NARC. Fest takes place at a multitude of venues across the Ouseburn Valley on Saturday 2nd July. The free festival is the musical arm of the annual community Ouseburn Festival, which celebrates creativity and culture in the Valley.
Today we focus on the delights on offer at The Cluny 2, courtesy of Jazz North East.
Jazz North East offer up their considerable knowledge of the region’s jazz scene for your delectation.
Headlining proceedings are Not Now Charlie, who draw influences from the likes of Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman, creating a unique sound which nods to rock, pop, neo soul and R&B. Also playing the intimate venue will be Newcastle trio Taupe, whose exploratory improvisation and polyrhythmic play best comes to fruition in their raw and highly energetic performances, with influences as far ranging as free jazz, math metal, hip-hop and post-bop.
Watching Sideways is a new project of solo vocal arrangements from Zoe Gilby, expect composed textural pieces and free improvisation demonstrating the dexterity of the human voice. Opening the stage will be the inimitable talents of Sheffield-based trio Mick Beck, Derek Saw and Charlie Collins, who offer up a wonderful display of energetic, imaginative and entertaining free improv.