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Binker Golding + Alexander Hawkins + John Pope + Paul Hession | Nicole Mitchell | Maniscalco + Bigoni + Solborg | NFOJAIM

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Friday 30th September 7pm

Binker Golding + Alexander Hawkins + John Pope + Paul Hession | Nicole Mitchell | Maniscalco + Bigoni + Solborg | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £12

Doors: 6.30pm

7.00pm - 7.40pm
Maniscalco / Bigoni / Solborg
Emanuele Maniscalco (Piano and Keyboards) / Francesco Bigoni (Saxophones and Clarinet) /
Mark Solborg (Guitar and Electronics)

8.00pm - 8.40pm
Nicole Mitchell (Flutes)

9.00pm - 10.00pm
Binker Golding / Alexander Hawkins / John Pope / Paul Hession
Binker Golding (Saxophone) / Alexander Hawkins (Piano) / John Pope (Double Bass) / Paul
Hession (Drums)


This concert is presented by Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music with support from
Jazz at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Jazz North East and Arts Council England.

Maniscalco / Bigoni / Solborg
With a buzz in their ears, Francesco Bigoni (tenor & alto saxophone, clarinet), Mark Solborg (guitars, devices & electronics) and Emanuele Maniscalo (Rhodes, piano & keyboards) sing their way through the cantos of a new book.
They shout – or whisper – their musical poetry into a spacious realm of warm analog keyboards, strings and reeds, flooded with subtle electronics, granular processing and microtonality. Interwoven contemporary chamber music tableaux are carefully folded into a unique multilayered electroacoustic blend – grandiose and yet intimate.

Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg navigate freely with and around original materials. This is about improvising as a unit while honouring or challenging the idea of a song. To instantly react to each other and create chamber-like music with a strong presence, that bridges melodic poetry and contemporary abstraction. This music does not care about genre or style. It is essentially about
musical conversation and made for ears interested in dialogue.

The Danish/Italian trio has worked their musical approach intensely for a decade. The results can be heard on its two prior albums, praised internationally by audience and critics. With CANTO, the three musicians bring their work and musical approach into a new crisp territory.

‘A masterclass of texture and microtonal subtlety. This recording deserves its five stars not only
for its introspective beauty but also for its sense of quiet adventure and tasteful restraint.’
- Dave Foxall (Jazz Journal, UK)

Nicole Mitchell
Nicole Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language.
Mitchell's research centres on the powerful legacy of contemporary African American culture. She initially emerged from Chicago's innovative music scene in the late 90s, where she became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and eventually served as the first woman president.
She composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridges the familiar with the unknown.” Some of her newest work with Black Earth Ensemble explores intercultural collaborations. Recent collaborators include Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed (as Artifacts), Moor Mother and Haki Madhubuti.
“The greatest living jazz flutist of her generation.”- Peter Margasak (Chicago Reader)

Binker Golding / Alexander Hawkins / John Pope / Paul Hession
A brand new quartet, specially commissioned for the festival.
Bassist John Pope and drummer Paul Hession are no strangers to Newcastle, having backed Joe McPhee in 2018 and Alexander Hawkins and Evan Parker in 2019.
For NFOJAiM 2022, Pope and Hession team up with Hawkins once again, adding saxophonist Binker Golding to the mix. While primarily associated with the new London jazz scene, Golding also plays improvised music with John Edwards and Steve Noble, among others.
This is sure to be an explosive gig.

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