Preview: Big Free Jazz Festival in Dalston
Jazz may have been born and raised in America, but today music has no home. Europe is arguably a more innovative center for jazz than the United States. Reflecting the vitality of contemporary European jazz, the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston is organizing a free festival this weekend.
Match & Fuse features 13 groups from eight countries, with concerts in the club on Friday and Saturday evenings, and outdoor performances in adjacent Gillett Square on Saturday afternoon and evening. The Arts Council-supported project is part of a touring exchange program for European ensembles set up by the London-based five-piece WorldService Project.
The idea behind the project, conductor and festival organizer Dave Morecroft told Londonist, “is to bring ensembles and musicians together and ‘match’ them to each other. Once the ensembles are in place. , the “fusion” begins – new music is created, and musicians collaborate to create new groups, compositions and musical explorations. “
Expect high-quality avant-garde music in an informal setting. âWhen I listen to all the bands, the thing they share is a vibrant energy about their music, pushing the boundaries of creation while still maintaining a ‘listenable’ sound,â says Morecroft. Highlights include the hardcore British quintet led by Led bib drummers on Friday evening (June 15), a big band made up of contributing groups in Gillett Square at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday (June 16) and the following set from WorldService Project themselves. . The music will continue until the early hours of the morning each evening.
The Vortex is a world-class, volunteer-run jazz club that presents contemporary jazz seven nights a week in an atmospheric space upstairs. The club is part of the Dalston Culture House, an architecturally designed cultural center that sits next to Gillett Square, the newest square in the City of London. The region has its own website.
Here’s the original festival trailer:
Image by Alex Winn, courtesy of The Vortex.
Last updated June 12, 2012