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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Tuesday July 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CD Review: Vijay Iyer - Mutations

Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics), Miranda Cuckson (violin), Michi Wiancko (violin), Kyle Armbrust (viola) & Kivie Cahn-Lipman (cello)
(Review by Russell).
Mutations is Vijay Iyer’s first recording as a leader for ECM. The album comprises three pieces for piano and the suite Mutations 1-X scored for piano, electronics and strings. The New Yorker’s jazz affiliations are known to those with an interest in the contemporary American scene, collaborators include Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Matana Roberts and John Zorn. Mutations reveals another side to the pianist.
Composing for new music chamber ensembles has led to commissions and performances by the Brentano String Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra and others. Mutations was written and first performed in 2005 and it has taken until now for the work to be documented by ECM. The ten part work is framed by solo piano pieces; the first two - Spellbound and Sacrosanct, Cowrie Shells and the Shimmering Sea and Vuln, Part 2 - open the album and a third and final composition - When We’re Gone - closes the recording. 
At the core of the CD is the Mutations suite. Iyer studied violin for fifteen years and states: The sound of the string quartet has been in my head for as long as I can remember. The string players work to Iyer’s notated instructions, free to interpret sections, to develop and mutate the work. Some of the compositions were written on violin, some at the piano and some on Iyer’s computer. Of the ten compositions it is difficult, if not impossible, to decide which piece was composed on either instrument or device. At times the instrumentation is such that the strings could be a laptop-generated sound, similarly electronic interventions could be the strings.
Subtle manipulation of sound sources infuse Iyer’s canvas; quiet, reflective, occasionally urgent, English pastoral, expansive New World gestures. The album is by no means a jazz recording but for those with open ears rich rewards await.
Vijay Iyer’s Mutations is available now on ECM 376 4798.        
Russell.                  

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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