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

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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 

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

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Date: monday 20 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Price: £14

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