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26th June @ IKLECTIK: LUME Festival

We’re extremely happy to be able to type this: LUME Festival is going ahead! With the support of our awesome 131 Kickstarter backers, Arts Council England and the Austrian Cultural Forum, we’ll be hosting an all-dayer on Sunday 26th June at IKLECTIK.

A lot of tickets were sold through the Kickstarter campaign, but there are a limited number available from our Luminous Bandcamp site. Grab yours now and we’ll see you there for a great day of music!

The line-up, in reverse order of appearance, is:

Article XI (Manchester)
Freewheeling large ensemble led by guitarist Anton Hunter, with: Oliver Dover (alto sax), Tom Ward (tenor sax), Cath Roberts (baritone sax), Johnny Hunter (drums), Seth Bennett (bass), Graham South, Nick Walters (trumpet), Tullis Rennie, Richard Foote (trombone)

Blueblut (Austria)
Coming over from Austria! With Led Bib’s Mark Holub (drums), Pamela Stickney (theremin) and Chris Janka (guitar)

Kjær/Musson/Marshall (London)
Fantastic trio of Julie Kjær (alto sax), Rachel Musson (tenor sax) and Hannah Marshall (cello)

Little Church (Birmingham)
Quintet led by David Austin Grey (nord/synth/FX) playing compositions inspired by Miles Davis electric period featuring Rachael Cohen (alto sax), Chris Mapp (bass/electronics) and Tymek Joswiak (drums).

Hot Beef Three (Leeds)
Trio with some of Leeds’ finest improvisers: Oliver Dover (saxes), Andrew Lisle (drums), Craig Scott (guitar)

Ant Traditions (Manchester)
Top notch Manchester improv from Adam Fairhall (toy pianos) and Dave Birchall (electric guitar)

Word Of Moth (London)
Collaborative quartet from the founders of LUME: Dee Byrne (alto sax), Cath Roberts (baritone sax), Seth Bennett (bass), Tom Greenhalgh (drums)

We’ll also have artist Gina Southgate capturing the day on canvas!

Doors 1pm, music 1.30pm-10.30pm, with late bar afterwards.

IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG.

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The festival is generously supported by Arts Council England, the Austrian Cultural Forum and 131 Kickstarter backers.

19th March: Huw V Williams Meets A Quartet

We’ve got a treat in store for you this week, with talented Welsh double bassist Huw V Williams playing two sets of improvised music with his quartet – featuring some heavyweight names on the UK scene.

Winner of the 2012 Yamaha Jazz Scholars Prize from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Huw draws on a rich combination of his Welsh roots, his training in Jazz and the contemporary creative music scenes in London, Brooklyn and Manhattan. With a fast growing CV lit up by the names of some of his heroes including Jim Black, Michael Blake, Jason Rebello, Neil Yates and long time mentor Huw Warren, Huw V Williams is building a beautiful bass filled world of free music and primal creativity.

Huw V Williams double bass
Alec Harper tenor saxophone
Dave Schulman clarinet
Simon Roth drums

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See you there! 8.30pm £5 entry…

29th May: Lauren Kinsella Quintet

Award-winning vocalist Lauren Kinsella and her band bring us an evening of new music and improvisation.

Lauren Kinsella Quintet

Lauren Kinsella is a contemporary vocalist and composer based in London. Hailed as ‘a completely down to earth and exquisitely vivacious young Irish singer’ (Katie Bull The New York City Jazz Record), she has performed in venues across Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, France, Germany, Portugal, Norway and India. She is the 2013 Kenny Wheeler Prize winner and performs in many groups including Thought-Fox, Blue-Eyed Hawk, The Bears and Alex Huber / Lauren Kinsella Duo . Her music regularly appears on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, RTE Lyric FM and BBC Radio Scotland and she has released albums on WideEar Records and Diatribe to critical acclaim.

Lauren Kinsella – vocals

Laura Jurd – trumpet

Dan Nicholls – keyboard

Conor Chaplin – bass

Simon Roth – drums

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As usual it’s doors at 8pm, with the music starting at 8.30pm, and £5 entry. Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Road, E2 8JL…just around the corner from Hoxton overground station.

 

 

28th November @ The Harrison: Otriad + Roth/Bonney/Marshall

After an amazing gig last night for the EFG London Jazz Festival, LUME decamps to The Harrison for our last gig of the year. We are very pleased to welcome Alex Roth’s Otriad.

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OTRIAD

In 1941, three Jewish brothers went into hiding in Poland’s Naliboki Forest to escape capture by the encroaching Nazi troops. By the end of the Second World War, they had led over 1,200 other Jews to safety, establishing a tight-knit community that resisted the Germans on one side and their co-operating Belarussian forces on the other. The Bielski Otriad, as the group became known, defied the fate of so many of their kind by refusing to give up hope even under the bleakest conditions.

It is this strength of community spirit that inspired the formation of Alex Roth’s Otriad, itself centred around three brothers of Polish-Jewish ancestry. Nick, Alex and Simon Roth (playing saxophones, guitars and percussion respectively) grew up to the sound of their mother’s violin and piano, quickly taking up the instruments that would eventually allow them to develop a unique musical understanding together. This three-way dynamic has been pivotal to each of their careers thus far, forming the core of several groups along the way (including the ten-piece electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Sefiroth).

Otriad is completed by two musicians whom Alex has met through studying for his MA at the Royal Academy of Music: James Opstad, who has been the bassist in Alex’s trio (with Simon again) since 2010, and saxophonist Joe Wright (half of the electro-acoustic improvising duo Wright/Roth, which has been active for over a year now).

Alex’s music for Otriad is an expression of the relationships that have formed between these five musicians, moving between folk-like melodies, free-form improvisation, electro-acoustic soundworlds, complex rhythmic structures and richly evocative harmonies.

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Support set with:

Nick Roth (sax)
Alex Bonney (trumpet)
Hannah Marshall (cello)

See you at the Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.

Doors 8pm, music starts from 8.30pm. Entry £5.

Thursday 21st November: London Jazz Festival Special! Quadraceratops and Entropi at Hundred Crows Rising

For this special LJF gig, we will present a double bill of our own bands: Quadraceratops and Entropi. Doors 8pm, music 8.30/8.45pm. £5 entry. We’d love to see you there, partly also to celebrate running the gig for nearly five months!

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ENTROPI

Dee Byrne put the group together while studying at Trinity College of Music in 2010, and they explore her growing repertoire of original music. Expect heavy grooves juxtaposed with outbreaks of swing, tight arrangements framing open-ended improvisation, abstract harmony mixed with melodic departures. This will be an intergalactic evening of space sonics!

Dee Byrne – alto sax, compositions

Andre Canniere – trumpet

Rebecca Nash – keys

Sandy Suchodolski – bass

Mat Fisher – drums

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QUADRACERATOPS

Cath Roberts formed Quadraceratops while studying for a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011.The band supported Get The Blessing at Camden’s Jazz Cafe as part of the 2012 London Jazz Festival. In June 2013, they played at Jazz In The Round @ The Cockpit hosted by Jez Nelson of BBC Radio 3′s ‘Jazz on 3′ programme. A few months later they appeared at the Vortex Jazz Club for the first time, playing at ReDiViDeR’s ‘I Dig Monk, Tuned’ album launch gig in September 2013 (presented by Match & Fuse). The current set of music is inspired by insects, fairground rides, underground tunnelling machines and fictional serial killers.

Cath Roberts – alto sax, compositions

Henry Spencer – trumpet

Tom Ward – tenor sax

Magnus Dearness – trombone

Dave O’Brien – keys

Jason Simpson – bass

Olly Blackman – drums

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7th November @ Hundred Crows Rising: ACROBAT

This week LUME is back at Hundred Crows Rising, 58 Penton Street, N1 9PZ… and we’re happy to present:

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Will Bartlett – organ
Pat Davey – drums
Kristian Borring – guitar

The warmth and presence of the classic organ/guitar groups are heard alongside new textures and stylish improvising. Compelling grooves and melodic clarity invite the listener inside one of the most exciting sounds in Jazz today.

Collective effort is the key in Acrobat. All members contribute compositions, before spending time arranging and work-shopping the material together to create a sound that is original to Acrobat. This subtle, supportive interaction allows the music to grow from sparse colours and intimate dialgoues to rugged sounds with electrifying solos: an evolving and involving experience.

Acrobat is closely connected with the newly formed SE Jazz Collective, indicating its position as part of the exciting and constantly evolving new jazz scene in London.

Recorded at Whippet Studio by Jules Jackson, the new EP showcases some of the original material Acrobat has been performing over the past year.

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£5 entry. Doors 8pm.

PROGRAMME CHANGE: Rob Milne’s Double Trio @ The Harrison Thurs 31st Oct

Sam Gardner’s Art of Three have had to cancel their gig this Thursday… BUT we are please to announce that Rob Milne’s Double trio will be performing instead. That’s two trios for the price of one – pretty good deal we think!!!

The Double Trio is led by Rob Milne (bass clarinet/tenor sax/clarinet) and features Seb Silas (tenor sax), Jj Stillwell and Jamie Benzies (double basses) and Dave Story and Angus Bishop (drums).

The focus is free improvisation, full of colours, textures, interplay and powerful grooves inspired by Rob’s unusual, dark compositions.

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See you at the Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF.

Doors 8pm, music starts from 8.30pm. Entry £5.

31st October @ The Harrison: Art Of Three (Leeds)

This week we return to the Harrison with a very special gig: drummer Sam Gardner is bringing his trio ‘Art Of Three’ down from Leeds! Come along and give them a warm London welcome.

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Krzysztof Urbanski – Sax
Sam Vicary -Bass
Sam Gardner – Drums

‘A fresh new trio featuring heavy riffs, grooves and swing with soul. The group draws inspiration from jazz legends such as Kenny Garret as well as more modern artists like Kendrick Scott and Terence Blanchard. They combine jazz with funk to create groovy music with a warm sound.’

art of threeThis gig is half of a London/Leeds gig swap. For the other half, LUME’s Dee Byrne is taking her group Entropi up to Leeds to play at Sam’s jazz night at the Grove Inn. For more info on that, head over to the FB event.

See you at the Harrison on Thursday! 28 Harrison Street, WC1H 8JF. Five minutes’ from Kings Cross.

24th October @ Hundred Crows Rising: Williams/Woolf Duo & Loz Sphere Quartet

This Thursday 24th October we are at Hundred Crows Rising and boy have we got a treat for you… a double bill with Williams/Woolf duo and Loz Sphere Quartet!

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Long-term collaborators Ryan Williams (guitar) and Andrew Woolf (tenor sax) play their original compositions and arrangements written especially for this duo format. They craft a full, varied and atmospheric musical world whose textures range from multi-layered, sensuous soundscapes to delicate, contrapuntal melodies, displaying the influence of Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Bill McHenry and Iain Ballamy’s Food.

“quiet, gritty explorations… sparse, peppery interplay… heartfelt momentum” LondonJazzNews review

LOZ SPHERE QUARTET

Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn
Chris Allard – guitar
Danny Manners – double bass
Andy Ball – drums

We’ll be playing some new compositions and some old ones (reviews below from my debut Quartet CD Two Kinds of Blue 1999). The music is strongly atmospheric, with a common feature of rhythmical changes, like twists and turns in mid-flow opening up a new approach, a leap into the unknown – each piece does its own thing, and evolves its own unique form. Influences? Many, including Monk (T Sphere), Kenny Wheeler, Steve Lacy, Gnaawa, Son, Zen, life and yes Miles…

“Fluid and inventive contemporary jazz and worldbeat trumpeter presents his new album “Two Kinds of Blue” – an excellent, gutsy, hard edged quartet session…” – John Lewis, Time Out

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This Thursday 17th October @ Hundred Crows Rising: Tommy Andrews Quintet & Moss Project

This week at LUME we are excited to present two high-calibre bands featuring some of the UK’s top musicians/improvisers. Please come and support this event at Hundred Crows Rising, 58 Penton Street, N1 9PZ.

TOMMY ANDREWS QUINTET

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The Tommy Andrews Quintet was formed in 2011, bringing together some of London’s leading young musicians to play my original compositions. On drums is Dave Hamblett (Ivo Neame/Abram Wilson) whose own project ‘The Dave Hamblett Group’ released its Debut album in 2013 to great acclaim. On bass is Dave Manington (Loop Collective/E17 Jazz/Tori Freestone) who released his second album Hullabaloo with his project ‘Riff Raff’ in January. Pianist Rick Simpson released his debut album ‘Semi Wogan’ in 2011 to critical acclaim and Nick Costley-White (Dixie Ticklers/LJO) completes the line-up on guitar.

The quintet has a wide-ranging library of original music to call on. The earlier works draw on influences from New York Contemporary Jazz and groove, whilst the later works have a darker edge from their roots in contemporary classical music, progressive rock and British Jazz. One of the defining factors of the music is its through-composed qualities, which tend to shun the ‘head-solos-head’ structure. The improvisation sections thus act as a developmental part of the composition, motifs are widely used to provide cohesion and themes often return in fresh new guises. This allows the music to keep a constant feel of momentum, rather than having to return back to ‘spent’ material. Texture also plays a major role in the group, with explorations into minimalism and ambience, often dropping to duets and solo passages mid-composition in order to create breathing room.

The band has been performing regularly around London since forming, in venues such as The Green Note, The Oxford, The Amersham Arms, Oliver’s Jazz Bar and Charlie Wright’s. This has allowed the band to refine and explore the music whilst building a strong musical rapport in preparation to record the Tommy Andrews Quintet’s debut album in 2013.

MOSS PROJECT

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Moss Freed guitar/compositions
Alice Zawadzki vox/violin
George Crowley tenor sax
Jon Harvey bass
Marek Dorcik drums
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Moss Freed was born in Manchester and took up the guitar aged eleven. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in music from Edinburgh University in 2004 and was awarded scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Bucher/Fraser Trust and the Berklee World Scholarship Tour to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he attained a GPA of 4.0 and a place on the Dean’s List. Moss has performed as a guitarist and had classical works performed around the world with radio play including Jazz FM and BBC6 Music. Moss is an active music educator, lecturing in harmony and composition at Salford University, examining for the Rockschool exam board and teaching guitar.

Whilst studying at Berklee, Moss Freed formed The Moss Project. On returning to his hometown of Manchester, he established a group there under the same name who quickly established a monthly residency at Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club. Their debut album, Vision, was released in 2009 on Apsara. The album won much critical praise being described as “a real achievement” by Bill Bruford and as “a fascinating and hypnotically satisfying album which demands repeated plays” by All About Jazz.

The band has performed regularly in the UK and Europe over the past three years including the London Jazz Festival and Manchester International Jazz Festival and have completed several successful tours in the UK (Jazz Services supported) and Germany. They have also achieved radio play on Jazz FM, BBC Manchester and ALL FM.