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D’Accord! + Fallen Flags

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

D’Accord!

Francesca Pidgeon (aka Dilletante) (UK) voice, guitar, keyboards, loops / Naïssam Jalal (FR) flute, voice / John Pope (UK) bass / Arnaud Dolmen (FR) drums 

Initiated by mjf and The Glasshouse ICM (Gateshead), with support from Centre National de la Musique (CNM) in Paris, D’Accord! is a new programme bringing together northern artists that have journeyed through our artist development programmes with breakthrough French artists.  It offers them an invaluable opportunity to open up their international horizons and develop partnerships with overseas artists. 

Devising sessions will take place at The Glasshouse and this exclusive musical partnership will be premiered there – and here at mjf.  

Francesca Pidgeon, DIY composer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester, is the creative mind behind art-pop collective Dilletante and a mainstay of B.C Camplight’s band; Newcastle’s John Pope is an open-hearted improviser and bassist, best known for being one third of genre-defying Archipelago and leading his own Quartet. 

French composer, flute player and vocalist Naïssam Jalal searches for freedom in her music, authentically bridging multiple cultures in her many projects to create her own universe. Originally from Guadeloupe, now Paris-based, drummer Arnaud Dolmen brings his background of gwoka and jazz into his energetic playing and musical partnerships throughout the world. 

Fallen Flags 

Caroline Frandsen (DK) voice / Glen Montanaro (DK) guitar / Hoda Jahanpour (UK) cello / Trees.R.Good (UK) bass guitar, saxophone, electronics / Frederik Bülow (DK) drums 

Fallen Flags is a cross-city collaboration in alternative music between Manchester and Denmark.  

Immerse yourself in a musical exploration transcending borders and genres. Fallen Flags, a Brighter Sound initiative uniting five talented young musicians from Manchester, Aalborg and Aarhus (DK), evolved to build a strong bond and network between the music environments of these vibrant cities. 

The focus of the new music lies firmly within the realm of alternative music, spanning jazz, experimental and improvisation. Having devised and premiered it in Denmark last year, the ensemble gives its UK debut here. 

Caroline Frandsen is singer, performer, and songwriter from Aalborg, renowned for her dark pop compositions. Glen Montanaro is a guitarist and composer, actively working at finding new sounds in collaboration, including Xhud (ʃuːt), a project combining emotional and rhythmical music with live visuals, and The Ebbin’ & Flow, a collaboration with Jess Rymer exploring Maltese and Yorkshire folklore and narratives through two distinct musical approaches. 

Hoda Jahanpour is an Iranian-Slovak cellist, songwriter, and composer known for bridging classical and popular music. Trees.R.Good is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, advocating for climate change awareness through music. Frederik Bülow is an award-winning drummer and composer, whose jazztronica band Abekejser pushes the boundaries of jazz and electronic music. 

Fallen Flags is part of the Aalborg-Aarhus-Manchester city collaboration and supported by Aalborg Kommune, Brighter Sound Manchester and The Danish Ministry of Culture 

Date: thursday 23 may

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Awen Ensemble

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Amy Clark voice / Emyr Penry Dance trumpet, flugelhorn / Saul Duff tenor saxophone / Ruari Graham guitars / Glen Leach Fender Rhodes / Joe Wilkes double bass / Eddie Bowes drums, bodhrán 

Awen, meaning ‘poetic inspiration’ in Welsh, marks the band’s intention to explore folkloric heritage, landscape and the human mind, inspiring audiences to reflect on and connect with these subjects. Playing both vocal-led and instrumental work, the band takes inspiration from the modal tradition, spiritual jazz and folk music across the globe; they use spoken word, shimmering instrumentation and a Celtic mystique to create compositions that are melodically focused and groovedriven. 

Date: thursday 23 may

Time: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

The Gelatos

Matt and Phreds

Siena Lloyd saxophone, clarinet, voice / Bex Hughes piano, voice / Peter Riley bass, voice / Stuart Smith drums

The Gelatos are a high-energy, all-singing jazz quartet playing the all-time classic songs of the 40’s and 50’s with an Italian twist. The 4-piece ensemble never fails to put a smile on every audience member’s face as they play their masterful mix of tunes guaranteed to get you dancing in your seat. Playing favourites from the likes of Louis Prima, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.  

From beautiful, laid back, slow and more romantic numbers, all the way through to high-tempo, quick-stepping jump jives, The Gelatos are a truly electric and fun collection of musicians who will take you on an unforgettable journey through the music of the time period. 

Call 0161 273 5495 to reserve a table 

Date: thursday 23 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Price: Free

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Nubiyan Twist

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Band on the Wall

Tom Excell guitar / Aziza Jaye voice / Jonny Enser trumpet / Nick Richards alto saxophone / Hannah-Mae Birtwell baritone saxophone / Oli Cadman keyboards / Luke Wynter bass / Finn Booth drums / Pilo Adami percussion 

A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to create an infectious sound drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, dancehall, soul, reggae and dance music – expect ultra-tight musicianship and a powerful 9-piece, big band sound.  

Since forming in 2011 at the then Leeds College of Music, Nubiyan Twist have risen to become one of the leading groups in the fertile UK Jazz scene. Known for their eclectic blend of styles and powerful sound, their thrilling and infectious grooves have consistently mesmerised audiences.   

Their 2015 self-titled debut album, and acclaimed Jungle Run in spring 2019, led to their third massive album Freedom Fables, released on Strut Records in March 2021. The album was heavily playlisted on BBC 6 Music alongside live sessions with Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs and Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2, plus their UK TV debut on Later… with Jools Holland 

The type of record that should be blasted over a sun-drenched festival crowd.” Clash

Nubiyan Twist explore oppressive mindsets while maintaining danceable momentum.” Jazzwise 

Energy, rhythm, youthfulness, madness, precision and multiple influences.” Rolling Stone 

For more information about venue access, please visit: https://bandonthewall.org/visit/access

Date: thursday 23 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: £20.50 Full Price

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