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Our commitment to new music - commissions & new stream

Our commitment to new music - commissions & new stream

Here at Marsden Jazz Festival we love to promote the new and innovative and so we’re delighted with the range of young artists, commissions and festival “firsts” we’ve had over the years.

Our New Stream gigs feature cutting-edge and experimental jazz music as well as our new commissions, some of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2018, among the new work, specially written for our New Stream is Simon Fell Quartet: Double Standards, written by Simon Fell and made up of new and experimental arrangements of selected jazz standards. Double Standards will premiere on Saturday 13 October 2018 (4pm) at Marsden British Legion.

We commissioned On Marsden Moor, a new suite composed by Shepley musician Jonny Mansfield setting five different poems by Marsden-born poet Simon Armitage in a combination of song form and spoken word. This world premiere took place on Saturday 13 October 2018 at Marsden Mechanics Hall.

We were also delighted to play host to Collective X featuring Anthony Joseph (Saturday 13 October, Marsden Mechanics Hall). Collective X is a veritable supergroup of musicians, poets, and producers, conceived by vocalist and composer Alya Al-Sultani. Al-Sultani also appears along with award-winning composer and pianist Clemens Christian Poetzsch and cellist Shirley Smart in free improv group SAWA (Saturday 13 October, Marsden Royal British Legion) and Match&Fuse returned on Friday 12 October with its progressive offering in the form of Mancunian experimental string duo Täpp and Swiss jazz, rock improv group The Great Harry Hillman.

Another first for the festival was the appearance of piano legends Keith Tippett and Matthew Bourne (Sunday 14 October, St Bartholomew’s Church), a meeting of talents that brings together two maverick pianists, a generation apart. The Mal Bigatto Trio (Saturday 13 October, Marsden Royal British Legion) fuses group improvisation and electronics and Mole (Saturday 13 October, Marsden Royal British Legion) delivered “fierce soloing punk jazz, interspersed with passages of quiet reflection.”

We’re proud to be one of the UK’s most adventurous jazz festivals and we hope this is reflected in our diverse line-up of new and fresh music each year.

Thanks again for your support so far and please continue to spread the word.

© 2018