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Mitchell & Mwamba  -  Wed Feb 13, 2013  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
0191 232 0192
We're proud to be presenting this exceptional double bill, featuring two of the most charismatic figures on the contemporary UK jazz scene.

Pianist Robert Mitchell, a founder member of London's influential F-ire Collective, has been turning heads for more than a decade, initially with his group Panacea, and subsequently in various other combinations such as his award winning 3io, and a duo with Cuban violinist Omar Puente. In every context his extraordinary virtuosity and imagination have been evident, but these qualities are even further highlighted in solo performance. But for his current tour, of which this gig forms a part, he has set himself an ever sterner test by performing exclusively with the left hand - the culmination of a developing fascination with left-hand only composition and improvisation, and the discovery that there is a substantial repertoire for this approach. His CD of this material, 'The Glimpse', is due for release five days after this concert, but we have no doubt that Robert will have pre-release copies with him and available for purchase.

Derby-based vibes player Corey Mwamba is a more recent arrival on the jazz scene, but has quickly built an enthusiastic following - perhaps especially here on Tyneside, where he has been a frequent visitor since first appearing at the Cluny in June 2010. Later that year he spent some time in the Lit & Phil doing research for his musical project 'Heralds', but this is the first time he has actually performed at the venue. One of the music's great communicators, there's little doubt that he will add still further to his legion of fans with this solo performance.

After each of the musicians have played their solo sets, they will come together for a freely improvised duo, giving them the chance to demonstrate that close listening and interaction is as much a part of their armoury as individual virtuosity.