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Take Five UK 2015

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Take Five UK Edition X Bore Place Kent, England February 9 -14, 2015 Nestled in the heart of the Kent countryside is Bore Place, an organic farm that dates to the seventeenth century. Here, the mobile phone signal is unreliable and internet connection is dickey at best. The only sound is the tenor and baritone lowing of cows. It's the perfect place to plonk eight young jazz/improvising musicians for a week. The ...

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Down With Jazz 2014

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Down With Jazz Meeting House Square jny: Dublin, Ireland May 31-June 1, 2014 There's nothing quite like a Bank Holiday weekend, sunshine and music. Having moved from 2013's September slot with its unpredictable autumn weather to the last weekend in May with its unpredictable spring weather, Down With Jazz 2014 passed off dryly, which raised the spirits and surely contributed to the dancing that broke out sporadically. It was the combination of spirits--of ...

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Lauren Kinsella: In Between Every Line

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It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren Kinsella (the stress lies on the first syllable) is one singer who is boldly carving out her own path as an improvising vocalist. The London-based Irish ...

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Lauren Kinsella & Alex Huber: All This Talk About

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In the thirty minutes of improvised vocals and drums (a daring premise to begin with) on All This Talk About, Lauren Kinsella and Alex Huber-- from Ireland and Switzerland, respectively--forge a rare and exotic partnership. The high-wire acrobatics of Kinsella--emitting a Joycean stream of consciousness with all manner of articulations, both syllabic and non-syllabic--will prove challenging to those who prefer their vocal jazz, well, unchallenging. Her unique, edgy improvisations are peppered sparingly, however, with more traditional and quite beautiful lyrical ...



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