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Shifa | Bex Burch + Leafcutter John | Farida Amadou | NFOJAIM

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Sunday 2nd October 7pm

Shifa | Bex Burch + Leafcutter John | Farida Amadou | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022

Live | £12

Doors: 6.30pm

7.00pm - 7.40pm
Farida Amadou
Farida Amadou (Solo Electric Bass)

8.00pm - 8.40pm
Bex Burch and Leafcutter John
Bex Burch (Gyil - Voice - Calabash - Percussion) / Leafcutter John (Modular Synthesiser and

9.00pm - 10.00pm
Pat Thomas (Piano) / Rachel Musson (Saxophone) / Mark Sanders (Drums and Percussion)


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.

Farida Amadou
Farida Amadou is a self taught bass player based in Liège, Belgium. The electric bass is her main instrument since 2011 and she keeps on reinventing the way she plays it. Amadou elicits the most exciting sounds imaginable from her Fender bass. She is an explorer. Her field of explorations: the known and unknown forms, sound worlds and contexts of her instrument.
Since 2013, she has played many different musical genres, including blues, jazz and hip-hop. The same year, she developed a great interest in improvised music when she met L’Oeil Kollectif members and started to play with percussionist/drummer Tom Malmendier.
Since 2014, she has performed with many musicians all over Europe: Linda Sharrock, Mario Rechtern, Balasz Pandi, Karl H. Bjora, Jasper Stadhouders, Onno Govaert, Eve Risser, Morgane Carnet, Philippe Lemoine, Timothée Quost, Julien Desprez, Olivier Benoit, Anil Eraslan, Mette Rasmussen, Basile Naudet, Ken Vandermark, Floris Vanhoof, Pavel Tchikov, and punk-noise band
Cocaine Piss.
In May 2018, she started a new duo project with master drummer Steve Noble. The duo has expanded to a trio through collaborations with Alex Ward, Chris Pitsiokos, Thurston Moore and Peter Brötzmann.
‘Steve's rolling, detailed and pointillistic playing melds in symbiosis with Farida's smudged, deep, funked-up lyricism, creating a physical sound that tosses and tumbles across lightning-speed interplay.’ - Cafe Oto

Bex Burch and Leafcutter John
Minimalist percussion meets exuberant synths on Boing!, a first-time pairing of like-minded artists Leafcutter John and composer, percussionist and gyil player Bex Burch.
When a planned meeting in Sheffield was put on hold John and Bex began playing together using Zoom to record weekly improvised sessions during the first lockdown of 2020. The sessions became a regular creative outlet for the two artists and gave rise to ‘Boing!’ which documents John and Bex getting to know each other and helping each other through the lockdown experience. Boing! is a celebration of listening and creative freedom from two of the most exciting voices in the jazz+ scene.
Leafcutter John is a veteran and pioneer of electronic music with releases on Border Community, Staubgold, and Planet Mu. He is an award winning improviser, producer, and instrument maker and was a key member of Mercury-nominated British jazz pioneers Polar Bear.
Bex Burch is known for a unique fusion of jazz, post punk and minimalism all centered around the sound of the gyil (Dagaare xylophone). Bex formed Vula Viel in 2015. Lauded by Iggy Pop, the trio have performed on BBC 6 Music for Gilles Peterson and across Europe including WOMAD.
‘There's almost no boundary between them as the music moves forward... [a] vibrant and flowing soundscape.' - Corey Mwamba (BBC Radio 3 Freeness)

Shifa, from the Arabic word for healing, is a new trio born out of old musical partnerships from the ever-shifting sands of the UK improvised music scene.
Pat Thomas, pianist extraordinaire whose eclectic motherboard pushes the music in unexpected twists and turns, suggested the name. The healing, in this case, is a raw, unfettered musical space where he, saxophonist Rachel Musson and drummer Mark Sanders meet and make music in the moment, of the moment.
Each player values the others’ ability to dive in deep, and demands that they each remain fully present to where the music needs to evolve next. The palette includes a mutual history in jazz, elements of classical, folk and pulling notes apart to allow sonic textures to come into focus.
Shifa has released two albums on the Brooklyn-based record label 577 records.
‘True mind-meld of London's free-jazz highest order.' - Mike Jurkovic (All About Jazz)

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