Thursday 18 October (8.30pm, doors 7pm, £20)
MYCALE (John Zorn’s acapella quartet)
+ Georgia Mancio and Pete Churchill
“Mycale utterly dazzled with their precision harmonies and flute-like intonations” Downbeat
Breathtaking multi-cultural acapella group, Mycale, was formed by cult composer and saxophonist John Zorn to interpret songs from his remarkable Book of Angels.
Tammy Scheffer (Israel/USA) has been making waves in the Jewish music world; Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (Israel) is an accomplished jazz singer and composer; Sofia Rei (Argentina) is a new leading voice in South American jazz and Malika Zarra (Morocco) combines North and Central African muses with jazz and European popular music. Using sounds, vocals beats and lyrics in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, French and Arabic (drawn from Rumi, Fernando Pessao, the Hebrew Bible and more) they come together to present Zorn’s music as you’ve never heard it before.
Mycale have played at venues and festivals in the US, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Israel and most recently Paris (3 standing ovations) and tonight make their UK debut.
“[Churchill’s] voice is gentle, his interpretation plain but thoughtful and his piano playing beautifully poised.” The Observer
Pete Churchill leads a mightily impressive multi-faceted career as an educator, composer, arranger, pianist and vocalist. As a Professor of Jazz studies at the Guildhall and Royal Academy his harmony classes have become legendary; he has been the UK Musical Director and pianist for the legendary American jazz singer, Mark Murphy, and is the founder of the New London Jazz Voices. He is also a member of the Kenny Wheeler Vocal Project alongside Norma Winstone and directs the much acclaimed gospel/groove/jazz choir, London Vocal Project, whose recent performances include the Royal Albert Hall and Bobby McFerrin.