Seven Arts, Leeds
Friday 23rd May
Pianist and composer Laura Cole is to celebrate her 40th birthday with a gig at Seven Arts this evening, Friday 23rd May. The evening will feature Laura's large ensemble, The Bennett Cole Orchestra, as well as the Vuillamy/Murray/Bennett trio.
The Bennett Cole Orchestra, which Laura co-leads with bassist Seth Bennett, is a collection of improvising musicians that perform original works by both Laura and Seth. Their last appearance at Seven Arts was to a sold-out audience and tonight will also feature some special guests so is sure to be another unmissable gig.
The line-up for the Orchestra is: Seth Bennett, double
bass; Katie Patterson, drums/percussion; John Arnesen, drums; Ollie
Dover, soprano/alto sax; Riley Stone-Lonergan, tenor sax; Richard Scott,
baritone sax; Richard Ormrod, reeds; Helen Baines, clarinet; Aby
Vuillamy, viola; Semay Wu, cello; Paul Moore, tuba; George Murray,
trombone; Chris Burge, trombone; Kim Macari, trumpet; Nick Fletcher,
trumpet; Laura Cole, piano.
The Vulliamy Murray Bennett trio was formed by
accident around two years ago, after Bradford Svengali Andy Abbot asked
them to do a gig together. The trio had a fantastic time playing in an
abandoned shop in Bradford, and decided they ought to do more together.
Since then, they've played a lot more music together, as a trio, in the
Bennett-Cole Orchestra, Fusebox Composers' Orchestra, and in various
configurations of duos with others.
The trio have spent their
time expanding mutual language and enjoying each other's playing,
exploring the intersection of their instruments and their training;
improvisation traditions from both Western Classical and Jazz musics,
played on three instruments that are all traditionally accompanists
rather than leaders. Aby and George spent a long time in Glasgow,
playing with Scatter, the Glasgow Improvisor's Orchestra, the One
Ensemble and lots more, and Seth has been haunting West Yorkshire for
years, playing with 7 Hertz, idst, Metamorphic and Nut Club, amongst
Aby Vulliamy, Viola and Voice
George Murray, Trombone
Seth Bennett, Double Bass and Voice
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