On Wednesday 8th May Pop-Up Circus & The Vortex present a multi-disciplinary night celebrating the launch of Thought-Fox‘s debut album ‘My Guess‘, released on Diatribe Records. The evening commences with a performance by visual artist Louise Ward, whose work is featured on the album cover, followed by a live set by Thought-Fox featuring songs from ‘My Guess’ and then a DJ set featuring experimental dance remixes of Thought-Fox’s music.
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Wednesday 8th May 2013
The Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ
Doors: 8pm | Admission: £9
Overgound: Dalston Kingsland / Dalston Junction
Buses: 149, 67, 243, 30, 76, 38, 56, 277
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Thought-Fox is an award winning jazz quintet created by Dublin-born/London-based vocalist Lauren Kinsella. The quintet take their name from a Ted Hughes poem written in his 1957 collection ‘Hawk in the Rain’. The poem is used as a springboard for approaching song and group interplay, with Lauren’s use of text bringing the listener closer to the music while the group explores extended vocal technique, odd-time grooves and traditional jazz harmony. Thought-Fox has performed at many leading European festivals including 12 Points Festival, Porto; London Jazz Festival; Songlines Encounters Festival, London; European Jazz Nights Festival, Oslo; and Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland.
Lauren Kinsella – voice
Colm O’Hara – trombone
Tom Gibbs – piano
Mick Coady – double bass
Simon Roth – drums
Louise Ward is an Irish artist based in Dublin and New York. Her work involves performing sets of minimal actions, incorporating sculptural objects and sound. Her work has recently been shown at esteemed art hubs Cage, Roth and Location One, New York, among other venues. Ward’s sensibilities are anchored in shifting perspectives of behaviour – the politics of everyday, between internalized worlds of pleasure and external systems in society. Tonight she will present her new workWith heads lit up.
Diatribe Records is Ireland’s leading label for new music, contemporary jazz and electonic arts. Since its formation in 2007 Diatribe has produced 22 internationally critically-acclaimed titles and a further 8 releases are scheduled for 2013/14. Diatribe was nominated for the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards 2012 and 2013, had a title in the Irish Times ‘Top Ten Albums of 2011′ and 4 tracks included on the IASCA compilation CD ‘Music from Ireland’ produced for delegations of Barack Obama and The Queen. In 2013 they became the first Irish label to receive an AllAboutJazz label profile feature.
“Given Kinsella’s striking voice and delivery, it says much for the group chemistry that each voice in Thought-Fox is an integral part. The rhythm, melody and lyricism inherent in these compositions should appeal to those who enjoy a good tune, while there’s enough of an edge to satisfy seekers of greater experimentation in their jazz. Original and highly satisfying, My Guess rather tantalizingly holds the promise of greater things yet to come.” – All About Jazz
“A crisp contemporary take on Dave Holland and Steve Coleman.” – The Irish Times
“Attractive music with energy… a compleat band” – Canberra Jazz
“These musicians are undoubtedly devoted to their art – you can even pin point the moments they become lost in their own off beat compositions. The collision of sonorous rhythm and a backdrop of chaos make for a fervid debut.” – The Sunday Times
Thought-Fox gratefully acknowledge the vital support of the following organisations towards realising ‘My Guess’:
Music Network | The Irish Arts Council | Culture Ireland |Diatribe Records