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Entropi + Knotts-Rezaei Duo  -  Thu Feb 04, 2016  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
Our 2015 'Women Make Music' season was a tremendous success, bringing a whole stream of outstanding musicians to Newcastle . . . so we've decided to do it again as a further celebration of the work of women artists.

We kick off the new series with a return visit from a band that was at the Bridge last year, not as part of the WMM season, but which nonetheless represents a great example of the leading contribution women are now making to contemporary jazz. Dee Byrne's Entropi takes its name, rather tongue in cheek, from the theory that all matter is becoming increasingly disordered! Certainly this is music that's full of unexpected twists and turns, but it's all held together by compelling arrangements that leave space for open ended improvisations . . . and the five musicians all take the fullest advantage of their opportunities. A review of their Bridge gig described them "cooking up a storm" in a "refreshing and throughly exhilarating exhibition": it's good to have them back.

Supporting them is the duo of Shelley Knotts and Mariam Rezaei. To describe them as leading figures in the world of improvised electronic music hardly does justice to their immense versatility; Shelley is in demand throughout Europe for performances that range from directing laptop orchestras through to dance orientated algoraves, while Mariam (recently 'Composer in Residence' at the Lit & Phil) works with turntables, voice, laptops and even old skool piano in a diverse array of projects. Together they produce music that would probably fail most people's definition of jazz, but as creative improvisation it opens up brilliant new pathways.

Jazz North East's Women Make Music series is supported by PRS for Music Foundation

Tickets for this gig are available from the Jazz Café (0191 222 9882), Reflex Records (0191 260 3246) or online from