As Hebden Bridge Trades Club puts together its post-pandemic line up they’ve decided to bring back jazz acts.
Fans of Alice Coltrane will be looking forward to harpist Alina Bzhezhinska who opens the jazz season whipping up a storm fusing strings with effect pedals and electronics. The harp is not a common instrument in jazz but Bzhezhinska uses a combination through a combination of original works and covers drawing on influences like Dorothy Ashby’s Afro-harping as well as paying homage to funk and hip-hop’s greatest innovators.
In 2017, Bzhezhinska came to the attention of the UK music scene when her quartet appeared at the Barbican during the EFG London Jazz Festival alongside Denys Baptiste and Pharoah Sanders. Since then they have been nominated for Best Live Experience of the Year at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards.
For this gig, she is supported by bassist Mikele Montolli, drummer Adam Teixeira and Joel Prime on percussion.
“Whilst closing down during the pandemic has been tough it did give us space to refresh our booking policy and given how strong British jazz is at the moment we wanted to give domestic and international performers a platform,” says Trades Club Promoter Mal Campbell.
“Alina is a genuine innovator as a harpist, but offers audiences a fascinating mix of her own compositions and a carefully curated interpretation of songs from different genres.”
Alina Hip Harp Quartet play the Trades on Sunday 3 October. To book: www.thetradesclub.com.
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