April highlights from the UK’s Vortex:
Thursday 1 – Bruise
The return of the legendary ‘improv-Super Group’ (Timeout) Bruise. Led by bass saxophonist Tony Bevan, Bruise are famed for their soaring, lyrical, epic lunar soundscapes and razor-sharp, off-centre grooves.
Friday 2 – Finn Peters & Matt Yee King
Witness the most mind-melding brainwave music from the soulphonic sax, flute and electronics of Finn Peters combined with the computer wizardry of Matthew Yee King…funky algorithms in the most musical maths!
Monday 5 | 8.30pm | £8 | Book online
Free Tallinn Trio
A unique combination of a singer with an unusually wide voice range Anne-Liis Poll, a classically trained piano virtuoso Anto Pett, and guitarist Jaak Sooäär, one of the most well-known jazz musicians in the Baltics.
The freely improvised music of Free Tallinn Trio could be described as contemporary impro chamber opera, but the main influences are contemporary music and modern jazz improvisation.
Tuesday 6 – Julian Siegel Quartet – ‘Close Up’
Julian Siegel is an in-demand saxophonist on the European jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music and with the Quartet he appears alongside some of the current generation’s most distinctive voices – Liam Noble (piano), Gene Calderazzo (drums) and Dave Whitford (bass).
Monday 12 – Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura
Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura are a dynamic contemporary music piano and trumpet duo who split their time between Tokyo and New York where they regularly play and record with the downtown jazz crowd.
Thursday 15 – H-Alpha
From NYC, H-Alpha presents the vibrant language of contemporary improvised music in all of its glory. Briggan Krauss (alto and baritone saxophones), Ikue Mori (laptop) and Jim Black (drums and percussion) – three indisputable legends of improvisation, provide a powerful lesson in this art form.
Friday 16 – Humcrush
Humcrush is a collaborative project featuring percussionist Thomas Strønen and keyboard player Ståle Storløkken, both stalwarts of the legendary Norwegian label Rune Grammofon, and perhaps best known for their work with Food and Supersilent respectively.
Sunday 18 – Mopomoso – monthly free improvisation night
Vic Corringham / Dave Tucker
Chefa Alonso / Eugene Martynec / Barbara Meyer
Henry Lowther / John Russell ( guitar ) duo
Wednesday 21 – Oddjob
Oddjob is a prime example of why Scandinavian musicians play such a prominent role in the latest happenings in jazz. It’s not just about technique and virtuosity; it is unconditional concentration on a unique sound and the impact of melody.
Monday 26 – Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit
70th Birthday Celebration. Louis Moholo is widely regarded as being not only one of South Africa’s most important musicians but also one of the world’s finest drummers and his influence on the development of music in this country is immeasurable.
Thursday 29 – Evan Parker
Stalwarts of London’s free improvising scene, Evan Parker (tenor saxophone), John Edwards (bass) and Tony Marsh (drums) are joined by pianist and composer Tony Hymas.
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