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Music Editorial

yazzahmed19.jpg Get your Gosforth Civic Theatre on

There is so much good stuff happening at the Gosforth Civic Theatre this autumn, but we’ve had a good rummage around their programme and pulled out three of our highlights.

You don’t see Yazz Ahmed (pictured) you experience her. The British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design and brings together the sounds of her mixed heritage. Her second album ‘La Saboteuse’ came out a couple of years back and made most Best Of Year lists including Jazz Album Of The Year in Wire magazine. In Gosforth she will be performing with her Electric Dreams quartet which will see much free flowing and conversational improvisation making use of electronic effects, sound design, live looping and sampling. Gonna be good. Another artist ploughing a furrow all of his very own is Alasdair Roberts, a rare breed who has wowed both fans of traditional folk music and those of us who like a good dollop of experimentation and avant-garde. Known primarily for his songwriting ability and acoustic fingerstyle guitar playing, he is a quite superb interpreter/arranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond. He and his quartet won the coveted Best Group in the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and he’ll be with his full band when he plays in Gosforth. The theatre is winning a rare reputation for staging some stunning jazz nights and October sees an appearance from Italian pianist Maria Chiara Argirò. Her unique sound and departure from the traditional jazz idiom is beautifully reflected in the 2016 album ‘The Fall Dance’, a project featuring a fantastic line-up of musicians creating vibrant collaborative music. Her most recent venture into electronica has helped create some expansive soundscapes, which can be heard in her stunning ‘Hidden Seas’ album - due out this autumn.

Yazz Ahmed’s Electric Dreams, Friday 4 October, 7.30pm, £10/£12; Alasdair Roberts & Friends, Sunday 20 October, 7.30pm, £12.50; Maria Chiara Argirò + Paul Taylor, Friday 25 October, 8pm, £10/£8. Gosforth Civic Theatre. gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk