Gig Guide


Maria Chiara Argirò meets Dugong

Maria Chiara Argirò, Michele Caiati, Nicolò Ricci, Andrea Di Biase & Riccardo Chiaberta

For this EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 concert, Maria Chiara Argirò will present the brand new compositions from her second album 'Hidden Seas' released in September 2019 featuring - especially for this occasion - Dugong, the up-and-coming band by some of the best musicians of the Italian jazz scene.

Maria Chiara Argirò is an Italian pianist, keyboard player and composer currently living in London. Argirò’s unique sound and departure from the traditional jazz idiom is beautifully reflected in her 2016 debut album The Fall Dance - a project featuring a fantastic line up of musicians creating vibrant collaborative music.

She has further developed her style of jazz with a twist of contemporary genres, influenced from her numerous tours with bands such as These New Puritans. She is currently involved with a variety of musical projects which include Liran Donin's 1000 Boats, Kinkajous, Teotima, Rosie Turton and Jamie Leeming.

Her most recent venture into electronic genres has helped create more expansive soundscapes which can be heard in Argirò’s second album as artistic director and composer 'Hidden Seas' released in September 2019 on Cavalo Records.

Dugong is an up-and-coming band by some of the best musicians of the Italian jazz scene. It was originally created in Milan by guitarist Michele Caiati and saxophonist Nicolò Ricci, but it was later expanded abroad to London based bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta.

They released their debut album “Miscommunication” in 2014 with critical acclaim and toured it extensively in Italy, Switzerland and UK.

They released their second album “The Big Other” in May 2018 with the prestigious Italian label Honolulu Records. The band has a very individual sound which draws inspiration from many genres of music, from alternative rock to modern jazz to contemporary classical music. In their last album Dugong experimented with different kinds of musical structures other than the usual jazz approach of theme, improvisation and final melody. They also worked on the potential of linear counterpoint, drawing inspiration from classical composers such as J. S. Bach and Frederic Chopin.


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Acoustic guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips brings his critically acclaimed six piece group Oriole back to life with a new set of musicians and tunes.

Guitarist and composer Jonny Phillip’s Oriole feature a unique set of musicians chosen for their musical openness, empathetic playing and ability to assimilate folkloric styles into a unified contemporary sound.

First formed in 2004 their members represent something of a F-IRE super group, albeit one whose sound is a million miles from the left-field jazz often associated with the groundbreaking collective of which they are associated.

Oriole’s first two albums Song for the Sleeping – 2005 and Migration 2006 were released to critical success, with elements of South American folklore, art rock and rich cinematic tapestries sitting together naturally. The combination of these elements is in part what makes Oriole’s sound so powerful and affecting.

Jonny is at the heart of Oriole, not only as composer and arranger, but also the guitarist quietly holding things together, the perfect foil to the outstanding frontline, Alam Nathoo (sax), and Mariona De Lamo (cello) and the formidably tight rhythm section of Marius Rodriguez(drums), Andy Hamil (bass) and Andres Ticino (percussion). Weaving his way between the two is Nick Ramm (piano).

On Oriole’s more recently released third album Every New Day you can almost feel the sun passing overhead as Oriole undertakes a musical journey through parched landscapes influenced by the Iberian peninsula, where their composer spent the last few years performing with Spanish, Portuguese and Cuban musicians.

This music is warm, not only in its Latin rhythms and alto tonalities but also in the musical interplay of these new and long-time musical friends who elevate Phillips gently luminous but compelling music to new heights.

If music could provide vitamin D, Oriole’s new sun-soaked sound would be packed full of it or as Jazzwise put it – “Like Polar Bear at carnival time”.

Guitar – Jonny Phillips, Sax – Alam Nathoo, Cello – Mariona De Lamo, Keys – Nick Ramm, Drums – Marius Rodrigues, Bass – Andy Hamil & Percussion – Andres Ticino


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Alina Bzhezhinska - Hip Harp

Alina Bzhezhinska- Harp/Electronics, Mikele MonTolli - Bass guitar, Nathaniel Tonez Fuller  - Drums, With Special guests Tony Kofi - Saxophone & Vimala Rowe - Vocal

On her return to EFG LJF, Bzhezhinska showcases her original compositions and works of jazz legends Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, McCoy Tyner and Pharoah Sanders. She  creates a unique musical fusion by marrying the contemporary harp style with free jazz, afro-beat and elements of acid jazz. With Tony Kofi’s sizzling solos, Vimala Rowe’s soulful voice and a strong support of the rhythm section this programme is not one to be missed.

Internationally renowned harpist Alina Bzhezhinska first stormed the UK music scene in 2017 when her quartet featured alongside the legendary Pharoah Sanders. A performance that nominated her for Jazz FM’s Best Live Experience of the Year. After winning the PRS Women Make Music Award Bzhezhinska produced her critically acclaimed album, Inspiration (Ubuntu Music), backed by award winner saxophonist Tony Kofi, bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Joel Prime.

Her ensembles, HipHarpCollective and Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet have performed at Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and WOMADalaide Festival, Australia. Her collaborative work has included artists as Kamaal Williams, The Third Orchestra, Shabaka Hutchings, Georgia Mancio and Django Bates.

“…Bzhezhinska – an artist to watch.” Evening Standard


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Dennis Rollins' funky funk

Trombone - Dennis Rollins MBE, Saxophones - James Morton, Guitars – Phil Stevenson, Keyboards – Alex Stanford, Drums – Joshua Gumbs, Bass - Tiago Coimbra + special guests!

Following 8 years working with Maceo Parker, funky’bone maestro Dennis Rollins returns with his all-new groove outfit ‘FUNKY-FUNK!’

An award-winning ‘bone player and still at the forefront of jazz worldwide, Dennis brings an electrifying band he guarantees will make you move your body!

Exploring infectious grooves with sumptuous funky trombone melodies, this band is a must see!


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Ethereal World Allstars

Flautist Rowland Sutherland and percussionist Jackie Walduck lead this ensemble exploring free improvisation.

Led by flautist Rowland Sutherland and percussionist Jackie Walduck, Ethereal World is an ensemble of highly skilled improvisers known for their commanding performances in cross-cultural music, free improvisation, experimental and contemporary classical music.

The ensemble draws on a pool of artists who are active throughout Europe. The ensemble explores free improvisation and experiments with both conventional and unconventional notation, merging genres to create a soundworld that is ecstatic, transcendental, provocative and volatile.

Ethereal World Allstars are:

Rowland Sutherland - flutes

Jackie Walduck - vibes

Miya - flutes (Japan)

Jason Yarde - sax

Kate Shortt - cello

Alec Dankworth - double bass

Mark Sanders - drums

Rowland Sutherland is a successful and versatile British flautist who has worked as leader, educator and soloist internationally and with ensembles from City of London Sinfonia to Gnawa musicians of Morocco. British vibes player Jackie Walduck is a founder of the Ignite ensemble, a new chamber group working with improvisation, and has worked with Omani musicians and the ensemble Tactile, launched in 2015


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