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Music Editorial

improvmusiccorrie.jpg Jazz. Improvised. Festival.

The Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music took their initial bow last year and it was such a success that they’re doing it all over again (bigger, better, jazzier and even more improvised) in early October.

And my how they’ve grown. This year’s four-day event has drawn artists from right across the planet including Australia, USA, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Romania and the UK (including a healthy smattering of local talent).

A major part of the festival revolves around the nature of improvisation, and among a number of workshops they’ll have two days of performances, talks and interviews associated with Durham University’s ‘Aesthetics of Imperfection’ project.

From Edinburgh the improvisational music and dance troupe ‘Something Smashing’ will also be on hand, while the interdisciplinary styles continue to fuse with a performance of ‘Enchanted Tales’ featuring silent black and white fairytale films of the 20s and 30s with a live soundtrack performed by Lizabett Russo and Graeme Stephen.

Jazz North East’s much praised ‘Woman Make Music’ will continue during the festival with pianist Nikki Isles and saxophonist Stan Sulzmann dropping by.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Peter Brötzmannʼs  legendary Machine Gun album, which many fans consider one of the key recordings in the history of free jazz, so it’s a real coup for the festival to grab him for a live show with his Full Blast trio.

There’s simply too much going on to list here but look out for the amazing improvisers Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano and Nate Wooley from New York; Rhodri Davies performing Koan: Liberation; and Corrie Dick (pictured) presenting a rare solo percussion set alongside the Elliot Galvin Trio.

Venues are right across Newcastle and if you’re on Facebook you can check out the full programme by visiting their website, below.

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music, Thursday 4-Sunday 7 October, various venues in Newcastle. facebook.com/newcastlefestivalofjazzandimprovisedmusic