Tuesday 29 January 2013

University of Leeds Jazz Festival

     Colin Byrne's UK Mingus Collective

Leeds University is hosting a mini-jazz festival as part of their International Concert season. The festival will take place between 6th and 9th of February at the Clothmakers' Centenary Hall. It will feature Yorkshire-based artists including Colin Byrne and Louise Gibbs, as well as visiting musicians Nikki Iles and Harris Eisenstadt.

Here is a rundown on the festival schedule...

February 6th, 7.30pm - Colin Byrne's UK Mingus Collective

In 2009 Colin Byrne produced spectacular new arrangements of Mingus’ catalogue and hand-picked some of the UK’s finest musicians to assist in interpreting them. The band was selected by Jazz Yorkshire for the Demo in a Day project, through which their stunning debut album “Jump Monk” was recorded. Since then, the band have continued to play around Europe and the UK to great acclaim, including recent appearances at the Southport Jazz Festival, the Hull Jazz Festival and Leeds’ very own Fuse Festival. 

February 8th, 1.05pm - Louise Gibbs and Nikki Iles Duo

An exciting, long-awaited duo partnership between jazz singer, Louise Gibbs and pianist, Nikki Iles. They come together from previous duo associations with artists such as Lynne Arriale, Kirk Lightsey, Tina May and Norma Winstone to refine their reinterpretations of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. Their project continues the tradition but also features some originals and tunes made famous by jazz instrumentalists (Miles Davis, Ellington, Mingus, Monk, Shorter, Wheeler amongst others). What the tunes have in common is a challenging melodic angularity that, with added lyrics, deepens their representations of love, loss and renewal, life’s surprises and ambiguities. Dedicated to song and making music together in the moment, Gibbs & Iles guarantee each performance a one-off jazz experience.

(The duo will also run a workshop from 2.30pm until 4.00pm which is open to all ensembles, instrumentalists and singers.)

February 9th, 7.30pm - Harris Eisenstadt Trio

Alexander Hawkins – piano, John Edwards – bass, Harris Eisenstadt – drums, compositions

This trio is convened by New York-based Canadian drummer, Harris Eisenstadt. Widely regarded as “one of the current generation’s leading composers” (Troy Collins, Point of Departure), Eisenstadt’s critically acclaimed output as bandleader can be heard on labels such as Songlines, Clean Feed, and 482 Music. Alongside his standout work as one of the most interesting drummer-composers on the scene, his deftness of touch and sheer range have seen him appear alongside musicians including Sam Rivers, Ellery Eskelin, Nate Wooley.

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