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Loz Speyer’s INNER SPACE
5 May @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
LOZ SPEYER’S INNER SPACE Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn; Dee Byrne – alto sax; Special guest, Josephine Davies – tenor sax; Olie Brice – double bass; Gary Willcox – drums;
Inner Space plays Jazz of a rare warmth and immediacy – compositions for improvisers with roots in both jazz and free improv. Loz Speyer’s music for Inner Space comes with references from deep within the jazz tradition – swing, bebop, free jazz and all the way back to New Orleans – arranged in such a way as to give the group space to explore new areas and discover where the music might GO. Each piece evolves its own unique form, feeling and direction, five highly distinctive musicians working it all out in the here and NOW.
Inner Space has been touring over the last year with fresh sounds in the saxophone section, building on a band sound developed through some years of touring and recording, with bassist Olie Brice and drummer Gary Willcox. On this night at Karamel, Inner Space features the amazing Dee Byrne on alto sax – and as a special guest, the wonderful Josephine Davies on tenor sax. Josephine was Jazz instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz awards and leads her own big band and the trio Satori.
Along with music from the album “Life on the Edge” (Leo Records 2017), Inner Space explores some extended forms in the shape of a growing set of Jazz Portrait compositions – with titles such as “Innate Ornette”, “Chimes for Grimes” and “Sun the One Ra the Far!” It may seems audacious to attempt to characterise in music such seminal and inspirational figures? – but it comes naturally enough from the musicians’ own lifelong relationship with their music, as a way to make sense of that legacy in our own TIME. The pieces inspired by actual encounters come with stories that emerge in the live situation – both musicians and audience can tap into deep sources of inspiration.
“The integrity they bring to the emerging free jazz push-pull structure of ’Space Music’ pilots the musicians further towards destinations unknown.” – Philip Clark, Jazzwise
“Superb outing, that effectively highlights the leader’s jarring and perceptively constructed compositions.” – Glen Astarita, All About Jazz
“Upon listening, I was hooked…. the contrapuntal moments when the horns venture just over the edge make me think that if ODJB had arrived 100 years later they may have sounded like this.” – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
: Sun the One Ra the Far – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGl0hctHYKU
album, Life on the Edge: https://spherical-records.bandcamp.com/album/life-on-the-edge
Doors open 7pm, music from 8pm.