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Postage

16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Eris 136199 + Inclusive Principle @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle -

Martin Archer (Laptop, keyboard, bass clarinet + sop); Hervé Perez (reeds, electronics); Peter Fairclough (percussion) 
(Review/photos by Ken Drew)
This trio performed here early last year to huge acclaim and it was a very welcome return, this time as part of a Northern Line mini-tour.  Starting with a very quiet introduction with strong rhythms developing from Fairclough on percussion, with both Archer and Perez initially sat in charge of Laptops providing a variety of sampled and created sounds - chimes, animal sounds, birdsong, crashing waves etc along with generated-on-the-fly effects.  The filtered white noise plus the sound of ever-so-close seagulls was a little unnerving for those of us who live on the coast!   After a long slowly developing introduction, the soundscape was still evolving ...... was Perez doing 'live coding'? No matter - it was certainly a live and quite complex set of sounds being created in unison with Archer, and with Fairclough adding to the mix quite gently in the background.  Yet, alongside the two laptop & wind performers, Fairclough never failed to make his mark, giving us a masterclass in percussion often using deceptively simple strokes across the kit with tempos changing at will but always in concert with Archer and Perez.
The power of the performance got stronger as the piece evolved and developed in breadth and intensity, electronics giving way to ‘conventional solos’ on soprano sax (Perez) and bass clarinet (Archer) followed by new sounds still drifting in and out ... pipe organ tones ... a low swirling sound....  then a bluesy riff emanates from Archers sax and another brief sighting of seagulls. It was apparent that the initially quiet and slow introduction had been a prelude to what was now evolving as the trio took us on a musically rich and ever-expanding sonic journey.

Often the contribution of each Laptop was equal with no apparent lead. Was one driving the other, or were the creations of Perez providing the backdrop for Archer's more short and punchy staccato sounds? The increasing volume suggested the end was in sight, prompted by a very frantic section with Fairclough let off the reigns, then carefully fading, so ending this wonderful 40-minute long piece. What a journey we'd been taken on. It was certainly engrossing, quite intense at times, occasionally light-hearted and always full of sonic interest and adventure. And what a great ending!!
Whilst there were only three performers on stage, the music developed in complexity, yet somehow it remained accessible, challenging the audience to reflect on how such diversely short sections combined to make a solid, understandable yet lengthy piece.  This constantly changing and intriguing soundscape showed that the overall impact was more than just the sum of the parts.
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Han-Earl Park (guitar / pedals); Catherine Sikora (tenor sax); Nick Didkovsky (guitar / pedals)
It was 1 year and 6 days ago that Park played here, and following that performance Jazz North East were keen to get him back - but this time with a different trio, which made it all the more exciting.  After a short guitar introduction, rising in intensity, Sikora blasted in on sax.  The focus moved between all three, settling in nicely and establishing their credentials. Then Park played extensively with both hands mid-way along the neck of his guitar - fingers furtively creating various sounds accompanied by Sikora and Didkovsky. Park then followed the sax by tuning/de-tuning a string holding a single played note. Didkovsky embarked on a similar style, by creating swirling sounds with both hands busily striking the strings in the middle of the guitar's fretboard. A similar looking technique maybe, but with such a different resultant sound.

Both guitarists were using pedals, but nothing similar beyond that. Park, playing characteristically barefoot, predominantly used a swell pedal to provide a wide and active dynamic to his sound.  Didkovsky had a small range of pedals, including harmoniser, compressor and a couple more. These were never a focus of activity

but used quite subtly to shift the emerging sound into new areas without losing the guitar's base sound.  Well, maybe occasionally it did, but to good effect.  The pedals were never in the limelight, but the resulting sound certainly was, working perfectly to complement Park, and interworking with Sikora. The piece progressed with mostly different pairings working together and bouncing ideas off each other, the sax producing strong and occasionally extended solos with alternate guitars providing different backing effects, ending at around 30 minutes. Plenty time for another piece to follow, starting with Didkovsky providing a suitable rhythm to build on and develop. Park provided more jagged guitar sounds, Didovsky further demonstrated more techniques and timbres, with fleeting references to Fripp's characteristic guitar sound (well, to my ear at least !) and Sikora another extended sax-led section, oftentimes blasting to quite easily and delightfully fill the room.

Overall, this was quite an exploration of the instruments' sonic capabilities and the soundspace they occupied together. This was never more apparent than the ending of the second piece where Park and Didkovsky arrived at the same two notes and simultaneously left them hanging in mid-air for them to fade out naturally. This is of course how tunes are often written to finish, but judging by the look of surprise on the two guitarist’s faces, this had been arrived at telepathically from the natural flow of the piece, with both players poised to continue until it became apparent in an instant that they had arrived at the natural conclusion of the piece.

So, two excellent sets, both improvised, but each very different apart from the enthusiastic applause they each received.
Ken.

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