarinet Ralph Wyld – vibes Huw V Williams – bass Pete Ibbetson – drums
Sticking with last month’s theme of improv trio plus large ensemble, this month at the Vortex we’re very excited to be hosting Alphabets – Hannah Marshall, Nick Malcolm and Lauren Kinsella – and the first full-length outing of new saxophone octet Saxoctopus!
Alphabets is a new trio comprising three exciting voices in UK and Irish improvised
music, creating music inspired by language, vocalisation & landscapes. The group
aims to reach states of stillness and repose as well as fast instinctive rhythmic
interaction, and to tease out all possible sonorities from their instruments. They
embarked upon their debut UK tour in March 2014, and recorded in July. The three
musicians have distinctive and respected voices in jazz, free music and improvisation
and play together to share a passion for spontaneous music.
The Saxoctopus was inadvertantly formed when eight saxophonists found themselves
in a room together at a gig in Autumn 2013. A cautionary lesson on the dangers of
social networking banter, they underwent the transformation from Twitter joke to
Real Band when vibraphonist Corey Mwamba offered them a gig at his jazz night in
Derby. A cameo performance with Trio Riot at the Vortex in March 2014 sealed the
deal, and they are performing their first full set tonight. The group showcases original
compositions by its members, as well as being a vehicle for exploring graphic scores
and guided group improvisation. Featuring top improvisers from around the UK and
Scandinavia, this will be an exploration into the outer limits of the saxophone…
Julie Kjaer – alto Oliver Dover – alto Dee Byrne – alto Rachel Musson – tenor Tom Ward – tenor Sam Andreae – tenor Cath Roberts – baritone Colin Webster – baritone
Grab some advance £8 tickets from the Vortex website, or show up on the night and it’s £10 on the door. We’d love to see you there!