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TDE Promotions: Article XI and Favourite Animals Double Bill  

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Tue 5 Dec, 8pm | Tickets £11 (£8.50) | Hexagon Theatre

Two regular collaborators, both interested in composing music for large groups of improvisers. Two commissions, two festivals, two years apart. Two ensembles, with lineups that overlap. One tour!

Cath Roberts and Anton Hunter (aka Ripsaw Catfish) present their ensembles Article XI and Favourite Animals, gathering together to play new music by the two bandleaders. Article XI was assembled for Anton’s mjf originals commission at Manchester Jazz Festival 2014. Favourite Animals formed for Cath’s Artist In Residence/Headline Artist commission at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2016. Featuring artists from across the European creative music scene, the two bands share many members and much common ground, while the music explores two composers’ different approaches to writing for improvisers.

This tour is supported by The Fenton Arts Trust, and public funding by Arts Council England.

Article XI

'Article XI demands to be heard' - Jazzwise

‘Intense, gnarly and experimental’ - The Guardian (on Cath and Anton's duo Ripsaw Catfish)

Article XI was originally formed for Manchester Jazz Festival 2014 as Anton Hunter’s mjf originals commission. Anton’s innovative compositional method incorporates the band members’ individual voices as improvisers into the finished pieces, calling into question the composer/performer hierarchy and offering an alternative collective approach to composition. The eleven piece group (named after the 11th article of the European Convention on Human Rights, regarding freedom of assembly and trade unions) has appeared around the UK since the MJF premiere performance, and will release its self-titled debut album to coincide with this tour.

'Grand, sweeping charts and modal moods that nonetheless find ample room for individual voices to be heard' - The Wire

Anton Hunter - guitar
Nick Walters - trumpet
Graham South - trumpet
Richard Foote - trombone
Tullis Rennie - trombone
Oliver Dover - alto sax
Sam Andreae - alto/tenor sax
Simon Prince - tenor sax/flute
Cath Roberts - baritone sax
Seth Bennett - bass
Johnny Hunter - drums

Favourite Animals

Favourite Animals was also assembled for a jazz festival commission, this time as the centrepiece for Cath Roberts’ artist residency at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2016. The core of Favourite Animals is Cath’s quintet Sloth Racket, and for the Lancaster commission Cath expanded upon her work to date, exploring a combination of graphic scoring and conventional notation to produce flexible scores for navigation by improvising musicians. The music isn’t afraid to lay down some gnarly riffs, but at its heart is the freely improvised ‘arrangements’ of the pieces, composed in the moment by the group and different on each gig. Favourite Animals will release its debut recording on the Luminous label as the tour sets out.

‘an agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grumpy riffs and bluesy themes’ - The Quietus (on Cath's quintet Sloth Racket) 

Cath Roberts - baritone sax
Dee Byrne - alto sax
Sam Andreae - tenor sax
Graham South - trumpet
Tullis Rennie - trombone
Julie Kjær - flute/bass clarinet
Tom Ward - flute/bass clarinet
Anton Hunter - guitar
Seth Bennett - bass

This event is supported by Arts Council England and The Fenton Arts Trust.