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Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet  -  Sat Sep 01, 2018  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
A welcome return to the Globe for a quartet that received a rapturous reception when they played there in October 2016, and who now put in a second appearance as part of Jazz North East’s ‘Women Make Music’ series.

An initial glance at the line-up might suggest a familiar vocalist + rhythm section approach, but in fact Sylwia Bialas functions much more as an integral part of the quartet, with the fact that the lyrics are sung in her native Polish perhaps (for non-Polish speaking listeners) adding to the sense that her role is as much instrumental as vocal. But it hardly matters, because the beauty and joy of the music renders the instrumentation a very secondary consideration.

Which isn’t to say that there isn’t some great instrumental work going on. Israeli born drummer Asaf Sirkis is one of the most sensitive and versatile percussionists on the UK scene, a fact that he has demonstrated in contexts as diverse as the bands of Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland and John Law, while Frank Harrison is the ‘go to’ pianist for many of London’s top instrumental and vocal stars. Add Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, who has put in some memorable Tyneside performances with the jointly led trio Glasgow-Preston-Lowe, and you have a quartet that not only warrants the ‘International’ of its name, but could justifiably add the epithet ‘Superb’.

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

This gig is a co-promotion with the Jazz Coop