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HTrio  -  Sun Dec 04, 2016  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
Selected as one of Jazz North's roster of 'Northern Line' artists for 2016, HTrio is a tremendous example of what can happen when musicians of different backgrounds come together with an openness to new directions.

Saxophonist Mark Hanslip has been a key player on the jazz scene since the mid-2000s, initially in London and now in Manchester, while drummer Andrew Cheetham is better known from his rock background. The two of them started to work together around four years ago, and then, in what seemed like a natural evolution, they linked up with bassist Otto Wilberg, whose own experience was largely in the field of contemporary classical music.

With such disparate backgrounds, the new trio was quickly breathing fresh life into the classic tenor sax/bass/drums format, with a strong unified sound emerging from intensive jamming sessions. Together they create long-form improvised pieces that range from the dreamlike (breathy multiphonics, bowed tones and singing bowls) to the direct (fast and dense free jazz) whilst retaining a strong sense of melody, structure, and unfailing creative excitement.

Tickets for this gig are available from Reflex CDs (0191 260 3246) or online from