New Sanctuary - Fri 27 JanuaryThe Howard Assembly Room in Leeds excel in putting on a varied programme of classical and world music, film and speakers. In jazz, too, they have high energy improvisation in the shape of stellar New York trio Douglas – Ribot – Ibarra, Grammy Award-winning pianist and University of Leeds alumnus Bill Laurance, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen with Trio Mediaeval and jazz giant Courtney Pine joining forces with neo soul trailblazer Omar.
New Sanctuary brings together three of New York’s most protean improvisers: Dave Douglas on trumpet, Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn) on guitar and Susie Ibarra on drums and electronics. The group plays an energetic and lyrical new composition by the relentlessly inventive Douglas, improvising with new sounds and approaches.
Bill Laurance : Mon 6th Mar 2017
Bill Laurance is a British pianist and composer; a world-renowned multi instrumentalist, composer and producer dubbed a ‘jazz maestro’ by The Guardian. Bill has released four albums to date as a leader and has travelled across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects including his quartet, project, duo and as a solo pianist.
Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval : Wed 8th Mar 2017
Trio Mediaeval continuously re-interpret the ancient music of religious orders and the folk music of Nordic lands. Their shimmering luminous sound joins with Arve Henriksen’s hushed trumpet and live electronics to unforgettable and spine-tingling effect. Their new programme Rímur explores the mediaeval musical line between Norway and Iceland, with chants and folk songs from both countries including 14th Century vespers and ancient folk songs.
Roberto Fonseca: Fri 10th Mar 2017
Pulsing percussion and bolshie brass revolve around Fonseca's exuberant piano in an exhilarating extension of the music of his homeland. Not since Orlando López’s ground-breaking 2001 release Cachaíto has Cuban music been made to sound so fresh as in Fonseca’s ‘Electro Cha’, ‘Son Beat’ and ‘Mambo Afro’.
Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Sun 12th Mar 2017
Penguin Cafe brings together a group of musicians from the likes of Suede and Gorillaz, led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of Penguin Cafe Orchestra founder Simon Jeffes. Combining minimalist compositions with the freeform structure of jazz and Latin, African and American world sounds, their sound combines acoustic power and the inventive charm of Jeffes himself.
Courtney Pine featuring Omar. Thu 20th Apr 2017
Jazz giant Courtney Pine’s style integrates modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass with soul, hip-hop and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean. For his latest project, he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. Alongside him is UK soul vocalist Omar, whose 1992 hit single 'There’s Nothing Like This' established his truly unique sound, earning him widespread critical acclaim
Howard Assembly Room
46 New Briggate