Root Down! with Martin Speake's Charukesi

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Friday 30th August 2019

7:00pm - 12:00am

  • Seated dining from 7pm
  • Concert starts at 8pm
  • Kitchen Serves Mediterranean Meze Menu until 9:30pm
  • Followed by DJ Daddio & The Jazz Ambassadors - Free Entry from 10pm

Indian/Arab/Turkish music influenced highly rhythmic Quartet.

Martin Speake’s Charukesi reflects the bandleader’s interest in music from India, The Middle East and other non-western music. It’s emphasis is rhythmic and melodic rather than harmonic (as in most Western music) and consists often of repetitive groove based material, scales not used in Western music and drones, often giving the music a feeling of trance-like and atmospheric pieces where the improvisation can take longer to develop as in Indian music. Also each musician in the quartet brings their own jazz sensibility, wide musical influences and experiences to the group to create it’s unique sound.

“One of the most original and interesting contemporary jazz saxophonists on the British scene. Speake has an offbeat melodic sense, a fine gentle tone and a strong technique.” - Linton Chiswick - Time Out

”Think of Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, or our own Bobby Wellins, Tony Coe or Martin Speake - all Emily Dickinson lyric poets.” - Phil Johnson - The Independent

“Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.” - Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Martin Speake - alto saxophone

Alyson Cawley - tenor saxophone

Mike De Souza - guitar

Will Glaser - drums

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