Warmer Than Blood + Kit Downes + Ceitidh Mac
Friday 1 October 7.30pm
Doors: 7.00pm (Music Starts: 7.30pm)
Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2021
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Warmer Than Blood
Chris Montague (Electric Guitar)
Kit Downes (Piano)
Tom Herbert (Bass)
Warmer Than Blood is the new trio from critically acclaimed composer and guitarist Chris Montague (Troyka / Squarepusher). It brings together the pianist, and ECM recording artist, Kit Downes and renowned bassist, Tom Herbert (Polar Bear, The Invisible, Acoustic Ladyland).
The dynamite trio have collaborated extensively in recent years establishing a distinct musical intuition and bond. Montague’s latest compositions provide a fresh sonic exploration between the three artists. The unusual mix of electric bass, piano and guitar creates spellbinding soundscapes of dark textures, visceral pools of harmony, kinetic improvisation and percussive prepared piano.
WTB perform the kind of music that lingers in the ears long after the tune has ended. At once foreboding and tender, composed with a scathing intricacy that belies its emotional breadth.
“Super rich in color and atmospheres, inimitable in adventure and brilliant playing”
- Dick Hovenga (Written in Music)
Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award winning, Mercury Music Award nominated, solo recording artist for ECM Records.
He has toured the world playing piano, church organ and harmonium with his own bands ('ENEMY', 'Troyka', 'Elt' and 'Vyamanikal') as well as artists such as Squarepusher, Thomas Strønen and Django Bates.
Ceitidh Mac (Cello / Guitar / Vocals)
Will Hammond (Percussion)
Calum Howard (Synth)
Ceitidh Mac blends the warming tones of the cello and soaring vocals to create a transformative sound that puts a progressive twist on the alt.folk genre. Originally from Wales, now based in Newcastle, Ceitidh’s intriguing lyrics have been mesmerising audiences in the know across the UK. Her live show is an innovative take on traditional and alternative folk songs, sitting alongside her own original material exploring topics ranging from illuminating everyday experiences to subjects of deeper self reflection.
“The music carried by distinct lyrics, cello melodies and synth hooks creates a mesmerising live atmosphere…”
- NARC magazine
This concert is presented by Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2021
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