Jazz – The Convergence Quartet – 9th November

Join us for this unique opportunity to witness the brilliance of The Convergence Quartet as they visit Churchill College on their UK tour (ending at the London Jazz Festival)!

Tickets: £8 Standard, £5 Students/Concessions 

Free refreshments served in the interval! 

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Top ten albums of 2007: Coda
Top ten albums of 2007: All About Jazz

‘If you wonder where Jazz is at today, where it has evolved to, then here’s one answer.’ (Tim Owen, The Jazzmann.com)

International jazz comes to Cambridge, as two of North America’s finest – Taylor Ho Bynum (‘one of the most exciting figures in jazz’s new power generation’ (Time Out, Chicago)) and Harris Eisenstadt (‘Listen and you will know: The future of creative improvised music will be written by people like Harris Eisenstadt’ (One Final Note, US)) reunite for a third tour with UK counterparts Alexander Hawkins (‘internationally recognized as one of the more striking voices in improvised music to emerge from the UK in recent year’ (Point of Departure, US) and Dominic Lash (‘his range is just about unrivalled’ (The Watchful Ear)).

The Convergence Quartet brings together four leaders of a generation of composer-improvisers who draw on both North American and European traditions in their music. All established bandleaders in their own right, the bandmember’s credits also include work with many seminal names in contemporary jazz: Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Evan Parker, Sam Rivers, and Cecil Taylor, to name only a few.

They come together to offer a ‘powerful example of 21st-century musical catholicity’ (John Fordham, The Guardian) and’moments of magical innovation’ (Paul Medley, The Oxford Times). The group’s first album was enthusiastically reviewed in both the US and the UK, and featured in various critics’ ‘top ten albums of 2007’ lists. Their 2011 tour is in support of their second album, ‘Song/Dance’, released on Clean Feed Records.

“a no-holds-barred approach to playing music grounded in the original seminal free spirit of jazz” John Sharpe, All About Jazz

“a subverted organisational approach that results in a sustained sense of
open-mouthed surprise”
Martin Longley, BBC Music

“The Convergence Quartet put their collective shoulders to the free
compositional wheel and give it a massive shove over the edge    Wow!”
Edwin Pouncey, The Wire