A concert and workshop series for 2016 dedicated to contemporary Women In Jazz and Free Improvisational Composition.
It’s a big year for promoters Jazz North East celebrating their 50th anniversary year throughout 2016. Following the incredible success of ‘Women Make Music’ 2015 we are proud to present a second concert and workshop series for 2016 and gratefully acknowledge financial support from PRS for Music Foundation and the Arts Council of England without whom this wouldn’t be possible.
This years series sees a total of 11 concerts, 2 workshops and a painting exhibition by the highly acclaimed international artist Gina Southgate who will be launching the series with an opening reception on Thursday February 4th at Newcastle Arts Centre.
The painting reception that evening will be followed by a live performance at The Black Swan where local electronic duo Shelly Knotts and Mariam Rezaei will utilise laptop live coding and turntables before being followed by space jazz quintet ENTROPI. A concert that unreservedly reflects the diverse nature of the full programme that will also later feature polar performances of groups such as the THERMAL THRESHOLD processed Violin Duo, through to Sue Richardson’s ‘Too Cool’ tribute to the life and work of Chet Baker.
Following Februarys launch night the series continues on March 8th (International Women’s Day) day at the Literary and Philosophical Society where Aby Vulliamy will present entirely new music composed especially for the Women Make Music series under the guise MOTHERESE, this performance will also feature local singer Zoë Gilby whose international reputation continues to grow daily.
April will see performances at Sage on the concourse at Gateshead International Jazz Festival before the series continues right through to November with further concerts at The Black Swan, The Bridge Hotel and The Jazz Café.
In total 45 musicians will perform as part of ‘Women Make Music’ and the full list of artists include Gina Southgate, Entropi, Shelly Knotts and Mariam Rezaei Duo, Motherese, Jennifer Parry, Zoë Gilby Trio, Archipelago, Thermal Threshold, Faye MacCalman, Diachronicx, Ingrid Jensen Quartet, Ruth Lambert Trio, Sue Ferris Quartet, Sue Richardson, The Lauren Kinsella Ensemble, Sarah Gail Brand, Unfurl Quartet.