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Band on the Wall Jazz Workshop Band

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Directed by renowned saxophonist Munch Manship, Manchester’s longest-running jazz workshop has been rehearsing and performing at Band on the Wall for decades, providing a space for local musicians to perform and improve their skills in a jazz ensemble environment.

The group plays a range of jazz styles, from bop, big-band, cool, latin and swing, and will be bringing their set to the Bar Stage for a special performance.

Photo credit: Jody Hartley

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

Date: sunday 26 may

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

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

Bianca Gannon Ensemble

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Bianca Gannon piano, percussion / Meilana Gillard saxophone / Neil Ó Loclainn double bass / Andrew McCoubrey drums

mjf2024’s second artist commissioned by the BAN BAM scheme in Dublin.  

Bianca Gannon is an Irish interdisciplinary art music composer and improviser. Her spontaneous compositions are an authentic, unfiltered expression in real time. Improvised solo and simultaneously on piano and percussion, ethereal pulsating difference-tones emerge from a bespoke ensemble of metallophones and singing bowls. Otherworldly tunings create resonant waves of sound. Gongs punctuate pianistic grooves. Hockets, syncopations, extended techniques, and crunchy harmonies interject, disrupt and intensify. A cycle that informs Bianca Gannon’s music is the fact that gamelan music inspired early C20th French composition, which in turn inspired jazz, which inspired gamelan. In bringing together and revealing parallels between seemingly disparate elements, Bianca is inspired by that which connects us. 

A Contemporary Music Centre represented composer, Bianca has been awarded the King House Piano Commission, BAN BAM Award, Arts Co. Music Bursary Award, Pythia Prize and Percy Grainger Award. She is an Improvised Music Company 30/30 Artist (one of Ireland’s outstanding improvisers) and was Artist in Residence with the City of Greater Dandenong. Bianca’s work has been presented internationally by leading ensembles including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, loadbang, Ensemble Offspring, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). She has toured her solo improv act across Australia, Europe and North America. Her debut improv album ‘with // without’ garnered a four-star review in the Sydney Morning Herald, and was selected by Rhythms Magazine as Best Instrumental Album 2020. A recipient of the Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship, Bianca has been engaged in a mutual exchange with Indonesia for over a decade. She has lived, worked and played across the archipelago, conducting DIY field research with custodians of endangered food-centric instruments and creating immersive multidisciplinary concert experiences. 

BAN BAM is a biennial commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists from across Ireland from Improvised Music Company (IMC) Dublin and Moving On Music (MoM) Belfast. 

Date: saturday 25 may

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 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

Carole Nelson Trio

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Carole Nelson piano / Cormac O’Brien double bass / Dominic Mullan drums 

Carole Nelson “a rare and quite likely undervalued talent” (The Irish Times) presents the premiere of The Last Song, our third artist commissioned by the BAN BAM scheme in Dublin. The three-part suite is based on the story of the Hawiian Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird, which became extinct in the 1980s. A recording was made of the mating call of what was possibly the last of its species.

Carole performs with her two integral collaborators, Cormac O’Brien and Dominic Mullan; the suite is in 3 parts, striking a balance between composed and improvised pieces, exploring through sound the moving story of this extinction as one amongst the thousands now happening every day. 

After a debut performance at the 2015 Dublin Piano Trio Festival, the Carole Nelson Trio recorded their first album One Day in Winter, inspired by the South Carlow landscape of Carole’s home. It traces the arc of a winter’s day between the Barrow and the Blackstairs Mountains – a journey through a human landscape as much as a physical one: meditation, wonder, playfulness, contemplation of ageing and death, human warmth and companionship. 

The trio’s second album Arboreal (Blackstairs Records) was made with the support of the Irish Arts Council and Carlow Arts and is a composer’s response to the question ‘How can artists respond to the climate and ecological emergencies?’ 

BAN BAM is a biennial commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists from across Ireland from Improvised Music Company (IMC) Dublin and Moving On Music (MoM) Belfast. 

Date: sunday 26 may

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Close Counters

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Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Naarm/Melbourne-based Close Counters’ diverse soundscape sits at the crossroads of house, neo-soul, broken beat and disco. Their 2023 Music Victoria Award-winning and Australian Music Prize-nominated album, SOULACOASTA II, is a sample-infused expedition that further secured their spot as one of the top talents in their class, with the duo tirelessly sourcing niche samples from films and records on trips across the globe. The LP was touted by tastemakers Gilles Peterson, Folamour, Jamz Supernova, Jyoty Singh, Jaguar, Tarsza, DJ Mag, Bandcamp, and landed Album Features with Australian stations Double J, 3RRR, PBR and 2SER. Breakout singles from the pack were originally released by Melvo Baptiste’s The Remedy Project, an imprint of Defected Records. 

Their collaboration Rollout with Young Franco featuring UK rappers Scrufizzer and Jay Prince, won over new fans across the globe and was added to the Official Soundtrack for acclaimed video game FIFA 23. In the past year the band have also performed or provided mixes for triple j, 3RRR, Defected Radio, FBi Radio, Soho Radio NYC, Baked, and interviewed on BBC Radio 1Xtra when hotly tipped as their After Dark Discovery and ‘EP of the Week’ (FLUX, 2022). 

A true live act at heart, the duo expands to include featured musicians and vocalists from their wider collective. 

Date: friday 24 may

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Price: £13 Advance

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Black Hudu DJ Set

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Black Hudu is an underground collective of artists, DJs and producers made up of Mighty Funk’Houser, Anouj, Soulful Grooves, and Benaiah Matheson. The word Hudu is derived from hoodoo (with a Huddersfield twist.) Hoodoo is the name of a language and a Ewe tribe in Togo and Ghana. Hoodoo is also an African religion born from Black resilience that cultivates reverence for one’s ancestors, holistic health, and oneness with self. 

The positive intention to create unity and wellbeing is at the heart of everything Black Hudu does. This is achieved in the ritual of the Session – where potent musical frequencies take the listener on a journey to banish bad energy, free the inner self, and become one with the vibrations. These vibrations include a mixture of sounds picked from the African diaspora such as Roots & Culture, Dub, Hip Hop, Neo Soul, Underground House & Garage, Bruk, Jazz, Funk and Soul.

Black Hudu have expanded from their hometown of Huddersfield playing overseas dates in Europe, as well as creating guest mixes for Rinse FM and Selector Radio. They have blessed crowds alongside the likes of, Omar, Afronaut & Mark Force (Bugz in the Attic), Frankie Feliciano, Jeremy Sylvester, Aluku Rebels, Ben Hauke, Chino-Vv, Down Town Calling, DJ Q, Henry Wu and more. 

Ever since their first dance in 2015 there’s been no looking back. With the mighty Ras Amharic sound system, Black Hudu continue to deliver their metamorphic vibrations to every molecule of your being. Stay tuned to the champion sounds of Black Hudu as they take the nation by storm. This crew are going to be popping up and popping off all over the UK… ready yourself!!!

Date: saturday 25 may

Time: 10:00 pm - 12:00 am

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Sarāb

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Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Climène Zarkan vocals, keyboard / Robinson Khoury trombone / Baptiste Ferrandis guitar / Timothé Robert bass / Paul Berne drums 

Making their UK debut at mjf, Sarāb creates a commanding mix of Arabic music, jazz and rock, and is one of the most mesmerising bands to come out of the vibrant Paris music scene in recent years.  

Born from the meeting between the Franco-Syrian singer Climène Zarkan and guitarist Baptiste Ferrandis, Sarāb – meaning mirage in Arabic – plays with borders and genres, navigating through Eastern and European tones, fusing the energetic rhythms and harmonies of both cultures into an ingenious yet authentic melting pot.  

Sarāb’s virtuosic, interweaving vocal and trombone frontline melodies are offset by the band’s rhythmic and harmonic intricacies – yet the results make for a highly emotive and rewarding experience, in what will undoubtedly be a highlight of this year’s festival programme.  

Sarāb are touring the UK supported by EJN Green Pilot Tours – an initiative by Europe Jazz Network members – including mjf – to reduce the carbon footprint of international touring. The artists have arrived from France and Germany by train or other means of green transport. We encourage you to do the same for your (hopefully shorter) journey to Band on the Wall this evening… 

Date: saturday 25 may

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

Price: £6 Full Price

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