(Sat 25th / 8pm / £8)
“A hot one . . . thematic modern jazz interludes with all-out free jazz squall. Wow!” - The Wire
The Convergence Quartet brings together four of the finest young jazz and free music players from North America and the UK, creating music which merges advanced composition and free improvisation into exhilarating new forms. Switching dramatically between passages of intricate interplay and wide open lyricism, The Convergence Quartet brew up a musical storm that is dynamic, subtle and resoundingly powerful.
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet and flugelhorn) has made a huge impression on New York’s new music scene with his full-throated brass innovations, playing with such luminaries as Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Anthony Braxton, who called him “One of the most brilliant of the new third millennial masters of his generation”.
Harris Eisenstadt (percussion) has also established himself as a key player in New York both as a performer and composer and has been hailed as "one of the most creative and skilled musician/composers incorporating traditional material to create new and vital improvised music" (Robert Iannapollo, AllAboutJazz-New York). His latest CD, Guewel (Clean Feed, 2008), was named one of the year’s best in Time Out New York and the Village Voice.
Alexander Hawkins (keyboards) is one of the most exciting young pianists to have emerged anywhere in recent years, and his powerful, percussive playing has graced collaborations with Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill and Ntshuks Bonga amongst others, as well as in explosive duo with drummer Tony Marsh.
Dominic Lash (double bass) is equally at home playing in jazz, experimental, composed or totally improvised settings and this versatility and range has made him one of the most in demand bass players today, playing with Evan Parker, Chris Corsano, Tony Conrad, the Steve Reid Ensemble, Gannets, Jez riley French and many more. http://www.myspace.com/theconvergencequartet