TG Collective and Mike Fletcher Trio
to open new live series
Kings Place, Saturday, May 30
The first in a series of eclectic performances featuring artists from the burgeoning Stoney Lane Records label, including the premiere of a new commissioned work written and performed by both bands.
Stoney Lane is an inventive and independent artist-led record label focusing on eclectic cross-genre original music, growing out of a diverse set of musical projects, collaborations, experiments, friendships and ideas, centred around musicians from Birmingham, UK.
“At last there is an innovative label dedicated to the brilliant scene here in Birmingham and to the many excellent players emerging.”
– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazzlines Birmingham; Cheltenham Jazz Festival
The diverse instrumental 7-piece TG Collective bring together an intriguing mix of gypsy jazz, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences, based around the core of guitarists Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater. Creating ‘an exciting, sensuous sound’, TGC perform original music and arrangements, touching on influences as varied as Paco de Lucia, Django Reinhardt and JS Bach, and have built up a strong following with their intense live performances.
Featuring bass clarinet (Lluis Mather), violin (Kit Massey), flutes (Holly Jones), percussion (Joelle Barker), trumpet, double bass (Percy Pursglove) and the Arabic oud alongside the guitars, TGC released their critically acclaimed album, Release The Penguins, on the back of appearances from BBC1 to their whirlwind tour of jazz festivals in Bulgaria and Serbia.
‘You’ll see that they can let their hair down… from gypsy swing to husling, Chick Corea-ish impro… the playlist always keeps you guessing. And the telepathy is always tuneful’ – The Sunday Times
The Mike Fletcher Trio combines composer and multi-reedist Mike Fletcher on the C-Melody sax and flute, bassist Olie Brice (Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Ken Vandermark) and renowned US drummer Jeff Williams (Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano). The Trio’s distinctive sound draws inspiration from the jazz tradition and combines with it a contemporary approach to improvisation, featured on their debut album, the Spanish-tinged Vuelta, released earlier this year, alongside a tour of 11 major European concert halls, part of the ECHO Rising Stars programme.
‘A free-wheeling, experimental atmosphere and the real vibrancy that music being created in the moment can have… beautifully thought out, performed and recorded’ – The Jazz Breakfast
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