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7th February @ The Vortex: Njanas and Far Reaching Dreams

We’re excited to be back at the Vortex in 2016 with two fresh new ensembles playing their original compositions. This promises to be a great evening of music!

NJANAS 

An exciting new collaboration bringing together four creative voices from across the UK scene. In their own words: ‘This is a brand new project of female musician/composers Laura Cole, Filomena Campus, Tori Handsley and Ruth Goller who are all band leaders in their own right. The ensemble, which celebrates women’s art and music, started more than a year ago. We often feel under-represented as women in the worlds of jazz and art, and in this project all compositions are inspired by a female artist (such as Frida Kahlo, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gertrude Stein, Franca Rame and many more) or written by a female composer. The name Njanas is an encounter between the gigantic sculptures called ‘Nanas’, created by painter and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle, and ‘Janas’, ancient legendary female figures and fairies/witches that relate to the myth of the Sardinian Goddess-Mother.’

Filomena Campus – vocals

Laura Cole – piano

Tori Handsley – harp

Ruth Goller – bass

Percy Pursglove’s Far Reaching Dreams Trio

Following the critically acclaimed success of his ‘Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls’ commission for large scale choir and jazz ensemble, multi-instrumentalist Pursglove debuts his fascinating new trio, featuring Percy on trumpet, Paul Clarvis (drums) and Ivo Neame (piano, accordion), with original music inspired by speeches and works of iconic historical figures.

‘Somehow Percy Pursglove created a completely whole musical world all of his own. That is a rare achievement’ Jazzwise

Percy Pursglove – trumpet

Paul Clarvis – drums

Ivo Neame – piano/accordion

As usual, doors are at 7.30pm and the music will start at around 8pm. Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Street, N16 8JH.

See you there!

All the best,

Cath and Dee

4th October: Andre Canniere at ‘LUME Presents…’

For our October gig at the Vortex, we are pleased to welcome the fantastic trumpet player and LUME On Tour survivor Andre Canniere!

Andre Canniere is an acclaimed trumpet player, composer and educator. Originally from rural Pennsylvania (USA), he spent the first five years of his career in New York City where he worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Bjorkestra, Kate McGarry, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin and Darcy James Argue. He has toured widely throughout the United States and Europe with performances at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the London Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival and the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Since his arrival in the UK, Canniere’s profile has been steadily rising, both as a solo artist and a collaborator. Coalescence (defined as “the union of diverse things into one body or form”) is his second release for Whirlwind Recordings and follows the critically acclaimed debut Forward Space, which Jazzwise Magazine hailed as “one of the best recordings in a long time” and included in their ‘Albums of the Year’ list.

Tonight Canniere presents his exciting new band,  performing new music inspired by the poetry of Charles Bukowski and Rainer Maria Rilke.

Andre Canniere trumpet
Brigitte Beraha voice
Tori Freestone tenor saxophone
John Turville piano
Dave Manington bass
Tim Giles drums

As usual it’s doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £10. See you there!

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‘LUME Presents…’ resumes at the Vortex: Sunday 6th September

To ease us into the Autumn, our ‘LUME Presents…’ monthly residency at the Vortex will start up again on Sunday 6th September. We’ll have some news about our plans for the regular LUME series in a few weeks time, but we hope this fantastic double bill will keep you going! Two great bands for your listening pleasure: Mark Pringle brings his large ensemble ‘A Moveable Feast’ and Rebecca Nash leads a small group. Doors are at 7.30pm, with the music starting at 8pm.

A Moveable Feast

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

‘A Moveable Feast’ is a group led by award-winning jazz pianist Mark Pringle. Heavily inspired by time spent studying in Paris in 2013, the music draws on multiple cultural influences, containing themes of nature, wildlife, literature, the chaos of cities, the lives of people who inhabit them, woodland creatures and strange beasts…

This autumn sees the group undertaking a national tour to promote the release of their album, ‘A Moveable Feast’, on Stoney Lane Records. Featuring a line up of strings, horns and rhythm section, the group explore Mark’s music with great freedom of approach, resulting in music that is eclectic, adventurous and highly unique.

Mark Pringle is a Peter Whittingham Award winner for the year 2015, following in the footsteps of previous recipients Gwilym Simcock, Trish Clowes and Elliot Galvin.

“Mark Pringle is an exceptionally gifted pianist and composer, and a remarkable improviser. His latest recording, ‘A Moveable Feast’, is a brilliant ensemble piece and a striking example of his writing and playing” – John Taylor, April 2015

“Stupendously talented” – The Independent

“A talented newcomer” – The Guardian

Mark Pringle Piano

Percy Pursglove Trumpet
Chris Young Alto Saxophone
Dan Searjeant Tenor/Alto Saxophone/Flute
Alicia Gardener-Trejo Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone/Alto Flute

Christine Cornwell Violin
Sarah Farmer Violin
Megan Jowett Viola
Lucy French Cello

Ben Lee Electric Guitar
James Banner Double Bass
Euan Palmer Drums

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Rebecca Nash

This latest project is Rebecca’s first as a bandleader. All the music performed is original material from Rebecca’s forthcoming album, due to be recorded later this year, and has a wide range of influences. Her music, written with the intention of creating a new cohesive sound, blends together all the things she loves about music.  Most important is a sense of purpose, identity and beauty. It is inspired by many musical influences which primarily include jazz musicians such as Pat Metheny and Wayne Shorter but also other styles too such as Electronica, and Folk music. Rebecca’s style, rooted in the contemporary jazz genre, blends acoustic and electronic elements with strong melodies, underpinned by dense harmonies and unusual grooves with the aim of creating one overall soundscape.

 Rebecca Nash Piano/compositions

Percy Pursglove Trumpet

Matt Fisher Drums

Chris Mapp Bass

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Tickets are available now from the Vortex website (text coming soon I’m sure – currently a holding picture of Cath and Dee!). Join us for an evening of great original music: doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start at the Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ.

23rd July: Inner Space Music

For our last gig of the season we welcome trumpeter and composer Loz Speyer and his group Inner Space Music. Join us for a night of new composition and improvisation before the Lumefish goes on holiday for a well-earned break! Music starts at 8.30pm. Entry: One Bank of England note of your choice.

Inner Space Music

In the footsteps of the likes of Ellington, Mingus and Ornette Coleman, Inner Space Music takes improvisation into new territory, and frames it within a set of strongly melodic tunes with references going back into jazz history. Compositions such as Rocket Science and From A to B to Infinity play around with a combination of fast, slow and free time, as a flexible framework for improvising, exploring the fine line between structure and freedom that is a central theme in the jazz tradition.

Loz Speyer trumpet, flugelhorn

Chris Biscoe alto sax, alto clarinet

Rachel Musson tenor/soprano sax

Olie Brice double bass

Gary Willcox drums

‘There was something utterly warm and personal about this gig, and very moving. Though the leader’s trumpet was often to the fore, his role seemed as much to create situations that forced the band to think on their feet or to stitch together fragments of a tune with frantic signalling as the moment dictated…’ – Mike Collins, Jazzyblogman

Loz Speyer photo

16th July: Nick Costley-White & Bleep Test

We’ve got a tasty double bill for you this Thursday with solo guitar explorations from Nick Costly-White and an exciting new electronic jazz ensemble mixing beats and tunes. Should be a great evening of cutting edge new sounds. As usual it’s doors 8pm, music 8.30pm. Entry is one Bank of England note of your choice. (£5, £10, £20…. £50???!)

Bleep Test

Led by saxophonist Fraser Smith, Bleep Test combines house, breaks, drum & bass and jazz. Analog Synths, electric drums and screaming saxophones tie this band to the growing scene of exciting, genre defying music groups emerging from London’s creative underground. Fiery grooves and memorable melodies push these musicians out of the traditional jazz improvisation realm and into another soundscape that hits hard.

Fraser Smith tenor sax/effects

Joe Webb synths

Lloyd Haines drums

Matthew Read bass

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Nick Costley-White

Nick is fast becoming one of the most in demand young guitarists in the London jazz scene. With a developed sound and individual voice on his instrument, Nick has had the opportunity to perform professionally with some of the country’s finest musicians including Stan Sulzmann, Jeff Williams, Gareth Lockrane, Tom Challenger, Martin Speake, Ivo Neame, Tommy Andrews, Jon Scott, Dave Hamblet and Josh Arcoleo.

Nick studied Jazz and Classical guitar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Phil Robson, Colin Oxley and John Parricelli, graduating with first class honours and awarded the 2011 Yamaha Jazz Scholarship for Outstanding Musicians.

“Fluent and sensitive” John Fordham, The Guardian

Nick Costley-White

 

14th May: Corey Mwamba’s ‘New Dark Art’

This week we welcome improvising vibraphone player, multi-instrumentalist and composer Corey Mwamba back to Long White Cloud for a special concert: the London premiere of his composition ‘New Dark Art’.

In 2014 Corey completed an MRes at the University of Keele, producing ‘New Dark Art’ as a part of this research project. His focus was on the improvisational, conducting and notational practices found in medieval music, and how these might inform the music of contemporary improvising musicians and composers. The idea wasn’t to create a musical fusion of jazz and medieval music, but rather to look how medieval approaches could be employed to create new music. You can read more about the project on Corey’s MRes website.

At this week’s gig, music from ‘New Dark Art’ will be performed by an improvising Eb sax quartet and by Corey on solo vibraphone. The sax quartet met once last year to try out the music with Corey in a rehearsal, and performed it for the first time in Derby on 7th May this year. Join us for a fascinating evening of new music!

Featuring:

Chris Williams alto saxophone

Tom Ward alto saxophone

Colin Webster baritone saxophone

Cath Roberts baritone saxophone

and the composer Corey Mwamba on vibraphone

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