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Narc Jazz Stage  -  Sat Jul 01, 2017  |  07:00 pm
For the second year Jazz North East has been invited to programme a Jazz Stage at the Narc Festival, and we've again come up with a roster of artists who reflect the wonderful diversity that marks out improvised music today.
7.00 - 7.40pm : Hapsburg Braganza … A solo set from Hapsburg Braganza, the nom de guerre under which since 2007 guitarist Phil Begg has been producing spacious, atmospheric and evocative electroacoustic music, inviting listeners to summon up their own memory associations.
8.00 - 8.40pm : D’Silva, Pope & Alderson … The improvising trio of saxophonist Karl D’Silva, bassist John Pope and drummer Christian Alderson was put together for a gig at the Bridge, and quickly established a close interplay, exploring rhythmic possibilities and a dynamic spectrum moving seamlessly between quiet, melodic passages and full-on free jazz energy. Here was a meeting of musical minds, and it’s good to see them back together.
9.00 - 9.40pm : MoHaWi … Another trio created for a Bridge gig, with trumpeter Graham Hardy, guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Russ Morgan, delivering a mix of new tunes written by Graham for the occasion. Subtle use of electronics contributes to music that is both expressive and dynamic, with dreamlike soundscapes punctuated by high intensity exchanges between the musicians.
10.00 - 10.40pm : Roller Trio … Finally the unveiling of a new line-up for Mercury nominated Roller Trio. Saxophonist James Mainwaring and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams remain, but the guitar chair passes to Chris Sharkey, celebrated for his role in the much missed trioVD. The two trios - both products of the fruitful Leeds scene - have been compared for their power and razor sharp rhythmic shifts, and this coming together promises to take their sound to even greater heights.

An unmissable end to a great night of jazz in all its many-splendoured diversity . . . and the whole thing's free!