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Beatrix Ward-Fernandez Trio + Watching Sideways  -  Sun Mar 08, 2015  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
Theremins are like the No.37 bus - you wait ages for one to come along, and then two arrive shortly after each other!

In October 2014 we featured Pamelia Kurstin, the first theremin player to appear in nearly 50 years of Jazz North East programming, and now we are immensely pleased to welcome Beatrix Ward-Fernandez as part of our wide-ranging 'Women Make Music' series. She comes to the Bridge with her long established trio, featuring fellow members of the Sheffield free music scene in Derek Saw (providing a kaleidoscopic underpinning from trumpet, tuba and slide trombone) and the master of asymmetrical percussion Charlie Collins. This is music that moves effortlessly between ghost-like sonic spaciousness and rampaging swing vamps.

An equally adventurous approach comes from Zoë Gilby, unveiling her 'Watching Sideways' project in which she combines vocals with electronic effects. We've become accustomed to the use of electronic delays, distortions and looping by instrumentalists, but Zoë is breaking genuinely new ground in applying these techniques to her voice. There's no doubt that Zoë has all the attributes to become one of the UK's leading 'straightahead' jazz singers, but her interest in experimentation marks her out as a truly creative artist, and we're proud to be able to support her with this debut performance.

Tickets for this gig are available from Newcastle Arts Centre (0191 261 5999) or Reflex Records (0191 260 3246)

This gig is financially assisted by the PRS Foundation's 'Women Make Music' scheme