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If expression is defined as “the conveying of feeling in a work of art and/or performance” (which it is), then improvisation surely represents its purest, least filtered musical form.

Fortunately, thanks to institutions such as TUSK, The Old Police House and Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music, the North East not only sports a healthy improv scene, but also one that’s susceptible to further enrichment… Enter Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting!
Hosted by Thomas Dixon (of Dilutey Juice fame) at excellent Jesmond venue Bobik’s, WNPM is a new free space for musicians to collaborate, horizons to be broadened and all present to share in the collective, unpredictable and often thrilling spills of impromptu performance. Taking place on
Wednesday 4th August (and the first Wednesday of each month thereafter), this pay-as-you-feel event promises to be – in the best sense possible – a complete free-for-all. Anybody and everybody is welcome, with no genres, backgrounds, instruments or perceived levels of ability excluded.

What’s more, each night will feature a range of esteemed guest performers (John Pope, of Archipelago and his own John Pope Quintet, is among those booked in this month), and with just a basic drum kit and the venue’s PA for starters, there’s no telling where sessions could head. Whether performing or simply turning up to listen, it’s time to reintroduce a dash of spontaneity in our lives!

Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting takes place at Bobik’s, Newcastle on Wednesday 4th August

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