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Having already made an impact regionally and nationally as one of the most exciting new names in British jazz (a scene that in general has undergone a significant renaissance in creativity and attention in the last couple of years), this month finds Archipelago embarking on an ambitious collaborative project.

Between Waves finds the three members of Archipelago – Faye MacCalman, John Pope and Christian Alderson – inviting specially selected guest performers for intense two day periods of rehearsal, with each two day residency culminating in a performance at Cobalt Studios to debut the new material.

Having been awarded the prestigious Peter Whittingham award, the band embarked on an application process that has resulted in four special collaborations with artists outside of Archipelago’s immediate environmental or musical circle, chosen for the fresh perspectives and ideas they can bring.

Their first collaborator, Rosie Frater-Taylor, is a London-based multi-instrumentalist and composer whose work has incorporated ideas from jazz, folk and pop among others. With her debut solo album On My Mind set for release shortly, her inclusion in the first Between Waves performance on Thursday 13th September looks set to be a fascinating collision of two ascending talents.

On Thursday 3rd October, the second Between Waves session takes place with Faith Brackenbury, a violinist, violist and vocalist, whose work as both an improviser and composer pushes at the definition of both forms. Thursday 11th October finds the disabled writer, spoken word performer, creative practitioner and theatre-maker Lisette Auton joining Archipelago, bringing a fresh multi-media perspective to the Between Waves project.

The final concert on Thursday 23rd October has the trio working with Fran Bundey, a Leeds-based vocal looping musician and sound artist whose practise blurs the distinction between the electronic and the human, and between musical performance and art installation. It’s a collaboration whose innovative and boundary pushing potential looks set to be the ideal closer to the Between Waves series.


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