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Orpheus Project Presents: Ellery Eskelin Trio

19 July 2016

The Orpheus Project is proud to present tenor heavyweight Ellery Eskelin as their second featured artist.

 

Eskelin’s trio, featuring Chris Sharkey and Matt Bourne, is comprised of three strong and individual creative voices that come together to create something greater than the considerable sum of its parts. The group will tour between October 8th and October 14th, creating performances that are sure to be as unique as they are exciting.

For the past thirty years Ellery Eskelin has been at the forefront of the global creative improvised music scene. Based in New York City, he has traveled widely performing, recording and amassing a very personal and iconoclastic body of work. And yet Ellery Eskelin has always remained deeply committed to the traditions of jazz and American music. Eskelin embodies this seeming contradiction with ease. He does not see jazz as a style or idiom but as a process. Further, a process of creative development that has great relevancy to our time. In this pursuit Eskelin consistently delivers to the listening public unadulterated, passionate music with no excuses and no apologies.

Chris Sharkey is known across Europe as being at the cutting edge of creative music. He has been a member of numerous groundbreaking groups in the UK –including TrioVD, Acoustic Ladyland and Bilbao Syndrome. Internationally, he has collaborated with musicians in France (Christian Sebille), Norway (Nils Henrik Aarsheim) , Lithuania (Liudas Mockūnas) and Spain (Asociación Musica Libre).

Bourne first came to national attention as a winner of the Perrier Jazz Award in 2001, which was followed by an award for innovation at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards in 2002, and the International Jazz Festivals Organisation’s International Jazz Award in 2005. Renowned for his intensely personal and sometimes confrontational solo work, Bourne’s uncanny ability to balance delicacy and virtuosity, while establishing a close affinity with his audience, have become hallmarks of his concert performances.

October 8th – Marsden Jazz Festival

October 10th – Con Cellar Bar, London

October 11th – Fizzle, Birmingham (Solo)

October 12th – The Lescar, Sheffield

October 13th – Seven Arts, Leeds (joint promotion – Seven Jazz & Fusebox)

October 14th – The Globe, Newcastle (joint promotion – Jazz Coop & Jazz North East)

 

“Eskelin could get away with murder. That tone is all the alibi he’d need…incarnating the horn’s romantic tradition while inking fresh initials on it’s tattooed heart.” (Jazziz)

 

The Orpheus Project is a partnership between Apollo Jazz Network and NORVOLJazz which seeks to establish a touring network for jazz in the North of England. The project is generously supported by Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts programme.