Intensely subversive trio Taupe, with their raw, unpredictable and absurdly diverse brand of free-jazz, are set to fill two North East venues with their utterly unique but rather majestic noise. Heading to Durham’s quirky Empty Shop HQ on Saturday 12th and Newcastle’s intimate Bridge Hotel on Sunday 13th March, their sound is pretty unique; describing themselves as incorporating free jazz, math metal, hip-hop and post-bop with skronk, rhythmic compositions and group improvisations, their music truly walks the line between sounding ruggedly improvised and intricately arranged. They defy convention thoroughly to deliver something that is disorientating and thrilling, with compositions that seem both stable, and yet likely to collapse in on themselves.
At Durham’s Seagull And Circle curated gig, the line-up is promoted by bill is shared with London-based ‘songwriter and sound-manipulator’ Mat Riviere, whose decidedly subversive work runs the gauntlet between art rock and lo-fi glitch; and at Jazz North East’s gig in Newcastle, Taupe are joined by deviant Scottish jazz group Trio HLK. No matter which gig you attend, they’re both bound to be incredibly intriguing and enthralling evenings of sheer experimental brilliance.