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Kit Downes, Tom Challenger, Lucy Railton & Phelan Burgoyne

December 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


Kit Downes is critically regarded as one of the UK’s outstanding jazz talents and his initial organ recording ‘Obsidian’, released on ECM Label, a unique collection of sounds and colours, could have only been made by an improviser of subtle sensibilities.

Some of Downes’ earliest musical experiences were as a church organist and in recent years he has been exploring it’s sonic possibilities and idiosyncrasies, in improvisations and compositions both melodic and textural.

His second record for ECM Records – entitled Dreamlife of Debris– expands the sound world of his first (‘Obsidian’) into a larger ensemble – featuring piano and organ (Kit Downes), tenor saxophone (Tom Challenger), cello (Lucy Railton) and drums (Phelan Burgoyne). It is an aqueous study of subjectivity – an intimate response to the tactile, the elements, and a feeling of the subterranean.

Downes is bringing a new and highly personal approach to an instrument steeped in history and tradition – a tradition that he loves but is seeking to explore and abstract.

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