Jazz North East’s second gig in their 2016 Women Make Music series is set to bring together three duos who are sure to impress; with a real gift for exploring a wide range of improvisational strategies they’ll all take to the stage at Bridge Hotel, Newcastle on Sunday 8th May.
Thermal Threshold is the pairing of Linda Kemp and Beatrix Ward-Fernandez, both using violin and electronics to great effect alongside Linda’s vocal contributions, and what follows is a real treat for the ears, a revelling in manipulated sound, and a real showcase of the depth improvised music can have.
They’re joined by local saxophone player Faye MacCalman, who has really grabbed attention and made a big impression in a fairly short career so far. She is teaming up with drummer Charlie Collins, a key figure in the Sheffield improv scene for around thirty years. The combination of Faye’s lyrical explorations and ruminative stylings with Charlie’s polyrhythmic percussion delivers improvisations of real light and shade but filled with honesty.
The final duo on show are Dianchronicx; the Newcastle-based duo of vocalist Gabriele Heller and guitarist Stephen Glendinning. Gabi’s distinctive approach, rooted as much in cabaret-theatre as in mainstream jazz singing, is given free rein through the use of pre-mixed sound collages for atmospheric imaginings of modern urban life.