gigs - acoustic

Iain Ballamy's Anorak

Iain Ballamy's Anorak
Kettle's Yard
Renowned in Europe as the "Fantastic Englishman", Ballamy established himself playing alongside notables including Hermeto Pascoal, the late Gil Evans, George Coleman, Dewey Redman, Mike Gibbs and the New York Composers Orchestra.

Touring extensively world-wide he has appeared at most international festivals and venues. Ballamy can be heard on over 40 CDs. A long time collaborator with Django Bates, since the days of Loose Tubes and Bill Bruford's Earthworks he is currently a member of Django's 'Human Chain' and 'Delightful Precepice'.

Parallel to his international jazz career, Ballamy has pursued his interest in world music, playing concerts in India and Europe with the Karnataka College of Percussion. He has performed and forged strong working relationships with renowned musicians from Hungary, Norway, Spain, Sudan, Brazil and beyond...

Combined arts projects include tours with Sankalpam the contemporary Indian Dance group and Ballamy's acclaimed role as 'Steve the prat' in Simon Black's stage play 'Out There' which toured Britain in 1995 and '96.
His distinctive saxophone voice can be heard in his improvisations for the BBC Radio 4 play 'Signal to Noise' by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, the movie 'Legend' and a documentary 'Joseph Losey - the Man with Four Names'.
Ballamy recently scored the award winning film Mirrormask directed by Dave McKean for the Jim Henson company.

Ballamy's wide ranging musical interests add depth and creativity to his music which can be clearly heard on Veggie and Last Supper release by Rune Gramafon (featuring Norwegians Arve Henriksen , Mats Eilertsen and Thomas Stronen).

Ballamy is an agony uncle for jazz UK magazine with his column ‘In the saxophonists chair'

In 2001 he was awarded the BBC Radio 3 special award for innovation at the British Jazz awards.

Stan Sulzmann's 'Neon'

Stan Sulzmann's 'Neon'
Kettle's Yard
Stan Sulzmann is without question one of the most highly respected musicians in the UK today, admired by musicians and audiences for his instantly recognisable sound, and boundless creative imagination, and is a source of inspiration to many of Britain's emerging young musicians.

Sulzmann's career stretches back to the 60's, when as part of a uniquely talented crop of British musicians, he played with Graham Collier, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Gordon Beck, as well as leading many groups of his own.

Since that time Stan has been at the forefront of European contemporary jazz, and his talents have been sought by a host of discerning musicians, including Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland and Michael Brecker. Constantly in demand as a guest soloist, he has appeared with bands across Europe, including the Hilversum Radio Orchestra, NDR Big Band (alongside Chet Baker), Hanover Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Composers Orchestra.

The Shills

The Shills
Portland Arms, The
Bulldozers & butterflies. The Shills walk a fine line between delicate beauty and jolting, body shaking rock. Formed in early 2004, they have been cultivating a sound built from exacting musicianship & creative flexibility. The Shills have just released their self titled debut LP. The ten songs on the album are a diverse and dynamic display of the young band maturing and hitting their stride. Whether the slashing stomp of "Slackjaw America," or the danceable textures of "Big Indifference," The Shills deliver a stand out debut. The Shills draw on a wide range of influences such as The Beatles, Soundgarden, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Jeff Buckley, Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Pedro The Lion and many more. With a nod to the past The Shills are making accessible yet challenging new sounds. As a live act The Shills have built a solid following throughout the Boston and New York areas. Their passion and precision on stage will draw you in leave a lasting impression.


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Jack Savoretti

Jack Savoretti
Portland Arms, The

Radio 2's album of the week:

"Anyone recovering from a 35-year coma right now might think that the days of Cat Stevens and James Taylor havent really gone at all. Young boho men with acoustic guitars and no fear of baring their souls; Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper (dont blame me for listing these types, Jacks own website does it too) its all getting a mite too confessional at times.

Yet why complain? While the format may be getting a little ubiquitous and a little too comfortable its no worse than the umpteenth indie band that sound like they were freeze-dried in about 1982. Quality, as ever will out, and Jacks got it. Its up to us to make sure that we dont push him too fast. At the tender age of 22 hes already got a fine, emotive voice and an undoubted gift for a heart-stopping chord sequence."

Sweet music for summer

Sweet music for summer
Emmanuel United Reformed Church
A ‘Summer Recital' organised by Anglia Ruskin University .

The evening, to raise funds for the Music Therapy Appeal, is being staged by a group of Music Therapy students, with all proceeds going towards the Appeal.

The mainly classical programme will include pieces by Debussy, Deparc and Britten and also cover a wide range of other composers to represent the different musical backgrounds of the performers.

Speaking about the event Sue Jacobs from Anglia Ruskin University said: ‘The Summer Recital is the culmination of the students' desire to demonstrate their passion for Music Therapy, raise awareness and support the Appeal.'

‘The students are all exceptionally good musicians which means everyone who comes to the concert will be sure of an excellent evening's entertainment - and it is all for a good cause.'

An established Allied Health Profession, Music Therapy is a form of treatment in which live, mainly improvised music is used to help people work towards achieving therapeutic aims, and can help people suffering from a range of conditions including autism, learning difficulties, dementia, physical disability, schizophrenia and depression.

The Music Therapy Clinic was established on the Cambridge Campus
in 2005 as a result of fundraising for the Appeal and is used both to treat those in need, and to train the growing number of Music
Therapy students. The course is delivered at Anglia Ruskin University within the Department of Music & Performing Arts.

Clubglobal presents The Vodou Jazz Factory

Clubglobal presents The Vodou Jazz Factory
Barfly - closed 4 June 2008
Vodou Jazz Factory grew out of some conga workshops in Cambridge. The band plays rhythms from Haitian Vodou, Brazilian Candomble, Cuban Santeria and Highlife. We add melodies and jazz solos and we want to produce dance-till-you-drop music. The band is new, in 2008, and this will be their second gig. We are developing some new material to extend our set and hope to grow a whole new jazz sound over the next year or so. We play with a rhythmic and melodic structure but no detailed script, a basic tune and solos from everyone, so no two performances will ever be the same


The influences are from Jane's obsessions with Nigerian bands, Dele Abiodun and Fela Kuti, and from Sun Ra, Art Blakey, Nana Vasconcelos, Paapa Mensah and other members of the Mensah clan.

Plus DJ Skunk -Come Ready To Dance!

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Sounds vocal at the Festival of Ideas -- The Moving Tone Sessions

Sounds vocal at the Festival of Ideas -- The Moving Tone Sessions
St Edwards Church

Anne L Ryan - vocal theatre 

Anne L Ryan is a charismatic singer whose influences draw on various contemporary and world musical styles, composed and improvisatory, producing performances of profound intensity that can be deeply meditative as well as highly celebratory. Her captivating singing is a celebration of the power and versatility of the human voice. Inspired by the sean-nós of her Celtic roots, with neatly tempered world music influences, she sings both a cappella works and with accompaniments - electro-acoustic soundscapes, quartz crystal sound bowl, electronic sound diffusion and acoustic instruments.

Venue: St Edwards Church, Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PP

Door: £6 : £4 (concessions)

Tel: 01223 264991 for more information




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