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The Wagon Train + Maja Bugge, with Evans and Gregory: SORTLAND

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The Carlton Club

The Wagon Train  

Steven Buckley guitar, lap steel / John Ellis piano, organ / Matt Owens double bass / Luke Flowers drums / Naomi Buckley, Alison Jones violins / Aimee Johnson viola / Polly Virr cello 

Guitar virtuoso Steven Buckley initially formed The Wagon Train – a firm favourite with mjf audiences over the years – to bring together the inspiration of the famous Ennio Morricone soundtracks from the 1960’s and contemporary improvised music. With the recent release of the album I-Spy, the band – already bristling with sublime northern talents – has been augmented to feature a string section, to delve deeper into how the influence of composers such as John Barry, David Axelrod and Jack Nitsche can work with improvisation alongside through-composed arrangements. Complementing the music, evocative projected images and film archive will give audiences a heightened aural and visual experience.

Maja Bugge, with Evans and Gregory: SORTLAND 

Maja Bugge cello, electronics Dave Evans piano / Adam York Gregory visuals

To open the evening, Norwegian cellist and composer Maja Bugge returns to mjf with SORTLAND, a new collaboration with pianist Dave Evans and film-maker Adam York Gregory.

SORTLAND is a meditative portrait of Maja’s home city, the ‘blue town’ situated 68 degrees north above the arctic circle. The work fuses evocative melodies, riffs and grooves inspired by this environment with a specially made backdrop of image and video. Together, these elements make a playful and gentle audio-visual homage to place, sound and memory.

“It is captivating to observe Bugge improvising with her surroundings” – The New York City Jazz Record

Maja Bugge is a Norwegian jazz cellist and composer based in Lancaster. She has performed at mjf several times over the past 8 years both as a solo artist and in the bands Deep Cabaret and NORTHERN. She performs regularly in Europe and has released three solo albums: Together, No Exit and Shelter.

Dave Evans is a jazz pianist, composer and bandleader based in Leeds. He won the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Ensemble with his band Ubuyne, and regularly performs and collaborates with a wide range of musicians, from solo vocalists, to spoken word artists and large ensembles.

Adam York Gregory is a visual artist, scientist, animator and filmmaker based in Glasgow. His practice explores the synergies and contradictions between these disparate pursuits, frequently through collaboration.

Presented in association with Carlton Jazz Club and Brume 

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Please note that The Carlton Club is not easily accessible for customers with disabilities or access requirements (lift or ramp), so if you do wish to attend and feel you could safely accommodate some steps (10 in total), with assistance, please feel free to contact The Carlton Club direct to discuss and arrange. There are disabled facilities inside and anyone who needs disabled parking can use the car park outside the building. Contact info: https://www.carltonclub.org.uk/#Contact

 

Date: monday 20 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Price: £14

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Huw Warren: Choro Choro Choro

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Huw Warren piano / Tori Freestone flute / Yuri Goloubev double bassAdriano Adewale percussion 

Celebrating Choro, the vibrant beating heart of Brazilian music, pianist Huw Warren’s latest project explores music from the 1880’s to the present day by composers such as Ernesto Nazareth, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Pixinguinha, and modern masters such as Guinga and Hermeto Pascoal.

By turns virtuosic, lyrical, and always beautiful and elegant – Choro Choro Choro brings new twists to this cherished dance music.

Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren was Awarded the BBC Jazz award for Innovation and has achieved an international reputation for innovative and eclectic music-making over a thirty-year career. Equally at home crossing the worlds of jazz, global and contemporary music, he has a distinctive and personal voice. In addition to his revered band Perfect Houseplants, he has collaborated with a huge variety of artists worldwide, including June Tabor, Iain Ballamy, and Italian singer Maria Pia de Vito.

This piano-led quartet is orchestrated in the tradition of Choro: instrumental Brazilian music full of syncopation, counterpoint and improvisation. His forward-looking jazz interpretations of this popular Latin genre bring Choro to the enjoyment and appreciation of new audiences.

Truly, “music for the head, heart and feet!

Presented in association with Carlton Jazz Club and Brume 

Venue Access & Accessible Seating

Please note that The Carlton Club is not easily accessible for customers with disabilities or access requirements (lift or ramp), so if you do wish to attend and feel you could safely accommodate some steps (10 in total), with assistance, please feel free to contact The Carlton Club direct to discuss and arrange. There are disabled facilities inside and anyone who needs disabled parking can use the car park outside the building. Contact info: https://www.carltonclub.org.uk/#Contact

Date: wednesday 22 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:10 pm

Price: £14

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Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple

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Daniel Erdmann tenor saxophone / Hélène Duret clarinets / Théo Ceccaldi violin / Vincent Courtois cello / Robert Lucaciu bass / Eva Klesse drums 

The UK Premiere of one of the most invigorating and powerful new bands currently coming out of the European scene – do not miss this once-only chance to see them in Manchester!

Thérapie de Couple – we are talking, of course, about the Germany-France couple, the engine of Europe, which now and then finds itself in crisis. Saxophonist and bandleader Daniel Erdmann knows both sides very well, the differences, the similarities, the possible misunderstandings, the psychology of the two countries. Daniel is the ideal counsellor.

He is particularly pleased to put together this new German-French sextet and, in selecting musicians, has opted for a combination of those he already knows very well – and the security that comes with that – and inviting completely new people who bring with them the desire and magic of uncertainty.

The results make for a spellbinding ensemble of virtuoso players on their first visit to the UK: the young French clarinettist Hélène Duret, currently touring France with her band Suzanne. Hi-energy drummer Eva Klesse and bassist Robert Lucaciu, two established greats of the German jazz scene, and the phenomenal expressive talents of French string soloists Théo Ceccaldi and Vincent Courtois.

Daniel has been travelling between Germany and France for over 20 years. German-French and European projects are at the centre of his work: Das Kapital and Velvet Revolution, but also quartets, trios and duos with Heinz Sauer, Christophe Marguet, Vincent Courtois, Aki Takase, Henri Texier and many others.

There are at least two ways to start a new band. You can rely on musicians you have worked with for a long time, who you know well and who you know will “work”. When composing, you can use their strengths, you can try to take the music even further, there is a certain security. Or you can get involved in something new: with musicians you may have heard in concerts or on recordings, but with whom you have never exchanged sounds. This second possibility brings freshness, new discoveries and a lot of uncertainty, from which magical moments can arise.

A German-French couple therapy, full of the joy of playing, with pioneering musicians from both countries. That is Daniel Erdmann’s idea for this new adventure.

This concert is also part of mjf’s collaborations with European partners to reduce the carbon footprint of international touring. All of the artists have arrived from France and Germany by train or other means of green touring. We encourage you to do the same for your (hopefully shorter) journey to The Carlton Club this evening…

Presented in association with Carlton Jazz Club and Brume

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Venue Access & Accessible Seating

Please note that The Carlton Club is not easily accessible for customers with disabilities or access requirements (lift or ramp), so if you do wish to attend and feel you could safely accommodate some steps (10 in total), with assistance, please feel free to contact The Carlton Club direct to discuss and arrange. There are disabled facilities inside and anyone who needs disabled parking can use the car park outside the building. Contact info: https://www.carltonclub.org.uk/#Contact

Date: tuesday 21 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Price: £15.00

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