Introduced by Club Inégales’ Artistic Director, Peter Wiegold
Winter is almost over. Now seems like a good time to celebrate song, melody and singing, and this Spring/Summer season Club Inégales does this by bringing together some great singers – and some great string players too.We will be featuring Alice Zawadzki through the season, a wonderful jazz singer whose own music is very poetic and meditative. We are also delighted to welcome singer Merit Ariane Stephanos, and Jenni Roditi’s The Improvisers’ Choir (TIC).
We first performed with Alice at one of our London Jazz Festival marathons last November. These ‘Expect the Unexpected’ shows took place over two sessions, where we performed 24 new pieces with 20 guest jazz musicians – from which I’m still recovering! We’d love to bring back all of these new friends, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to feature three of them, so this season also welcomes back two great guitarists, Rob Luft and Chris Sharkey.
Merit will be joined by the exciting young qanun-player Nilufar Habibian, and her show will include Aramaic chant and Sephardic songs, as well as songs of her own. Jenni Roditi’s TIC recently won the Nonclassical Battle of the Bands. They are truly impressive, and we can’t wait for them take us on spontaneous journeys of vocal invention from our Euston HQ.
As is customary at Club Inégales, these guests will perform alongside our wonderful house band Notes Inégales during the third set of each night. As we sing our way to Summer, I thought this was also a great opportunity to showcase the talents of our resident string players – the soaring violins of Max Baillie and Jackie Shave, and our eloquent cellist Robin Michael.
During a recent trip to Beijing I led a session with a mixed group of Chinese musicians from traditional, classical and jazz backgrounds. Everyone was fascinated to see how individual voices emerged through this flow of people and traditions. This is what we always hope to do at Club Inégales. We are back to our fortnightly Thursdays pattern, so do join us for this special series with friends old and new.Best wishes,
Artistic Director – Club Inégales