Coming Up at the Vortex

The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...
The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vortex Jazz Club. (October 2005) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

THURSDAY 10/01/2013 – 20.30


This first label night at the Vortex for experimental record label Bigo & Twigetti will be a meeting of the sonic and visual arts.
Jim Perkins, Jeremy Keenan and Microseq combine digital sounds from the extremes of the sonic spectrum with field recordings, looping and live instrumental performance. Expect confrontational digital sounds, melodic conceptual compositions, ambient electronics and animated oil paintings by Em Cooper.

Performers include: Aisha Orazbayeva / Olga Stezhko / Red Gray


MONDAY 14/01/2013 – 20.30


Bassist Dominic Lash has recently relocated to Bristol after a year in New York. The Guardian has written of his “explosive bass-strumming” and the Newcastle Journal of his “endless efforts to veer left of every known note or chord”. He formed his trio in 2009 with rising star pianist Alexander Hawkins (whose recent work has reached a “dazzling new apex” according to Downbeat) and drummer Javier Carmona (Ingrid Laubrock, Kicking Louise). In 2011 the band was expanded into a quartet with multi-reed player Ricardo Tejero (Ensemble Progressivo, Triatone), which toured Spain in the summer of 2012.


THURSDAY 17/01/2013 – 20.30


FLY AGARIC is a long-standing collaboration between four musicians who met during their studies. Jazz being their common ground, they each bring to the feast an array of seemingly unrelated and eclectic musical ingredients (African and Latin American dance music, Eastern European Folk, Classical and Contemporary music). Their material is original- at times thoroughly composed and arranged, at times riotously free. The band commands a broad palette of sound settings, starting with the conventional jazz sax quartet and expanding into less well-charted territory through the use of accordion, brass clarinet, percussion and extended techniques. Expect to hear tunes from their record “In Search Of Soma”, some totally new pieces, and songs of our dear friend Jamie Doe (The Magic Lantern) in a unique and unprecedented collaborative from: Fred Thomas (percussion) / Cesc Marco (piano, accordion) / Jiri Slavik (double bass) / Zac Gvi (saxophone, clarinet, toys) + Jamie Doe (vocals, guitar).


FRIDAY 18/01/2012 – 20.30


The Emile Parisien Quartet continues to impress audiences with spirit and maturity. Their originality emerges from the intense exploration of a range of styles and composers; from Coltrane and Wayne Shorter to Hector Berlioz, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg. Emile Parisien (Sax) / Sylvain Darrifourcq (Drums) / Julien Touery (Piano) / Ivan Gélugne (Double bass). Eyes of a Blue Dog: born out of the Loop Collective, tonight’s incarnation of Eyes of a Blue Dog sees trumpeter Rory Simmons and vocalist Elisabeth Nygård perform with visuals.


SUNDAY 20/01/2013 – 20.30


Mopomoso starts the New Year with three great sets of free improvisation:

Stefan Keune (sax) / Dominic Lash (bass) / Steve Noble (drums) trio

Known more in the UK for his work on alto and sopranino German saxophonist Keune brings out the baritone for what promises to be a blistering set with two of the UK’s finest. Sonic pyrotechnics of the highest order!

Hannah Marshall (cello) / Paul G Smyth (piano) duo

Ireland’s foremost improvising talent Smyth revisits a duo with remarkable cellist Marshall in a Mopomoso debut. Empathetic and inventive interplay across the spectrum.

Satkoko Fukuda (violin) / Henry Lowther (trumpet) / John Russell (guitar) trio

Well respected and highly musical trio make a welcome return, playing a rare music of poise and elegance. Engaging, open ended and fluid improvisation from three great players.