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Horse Orchestra + Krokofant + Archipelago  -  Tue Oct 25, 2016  |  07:00 pm
Match & Fuse, the London promoters who seek out exciting young bands from all over Europe, have worked with us to present some stunning combinations in the past, and this is right up there with the best.

The 7-piece Horse Orchestra is based in Copenhagen, although its members come from Norway, Sweden and Iceland as well as Denmark. Their music is equally diverse, as they combine elements from different parts of the history of jazz with boundary-pushing experiments and free improvisation. So classical compositions from 1920's New Orleans and Chicago rub shoulders with 1960's free jazz (with detours to such unlikely staging posts as baroque music). But none of this sounds forced; rather, what emerges is a thoroughly integrated, original, post-modern, and enormously enjoyable whole.

Then, from Norway, there’s the fierce and exploratory approach of sax/guitar/drum trio Krokofant, pulling no punches, and sounding off like some unholy but exhilarating three-way marriage of early 70s jazz rock, the progressive odysseys of King Crimson and Henry Cow, and the fierce heat of Peter Brötzmann’s free jazz ensembles.

Finally we’ve got Tyneside’s very own Archipelago, the trio of Faye MacCalman, John Pope and Christian Alderson. This is music that is essentially free in format, yet underpinned with such hard hitting riffs and rhythms that a recent gig at the Globe had audience members up and dancing! In this triple bill with Horse Orchestra and Krokofant, Archipelago demonstrate that mainland Europe doesn’t hold all the aces when it comes to creative drive.

Note: in order to give all three bands plenty of time to do their thing, this gig starts at 7:00pm, an hour earlier than usual.

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