Jazz FM's Chris Philips presents
Jazz in The Round with Alina Bzhezhinska, Rouhangeze & Tomasz Bura, Alex Hitchcock & Ant Law
Saturday 19th Nov 2022
Venue: Storey's Field Centre
Time: Doors 7:30 - 10:30pm
Tickets: £15 / £12 (under 25s) + booking fee
Unreserved seating available
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult
The jazz-heads late-night hangout of choice, Jazz in the Round bring their monthly cutting edge nights to the Cambridge Jazz Festival!
"Alina Bzhezhinska… a modern-day supremo, is the among the best contemporary harpists…”
Undoubtedly one of the leading harpists in the world today, Alina Bzhezhinska is a one-woman powerhouse, on a mission to bring the harp to the fore of contemporary sound. A jazz harpist, composer, band leader and a founder of the digital platform HipHarpCollective, she’s also trying to remarket the harp in 2021.
Alina Bzhezhinska has performed at Balmoral Castle for HM the Queen’s 80th birthday, was commissioned by Thai royalty to arrange the music written by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and more recently could be found creating with UK jazz frontrunner Kamaal Williams on his second studio album, Wu Hen.
In 2018 Bzhezhinska produced her critically acclaimed debut album, Inspiration (released via Ubuntu Music), featuring award winning saxophonist Tony Kofi. This project was supported by PRS Women Make Music Award. Going on to represent the UK with her quartet at the WOMADelaide Festival in Australia, live performances for BBC Radio 3 and Worldwide FM followed along with appearances at Edinburgh International Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. She’s opened for Gregory Porter and Omar, while collaborators include Ursula Rucker, Niki King and Django Bates.
“Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet… throws a spellbinding party to awaken the senses”
London Jazz News
"…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.”
★★★★★, The Times
Rouhangeze is a contemporary multi-genre singer-songwriter, and composer born and bred on the beautiful and all intoxicating island of Mauritius. With ease, soul, and versatility, her velvet vocal tones reflect the emotion and beauty of her homeland, in a smooth ascension of melody, technique, and heart. Her timing and delivery of phrases create an unforgettable feeling of joy in the listener. A singer of depth encased with a velvet tone, sensuality and by far, uniquely different from the flock. She teams up with polish piano extraordinaire and composer Tomasz Bura. His spirited and playful energy effortlessly supports the singing of Rouhangeze, with an interesting twist, interaction and complicity.
“An incredible writer and singer who delivers soulful and raw emotions”- Linley Marthe (Grammy- winning bassist, The Joe Zawinul Syndicate, Nguyên Lê, Louis Winsberg, Karim Ziad, Trilok Gurtu, Didier Lockwood, Paco Séry…)
"Tomasz's glowing technical ability is matured to the point that one senses he doesn't need to think... he just performs, allowing him to produce music that sounds as if it's being played by a pianist well beyond his years."- Mike Gates, UK Vibe
Alex Hitchcock's new collaboration series with guitarist Ant Law, ‘Same Moon in the Same World,’ is a call for solidarity and connection translated into music. The series takes its name from a line in Haruki Murakami’s 1999 novel Sputnik Sweetheart: 'we’re both looking at the same moon in the same world. We’re connected to reality by the same line.’ Recorded remotely across multiple continents in 2020 and 2021 in response to a time of unprecedented isolation and atomisation, the first album in the series features guest contributions from vibraphonist Joel Ross, pianist Shai Maestro, bassists Linda May Han Oh, Ben Williams and Jasper Høiby, and drummers Jeff Ballard, Kendrick Scott, Sun-Mi Hong and Eric Harland.