SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2015 – 12.00pm -1.15pm:
AACM ‘ancient to the future, Great black music’ 50th ANNIVERSARY A VINYL/FREEFORM MUSIC & SPOKEN WORD OPERA (AMPLIFIER) SESSION:Byron Wallen – Trumpet, HKB Finn – Spoken Word/African Drums, Paul Bradshaw – Decks. AMPLiFiER is a Spoken Word Opera about 5 characters whose lives intersect in their search to find solace in the city. As they search for happiness an incredible journey of exploration & discovery unfolds which amplifies aspects of who they really are. AMPLiFiER uses live Poetry as its libretto, Jazz improvisation as its score and a feature length silent film as it’s visual narrative. This new work will leave you breathless & enthused.An exclusive performance especially for the Freedom Festival 2015.
SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2015 – 2.00pm -3.00pm:
XENICIBIS FREEFORM ENSEMBLE: Cath Roberts – Baritone Sax, Phillip Achille – Harmonica, Nubya Garcia -Sax’s, Sahra Gure – Voice, Tori Handsley -Harp, Zuri Jarrett Boswell – Piano, Renell Shaw -Bass, Beibei Wang -Perc. Debut of a new cutting edge Free Improv ensemble who’s members are some of the most inventive and creative young talents on the UK scene today. Expect a freewheeling journey of soundscapes, frequencies, notes and tones.
SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2015 – 3.45pm -4.30pm:
TONY KOFI’S SPHINX TRIO: (Ornette Coleman Project) Tony Kofi – Alto Sax, Andrew Robb – Bass, Rod Youngs – Drums. Special Guest – Cleveland Watkiss. Kofi and musicians pay homage to the legacy of Ornette Coleman. Having the honour to be invited to record alongside the great free music innovator Coleman. Kofi is ideally placed to explore and bring a fresh re envisioning of some of the great man’s work with his gifted Trio and special guest Vocalist Cleveland Watkiss.
SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2015 – 4.45pm – 6.30pm:
FREEDOM: The Art of Improvisation loft jam session! These open sessions will end each day of this first year of the festival. Our monthly loft sessions are well documented and continue to attract some of the best musicians on the UK scene as well as visiting high profile international musicians & Vocalists. Always forward looking never predictable. Freedom is a time for the unreal book sessions where the usual jam session 251 Tradition is not called for. A welcome new platform of expression for the UK scene.
SATURDAY 27TH JUNE 2015 – Time: 7.30pm – 11.00pm Fee: Free Entrance.
CLEVELAND WATKISS & ORPHY ROBINSON ‘DUKE JOINT’ “Before ever it reached New Orleans, the original African element had made itself felt in the West Indies.” Duke Ellington. (DUKE ELLINGTONE BROUGHT TO YOU MIXED INNA FREEFORM DJ DUB EXPERIENCE) Robinson & Watkiss Behind the Decks, to Remix Live the early Ellington big band sound with Dub excursions of the inner most kind, for the 21st century.Join us for a chilled out unique DJ mixing experience downstairs at the Vortex Jazz Club. “It don’t mean it’s not Swing, if it no have no, Ting ta Ting.” Orphy Robinson.
SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 2015 – Time: 12.00pm -1.15pm:
FREEFORM IMPROV STRINGS JAM SESSION: led by Alison Blunt – Violin & Kate Shortt – Cello, Paul Bradshaw – Decks. This promises to be a session like no other on the UK Jam session scene. Blunt and Shortt who are both much sought after players in their own right, will lead a special Freedom loft session jam, filled with many of London’s strong stable of improvising string payers. Expect explorations of unexpected twist & turns, frequencies, Sonics and extended techniques amongst other loveliness.
SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 2015 – Time: 2.00pm -3.00pm:
ROWLAND SUTHERLAND QUARTET: Rowland Sutherland Quartet feat Ansuman Biswas (Percussion), Guillaume Viltard (Double bass) and Special Guest Steve Beresford (Piano /Electronics)Rowland’s quartet is a new dynamic group of highly respected musicians merging together to create something that is transcendental, colourful, expansive, otherworldly and deep. Music that is both driven and inventive with the occasional subterraneous Excursions!
SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 2015 – Time: 3.45pm – 4.30pm:
BLACK TOP: (Orphy Robinson – Vibes/ Perc /Keys. Pat Thomas – Piano / Electronics) Special Guests – Cleveland Watkiss – Voice/Looping. Rachel Musson – Sax, Roland Ramanan – Trumpet, Otto Williams – Bass, Mark Mondesir – Drums. “Parker? There’s them over here can play a few aces too.” Joe Harriott.Black Top are known for their virtuoso, freely improvised performances that combine twisted loops, Samples and Dub-FX, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean heritage, with a spontaneity and daring rooted in the free-jazz experiments of New York loft-scene innovators such as Sam Rivers & the Freeform explorations of the legendary Jamaican Joe Harriott. Black Top’s music is described as “Archaic Nubian Step Dub” this performance will be accompanied by Multi Media & Visuals from SDNA – Valentina Floris + Ben Foot.
SUNDAY 28TH JUNE 2015 – Time: 4.45pm – 6.30pm:
FREEDOM: The Art of Improvisation loft jam session! These open sessions will end each day of this first year of the festival. Always forward looking never predictable. Freedom is a time for the unreal book sessions where the usual jam session 251 Tradition is not called for. A welcome new platform to the UK scene.