“MANCHESTER JAZZ CONNECTION” featuring ARTEPHIS & The UNTOLD ORCHESTRA, 2:00-3:15pm, Guildhall Theatre


LINEUP: Aaron Wood (trumpet/flugelhorn/electronics) James Girling (electric/flamenco guitars) Ali Roocroft (piano/keyboard) Alasdair Simpson (bass guitar) Matt Brown (drums) plus Izzy Baker (violin) Eleanor Shute (violin) Natalia Senor Brown (viola) Rachel Hoffman (cello) Josh Poole (sax) Jamie Stockbridge (sax)

Brecon Jazz Festival and Jazz Futures continue to present their showcase for the ‘sounds of new generation jazz’ and rising younger jazz performers. This concert features two ‘fluid’ ensembles: Artephis, directed by James Girling, and Aaron Wood, and the Untold Orchestra, founded by Sam Davies. Together, they create a new, Northern multi-lineup produced especially for BJF2018, and supported by the Brecon Beacons National Parks Authority, Sustainable Development Fund (BBNPA-SDF) and Brecon Jazz Club.

Manchester-based contemporary quintet, Artephis, ( comprises some of the North’s most creatively diverse young musicians, who met at the Royal Northern College of Music. Formed in 2014, their debut album, ALL CHANGE NO CHANGE, was released in 2017.
Since forming, Artephis have been committed to realizing outward-looking ‘stretch music’ that directs the progressive energy of late-‘60s/early-‘70s Miles Davis’, distilling an eclectic sound of their own with an increasingly electronic element.

Artephis, together with the The Untold Orchestra immerse the listener in a familiar, while challenging, sound-space of imaginative textures, infectious grooves and spirited melodies, approaching the explosive and sensitive as a mercurial improvising collective. The Untold Orchestra ( also Manchester based, formed as a group in 2017, working on both original and collaborative projects, specialising in added strings and horn sections, sometimes presenting a full 20 piece orchestra to back and augment other ‘named’ bands or solo artists.

Here they feature a string section and two saxophones; the Artephis compositions, meticulously adding their unique sound-world to The Untold Orchestra’s strikingly stylish musical landscape is a highly fulfilling experience, not to be missed. The solo work, both the composed and the spontaneous, is always beautifully and sensitively played, with passion, commitment and a mastery of their signature blend of a superbly accomplished acoustic, with the powerfully expressive electronic group voice.

What the reviewers say:
‘Got my ears bouncing … Made me move, made me think, gave me all the feels’
– Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
‘An organic, collectively individual sound’
– Mike Walker (The Impossible Gentlemen)

Jazz Futures curator for Brecon Jazz Festival 2018 is Marc Edwards, supported by the FoBJ Committee & Membership

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* THIS EVENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FUND * together with generous support from a local sponsor of the Jazz Futures Project 2018.

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